Country Of Origin: China
Goji berries , wolf berrie or “happy” berries have been used for centuries in East Asian food and medicine. This mild, tangy fruit is a little sweet and sour and is usually found dried.
For thousands of years, the Goji berry (Lycium Barbarum) has been revered for its staggering array of health benefits and have been used to reduce the craving for sugar, strengthen the immune system, increase longevity and protect from premature aging, protect the liver, build strong blood and promote cardiovascular health, support eye health and improve vision, maintain healthy blood pressure and blood sugar, stimulate secretion of human growth hormone, strengthen muscles and bones, support normal kidney function, improve fertility, aid sexual function, and help reduce obesity.
Modern science has shown that this bright red berry not only contains extremely high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, but also contains many unique phytonutrients, polysaccharides, and complex compounds that scientists are just beginning to understand. Our Goji Berry powder contains a whopping 40% polysaccharides.
The Goji Berry is also being called the world’s most powerful anti-aging food. It is one of the highest rated foods on the ORAC scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) only rivaled by the Acai berry. The ORAC scale is a test developed by USDA researchers out of Tufts University in Boston that measures the antioxidant level in foods. Goji Berries possesses an unmatched ability to absorb injurious, free radicals that attack the body and contribute to the aging process and many diseases. Today, our bodies are constantly being bombarded by free radicals from the air we breathe, the water we drink, the pesticides on our fruits and vegetables, the chemicals we clean with, the preservatives in our processed food, and on and on. Eating foods high in antioxidants is one way we can help our bodies combat these free radicals and the damage they cause.
Goji berries contain 18 amino acids; including the 8 essential ones, they are a superb source of vitamin A and offer more beta carotene than carrots, a rich source of vitamin C; having 500 times more vitamin C per ounce than oranges. Goji berries also have 21 trace minerals including germanium; a substance rarely found in foods, vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E The raw Goji berry is a nutritionally dense food and an excellent source of protein too. Goji Berries have a long history of use for eye problems, skin rashes, psoriasis, allergies, insomnia, liver health, and balancing blood sugar.
Some ideas are:
- Sprinkle on dry cereal … seems like they’d be good in hot oatmeal
- Add like raisins to bread or muffin batters
- Add to stewed pork, beef, chicken, or fish 10 minutes before the meat is done
- Chop and add to vinaigrettes
- Added to salads like raisins or dried cranberries – soy beans with tofu sheet noodles
- Drop them in chicken soup or pork/herb soups
- Great in smoothies, yogurt, trail mixes with raisins, peanuts, sunflower seeds