Goji Berries: an awesome superfood

Goji Berries. The relatively unknown dried berry is packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Research links the berry to cancer preventive qualities, it also is loaded with vitamin C, vitamin B, and several other powerhouse nutrients.

 

Works great as part of a trail mix, or can be added to smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, or just about anything else.

 

The berry is supposed to help in the anti-aging process, and assist in creating healthier hair and skin.

Be careful purchasing Goji Berries, because some Goji berries may be what are called "Wolfberries". Goji berries should be slightly sweet with a slight cranberry tang to them. If they have a cardboard type very unpleasant taste that feels like you are going to have to force yourself to eat them then they are probably wolfberries. I used to get mine from an online store that went our of business, now I get mine at Whole Foods.

Here is an online seller that has a product that I have used, although they are not cheap. Even at Whole Foods, goji berries can be $10 to $15 per pound.

There is another product I HIGHLY recommend called Total Goji 100. It is a liquid and contains the total berry, including pulp, meat, skin, seeds, and seed oils. The company, Genesis today, is a very high quality company, always making every attempt to process all their products in the traditional way. It tastes like a sweet tomato juice and I add it to my smoothies or drink a tablespoon straight, when I can afford it. A bottle cost $40, but will last a month. The link to Genesis today Total Goji can be found here.

I noticed when I started a paleo-style trail mix of goji berries, hunza raisins, cashews, sprouted pumpkin seeds and other nuts that it had a tendency to satisfy my short term hunger more that most my other healthy snacks . I equate that phenomena to that goji berries having a good supply of nutrients to satisfy the body's short term needs. as I said however, make sure that you find a quality product.

There have been numerous studies done on goji berries, and a list taken from another blogger is listed below showing many of goji health benefits verified from scientific studies. I don't see goji berries as a "cure all" miracle food, i.e. eat a handfull and it cures your cancer, but as a food high in nutrients that assists the body's natural immune system in fighting disease.

– Increase energy levels.
– Relieve stress, fatigue and anxiety.
– Strengthen muscles and bones.
– Build lean muscle mass.
– Stimulate the growth of Human Growth Hormone.
– Increase strength, stamina, endurance, reflex responses

 

– Balance and reduce blood sugar levels
– Acts as and anti-inflammatory.
-Promotes the healing of wounds.
– Enhances the effectiveness of cancer treatment.
-Reduces and eliminate tumors.
-Reduce the toxic effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

 

– Improves libido and fertility.
– Improves the functioning of the liver and to treat Hepatitis B.
– Promotes normal kidney function.
– Relieves gastric intestinal disorders.
– Treats menopausal symptoms.

 

– Relieves menstruation problems.
– Promotes weight loss.
– Relieves insomnia, headaches and improve sleep.
– Promotes longevity and good health.
– Resists allergies.
– Helps relieve depression.
– Increases calcium absorption..

– Combats auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, chrohn's disease, fibromyalgia and psoriasis.

-Help in the prevention of cancer including metastasis of cancer of the colon, lung, liver, kidney, breast and/or cervix.

 

-Improves overall brain functions, such as memory, mental alertness, perception and attention span.

– Enhances the prevention and treatment of senility and Alzheimer's disease.

– Defends against premature aging, fighting free radical damage throughout the body.

 

– Strengthens and regulates the immune system and improve resistance to disease.

– Assists with the treatment of HIV/AIDS, as an immune system enhancer.

– Builds strong blood cells, enhancing the production of red and white blood cells and platelets and helps in the prevention and treatment of leukemia.

– Improves eyesight and combat against diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and cataracts.

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Homemade Artisan Chocolate Raw Cacao,   Lucuma   and Goji Berries

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Goji Berries are on my personal list of "My Top 10 'Fountain of Youth" Superfoods". These superfoods are from all over the world, but are readily available and accessible for purchase in the United States to help us cheat "Father Time", with the help of "Mother Nature". Go to my Top 10 list below.

CHECK OUT THIS GREAT GOJI BERRY ARTICLE!!!

Here is a "beyond superb" article on everything pertaining to Goji Berries titled
Goji Berry Benefits 101 – Everything You need to Know. It is from the
SuperFood Living.com website. Very educational on this amazing superfood!!

~stay healthy~

 

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13 Responses

02.19.12

Love your site! Will be marking it as a favorite and following!

02.19.12

Thanks for your comment. I’m just trying to make it clean and easy to read, without a lot of clutter. And the section “My Passions on a Plate” is becoming so much fun, allowing me to take the analytical edge off the blog and get creative. If people find it enjoyable to spend a few minutes on my blog and learn something (or teach me something), then I have accomplished my objective 🙂

03.05.12

We love Goji Berries! It is a very popupal herbal remedy in Russia, called "barbaris".
In Canada, I get goji berries at an Asian Store, they are very cheap there, like $2.49 for about 300 grams. The prices in health foods stores are crazy.
I love them paired up with pecans!!

03.05.12

I wish I could find them at the at price. That would take a load off my wallet!!

03.07.12

Wow! My husband had a few goji berry plants when we got married. Unfortunately, we moved shortly thereafter and left the plants so I've never actually tasted them.

03.07.12

I can’t wait til the day when I can grow my own!!!!

03.26.12

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09.15.12

we cultivate goji berries in greece as a wholesale work but to be honest with you we are very happy to eat fresh fruits from the trees during the summer period. our web site is http://www.hellassuperfoods.gr, wish you all the best!!!

12.31.12

I’m really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a great blog like this one these days..

12.31.12

I think I paid a few bucks to get a set of blog template and chose the one I liked the most. Thanks for the comment, that is, if you are not a spammer. If not a spammer, I am honored that you commented on my blogstyle.

03.13.13

We produce original Asian Goji Plants and Goji Products for the European Market.
For more INformations about Goji please contact us http://www.goji-plantage.de

09.20.16

Its amazing! There are such a great health benefits of goji berries 🙂 Goji berry powder can also be mixed with any superfood to make it more tasty and healthy!

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