Goji berries are relatively new on the health food scene, but their unique flavour and potential health boosting benefits have long been recognised in other cultures.
Goji berries have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2,000 years. These delicious little red “superfood berries” contain a wide range of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
Let’s take a closer look at what goji berries have to offer:
- Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant Powers
Like most berries goji berries are an excellent source of antioxidants which help to boost the immune system, and protect the body from high levels of inflammation as they fight free radical damage. Goji berries have a high ORAC value, which indicated their exceptional ability to reduce oxidative stress.
- Improve Immune Function
Due to their high vitamin C and antioxidant content, helping to boost the immune system warding off cold and flus. They also high levels of vitamin A, another important immune boosting nutrient.
- Promote Healthy Skin
Goji berries are loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene (a pigment found in plants and fruit), which helps you achieve glowing, healthy skin. The body converts beta-carotene into Vitamin A, also known as retinol, which can help with skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, wrinkles. Vitamin C is another important nutrient for glowing skin as it helps with collagen production, good thing goji berries are loaded with vitamin C!
- Fights Blindness
These mighty berries contain high concentrations of the compounds lutein and zeaxanthin, known for their abilities to protect the eyes from oxidative damage along with reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
- Support Liver Health
Goji berries have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to support liver health. They are said to contain high levels of a group of neutral chemical compounds called betaines. Betaines have been shown to reduce fatty deposits in the liver which may result from any number of lifestyle factors. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are advised to avoid goji berries for their betaine content.
Overall I’m a huge fan of goji berries for their sweet taste and chewy texture, and because they contain such a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and amino-acids which help to boost our health make us feel amazing!