How do they taste?
Like a lot of healthy things, goji berries are an acquired taste, but they’re by no means unpleasant. Tart and tangy, less sweet than cranberries, most commonly eaten dried or sprinkled into trail mixes and yoghurt.
Goji berries and inflammation
Almost all berries are rich in antioxidants such as beta-carotene, which reduce the effect of free radicals in the body. When we reduce the severity and volume of free radicals in our bodies, our immune system becomes stronger, and unnecessary inflammatory responses are lessened. It’s part of the reason why so many athletes turn to goji berries to help them recover from intense training.
When you exercise, tendons, muscles and joints can become inflamed, leading to pain, restricted mobility and slower recovery. The antioxidants in goji berries, neutralise free radicals, which might otherwise do damage inside the body, and as a result, athletes recover faster.
These antioxidants don’t just work on reducing muscle soreness, however. Your skin, hair, every cell in your body, in fact, can benefit from a helping hand from antioxidants.
Goji berries are also rich in amino acids, the building blocks of all life. There’s not a single process that happens inside your body which doesn’t need amino acids, and goji berries are an awesome way to get them.
20g of goji berries contains roughly:
0g of fat
Vitamins and minerals in goji berries
Goji berries are known as a superfood, since they contain so many useful nutrients relative to their size.
This superfood gets even better, it contains around 4g of protein per 20g serving, which is incredible for a little berry.
Goji berries contain 140% of your ditamin A is essential for healthy eyesight
Classic vitamin C, everyone’s favourite for preventing colds and flu, goji’s actually contain 500 times more vitamin C than oranges, by weight.
All of the B vitamins are important for energy metabolism and for keeping your nervous system in check.
Selenium and potassium
Another power couple, known for boosting energy levels and helping all the right reactions take place inside your body.
Needed for the production of healthy red blood cell, Iron supports normal oxygen transport in the body, contributing to reduction of tiredness and fatigue
Calcium is needed for the development of strong bones and teeth, but make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D to help absorb this.
Unsaturated fatty acids
Similar to the ones found in fish and coconut oil, these fatty acids are good for your brain and body in general.
If all that’s not a reason to give these tremendous red berries a try, we don’t know what is. Go, goji!