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The Glorious Goji Berry

The Glorious Goji Berry

Goji berries have been a staple of traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, and have been used by Himalayan monks to aid meditation (they would steep their goji berries in hot water to make a tea.) These days, people all over the world love these tart red berries for their ability to reduce inflammation, aid digestion and raise alertness. Today, we’re celebrating the awesome goji berry by touting some of its biggest health benefits.

 

Where do goji berries come from?

Goji berries are pretty hardy, and can be grown in most moderate climates. The US and China are the main producers of goji berries. Supplementation of Goji Berry tablets is the easiest way to get all the fantastic health benefits of this super fruit, as the taste is…let’s say, unusual.

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.

Nutritional profile:

20g of goji berries contains roughly:

100 calories

0g of fat

3g fibre

4g protein

Vitamins and minerals in goji berries

Goji berries are known as a superfood, since they contain so many useful nutrients relative to their size.

Protein

This superfood gets even better, it contains around 4g of protein per 20g serving, which is incredible for a little berry.

Vitamin A

Goji berries contain 140% of your ditamin A is essential for healthy eyesight

Vitamin C

Classic vitamin C, everyone’s favourite for preventing colds and flu, goji’s actually contain 500 times more vitamin C than oranges, by weight.

Vitamin B2

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.

Iron

Needed for the production of healthy red blood cell, Iron supports normal oxygen transport in the body, contributing to reduction of tiredness and fatigue

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Calcium

 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!

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Charlotte Cliffe

Charlotte Cliffe

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