May 2012 | Newsletter archives
The Superfood craze. Go for goji.
By Samantha Grant, CN
Goji berries have played a central role in Chinese medicine for more than 6000 thousand years, but only recently have scientists discovered what makes it so powerful as a superfood. In fact, it might be one of the most nutritionally dense fruits on earth.
Goji berries are like the master molecule. They contain special polysaccharides that fortify your immune system and help control your body’s most important defense systems. They also contain 19 different amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. Eight of those amino acids are essential for life.
Looking for more vitamin C? Goji is actually a better source than oranges. They also contain a complete spectrum of antioxidant carotenoids, including betacarotene and zeaxanthin that supports eye health. Add in B-complex vitamins, vitamin E, essential fatty acids and betaine and you have nearly everything you need in a handful of berries.
If you have a glass of goji juice, you could help protect your life, help your eyesight, improve sexual function and fertility, strengthen your legs, boost your overall immune function, improve circulation and even promote longevity. While there aren’t a lot of studies available, two have found that goji juice may have a positive response for those who have cancer, and may also reduce blood glucose levels and lower cholesterol.
Goji berries resemble raisins and have both a sweet and sour taste. Eat them raw, brew them in tea, add them to salads or soups, and enjoy the potential for super-health!