New to the Western world, these little red berries, known as Goji berries, have been used by the Chinese for 2,000 years. And the monks in the Himalayan mountains have used them longer yet. When steeped in water, they claim the mixture gives them greater vitality, longevity, energy, and stamina health and is an all-around better meditation.

When eaten raw, dried, or in either liquid or dry form, the phytonutrients, vitamins, and trace minerals in goji berries help fight disease because of their antioxidant properties. They manage weight. After all, they are low in calories and aid digestion because they are a good source of fiber. They are a fine example of a superfood!

Known as wolfberries in China, the Chinese have used them as part of their medicine to treat depression, anxiety, and a host of mood disorders. Because of their high beta-carotene content, we use them in the Western world to support skin and eye health. They also help to prevent heart disease and regulate triglycerides, blood sugar, and cholesterol.

Grown on a plant in the same family as potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, and chili peppers, ¼ cup of goji berries as a snack provides 100 calories, 3 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 13 grams of natural sugar, but no saturated or trans fat. They are also a great source of 20 vitamins and minerals, 18 amino acids, 5 healthy unsaturated fatty acids, and a selection of phytochemicals. So, is there anything goji berries don’t do? Unfortunately, if there is, we haven’t found it yet!

While goji berries are mid-range at 3,290 on the USDA ORAC chart – a score that measures a food’s oxygen radical absorption capacity – what sets it apart from other fruits is its amino acid content. Out of its 18, 11 are essential, meaning the body cannot make them and must get them from food.

And as far as a provider of vitamin C, these berries that taste like a cross between cranberries and cherries have 500 times more than oranges when compared weight for weight!

While people of all ages can benefit from eating goji berries, older adults derive additional benefits, including less hypopigmentation in their eyes, less erectile dysfunction, and more stable blood sugar.

As with other foods eaten for their medicinal benefits, check with your healthcare provider before starting. They can confirm or deny if they may help.

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