Goji Berries -Super Food

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Goji Berries

These red berries grow on vines in the protected valleys of inner Mongolia and Tibet.
Goji berries have many interesting legends associated with them, particularly Chinese.

Nutrients Contained:

Goji berries provide overall nourishment by providing an amazing number of rich nutrients; the number of nutrients that it contains by way of amino acids, vitamins, polysaccharides, HGH (human growth hormone), are too many to be listed, here is a short list: 

  • Very rich source of vitamin C, having 500 times more vitamin C per ounce than oranges and more than any other fruit.
  • They are a superb source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E
  • Full complement of protein with 18 amino acids 
  • 21 trace minerals
  • More antioxidants than any other food
  • More iron than steak
  • More beta-carotene than carrots 

Benefits:

An important thing to remember is that Goji berries should not be used to treat illness but to prevent it from occurring.

  • Increases immunity
  • Protects liver
  • Improves eyesight
  • Improves quality of blood
  • Prevent aging
  • Goji berries improve the quality of life
  • Improves circulation
  • Beneficial for prostate
  • Said to reduce LDL cholesterol levels
  • Reduce joint problems
  • Promote general feeling of well being
  • Enhances libido and improve sex life
  • Very rich source of antioxidants.
  • Helps improve vision and eyesight.
  • Goji berries are known to aid the production of choline, which stops the production of free radicals
  • Prevents degeneration of the brain due to diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
  • Also known to protect the arteries from narrowing down due to build up of plaque along the walls, which can cause heart related diseases.

How to take it/ Dosage:

Goji berries should be soaked a few minutes in filtered water and washed before consuming.

They are often dried and eaten as raisins. You can add to smoothies, granola/ trail mix, and salads. They can be added to tea or soups to make them healthier. Goji berries can also be blended into smoothies, juices, or added to other recipes to strengthen them.

 *An average amount it 1 Tbs. a day.

 Side Effects:

  • If you are on medications, especially for blood thinning, diabetes, and blood pressure drugs; consult your doctor before taking.
  • Prolonged large intake of tea has been reported to increase bleeding in a few cases, that means use in moderation and take breaks.
  • If you have bee pollen allergies, you may want to avoid taking Goji berries.
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