used in Chinese medicine, Goji berries
or Wolfberry has claimed the
status of ‘super food’ It is a popular fruit in China and some regions in
Eastern Asia. Goji berries are bright red in color, look like a plump almond
and belong to the nightshade family of plants.
Goji berries are commonly found and have red shriveled, raisin like appearance.
Goji berries taste sweet, sour and slightly nutty.
The nutritional value of Goji berries per 100 g of the edible
|Dietary fiber||4 g|
|Sugars (natural)||12 g|
|Vitamin A||7 mg|
|Vitamin C||29 to 148 mg|
|Vitamin B2||1.3 mg|
of Goji Berries
Rich in Vitamin C
, B12, A, iron, selenium and many other polysaccharide
antioxidants, goji berries health benefits include various functions such as
enhancing body’s immunity, stimulating brain activity, offering protection
against heart diseases and cancer and also aid in improving life expectancy. It has been rated to be the world’s most powerful anti-aging food.
chemicals present in Goji berries help in the formation of white blood cells
which help in improving immunity. Owing to this, Goji berries also possess
have shown that drinking approximately 120 ml of goji berry extract everyday
can improve the activity of brain and also create a feeling of general
Strength and Longevity:
antioxidant levels found in goji berries extract have been proven to be the highest
in all foods. It plays an important role in promoting longevity since the key
factor which prevents cell damage by radicals is antioxidants.
The iron present
in goji berries is also beneficial in building red blood cells in the body.
Goji berries also enhance body strength, energy levels, athletic performance,
quality of sleep, and focusing ability. Goji berries protect skin from sun
Goji berries are
good for healthy eyes and alleviate blurred vision
The carotenoids present in the berries give it the ability to protect eyes
against macular degeneration and cataracts. It also improves the time taken by
the eyes in adapting to darkness.
Lower Back Pain:
Goji berries have
been used in traditional medicine to offer relief from aching back and joints.
Help in Losing
Goji berries contain
13% protein and made up of almost 18 essential amino acids. Weight loss and the
development of lean and strong body mass is an important benefit of Goji
berries. Goji berries are ideally included in weight loss diet
as they contain a
larger concentration of nutrients present per calorie in comparison with other
health foods and are also rich in fiber. This makes it an essential to be
included in the weight loss diet. Goji berries are also known to be cellulite
busters. They reduce cholesterol levels.
Dried goji berries are found
in packages or sold by weight at bulk food stores, specialty food stores or
herbal stores or markets.
to Eat Goji Berries?
Eating roughly 15 to 30 gm
of Goji berries improves your longevity. It is equal to 4 to 6 dried Goji
berries. Dry Goji berries are also used as dry fruits. Raw
Goji berries can be eaten by soaking them in water or fruit juice for 15
minutes or more and then used. Goji berries taste good and hence can be
consumed easily. Goji berry tea is also used for good health
Goji Berry Tea
berry tea can be prepared by putting them in boiling cup of water. 5 to 15
grams of the dried goji berry is boiled in water to make a tea and it is
recommended that at least half a cup should be consumed daily. A tonic tea is also prepared from the leaves.
Goji Berry Recipes
Berry and Orange Muffins
- Orange juice
Goji berries and orange
juice are combined and kept for 15 minutes. In another bowl, flour, 3/4 cup of
sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda are mixed well. A well is made in
the center of this mixture. Oil, orange rind, and egg are taken in another bowl
and whisked well and added to the flour mixture. The juice and berry mixture is
also added to this until just moist. Add walnuts and fold in walnuts. Take the
mixture in muffin molds sprayed with cooking spray, add one t. of cream cheese
in the center of each cup, fill with remaining batter, and sprinkle with
liberal amounts of sugar. Bake them in the oven preheated at 400 degree
Fahrenheit for 15 minutes and cool in pan.