What is Goji Berry?
Goji berries are a native Tibetan superfruit that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. These bright red berries are known to support longevity and maintain healthy vision due to their high beta-carotene content and more than 18 essential amino acids. Chinese legends claim that an herbalist named Li Qing Yuen consumed goji berry daily and lived to be 256 years old! Today, goji berries have been making their way to other cultures as a popular superfood snack.
Benefits of Goji Berry
May Boost Immune System
Goji berries contain high amounts of vitamins and have been shown to boost lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are the white blood cells that protect your body from any viruses or infections.
May Prevent Skin From Aging
Antioxidants in goji berry are known to help protect your skin from aging thus, keeping it supple longer. How? The antioxidants in goji berries help prevent harmful free radicals from damaging the collagen of skin and have been shown to boost DNA synthesis in some cells.[2,3]
May Improve Cholesterol Levels
The antioxidants and vitamins in goji berry have been shown to increase “good” HDL cholesterol, and lower total cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
As a rough example, 85 grams (about ¼ cup) of dried goji berries contains around:
- Calories: 70
- Protein: 9 grams
- Fiber: 6 grams
- Fat: 0 grams
- Vitamin A: 150% of the RDI
- Copper: 84% of the RDI
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 63% of the RDI
- Iron: 42% of the RDI
- Vitamin C: 27% of the RDI
How To Eat Goji Berry
Goji berries can be consumed raw, dry, or boiled, and are often taken in the form of a supplement. Goji berries are the perfect antioxidant snack booster. Eat them alone or pop them into your favorite granola or yogurt recipe. Check out Skinny Health & Wellness’s Skinny Granola recipe and add goji berries for a super antioxidant boost.
Did You Know?
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