Goji berries (lycium barbarum) originate from the Himalayas of Tibet and Mongolia.
Although the Goji has become more popular in the recent years, this fruit actually was used for more than 1000 years ago in Tibet and China, both as culinary accessory and also as a medicine.
Goji berries have rich source of vitamins such as B1, B2, B6, A, E, and C (the great content of vitamin C makes it on top of any other fruit), from minerals it contains: calcium, zync, phosphorus, iron, potassium, copper, magnesium, selenium and sodium, few essential amino acids like omega-3 and 6 unsaturated fatty acids.
Besides the phytochemicals it containes, the zeaxanthin and beta-carotene are the most important. The zeaxanthin is actually a carotenoid, playing a major role as a crucial pigment in the retina.
Nutritional values per 100g of goji berries: 360 kcal, 68% carbohydrate, 12% protein, 10% fat and 10% fiber.
This fruit is quite unique among other fruits because it is the only fruit that contains all essential amino acids and has one of the highest concentrations of protein.
It is also a rich source of vitamin C, 21 mineral and high concentration of fiber. With its ingredients calcium, zinc, selenium and other essential minerals the goji berries rise even above the spinach and other rich sources of these minerals.
This remarkably small super fruit also contains anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds. Its anti-oxidant power and its polysaccharide also help in strengthening the immune system. Because of these properties, in traditional Chinese medicine is believed that gives longevity and increases strength in humans.
In traditional Chinese medicine, it is said that goji helps positively for the liver and kidneys, neck and back pain, dizziness and is good for the eyesight. Usually is consumed raw but also you can make a tea or soup from it.
The goji berries are often available in dried form and are super healthy snack. Simply, to get it in our body, we can add it to muesli or cereals.
If you are diabetic or you take medicines for some chronic disease, be cautious with the consumption of goji. You must consult your doctor first.
Goji berries are recommended for:
• Protection of the liver
• Improved eyesight
• preventing the occurrence of leukemia and other cancers
• improve blood circulation
• Prevention of heart attack and heart disease
• improving sexual function and fertility
• strengthens the immune system
• slows down the aging process