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The goji berry, or Chinese wolfberry, Lycium barbarum, has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for many centuries. It is believed to have many important benefits including general strengthening of the immune system and promoting long life.
These Goji berries are wild crafted (grown in their natural habitat) in the hills of the Ningxia Region of China. They are collected at high altitude where the berries have to work harder, making them taste sweeter and become more nutritionally packed.
The berries are then 'Solar Air Dried' (not machine dried like some) to ensure a gentle drying process which allows the berries to maintain their nutritional qualities.
The Goji berry is a deep-red, dried fruit about the same size as a raisin. It has a mild sweet flavour rather like a cross between a raisin and a cranberry. It is chewy in consistency.
The Goji berry contains:
- up to 500 times more vitamin C than oranges
- more beta carotene than carrots
- significant amounts of vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6 and vitamin E
- trace minerals such as zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium and phosphorous
- 18 essential amino acids and essential fatty acids
- polysaccharides which are found in high levels in traditional immune boosting herbs such as echinacea, medicinal mushrooms, and astragalus
- high levels of antioxidants which have anti-ageing properties. Goji berries have the highest content of carotenoids amongst all known food
- an ORAC (oxygen radical absorption capacity) of approximately 25,300. Only Ningxia Goji Berries have such a high level. Standard Goji Berries measure approximately 22,200 (Blueberries have a value of approximately 2,400). Click here for more information about the ORAC test
- only 328 calories per 100g
Goji berries also promote cheerfulness and help with healing. In China some people call it the “happy berry”.
They have also been known to boost sexual function.
Only 10g-30g per day is all you need of this amazing superfood.
You can eat them on their own, add them to breakfast cereals or even add them to smoothies.
None known, although they can loosen the bowels when taken in very large quantities. So munch with care!
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