Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Why should you want to eat the Goji Berry?

Because the Goji Berry is a nutritious powerhouse, packed with antioxidants and so very tasty!

Discovered in the Himalayan mountains, Goji berries are regarded in the Orient as an anti-aging, strength building superfood. This sacred Goji berry is so cherished by Tibetan monks that they traditionally honour it for a two week celebration at the end of every year.

Why you eat Goji Berry?

Goji Berry Protein
Goji berries contain 19 amino acids – the building blocks of protein .

Goji Berry Minerals
Goji berries are rich in up to 21 trace minerals including zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium and phosphorus.

Goji Berry Antioxidants
Goji berries contain the complete spectrum of food antioxidant carotenoids, including beta-carotene (a better source than even carrots) and zeaxanthin (supports the eyes). The Goji berry is among the highest source of carotenoids of all known common foods. Gojis contain 500 times the amount of vitamin C, by weight, than oranges making them second only to camu camu berries as the richest known vitamin C source on earth. Plus vitamins B1, B2, B6 and vitamin E are bountiful. About 11mg of iron per 100 grams can be found in the Gojis, as well as betasisterol, sesquiterpenoids (cyperone, solavetivone, an anti fungal compound), tetraterpenoids and betaine for digestion. Goji berries also contain polysaccharides which support the immune system.

Goji berries are high in essential fatty acids, the healthy omegas, which are required for the body’s production of hormones and the smooth functioning of the brain and nervous systems. In particular, linoleic acid is abundant. The Goji berry is a nutritious powerhouse and is so very tasty. Eat them just the way they are as the perfect snack or add to cereal, trail mixes, yogurt,muesli and smoothies. Gojis make a sweet tea or use as a delicious garnish in exciting dishes.

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