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Superfood - Goji Berry

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Truth and Liberty Blog | April 23, 2019

It’s official, the Goji berry has reached superfood status. The Goji berry is native to Asia and has been used in Eastern medicines since at least the 3rd century AD.(1) The distinctive berries have a taste that is a balance of sweet and sour.(2)

Benefits – Goji berry is an amazing antioxidant. According to Natural News,

When it comes to fresh fruit and vegetables, goji berries are staring at the competition in the rear-view mirror. They have more than twice as much antioxidants as cranberries and five times that of blueberries or blackberries.(3)

According to Medical News Today,

Antioxidants are substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals, unstable molecules that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other pressures.(4)

They are also a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Fiber.(5)

Vitamin A helps with vision, is itself an antioxidant, promotes healthy skin, and helps boost the immune system.(6)

According to Health Masters the benefits of Vitamin C

…include antioxidant protection from free radicals and oxidative processes, synthesis of collagen, carnitine and neurotransmitters and immune stimulation and support. Vitamin C functions as a cofactor for several metabolic enzymes and is involved in protein metabolism. It also plays a lesser-known role in the deactivation of histamine.(7)

But the benefits of Goji berries don’t end there. Writing for Natural News Sheryl Walters says,

Also known as wolfberries, they contain at least eighteen amino acids, more iron than spinach and more beta carotene than carrots. More than one writer has dubbed goji fruit as the most powerful, natural anti-aging food available.(8)

 

Ways to Enjoy – Try them fresh! The fruit is naturally sweet and sour. You can use the berries to add sweetness to your spinach salad. You can buy them dried as well, which takes away some of the tartness and adds a nutty flavor.

There’s also Goji berry tea and Goji berry smoothies:

Lime Goji Berry Smoothie | Orange and Goji Berry Smoothie

Or try it in trail mix or your home made energy bar recipe.

Sources
(1) Goji – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goji#cite_note-kawa-3
(2) Harold Shaw, Goji berry juice being recognized as a health promoting superfood – here’s why https://www.naturalnews.com/053318_goji_berry_juice_antioxidants_functional_superfoods.html
(3) Ibid.
(4) Megan Ware, RDN LD – How can antioxidants benefit our health? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/301506.php
(5) Shaw, Goji berry, Natural News
(6) Edsel Cook, Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that can slow down the process of aging https://www.natural.news/2018-12-09-vitamin-a-slows-down-aging.html
(7) Health Masters Vitamin C (Excellent C) Product Description, https://healthmasters.com/products/excellent-c (8) Sheryl Walters Goji Berries are a Super Food for Optimum Health https://www.naturalnews.com/025907_berries_food_goji.html

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