Superfood Love: The Mighty Goji Berry

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Plain and simple, Goji berries are pretty magical and we should all eat them regularly if not daily.  The people of Tibet have been noshing on this little superfood for at least 1700 years.  According to legend, Goji berries were discovered by a doctor during his study of an ancient society living in a remote region of the Himalayas.  He found that some of these people lived long lives in good health for 100 plus years, didn’t have grey hair, and even retained all of their teeth.  Eventually he came to the realization that all of these centenarians lived near certain water wells which were located under Goji berry vines.  As the berries ripened they fell into the water wells, their nutrients dissolved into the water, and the water was then consumed by the people living nearby.  It became apparent that the berries added a little something extra to the water which made those who drank it healthy and live an unusually long life.

Here are some Goji Berry nutrition facts…

  • boost immunity
  • increase alkalinity in the body
  • improve eyesight
  • protect the liver
  • increase energy and vitality
  • improve blood quality.

In addition, they contain 19 different amino acids, including all 8 essential amino acids, are a complete protein source, and contain 21+ trace minerals (zinc, iron, copper,etc) as well as vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E (which is rare in fruit).  Gojis have 15 times more nutritional iron than spinach and more vitamin C per ounce than an orange.  Basically, this tiny berry is a powerhouse!

Goji berries are most often found dried and have a bit of a mild tangy taste.  You can add them to your morning cereal (preferably quinoa/teff/amaranth/spelt/buckwheat), eat a handful as an afternoon pick me up, brew them with hot water into goji tea, add to trail mix…really the possibilities are endless as to how to incorporate them into your diet. They’re one of my favorite foods and I hope you fall in love with them too!

 

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