By: Caitlin Dilli
Many people throughout Asia consume goji berries for their unique flavor and health benefits. In China’s first herbal encyclopedia, goji berries were classified as “superior herbs.” This means that they can be taken every day to preserve youth and maintain general well-being.
Evidence supports the traditional notion that consuming goji berries regularly can help support cardiovascular health, support the pancreas and liver functions, support the immune system, aid eye health, elevate mood, and help increase and sustain libido.
Goji’s function on the eyes is related to a prominent carotenoid called zeaxanthin dipalmitate. Zeaxanthin is a potent antioxidant essential for vision.
Goji berries are also a good source of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). They contain a unique precursor (ascorbic acid 2-beta-G) to vitamin C that is stable in the digestive tract, easily assimilated, and highly bioavailable. Benefits of vitamin C include protection of immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal problems, eye disease, and skin wrinkling.
In addition, gojis are a good provider of 5 Lycium polysaccharides (LBP), 18 amino acids, 6 essential fatty acids, vitamins B1, B2, nicotinic acid, B6, E (not common in fruit), and more than 20 trace minerals including calcium, germanium, selenium, zinc, phosphorus and iron.
There are many different ways to incorporate the goodness of goji berries into your diet. They can be eaten raw or soaked and they can brighten trail mixes, oatmeal, yogurts, or salads. Goji berries are also a great addition to baked goods.
For increased health and well-being, Lakewood Acupuncture And Chinese Medicine suggest considering consuming a handful of goji berries daily.