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What Are Goji Berries

Last Monday’s post, Goji Berry and Coconut Sauce, was received with interest. While the recipe garnered some ‘sound yummy’ responses, not everyone knew about goji berries, so here’s some background on this pretty little fruit.

Some say that research is scant as to their healing benefits, however they play an important role in Chinese medicine, so I’ll leave it up to you to read this and decide for yourself.

In truth, I use them because soft, dried goji berries are totally delicious … IF you buy the sugar-free version.

What Are Goji Berries

  • They’re a bright orange-red berry, also known as the Wolf Berry
  • They originate from a Chinese shrub

What Are the Benefits of Goji Berries?

People have been eating them for generations in the hope of living a longer life.

They have been used to treat:

  • Diabetes
  • Eye Problems
  • High Blood Pressure

They’ve been known to:

  • Promote a feeling of wellbeing and calmness
  • Increase athletic performance
  • Aid weight loss
  • Improve quality of sleep
  • Improve vision
  • Increase Sperm production
  • Enhance memory
  • Protect against fatty liver disease
  • Promote muscle growth
  • Help clear complexion
  • To nourish kidneys and liver
  • Be a powerful antioxidant
  • Improve Circulation
  • Help with ageing well
  • Ease aching joints
  • Alleviate lack of energy
  • Reduce tinnitus
  • Calm dizziness
  • Clear coughs

What’s In Them?

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin A
  • Iron
  • Selenium
  • Amino Acids
  • Other antioxidants (notably polysaccharides)
  • Phyto-Nutrients
  • Flavanoids

How Can You Eat Them?

  • Raw
  • Cooked
  • Dried

What Are They Used For?

  • Wine
  • Herbal Teas
  • Juices
  • In various ways (listed above) in Chinese medicine

Why Would You Avoid Goji Berries?

  • If you’re on blood-thinning medication
  • Blood Pressure Drugs
  • Medication for Diabetes

Here’s how to grow your own goji berries:

http://www.fruitexpert.co.uk/growinggojiberries.html

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http://www.webmd.com/balance/goji-berries-health-benefits-and-side-effectshttp://www.health-report.co.uk/goji_berry.html

And various other reading sources

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2 comments
Robyn says

Hmmm, now I’m going to need to go find some of these amazing berries. The benefits seem many to say the least!

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Paola says

I find goji berries so yummy, I have only had them raw, but would love to try the other versions too.

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