The goji berry, also known as the wolfberry, is a superfruit and offers significant nutrient value. The berries are rich in key vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, Vitamin A, zinc, iron, fiber and antioxidants, as well as eight essential amino acids. Goji berries are also an excellent source of protein; just a 4-ounce serving satisfies almost 10% of the daily value. At just 23 calories for a one-ounce serving makes the berries an excellent alternative for low-calorie and low-sugar snacking.
The goji berry plant is native to Asia, although it is now commercially grown in Canada and the United States.
Ripe goji berries are a bright orange-red color, and are oval- or ellipse-shaped. Each berry has a sort of ‘embryo’ inside that’s full of juices and the berry’s seeds.
Traditionally, goji berries are cooked before consumption, however today the berries are commonly dried, concentrated into a juice, puréed or boiled for herbal tea. Drinking goji berry juice has proved to be noticeably effective for increasing energy, quality of sleep, athletic performance, focus and concentration, and overall wellbeing. The nutrients in goji berries make them ideal for:
- Boosting the immune system
- Promoting better cardiovascular health
- Potentially supplementing weight loss
- Supporting healthy digestion and overall gastrointestinal health
- Strengthening musculoskeletal systems
- Improving eye health
- Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels and alleviating resistance to insulin
- Treating diabetes naturally
- Increasing testosterone and fertility
- Reducing fatigue and stress
- Fighting anxiety, depression and other mood disorders