Goji Berry – Berry of Happiness and Health

Goji Berry – Berry of Happiness and Health

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Goji berries have been an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, and more recently a common sight on supermarket shelves, with good reason.

Native to the temperate and subtropical regions of China, Mongolia and the Tibetan Himalayas, raw goji berries are about the size of your pinkie fingertip, if not smaller.

They are similar in taste to raisins but more tart, with a natural tinge of sweetness and slight herb-like aftertaste. Their tiny seeds, containing fiber, add a nice texture to your meals. These shrivelled red berries are alleged to boost the immune system and brain activity, while also protecting against heart disease and cancer, and improving life expectancy.

Scientific research has yet to support such claims, but there’s no denying that goji berries are rich in plant-based antioxidants and compounds. They contain a lot of vitamins A, C, and B2, along with iron, selenium and polysaccharides. As a plus, goji berries are low in calories, fat-free and packed with fiber to help with weight management and regularity.

Look for dried goji berries whole or ground in powders and drinks, available at health food stores and markets. They can be eaten raw or cooked, on their own or as a tasty addition to tea, soup or hot cereal. The dried berries make a great instant snack or can be soaked in hot water before munching.

Enjoy goji berries in trail mixes, smoothies or as a garnish on cereals, salads or yogurts. They can be baked, cooked, steamed and processed in any way you like.