The precious high mountain Goji berries are a true fountain of youth and are one of my favorite foods to eat. This is not the hard, dried little berry you may have eaten in the past. This heavenly, delicious, bitter sweet, soft and plump red berry packs a punch of a taste alone or in a salad or smoothie, oatmeal, cookie or anyway you might use a raisin.
Goji berries have a long list of health benefits. In China’s first encyclopedia, Shen Nong’s Materia Medica, written in the 1st century Goji was classified as a “super tonic”, a class of herbs that people should take on a on-going basis to preserve youth and to promote a general well-being. Two thousand years later, people are still consuming Goji for the same reason. Ron Teeguarden of Dragon Herbs states that its “an extremely hardly plant with a biochemistry that can help build your adaptability and stress resilience”.
Gojo Berries are a high-ORAC antioxidants rich superfruit/tonic herb featuring important phytochemicals such as beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, betaine, unique immune-potentiating polysaccharides, trace minirals and vitamins.
David Wolfe, respected authority on super foods nutrition, states polysaccharides are the very large, long-chain sugar molecules that are nourishment for mactrophages (large white blood cells) in the walls of intestines. The macrophages are then transported to other immune cells, setting of a chain of beneficial defensive events in our body. They are also a great source of a complete protein. I have read many times that their high-ORAC rating places them 10 x’s higher than blueberries in anti-oxidants.
Goji berries strengthen the immune system and may stimulate release of rejuvenating human hormone by the pituitary gland. Goji berries have been known to be strength building adding longevity and increasing sexual potency. In some study groups with elderly people given goji berries they increased optimism, appetite improvement, better sleep, and some patients partially or fully recovered their sexual function. Some even claim that the Goji is a spiritually significant food.
Goji berries can be used like raisins. You can add them to trail mix, oatmeal, granola or eat them straight out of the bag! They are great to take on camping trips, on the go snacks or sprinkled on your favorite dessert. This easy to eat super food is just packed full of benefits and delicious taste.
Our absolute favorite, plump and juicy, Ron Teeguarden’s Dragon Herbs Goji berries in our store! They are the best that I’ve found so make sure to purchase a bag or two so you can have Goji berries on hand to sprinkle in your favorite snack or toss in your trailmix!
In health and in joy,
Sources: Ron Teegarden , David Wolfe (longevity warehouse)