What Are Goji Berries?

This superfruit from Asia has a myriad of health benefits

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It's easy to add this superfood to your diet!

Goji berries are popping up in chocolates, salads, energy bars, and more. Experts say they help prevent breast cancer. So what are they?

Goji berries are oblong, football-shaped berries that grow on evergreen shrubs found in subtropical regions in China, Mongolia, and the Tibetan Himalayas. They are often referred to as a “superfood” for their properties in boosting immunity and longevity, improving eyesight, balancing pH levels, protecting liver function, and helping insomnia, among a myriad of other beneficial functions.

David Wolfe, author of Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future, writes, “Goji berries are perhaps the most nutritionally rich berry-fruit on the planet.” They are a complete protein source, and contain 19 different amino acids (on par with bee pollen), including all eight essential amino acids, like adrenal-supporting phenylalanine and serotonin-building tryptophan, and minerals like zinc, iron, and calcium, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B6, and E. “They typically contain two or four times the amount of antioxidants found in blueberries,” writes Wolfe.

You can buy goji berries dried, in powdered form, as a juice (made from goji concentrate), or oil. They taste excellent in energy bars and soup, or even as a super-healthy ice pop.

However, not everyone believes that goji berries are good for you. Well-known nutritionist Petronella Ravenshear says goji berries can severely irritate the stomach, so please be vigilant and eat goji berries in moderation. No superfood is a cure-all. They are just healthy items you can add to your regular diet. 

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