The best Goji Berries are grown in Tibet and Mongolia and harvested in conditions that far exceed organic standards in the United States.
If you’re looking for a truly healthy and delicious snack food that you can eat right out of the bag while at home or on the run, I give my highest recommendation to authentic Tibetan Goji berries, known in many parts of Asia as nature’s most antioxidant-rich fruit. For more than 2,000 years, Tibetan Goji berries have been used in traditional Chinese medicine to promote longevity, organ strength, and emotional balance.
Traditionally dried Goji berries have a pleasant chewy texture, and taste like a cross between sweet cherries and plums. You can enjoy them straight out of the bag like we usually do, or you can add them to cold and hot cereals, smoothies, trail mixes, grain dishes, stews, and baked goods.
Authentic Tibetan Goji berries have been observed by many health practitioners, to have the following physiological effects when consumed on a regular basis:
- Prevent overeating by curbing appetite
- Improve energy levels
- Improve eyesight, particularly in people who work in front of a computer on a daily basis
These and other health benefits are due to the many health-promoting nutrients found in authentic Tibetan Goji berries, the main ones being:
- Carotenoids – powerful antioxidants that can increase the strength of your immune system and decrease your risk of developing cancer. Goji berries are the richest food source of carotenoids that we know of.
- Vitamin C – another powerful antioxidant that can support your immune system. Regular intake of real vitamin C is essential to tissue healing and promoting healthy teeth and gums.
- Betaine – a nutrient that promotes healthy liver function.
- Healthy protein – Goji berries contain eighteen amino acids, including all eight essential amino acids, making it a complete protein (rare for plant foods).
- Numerous minerals – Goji berries are packed with twenty-one trace minerals, including calcium, iron, zinc, copper, selenium, germanium, and phosphorus. Goji berries have been measured to have 15 times more iron than spinach.
- Beta-Sitosterol – a powerful and all-natural anti-inflammatory agent.
- Natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents (sesquiterpenoids).
- Polysaccharides – nutrients known as “Master Molecules,” which work together to support your immune system.
Goji berries are also a good source of vitamins B1, B2, B6, and E.