How To Use Goji Berries
Goji berries are easy to use and there are so many ways to enjoy them. Make your own Goji Juice by simply rehydrating the berries in water or juice for about ten minutes and add to your favorite blender drinks. For an effective daily amount you only need a small handful or about 14 grams. Use them in hot and cold cereals, blender drinks, fruit juice blends, tea, trail mixes, soups, whole fruit and nut bars, bread, baked goods, salads, and raw food recipes. Let your imagination SOAR with this creative culinary delight!
Goji Berry Benefits
Low in calories, fat-free, a good source of fiber, a high-antioxidant food, and has a wide range of phytonutrients, vitamins, and trace minerals, putting Goji in the category of “superfood”. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, goji berry benefits include increased ratings for energy levels, athletic performance, quality of sleep, ease of awakening, ability to focus on activities, mental acuity, calmness, feelings of health, contentment, and happiness, and significantly reduced fatigue and stress.
Based on ORAC scores provided by the Nutrient Data Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, and Agricultural Research Service of the U.S.D.A. – Department of Agriculture, below are some of the top antioxidant foods scores:
- Goji berries: 25,000 ORAC score
- Wild blueberries: 14,000 ORAC score
- Dark chocolate: 21,000 ORAC score
- Pecans: 17,000 ORAC score
- Artichoke: 9,400 ORAC score
- Elderberries: 14,000 ORAC score
- Kidney beans: 8,400 ORAC score
- Cranberries: 9,500 ORAC score
- Blackberries: 5,300 ORAC score
- Cilantro: 5,100 ORAC score
Goji Berries are a great source of antioxidants and phytonutrients that help protect skin and eye health. Thanks to their ability to reduce blood glucose, regulate cholesterol levels and keep triglycerides at an ideal balance, they’re also shown to prevent heart disease. Goji berries help increase your ability to fight disease, effectively manage your weight and experience better digestion. Usually eaten raw, dried, or in liquid and powder form.
¼ cup of dried goji berries has:• 100 calories
• 0 grams fat
• 3 grams fiber
• 13 grams sugar
• 4 grams protein
• 140 percent DV vitamin A
• 35–163 percent DV vitamin C
• 100 vitamin DV B2
• 91 percent DV selenium
• 24 percent DV potassium
• 10–100 percent DV iron
• 4–10 percent DV calcium
• 18 amino acids (11 of which are essential)
• 5 sources of healthy, unsaturated fatty acids, alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid
• Phytochemicals, including beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lycopene, cryptoxanthin, lutein, and polysaccharides
Over 20 other trace minerals including zinc, iron, phosphorus, and riboflavin (vitamin B2). Ounce for ounce, goji berries offer more beta-carotene than carrots and more iron than soybeans and spinach nutrition, which makes them a great source to help stave off iron deficiency!
Goji Berries are a power-packed superfood that should be a consistent part of our diet for long life and good health.