6 Health Benefits of Goji Berry
Goji berries are small red fruits that is native to Asia. It is a popular ingredient in ancient Chinese medicine because of its amazing health benefits, hence it is called a ‘superfood’. Goji berries usually come in powdered or dried form and almost never fresh to keep its nutritional value for a long period of time.
This super berry has gained popularity in the recent years in Western countries and we are going to tell you why:
- Highly nutritious
Goji berries are highly nutritious! Even a small serving of this fruit is loaded with fiber, iron, vitamins A and C. Iron is an essential mineral for the production of healthy red blood cells while vitamin A and C support your immune system and act as antioxidants. Antioxidants are extremely important, keep reading to learn about antioxidants!
- Source of antioxidants
Goji berries are a great source of antioxidants. Typically, goji berries contain 2 to 4 times the amount of antioxidants found in blueberries! Antioxidants are extremely important, because it neutralizes the damaging effects of free radicals in the body. If these free radicals are not neutralized by antioxidants, it can damage healthy cells and lead to chronic diseases (heart disease, cancer, diabetes).
- Boost immune system
Goji berries are a source of antioxidants, which is why it can boost your immune system by neutralizing free radicals. Also, since it contains large amounts of vitamin A and C, it can help to strengthen your immunity and preventing illnesses. Because of these properties, goji berries have widely been used in traditional Asian medicine to fight off illness, infection, and to naturally boost immunity.
- Promotes healthy skin
Who doesn't want healthy skin? Goji berries contain beta-carotene, which is a red/orange pigment found in plants and fruits that is converted in our body as vitamin A. Beta-carotene is a common ingredient in skincare to improve skin health, reduce skin irritation, manage the damaging effects of UV rays as well as the impact of aging. A better way to promote healthy skin is to consume the benefits rather than applying it!
- Protects the eyes
Goji berries have also gotten a lot of attention by people who are concerned about the macula, which is a part in the eye that influences your eyesight. Cells which are responsible for our detailed and straight-ahead vision are made up mostly of zeaxanthin and this is found in Goji berries. A healthy level of this compound actually reduces one’s risk for vision loss.
- Stabilizes blood sugar levels
This superfood also helps to control the release of sugar into the blood. Studies have shown that goji berries balance insulin and glucose levels in the blood. Though, people who take medication for blood thinners, blood pressure or diabetes should avoid consuming goji berries.
How to use our Organic Goji Berry powder?
Goji berries have a subtle sweet taste and is super versatile too. Add 1 teaspoon of goji berry powder into your tea, smoothie, yoghurt, baked goods, oatmeal & more!
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