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Goji Berries: What They Are and What They Are Good For

Goji Berries: What They Are and What They Are Good For

Jun 29th 2018


If you’re not already familiar with the magic of goji berries you’re in for a super-healthy delicious treat! Even if you've heard of goji berries, you might be interested to learn they bear a vast nutritional profile and are insanely good for you.

Goji berries, aka wolfberries, are small deep-red berries that grow on shrubs and have been celebrated for their holistic properties throughout Asia (particularly China and Tibet) for thousands of years. While goji berries may be small they pack a serious punch when it comes to nutritional prosperity.

They’re extremely high in protein containing 18 aminos, 11 of which are essential, and that is extremely rare for a fruit. A single 1-cup serving can offer up to 12 grams of protein(1).

Antioxidants are abundant in goji berries with a hefty amount of vitamin C, and even more notably a substantial ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) profile, which offers remarkable prevention of free radical damage to our bodies overall(2).

Healthy vision is another solid perk that goji berries present with a hefty dose of beta-carotene (even more than carrots), and a valuable oxygenated carotenoid called zeaxanthin, that contains antioxidants, and blue light-absorbing properties(3). This is a huge benefit given the amount of time our eyes are exposed to electronic devices on a daily basis.

Studies have shown that goji berries have the ability to improve and sustain healthy cognitive function, especially as we age. One study in particular displayed notable results stating that wolfberries may have the ability to prevent neurodegenerative disease in the elderly(4).

Adding goji berries to your evening routine may help to support and improve restful sleep as they contain natural melatonin(5). Goji berry powder would be a great option for this purpose, added to your favorite tea or soothing evening elixir.

Goji berries have demonstrated a notable role in maintaining healthy testosterone levels(6), while also offering potential aphrodisiac qualities(7).

These are just a few of the standout benefits that goji berries can provide. Fresh goji berries are delicious but they are hard to come by due to the delicate nature of what is required to grow and harvest them. They are more readily available in sun-dried or in powder form, both of which offer exceptional bioavailability in terms of nutritional uptake - just make sure they’re always organic and non-GMO verified. The delicate sun-drying process of Sunfood goji berries ensures that the raw purity and nutritional integrity is maintained to provide an exceptional superfood product.

Flavor-wise, they’re almost cranberry-cherry-like and can be added to oatmeal, smoothies, and into a variety of recipes such as our Vegan Oatmeal Golden Goji Cookies.

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