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What’s So Amazing about Goji Berries?

What’s So Amazing about Goji Berries?

Sep 27th 2013

Before we tell you about the amazing health benefits of goji berries, there is one thing you should know: Not every goji is created equal. Not only are our sun-dried goji berries raw, organic, and non-GMO, they are tested by a third party laboratory to be free of mold, heavy metals and pesticides to ensure purity beyond organic certification. Unlike other gojis, ours are sweet and moist—just the way they should be!

“These are by far the freshest gojis I've ever experienced. A local store has recently begun carrying organic goji berries in bulk. The quality does not compare to Sunfood’s!” - T

Goji BerriesWhy Are Goji Berries So Good for You?

Antioxidant Rich! One study showed that healthy adults aged 55-72 experienced significantly increased antioxidant levels, leading researchers to conclude that goji berries “might help prevent or reduce free radical-related conditions.”1

Longevity! The legend of master Chinese herbalist Li Ching Yuen’s long life was said to be mere folklore until an Imperial Chinese government record was found from 1827, congratulating Li Ching-Yuen on his 150th birthday. In addition to his practice of Qigong, an ancient exercise of breathing and movement, Yuen was said to have consumed goji berries daily.

Anti-Aging! According to Dr. Earl Mindell, R.Ph., M.H., Ph.D., bestselling author of 50 books on healing and nutrition, goji berries contain polysaccharides (long-chain sugars) which are known to be “a powerful secretagogue, (a substance that stimulates the secretion of rejuvenative human growth hormone [HGH] by the pituitary gland).”2 Stimulating our bodies to produce HGH is essential for retaining youth because we naturally produce less and less, the older we get.

Overall Wellness! In one study, healthy adults who consumed the juice of goji berries for two weeks filled out questionnaires to track changes to their overall health. The results showed significantly increased ratings for energy levels, athletic performance, quality of sleep, ease of awakening, ability to focus on activities, mental acuity, calmness, and feelings of health, contentment, and happiness. Researchers concluded that goji “increases subjective feelings of general well-being, and improves neurologic/psychologic performance.3

Eye Health! In one study, goji berries were found to increase antioxidant levels in the blood and protect elderly subjects from macular degeneration. Researchers concluded that consuming goji berries for 90 days increases “antioxidant levels as well as protects from hypopigmentation and soft drusen accumulation in the macula of elderly subjects.”4

Libido! Gojis are known to increase libido. An ancient Chinese proverb says it all, warning men who travel far from their wives: ““He who travels one thousand kilometers from home should not eat goji!”

Super Nutritious! Goji berries are a delicious energy-boosting superfood loaded with nutrients. A good source of potassium, iron, and selenium, they also have B vitamins, calcium, zinc, fiber and even protein! 

Check Out These Goji Berries Thriving in San Diego, CA!

Sara picking gojisMeet Sara Thompson, who’s worked at Sunfood for over 8 years. When she’s not getting Sunfood products on store shelves all over the world, she’s home tending a beautiful backyard garden, complete with goji berries growing wild!

The best part is that Sara started her thriving goji plants from the seeds of Sunfood’s very own raw, organic, non-GMO goji berries! Her gojis have been growing since 2010, offering one bountiful harvest every summer that we all get to enjoy here at Sunfood.

Sara's Goji Berries!“Growing gojis has been one of the most delightful things I’ve ever done,” says Sara with a big smile. “Having raw fresh gojis is one of the rare pleasures in life and everyone should do it because they’re so easy to grow! The more gojis you eat, the more benefits you get!”

Sara’s #1 tip for growing gojis: “Either contain them or they’ll take over! If you have the space, it’s best to plant them where they can go wild!”


Sunfood Goji Berries are the best!The Sunfood Difference

Our raw, organic, non-GMO goji berries are carefully cultivated and harvested, then sun-dried to maintain their potent raw qualities. To ensure absolute purity, we obtain third party laboratory tests to guarantee that that our goji berries are free of mold, heavy metals and pesticides. Unlike other gojis on the market, ours are moist and juicy—just the way they should be!

What People Are Saying…

“Hands down, the very best gojis out there on the market! I have tried quite a few varieties in the past six months, but nothing tops Sunfood’s. One of my very favorite snacks to eat throughout the day.” - Alan

“These berries are so tasty and tender. I use them for my eyes and have noticed such an improvement in my vision.” - Linda

“Best gojis ever! These gojis are plump and moist, not dry and hard as most gojis on the market. Most flavorful HANDS DOWN!!!!!!" - The Goji-myster

1 - “Lycium barbarum (goji) juice improves in vivo antioxidant biomarkers in serum of healthy adults.” Nutrition Research Journal, January 2009.
2 - Goji: The Himalayan Health Secret, by Dr. Earl Mindell, R.Ph., M.H., Ph.D, Momentum Media, Oct. 2003.
3 – “A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical study of the general effects of a standardized Lycium barbarum (Goji) Juice, GoChi.” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, May 2008.
4 - “Goji berry effects on macular characteristics and plasma antioxidant levels.” Optometry and Vision Science Journal, Feb. 2011.

Sunfood's "Natural Solutions" does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.