Superfood in the Spotlight: Goji Berries

It has been a while but here it is, the third post of the series Superfood in the Spotlight! This time all about Goji berries.

Goji berries were discovered by Tibetan Monks around 1300 years ago. After eating these not toxic berries the monks discovered they felt better and more energetic and since then goji berries are often prescribed in the traditional Chinese Medicine. They are part of the Lycium barbarum which is a bush of the nightshade family. During the summer the plant produces the sweet goji fruits which are red in colour. They are still imported from China and Tibet, almost always dried.

Goji berries are rich in beta carotene which enhances your sight. They also contain Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, C and E. Additionally they contain 11 essential minerals and 22 trace elements. The polysaccharides they contain account for about 31% of the dry weights and are a great source of energy. The dietary fibers help the digestive system. Several studies show that Goji berries enhance your overall vitality levels, give you more energy, have a positive effect on your immune system, your mind and your digestive system. In addition there is evidence that they help with menstrual complaints and make sure you have a smooth skin and strong nails.

Goji berries have the size of a raisin en have a mild, almost licorice-like (dropachtige) taste. You can eat them as a snack like nuts, add them to your granola, quark, oats, smoothies or make cookies with them!

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