Goji berries are small, orange-red raisin-like berries with a chewy consistency and tangy taste. Originally from the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Mongolia, traditional Chinese medicine has been using them for thousands of years to promote strength and longevity. Recently goji berries have become popular as a superfood due to their reputed ability to protect immunity, brain function and heart health.
Goji berries are one of the most nutrient dense fruits and a particularly rich source of antioxidants. High in flavonoids, polyphenols, beta-carotene (more than carrots) and vitamins A, C (500 times more than oranges) and E, their ability to scavenge free radicals is thought to boost the immune system, inhibit the growth of cancer cells and protect skin from sun-damage. Goji berries contain all 8 essential fatty acids (making them a complete protein) and have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Eat alone or added to trail mix, muesli, granola or oatmeal. They can also be added to smoothies.
May have adverse interactions with blood thinners like warfarin – check with your physician.