The power of the goji berry
Goji berries. They’re the latest trendy, super food that are packed into the shopping baskets of health-conscious shoppers. They’ve been called a ‘fountain of youth’ and some have even claimed they could help with diabetes, cancer or fatigue. While research to support these claims is limited, it has revealed a whole host of other benefits. But what exactly are goji berries? And how can you benefit from including them in your basket?
Crammed with vitamins and minerals
The small orange-red berries, which originate from North and Central China, are crammed full of important vitamins and minerals. The fruit contains 18 amino acids, as well as plenty of vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and vitamin E. Gram for gram, they contain more iron than steak and spinach, and more beta carotene and vitamin C than carrots and oranges respectively.
High in important antioxidants
They’re also high in antioxidants, which protect cells against breaking down when exposed to elements such as air pollution and UV rays. Foods with healthy levels of antioxidants are often high in fibre and low in unhealthy fats. Goji berries are particularly high in the antioxidant zeaxanthin, which protects the eyes and skin from environmental aggression, such as dryness or sweat.
Packed full of protein
Fantastic for vegetarians and vegans, goji berries have a dense protein value. A 100g serving of the fruit contains almost 10% of the recommended daily intake of protein, which keeps you fuller for longer and prevents unnecessary and unhealthy snacking.
Help increase overall wellbeing
Research suggests that goji berries can make you feel better and boost your overall health and wellbeing. It’s suggested that they boost your immune system and brain activity, protect against heart disease and cancer, reduce arthritis pain, and improve life expectancy. Although further research is needed to back up these claims, it’s easy to see why they’re believed to contribute to your health and wellbeing as they’re jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and protein.
Contribute to a healthy, balanced diet
For those who are watching what they eat and ensuring they’re following a well-rounded diet, goji berries can be the perfect snack. Low in calories and packed full of nutrition, they’re an ideal substitute to other snacks with a higher sugar content. The rich, sweet taste, alongside the high fibre content, can help you stay on track whilst eating healthily. Why not add them to St Helen’s Farm goats’ milk yogurt or include them in your favourite salad?
They’ve been called a ‘fountain of youth’ and some have even claimed they could help with diabetes, cancer or fatigue