Unique Ingredient- Goji Berry
Goji berries are little red fruits that are most commonly eaten dried or in a powdered form. They are filled with antioxidants and contain dozens of powerful medicinal properties. The powerful superfruit, also known as wolfberries, are native to Asia and are considered both a fruit and an herb. On the outside they have a beautiful, vibrant red coloring with a sweet and earthy taste on the inside.
Goji berries have been used in medicine for thousands of years and are most commonly known to help maintain healthy eyesight, strengthening the liver, kidneys and lungs and slowing down signs of aging. Goji berries are highly nutritious, containing tons of vitamins A, C and iron.
Iron, Vitamin C & Vitamin A
Iron is an essential mineral our bodies need to help move oxygen around the body. Without enough iron, our bodies can’t make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is an essential part of our red blood cells that transfer oxygen from our lungs to the tissues. Without it we become anemic and experience symptoms such as fatigue and difficulties breathing.
Since vitamin C is an essential vitamin, which means our bodies can’t produce it on its own, it’s important to eat foods that contain it, such as goji berries. Among many things, vitamin C is crucial for repairing body tissue. Collagen is an essential component in creating new tissue and vitamin C is needed to produce it. If you’re healing from a wound or tissue damage in general, try incorporated goji berries into your diet to help in the development of new body tissue.
Vitamin A helps preserve a clear and healthy eyesight. Our bodies need this vitamin to help convert the lights that hit our eyes into currents that are eventually sent to our brain. When someone is deficient in vitamin A, a common symptom is having difficulty seeing at night, also known as nyctalopia. Vitamin A is important in maintaining a functioning and balanced reproductive system in all genders. Among many things, this vitamin specifically helps ensure the healthy development and growth of embryos during the entire pregnancy. Vitamin A guides the growth of the unborn child’s organs, nervous system, lungs, kidneys and more.
Goji berries are high in antioxidants which help fight against free radicals in our bodies. Antioxidants are a very powerful healing tool for our bodies that help to protect us against chronic illnesses. One antioxidant in particular found in goji berries is zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin helps protect our eyes and retinas from getting damaged. Countless studies have shown the positive effects goji berries have on strengthening eye health and protecting against vision loss.
Beta-carotene is what gives a goji berry it’s beautiful color! It’s packed with antioxidants that help promote good skin health by protecting it against UV radiation as well as boosting immunity and maintain good vision.
Multiple studies have connected the consumption of goji berried with significant spikes in energy levels, quality of sleep and overall boosts in moods. Goji berries have been proven to help reduce stress, increase focus and mental clarity as well as help improve athletic performances!
How to incorporate Goji Berries into your diet
Goji berries come in a variety of forms including dried, powdered and juiced. Goji berry powders are a very common superfood that can be added to smoothies, juices or teas. A great and easy way to incorporate goji berries into your diet is through the LiveMore Organics Mind Over Mango Smoothie Blend. This blend incorporates organic mangoes, strawberries, cherries, dates and goji berries, quickly becoming one of our most coveted flavors.
Incorporating dry or powdered goji berries in your smoothies or on top of bowls is a delicious way to help boost your immune system. Snacking on dried goji berries is another one of my favorite ways to eat them. Goji berries can add an earthy zest to your cereal, oatmeal, granola or trail mix. They taste great baked in cookies, muffins or even pancakes! If you’re not a fan of the dried consistency, rehydrating the berries are a great way to soften them up.