Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Goji Berries

The goji berry has been making waves these days in the health food and news circles. People are talking about the possible health benefits of the little red fruit and are marveling at how well kept a secret goji berries have been for the past… Oh, few centuries?

That’s right. The goji berry isn’t new by any means. In fact, mention of this little fruit packed with nutrition has been found as far back as the 7th century. Those most familiar with the goji berry are people who live in Asia and the berry was used for years in Chinese medicine. The benefits the fruit is said to have include improved vision and liver functioning, as well as being able to boost the immune system. Some speak of the goji berry as having aphrodisiac powers and others mention cancer-fighting properties.

Well, the truth is that for all we’d like to think of the goji berry as a miracle cure to our woes and ailments, for the most part it is basically like any fruit. However, medical research has shown that goji increases the body’s production of a special enzyme which reduces the risk of myelin loss by inhibiting lipid peroxidation. Studies also reveal that goji’s flavenoids protect against narrowing of the arteries and its polysaccharaide molecules and antioxidants help to repair free radical damage, particularly in alzheimers sufferers. So the benefits of the goji berry are substantial.

Nutritionally, goji berries are a great choice, packing plenty of carbohydrates and protein which make it a fantastic snack food. As a juice, more of the vitamins remain intact and the goji berry is certainly a healthy choice as a drink. Dried, the fruit can be added to meals or sprinkled on dishes for a splash of colored. Goji berries can also be enjoyed raw.

The taste is nice, somewhere between a cross of cranberry and raisin. Not too tart; not too sweet. The goji berry certainly expands the choice of healthy snacks and drinks our body needs for nutrition and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Replacing soda pop with goji berry juice is a smart choice, and chips can take a backseat with dried goji berries on hand.

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