There are tons of vitamin and mineral packed foods out there but are they as snackable? Are you really going to snack on spirulina? No. This is not to put spirulina down but to show how versatile the goji berry is, how it can bridge the health food gap because it tastes good.
Ok but what do they actually do and how should I use them . . . ?
The unique nutritional content of goji berries is supportive to the immune system. The nutritional content of the goji berry includes the following:
- 18 amino acids
- a huge spectrum of caroteniods
- vitamin C
- polysaccarides that support the production of HGH (human growth hormone)
Poly (multi) saccaride (sugar), polysaccarides are multi-chained sugars, they occur in wide spectrum and are common in many plants. The variety found in goji berries are of great benefit to helping the body to regulate cholesterol, support the immune system, endocrine system, reproductive system and to nourish the blood.
Their Role in Chinese Medicine
Goji berries are one of the topic medicinal herbs in all of Chinese medicine. This says alot because Chinese medicine contains hundreds of herbs and is roughly 4000 years old (give or take). According to Chinese medicine goji berries nurture our Yin aspect. As such they help to moisten the body and help the body to produce fluids. This is why they are good for the reproductive system.
How to use them?
There are a variety ways of to use the berry, you can:
- snack on them
- add them to smoothies
- add them to trail mixes
- last but not least make a tea with them
Goji berries as a tea is one of the most common and traditional ways to use them. It is simple, effective and makes a very good tasting tea. Add a small handful to a cup of water, bring to boil, them let simmer for 15 minutes. Cool, strain and drink. You can use goji berry tea as a base for other teas; it makes a great base for green tea, yerba mate and rooibos.
And, if you have not tried Goji Berry bars yet consider adding one or five of them to your next order, you will not be disappointed. They are crunchy, a bit chewy, sweet and satisfying. In China they say that a handful of goji berries in the morning will keep you smiling all day. In my experience this is true, eat more goji berries and notice how your mood shifts. Try it for your self.