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Ten Interesting Facts About Goji Berries

  • The small red berries are also known as wolfberries and scientifically called Lycium barum.
  • Tibetan and Chinese healers have used them for centuries.
  • Although the majority are grown around China and the Himalayas goji berries also grow in the wild in several European countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands.
  • Goji berries contain 18 amino acids and 22 dietary minerals including zinc, calcium, iron and germanium, which is a strong immune stimulant rarely found in foods.
  • Amazingly they contain more iron than spinach, more vitamin C than oranges and more protein than meat.
  • They are popular among celebrities such as Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Mischa Barton.
  • Goji berries can be eaten raw, cooked, or dried and are used in herbal teas, juices and medicines. (They are usually dried for export as can be easily damaged during picking).
  • Goji berries are rich in antioxidants, particularly beta-carotene and zeaxanthin (good for eyesight, cancer prevention and a healthy heart).
  • There are claims that consumption of goji berries can boost energy, brain activity and sexual function.
  • Finally, goji berries contain a variety of vitamins including B1, B2, B6, and E, all of which are good for your skin.

They are making their way into several supermarkets in the UK in dried form but can also be purchased in health stores and on-line.  The beauty of purchasing form an on-line shop such as nu3 is that you can get variety such as goji chocolate and cereal.

 

 

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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