5 Essential Facts About the Goji Berry

By Sara Corceiro | 2013/10/26 - 16:08:02

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You might have already heard about the Goji berry, also known as Lycium or Wolfberry. For many years, this small reddish fruit has been used for health benefits in Asia, but it recently became a mainstream nourishment in the Western world and it has been proclaimed as a miracle food. Why? 

Goji keeps you young. Goji berries contain high levels of antioxidants, extremely effective in protecting you against harmful Free Radicals that are responsible for damaging cells in your organism. This means that, when you eat them regularly, you are helping your body preventing several diseases and actually slowing the aging process.

Goji protects your eyes. Goji berries contain Vitamin A, Zeaxanthin and Beta-Carotene, compounds associated with healthier eyes. Goji protects your eyesight and prevents certain eye conditions such as macular degeneration.

Goji puts you in "zen mode". Goji can also provide relief in situations of insomnia or stress. Regular consumption of goji berries can help to improve sleep patterns. By reducing the amount of cortisol released by the body during periods of stress, it can relieve tension and stimulate a feeling of calmness.

Goji is easy to eat. The market is overwhelmed with processed juices, powders and pills, but the best way to really get all the benefits from the Goji berry is to eat it fresh or dried. Try to eat a small portion (10 to 30 grams) of dried goji everyday. You can eat it simple or mix it with your cereal, yogurt or salad.

Goji is good in small doses. Like all foods, Goji can be bad if consumed in large quantities, so be sure to stick to the recommended dose. It can also be harmful when consumed along with some drugs for Diabetes or Hypertension, so be sure to speak with your doctor if you fit in any of these conditions. 

Goji strengthens the immune system and can help you achieve great results, so save a small space for goji on your diet if you want to achieve a healthier life. 

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