Goji Berry Your Beauty!

benefits of goji berriesGoji Berry Benefits

Goji berries are becoming a main stream super fruit in North America and have been introduced to health food stores in many different forms, including Goji berries, Goji powder and even skin care products containing the essence of Goji berries.  They provide both nutritional and antioxidant support for  those of you who are interested in natural skin care.

It is also know as the “wolfberry” and is the fruit of Lycium barbarum and Lycium (Chinese). The Goji berries are a product of the Goji plant, which is grown in Tibet, China and Mongolia and has been an important part of Chinese medicine for several hundred years now but there is also a variety of goji berry that centers out the United States (California, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas) and parts of Europe.  Goji berries are adaptogen which, helps your body deal with stress and nourishes your adrenal glands.  It is used for:

Boosting immunity
Improvement of eyesight
Providing protection to the liver and kidneys
A flawless wonderful complexion
Balances the  jing energy of your adrenal and kidneys
Longevity
Balances alkalinity
Improves eyesight
Anti-aging
Headaches
Insomnia
Blood-Building (over 11 mg of iron per 100/grams)
Libido booster
Enhances cardiovascular health (helps fight cholesterol)
Helps control high blood sugar
Stimulates collagen production
Helps your skin retain moisture

Today, Goji berries are used in topical application creams and lotions and are an important ingredient in many skin care products.  Look for products where the Goji berries have been cold-pressed and air-dried without the use of any preservatives. Techniques like heat processing and the addition of chemicals and preservatives tend to reduce the effects of the Goji berries.

Beautiful skin is a result of healthy eating and the use of natural skin care products. Goji berries meet all the required standards and qualify as one of the best ingredients to include in your daily diet.   These berries contain over 19 amino acids (like tryptophan that builds serotonin and phenylalanine that keeps your adrenals happy).  There are a also contain vitamins B1, B2, B6 and vitamins E.  Goji berries are filled with trace minerals, over 21 to be precise like selenium, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, iron and copper. Don’t give up your blueberries but goji berries have over 2-4 times the antioxidants of the tasty purple treats.

All goji berries are NOT created equal. Here are some buying tips:

  1. Make sure they are organic.  Even if they state “wildcrafted” it still could mean they have been sprayed with harmful pesticides and chemicals.
  2. They should be soft, rich in red color and slightly moist.  Not overly wet and shockingly red or they may gave been soaked in sugar water & dye.    Hard and dry berries – no good!

All you need is about a handful a day (20-40ish grams) to reap the benefits.  Now they do have a slight bitter edge to them, almost medicinal but still tasty once you get use to them.  What I like to do is soak them in fresh squeezed orange juice, it plumps the goji berries up and makes them more palatable. Find raw organic goji berries in our Fountain of Youth Raw Superfood Blenz.

<3, Nicole

 

2 thoughts on “Goji Berry Your Beauty!

  1. I am a 62 year old woman. 5ft 4ins and 9.7 stones. I have recently been on the michael mosely fasting diet 5-2. Thats 5 normal days and 2 fasting days of eating 500 cals of good food. Not sure if I have lost any weight yet? But feel better for it.
    I have been reading about the benefits of goji berries for anti aging good skin energy etc. What do you think?
    A few years ago I had a nervous breakdown when my husband was ill, during that time I visited a cognitive behaviour therapist who talked about “fight or flight”, I read that goji berries help stress too.

    1. Hi Kathleen,
      Thanks for stopping by! Goji berries are a great adaptogen for stress and anti-aging. Give them a try! How do you find that diet works for you? Does it have long-term potential? I would really just make a complete lifestyle change to loss the extra weight and keep it off. Let me know if you need some help or you can buy my book that has a meal plan in it to help you along.
      <3,
      Nicole

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