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:
Improvement of eyesight
Providing protection to the liver and kidneys
A flawless wonderful complexion
Balances the jing energy of your adrenal and kidneys
Blood-Building (over 11 mg of iron per 100/grams)
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:
- Make sure they are organic. Even if they state “wildcrafted” it still could mean they have been sprayed with harmful pesticides and chemicals.
- 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.