So what’s the big deal about these dried, scrunched up little red berries?
Used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years, wolf berries as they are also known, are an excellent source of antioxidants because of their oxygen radical absorbance cpacity (ORAC) value. An ORAC value indicates a food’s antioxidant power on a relative scale. Antioxidants protect cells against breaking down when they are exposed to elements such as smoke and radiation. What’s more, foods with healthy levels of antioxidants are often high in fibre and low in unhealthy fats.
Similar to the benefits you get from eating other berries, goji berries are loaded with beta-carotene (a pigment found in plants and fruits) which helps promote healthy skin.
Goji berries have also been known to help boost the immune system and protect the eyes — talk about a super fruit. And like other berries, goji berries are also an excellent source of vitamin C and can reduce tough cold symptoms.
In addition, goji berries provide 11 essential amino acids — more than other common berries.
This tart berry with a sweet aftertaste, is low in calories and high in protein and a range of vitamins and minerals including iron, copper, selenium and vitamin A.
Regular consumption of goji berries may improve energy levels, exercise performance and overall feelings of wellbeing.
Eat goji berries raw or soak them in hot water before munching or drinking. Add goji berries to trail mixes, smoothies or as a garnish on cereals, salads, yogurts or açaí bowls like we do (pictured above) for you to enjoy between 7am and 3pm weekdays at Juiced @ The Wicket.
Come and see us for your goji berry fix!