Martha Edwards of That’s Fit has gone gaga for goji berries! Take a look:
Ever heard of goji berries? You should have -- they're the new kids on the superfoods block, the health food that everyone seems to be talking about these days (including us -- we wrote about them here, here , here and here.) Still not sure what all the hype is about? Here are some health benefits that have been attributed to goji berries:Dr. Fuhrman is a BIG advocate of goji berries. Check it out:
Here's a bit of history on the goji berry: Also called the wolfberry, Lycium barbarum, gou qi zi Fructus and lycii, they grow naturally in areas of China, Mongolia and the Himalayas in Tibet. They're packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, iron, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, which is part of the reason they're so good for you.
- Boosted liver protection and immune function
- Improved eyesight
- Increased sexual function and fertility
- Increased muscle strength
- Improved circulation
- Greater longevity
Goji berries are burnt–red in color and about the size of a raisin. Slightly sweet and tart, they taste like a cross between a raisin, a cranberry and a cherry. Gathered and sundried in the wilds of Tibet and Mongolia, they are not fumigated, processed or artificially sweetened in any way. Goji berries, which contain 18 amino acids, 21 trace minerals and are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, can be used in many recipes. Some folks like to soak them in water for 10–15 minutes to soften and plump them up. They make a great nutrient boost in smoothies.I love goji berries! Here are the impressive nutrition facts for an 8 ounce bag: Goji Berries.