Depending on who you ask, the Goji berry is either one of nature’s superfoods or it’s an overrated scam. As is the case with many natural health products, the proof is not necessarily in the tests, but in the testimonials. I personally know of many suffers of ME, Fibromyalgia and other ‘incurable’ ailments who swear by Goji berry benefits. On the other hand, my doctor would probably try to tell me otherwise. I know who I believe!
First of all, what is the Goji berry? The Goji berry, also called the Chinese Wolfberry, is a small, red, raisin-like berry with an incredible nutritional make-up, grown in the sub-tropical climates of China, Mongolia and Tibet.
So what makes Goji berries so special? Goji berries contain more beta carotene than carrots, more vitamin C than oranges, more iron and antioxidants than spinach and more protein than whole wheat. Goji is also a good source of essential fatty acids and boasts high levels of polysaccharides that are thought to stimulate the immune system. There are even investigations into its ability to reduce the incidence of cancer.
As well as some impressive nutritional qualities, the most commonly reported benefits are increased energy, better sleep, clearer thinking, weight loss, reduced anxiety and enhanced moods to name but a few. Even pets respond well to these berries! In fact, this is just a small sampling of the benefits of these incredible berries. Regardless of what you suffer from, Goji berry benefits are significant.
For me personally, living with anxiety and depression, I found just the mental clarity and having more energy made them worth their weight in gold. I do admit, I was skeptical at first, but after a week or so I was sold! The great thing about them is that they make a super healthy snack without worrying about packing on the pounds, and for anyone who suffers from depression you’ll know why that’s such a big deal… as the saying goes, a moment on the lips and a lifetime on the hips!