Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Goji Who? Goji What?

Goji Berries
Goji berries are chewy in texture with a tangy taste. Historically used in Asian dishes, the shriveled berry has been Westernized in smoothies, teas, juices, crunch bars, cereals, and pure. It's rich in antioxidants, beta-carotene, amino acids and potassium, in TCM it's thought to harmonize functions of the entire body. The recommended daily serving of 10 to 30 grams gives you more vitamin C , beta-carotene, and potassium than oranges, carrots, and bananas.

While some marketers have built a bit of a false hype around the little berry, it does have nutrients that encourages a healthy lifespan, when supplemented with a whole, well rounded diet.

Forever Young via Goji Berry:

  • Protects our DNA to help decelerate the aging process
  • Retains moisture & stimulates collagen production for younger looking skin
  • Protects skin from sun damage
  • Decreases stress & improves vision
The Goji Berry on Health:
  • Reduces the risk of allergies {respiratory & skin reactions}
  • Regulates blood sugar, detoxifies liver and aids in digestion
  • Controls cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Reduces inflammation
Please Pass The Skinny Jeans:
  • Goji berries help convert food to energy and not store it as fat
  • Helps control appetite with a lower glycemic index
  • Promotes lean muscle
  • Assists in recovery to stimulate muscle regeneration
When Buying Goji Berries It's Recommended To:
  • Review the ORAC score. The ORAC scale is used by the USDA to measure antioxidant potency. For antioxidants to be most effective, appropriate levels need to be consitent in the body. Goji berries are said to have about 250 per gram
  • Go for the organic
  • Avoid the overly bright red or bright orange berries {they are higher in sulfites}
  • Buy the berries rather then juice {but if you do prefer the juice, buy in glass bottles}
Have a super day!


  1. What a great discovery...I was not aware of these, thanks for introducing them to me!

    Liesl :)

  2. i've definitely heard of this little berry and i think i've tried it in a juice blend. i'll have to keep my eyes out for it.

  3. Oh my goodness! My mom drinks Goji juice all the time but I didn't know it helps you be skinnier. Yes, please!

  4. i think i have heard of this before? i think? but i have never tried it. i need some! i love berries, and this one should be consumed by me, STAT!

  5. Loving the benefits~
    with all the rich food i crave, controlling cholesterol level is a must~

  6. Oooh, thanks for this post! I've heard about goji berries, and this post really clarifies a few things. I can't wait to try them!

    Melanie @Unravelled Threads
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  7. My mom tried to grow a Goji berry bush once. Not sure it did so well, but I'd love to try some!

  8. Hmm, maybe I should put those in my dark chocolate cookies next time?!

  9. ohhhh thanks for the info! i'm going to have to see if they sell those at our market!! hope you're having a good week lady!

  10. I've never tried these but definitely will be doing so!
    xxoo Josie

  11. I've never tried them, I'll have to give them a go!
    Thanks Iva!!

  12. I've never tried them but I definitely will try them...Great post! I am crazy about healthy eating.
    Thanks for sharing!

  13. I keep hearing about these berries but never really knew what they were. Thanks for letting us know! I can't believe how good they are for the body. That's pretty amazing and now I'm definitely going to check them out. :)

    PS. You are so gorgeous in the photos below!!

  14. Ooo, I'll admit I've never heard of these. The more you learn ;) and I like the idea of promoting lean muscle. I work out but it's harder to get the muscle lean ... I'll have a look-out for these next time I'm at the groceries! Hope you've been having a great week so far!

  15. I was just reading an article about goji berries! And my friend likes these dark chocolate covered ones from Whole Foods..still healthy :)

  16. I am going to try some goji now!!

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  17. Interesting! Thanks for sharing.

  18. I was just reading about them so was keen to try... I wish the juice was just as good thought :)

  19. mmm i love goji berry juice but im on a hunt to find the real fruit asap! sounds delicious and ridiculously good for my health!

  20. Haha! I grew up drinking them in herbal soups but I never knew they were called Goji berries. Thanks for the info!

  21. I think I´ve seen this being chewed by old folks back home when I was younger, I just don´t know if they do still do it now. The nutritional facts are quite interesting. Thanks for sharing this!

  22. I love these berries, you have a great blog well done

  23. I so need to eat that, berries are scrumptious anywho but i have never heard of a Goji berry. Gracias for the facts :D

  24. I feel guilty I've never heard of these! Thanks for the tips! :)

  25. Wow! Good to know about your blog. I'm glad ya commented on mine the other day or I might not ever have discovered yours. I'm always looking for new ways to keep healthy and fit!

  26. I love goji berries! I like to eat the dark chocolate covered ones ... so, not exactly all that healthy in the end, but still!

    x Jasmine

  27. I've never even heard of them, I will have to try one sometime. They seem great for you!


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