Goji berry is the fruit of lycium barbarum, which can be found in Mongolia, northwestern China and in the Himalayas of the Tibet region. The wonderful plant produces beautiful star-shaped flowers which will turn into orange-red berries. The ripe fruit is gathered in the fall, then steamed and dried under the full sun or a radiant source of heat. Goji berry has a pleasant tangy taste that is both sweet and sour.
Goji berry is also considered a “Super Fruit.” Studies have found that goji berries are not only rich in vitamins A and C, but also contain high levels of antioxidants. Nutrients such as anthocyanins, bioflavonoids and phytonutrients are able to provide protection against harmful free radicals in our bodies. These nutrients tonify the liver and kidneys, help boost our immune system, lower cancer risks, maintain cardiovascular health, reduce blood glucose and cholesterol levels, and obesity. In addition, the high levels of antioxidants help delay our premature aging.
Goji berry is good for our eyesight. It contains zeaxanthin, which has the ability to protect the retina of the eye. Regular dietary intake of goji berries may lower the risk of having age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a vision problem that may develop during our aging process.