Organic Goji Berries
ANTIOXIDANTS AND IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORT
Native to Northwestern China, Goji berries have been used as a health tonic in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 6,000 years. Also known as Lycium barbarum fruit, the oblong berries are bright red and contain 20-40 small seeds. The berries can be eaten raw, cooked, dried like raisins, made into a juice or wine, brewed for tea or prepared as a tincture. But it’s the extracted phytochemicals used in nutritional supplements that provide the most potent health benefits.
More commonly called wolfberries in China, concentrated forms of Goji berries have been used in traditional Chinese medicine to manage diabetes, high blood pressure, fever and age-related eye problems. The dark red color found in goji berries contain natural anti-oxidants (mostly polysaccharides), which may help protect the body against oxidative damage. They also contain vitamins: C, B2 and A, plus iron and selenium. They are considered by many to boost the immune system and brain activity and improve life expectancy.
In addition, Goji berries contain complex starches called Lycium barbarum polysaccharides which may benefit immune function and reduce the type of fatigue that is associated with living at high altitudes.
Goji berries contain an abundant amount of Zeaxanthin, which is an antioxidant in the carotenoid family (a group of naturally-occurring, fat-soluble pigments found in plants, which play a key role in our immune system support). Also, these nutrition-packed berries contain beta-carotene, which is a carotenoid pigment in orange-red foods like goji, pumpkin, carrot, and salmon. Beta-carotene is important for the synthesis of vitamin A, which is a fat-soluble nutrient and antioxidant that is essential for normal growth, vision, cell structure, bones and teeth, and healthy skin. The beta-carotene content in goji berries is among the highest in edible plants.