Goji berries, also known as wolf berries, aren’t a commonly used food in the United States, but they have some really great health benefits that make them worth learning a bit more about. They were originally used in ancient China to treat eye, liver and kidney ailments. They are usually served dried like raisins, but are a beautiful bright red color. Personally, I love adding goji berries to my smoothies, granola, cereal, yogurt and even cookies!
Goji berries are very high in vitamin C, fiber, vitamin A, iron and protein. They are also extremely high in antioxidants, helping to support the body in its natural detox process. It has also been said that the antioxidants can help reduce inflammation and joint pain. Those who regularly consume goji berries also often report a significant boost in energy and improvement in digestion. Goji berries are also loaded with beta-carotene which helps promote healthy, glowing skin.
So what’s not to love? A sweet, versatile berry that packs a nutritional punch! If you are nervous about trying something new, start small. Add some goji berries to cookies to give them some health benefits. You can work your way up from there. Every step toward a healthier lifestyle is a step in the right direction, no matter how small it may be!