If the gorgeous Victoria’s Secret supermodel Miranda Kerr can’t stop talking about a beneficial super fruit, you should probably listen up. Celebrities such as Miranda Kerr and Madonna credit goji berries gush about these tiny, scrunched up bits of fruit and there is a good reason. Vine Vera decided to do some digging on goji berries to find out whether this fruit deserves the hype.
What are Goji Berries?
The goji berry is a miniscule fruit that is roughly the size of the tip of your pinky finger in it’s raw form. Typically, raw goji berries are hard to find in the United States and instead are more common in Asian and European countries. Goji berries are interesting because they are considered to be both a fruit and a herb. Due to this, they a characterized by a slight sweetness though with the aftertaste of an herbal nature. They are consumed mainly either raw, dried or as a juice. However, the simplest way to enjoy goji berries is in a dry extract. So why eat goji berries? Because goji berries are packed with antioxidants such as:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B1, B2 and B6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- 21 minerals including calcium, iron and zinc
Goji Berries and Your Health
It is true that goji berries are full of essential vitamins and minerals, and increasing your intake of these items is beneficial to your body. However, be sure to proceed with caution when it comes to other health claims made regarding goji berries. Used in traditional Chinese medicine, the goji berry is sometimes credited as being an antioxidant that is capable of reducing the risk of cancer but there is no scientific research to back up this claim. Additionally, there are individuals who may actually find that adding goji berries to their diet is harmful rather than beneficial (those taking blood thinners or on medication for diabetes or blood pressure), so it best to consult with a doctor prior to going crazy with goji berries. Though not all of the claims made of goji berries are true, goji berries are a powerful antioxidant with anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. There has been some general research saying that feelings of calm and well-being increase, sleep quality improves and that goji berries do help with weight loss.
How to Add Goji Berries to Your Diet
As previously mentioned, goji berries can be eaten in its raw form, as dried berries, as juice or as a dry extract. The easiest way to add goji berries to your diet is using goji berry extract. Goji berry extract is available in supplement form and sometimes as an additive to herbal teas. When purchasing goji berry extract, or regular goji berries, be sure to comparison shop prior to purchasing because many suppliers significantly increase the price of these berries.
Goji berry, and the extract of goji berries, can be a healthy addition to your diet. However, if you already are taking prescription medications, it is best to consult with your doctor before adding goji berries. Try a supplement for a convenient, easy way to receive the health benefits of goji berries.