Goji berries have become a common sight on supermarket shelves, and for good reason: They contain a lot of vitamin C. Native to Tibet and Inner Mongolia, these orange-red tangy berries have been used by Chinese herbalists for centuries to treat visual ailments and poor circulation and to help boost the immune system. Scientific research has yet to support such claims, but there’s no denying that Goji berries are rich in plant-based antioxidants and compounds.
100 grams of Dried Goji Berries
1. Anti-Inflammatory & Antioxidant Powers
Since having high antioxidant levels is pretty much a prerequisite for gaining superfood status, it’s not surprising to find out that goji berries have an exceptional ability to fight free radicals and reduce oxidative stress.
Goji berries are at the top of Dr. Axe’s list of the most antioxidant rich foods. When compared gram for gram, he claims they even beat wild blueberries, cranberries, and blackberries.
Antioxidants are important in the fight against cancer. They also support detoxification and may even help you live longer. Hey, maybe there is some merit to the ancient claims that gojis help with longevity.
Gojis also contain an anti-inflammatory agent called beta-sitosterol. This means these humble berries could play a role in helping to reduce your chances of cancer, arthritis, allergies, and premature aging.
So, if you’re following the anti-inflammatory diet, or suffer any inflammatory condition, you’ll be happy to hear you’re doing your body a favor by snacking on these delicious berries.
2. Nature’s Multivitamin
Goji berries pack some serious nutritional punch for their size.
Even blueberries, one of the most nutrient dense berries out there, contain almost no protein in the same size serving.
Thanks to their tiny seeds, this fruit is a very good source of fiber, and contains vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, iron, potassium, zinc, copper, selenium, thiamin, and calcium.