Nutrition and Fitness with Randa

Goji Berries

The Lycium fruit, otherwise known as Goji berry, goes by many names but is all the same fruit with one great common purpose: To improve health naturally through amazing nutritional power! The fruit is native to southeastern Europe and Asia. Lycium is grown on plantations mostly in the north-central region of China where they have been cultivated for more than 600 years on the fertile floodplains of the Yellow River. This fruit is the ONLY source of therapeutic grade fruit containing nutrients and phytochemicals used by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine.

They are power-packed with essential amino acids, vitamins, carotenoids including beta carotene lutein, lycopene and numerous antioxidants and dietary minerals.

Research shows that eating berries -- like blueberries, acai berries, cranberries, strawberries, and cherries -- offers some definite health benefits. Berries like the goji berry are filled with powerful antioxidants and other compounds that may help prevent cancer and other illnesses, including heart disease.

Eating foods high in antioxidants may slow the aging process. It does this by minimizing damage to your cells from free radicals that injure cells and damage DNA. When a cell's DNA changes, the cell grows abnormally. Antioxidants can take away the destructive power of free radicals. By doing so, antioxidants help reduce the risk of some serious diseases.

Goji berries also have compounds rich in vitamin A that may have antiaging benefits. These special compounds help boost immune function, protect vision, and may help prevent heart disease.

Some research suggests that goji berry extracts may boost brain health and may protect against age-related diseases such as Alzheimers.

Goji berries can be difficult to find - try looking for them at your local health food store (such as Lassens or Whole Foods).

Use them in:

* Muffins

* Breads

* Cookies

* Granola or oatmeal

* Trail Mix

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