For thousands of years, Goji berries (Lycium Barbarum) has been revered for its staggering array of possible health benefits and has been traditionally used as a wholesome food that may aid in the overall strengthening of the human body. Science has shown that this bright red berry not only contains extremely high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, but also has many unique phytonutrients, polysaccharides, and complex compounds that scientists are just beginning to understand.
The dried Goji Berry, is a relative of the tomato and a natural source of lycopene. It has been called the world's most powerful anti-aging food. Goji berry juice is one of the highest rated foods on the ORAC scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). The ORAC scale is a test developed by USDA researchers out of Tufts University in Boston, that measures the antioxidant level in foods. Goji Berries possess an unmatched ability to absorb free radicals that attack the body and may contribute to the aging process.
Today, our bodies are constantly being bombarded with external sources of toxins (food and environmental) so, eating foods high in antioxidants is one possible way we may help our bodies combat the damage they cause.
Goji berries, dried goji berries and goji juice contain 18 amino acids. They are also, a rich source of vitamins A and C and have 21 trace minerals including germanium; a substance rarely found in foods. All the above makes this super berry a nutritionally dense food. Our raw organic dried Goji berries are sourced in a remote province of Ningxia, China where, they have grown without the use of pesticides for centuries.
Some possible traditional uses of Sun Dried Raw Organic Goji Berries may include:
● May reduce the craving for sugar
● May increase longevity
● May improve sexual function
● May protect from premature aging
● Contains high levels of polysaccharides which may provide protection for the liver
● Builds strong blood which may promote cardiovascular health
● Supporting eye health & may improve vision
● Alkalizing effect on the blood
● May aid in maintaining healthy blood pressure & blood sugar
● Simulating secretion of human growth hormone
● Supports the strengthening of both muscles & bones
● Supporting normal kidney function
● May improve fertility
● Helping reduce obesity
● Strengthening the immune system
Eat 1 small handful (1 oz / 2 tbsp) per day. Add to smoothies, salads, desserts, yogurt or cereal. Use in homemade trail mixes or energy bars.
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Organic Sun Dried Goji Berries.
Z Natural Foods strives to offer the highest quality organically grown, raw, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO products available and exclusively uses low temperature drying techniques to preserve all the vital enzymes and nutrients. Our raw Sun Dried Goji Berries are certified organic and pass our strict quality assurance which includes testing for botanical identity, heavy metals, chemicals and microbiological contaminants. ZNaturalFoods.com offers organic raw Sun Dried Goji Berries packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness. Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency. Keep your Organic raw Sun Dried Goji Berries in a cool, dark, dry place.
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