Organic Goji Berries


Organic Goji Berries Are Great Nutrition and More...

By Rachel Trueblood

 

Perhaps you’ve heard of the super fruit called “Goji berries?” To refresh your memory, they contain loads of trace minerals, vitamins, immune boosting substances, anti-aging compounds, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and last, but certainly not least, “feel good" chemicals that make you feel happy.

So, how much is enough? There are two answers: the scientific and the personal. Let’s take them one at a time.

Scientists use between 8 and 30 grams of Goji Berries in much of their research. This is between ¼ oz. to just slightly over an ounce. Put another way, somewhere between a small handfull and a good sized handfull of the berries.

This brings us to the “personal” way to measure how much you need. The first thing you need to know is that your first bite of goji berries won't give you a flavor you'll recognize. It might even seem quite novel. But as you body starts to digest this unusual fruit, it will conclude in no uncertain terms, “This is good stuff!”

Once you’ve gotten over your initial impressions, your body can be your guide. If you leave a visible bowl of the organic berries nearby, your body will tell you how much to eat. You’ll find yourself eating them until you’ve had enough. Besides, they make a great snack. In fact, they make a better snack than almost anything else you could put within arm's reach. How’s that for easy?

Now, you don’t have to stop at trying only the berries. You can also drink Organic Goji Juice. Often, Goji Berry Juice is mixed with other juices because the juicy extract of the berry has a decidedly earthy, non-sweet taste. Some people grow to like it, like an acquired taste, but most would rather mix the raw Goji Juice with pear, grape, apple or some other juice. Or, use all those juices for a real healthy fruit juice cocktail!

Now I know Goji Juice can be a bit pricey, so let me tell you my secret way of getting it cheap: buy an extract, or concentrate. I use a five to one organic concentrate. This means that the Goji Juice powder is an extract of 5 times as many Goji Berries. So, a typical 3 gram serving (1/10 of an ounce) of Goji concentrate is the equivalent of 15 grams, or about half an ounce, of berries.

All you need is a couple of glasses of Goji juice each day to get the “scientifically” correct amount for your health.

Most Goji Berries come from China, not Tibet, like some of the overworked Goji marketing machines would have you believe. There isa actually quite a bit of controversy about who has the "real" Goji berries. 

But I still imagine that in China, they might say, “A handful of Gojis a day, keeps the doctor away.”