This superfood is known to have adverse effects when combined with diabetes medication, blood pressure medication, and the drug Warfarin.
Who doesn’t love berries, right? My little girl certainly does (and also the dog she occasionally feeds them to). Goji berries may not be readily available in all fresh produce sections, but I have found them dried (which does not take away the super nutrition) in my local grocery and health food stores.
What are they and where do they come from you ask? The simple answer would be, an Asian berry. Dried and packaged, sent to local stores near you, to be enjoyed by the health conscious folks. To me, they taste like a mix of strawberries and blueberries. Not too exotic. Definitely chewy, as all dried fruit is.
Now for the health benefits, what we’ve all been reading for! Goji berries are prized for their high concentration of antioxidants. Those wonderful little miracle workers reduce the free radicals in your body, preventing cholesterol from oxidizing (becoming a solid) in the arteries. The berries are also known for the protein punch they pack, being mostly made up of monounsaturated fats (the good kind your body needs). Not only that, but they have more vitamin c than a fresh lemon, more carotenoid than any other fruit, and loads of trace minerals (zinc, calcium, selenium, etc.), and more iron than a serving of spinach!
In addition, the goji berry is known in Chinese medicine for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
These berries can be enjoyed straight from the bag, tossed in a salad, oatmeal, trail mix, cereal, and more! They can also be soaked in water and the water and berries can be used in smoothies or by themselves. These wonderful berries are very versatile and can be consumed in plenty of different ways!