Goji berries have grown in popularity in recent years as a superfood favorite, but what exactly makes these small dried fruits so special? These berries are native to Asia and have been used as a medicinal herb for 2,000 years. Today we share four unusual benefits that make goji berries a superfood.
Goji berries have high levels of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which is linked to improved skin health. They also contain polysaccharides, which stimulate the pituitary glands to slow aging.
These berries are full of vitamin A and vitamin C, both of which have been shown to enhance immune health. One study even found that they can improve the efficacy of the flu vaccine.
Goji berries’ amino acids and high levels of potassium have been shown to increase testosterone and reduce oxidative stress. These benefits are once again linked to the pituitary glands which are responsible for regulating the aging process and hormones associated with it.
On top of these unusual benefits, goji berries are also good for cardiovascular health and digestion. Want to add more to your diet? They are delicious on top of oatmeal or smoothies or even on their own. You can also add them to trail mix or your favorite breakfast cereal. Goji berries can be found at most grocery and health food stores, and are common at smoothie shops. Happy snacking!