Goji berries small, orange-red berries native to China. You might also know them as Chinese wolfberries or just wolfberries. In China, where this fruit is called “happy berry,” goji berry benefits are legendary.Today, the berries are still primarily grown in China and Tibet and are often dried before transport as the ripe berries don’t ship well overseas. Dried goji berry taste is sour with just a hint of sweet, like a cross between a cranberry and sour cherry. They are also pressed into goji berry juice for sale overseas. I’ve never tasted goji berry juice, but I’m told it’s like a cross between tomato and cranberry juice, if you can imagine that.
Goji berry as an aphrodisiac
The Chinese were really the first to explore the benefits of goji berry, specifically goji berry and sex. And in traditional Chinese applications, the fruit is administered to strengthen the adrenal system, which is believed to be a center of sexual energy.
So highly regarded was this wolfberry benefit in early Chinese medicine that it even found its way into an ancient, Chinese proverb. It warns men who travel away from their lovers: “He who travels one thousand kilometers from home should not eat goji.”
Goji berry benefits for men
Today, we know that goji is a source of several nutrients beneficial to sexual health, including iron and vitamin C. And it is a source of l-arginine, an amino acid that turns into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide is noted as beneficial to heart health but it is also known to improve the sexual performance of men suffering from erectile dysfunction.
Additional goji berries nutrition
We now know what the ancient Chinese believed to be true about goji berry nutrients. In addition to the nutrients mentioned about linked with improving sexual health, goji is rich in many other nutrients to support overall health.
Goji berries weight loss
One of the most talked about benefits of goji berries is that they are relatively low calorie for the amount of nutrition they offer. Nutrition experts estimate the calories of goji berries at about 70 per quarter cup serving.
They’re also low on the glycemic index. The theory is that a low index, nutrition-rich food like this one will help you feel full longer and curb cravings.
And with goji berry calories at just 70 per serving, you’re getting the benefits of protein, fiber, copper, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin B2 and zinc. And along with all these nutrients comes the promise of some powerful benefits, not just to sexual health but possibly to your skin, hair, energy, immunity and even your heart.
Goji berry and heart health
There is some evidence that the beta-sitosterol in goji berries help lower bad cholesterol. High cholesterol can lead to heart disease. This is not only valuable to overall health but it could be another important consideration for men when it comes to erectile dysfunction. After all, you need a healthy heart and good blood flow to achieve sexual climax.
Goji berry skin benefits
In addition, the goji berry’s nutritional claims include one of the highest contents of beta carotene of all fruits. As such, goji berries are recommended by health food practitioners to help you look and feel young. They’re like the culinary version of the fountain of youth.
Some skin care companies tout the benefits of goji berries on skin. The recommendation makes sense, however I cannot find any clinical studies to support the claim that the benefits of goji berries can be used topically to improve skin health.
How to serve goji berries
As I explained earlier, the berries are typically sold dried in most parts of the world. Dried goji have a sweet/sour taste that makes them inviting to use in both sweet and savory recipes.
They are used in cooking similarly to a dried cranberry or can be tossed on salads or added to trail mix. In China, the dried fruit is cooked into savory chicken or pork stew and is also steeped as an herbal tonic.
The Chinese even make wine from what they consider to be one of the most powerfully nutritious foods. (I even found a recipe for a goji berry wine online. However this goji berry recipe is probably one I wouldn’t ever try myself!)
And if you want to use it in a smoothie, I recommend buying goji berry juice.
Where to buy goji berry
If you want to try out the benefits of goji berries for yourself, you can find the dried fruit for sale in many health food and natural foods stores. Goji berry extract is also sold online and in the vitamin department of many big pharmacies.Click here to shop for goji berry extract
Goji berry tea shows up frequently when I search for goji berries online. I’ve not tried a tea made from goji berry leaves myself, so I can’t attest to the taste. But I do know that in ancient herbal medicine, it was ranked among the most powerful herbs. You can find goji leaf teas online. Just be sure to specify goji leaf tea, otherwise what you’ll get is a green or black tea tossed with dried goji berries.
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