WHATEVER WEDNESDAYS- GOJI BERRIES

Happy Hump Day Folks!

I was recently out and noticed goji berries.  I don't remember where I was or in what form they stood out to me, but as I was browsing the internet deciding what topic to bring you today, goji berries popped in my head again.  So, I decided to go with it..divine blog intervention if you will..LOL!  Anyway, I've never had goji berries and didn't know anything about them, until right now.  So, if you too have been in the dark..let me shed some light on these berries!

GOJI BERRIES

Goji berries grow on an evergreen shrub found in temperate and subtropical regions in China, Mongolia and in the Himalayas in Tibet. Goji berries are shriveled red berries resembling red raisins and are commonly found dried.



Goji berries have been used for by herbalists in China, India and Tibet for 6,000 years to:

•protect the liver
•help eyesight
•improve sexual function and fertility
•strengthen the legs
•boost immune function
•improve circulation
•promote longevity

In the practice of traditional Chinese medicine, goji berries are eaten raw, brewed into a tea, added to Chinese soups, or made into liquid extracts.  Goji berries are rich in antioxidants, especially carotenoids such as beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin helps protect the retina of the eye by absorbing blue light and acting as an antioxidant.
Goji berries have a mild tangy taste that is slightly sweet and sour.  They have a chewy texture like raisins as well as a similar shape.  You can also find Goji juice usually in 32-ounce bottles.  They have also appeared in snack foods in North America. Trader Joe's sells a goji berry trail mix (this may be where I noticed them).
You can find whole goji berries at Chinese herbal shops. Goji juice can be found in some health food stores, online stores as well as through network marketers.

I know I'm definitely going to give them a try..I'll let you know my verdict on these nutritious berries!
 
SOURCE: altmedicine.about.com

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