In 2002, David Wolfe and Sunfood Nutrition introduced Goji Berries to the Internet, to the Raw-Living Foods culture, and to healthfood stores worldwide. Since that time Goji Berries have become a health-craze and superfood phenomenon. David Wolfe and Sunfood Nutrition continue to lead the world with the best tasting and most nutritious certified organic Goji Berries found anywhere.
Sunfood Nutrition’s Organic Goji Berries grow in protected Chinese valleys in million-year-old soil in wild and cultivated areas. The plants grow like bushes with vines that reach over 15 feet. The berries are never touched by hand as they will oxidize and turn black if touched while fresh. They are shaken onto mats, then dried in the shade.
Our Organic Goji Berries are a deep-red, dried fruit about the same size as a raisin. The Goji berry tastes somewhat like a cross between a cranberry and a cherry.
Out of the 8,000 food-herbs in the systems of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the thousands of years of history that back it, Goji Berries are considered the number one food-herb. They have the number one ranking.
What nutrients are found in Goji Berries?
Although new to the cuisine of Western culture, the Chinese have known of the special powers of Goji Berries for thousands of years. Consider the following…
Goji Berries (sometimes called Wolfberries) are perhaps the most nutritionally-rich fruit on the planet. They taste delicious and are well-balanced for nearly all body types and metabolisms.
Goji Berries are a complete protein source. They contain 18 different amino acids (on par with bee pollen) and contain all 8 essential amino acids (such as isoleucine and tryptophan).
Goji Berries contain up to 21 trace minerals (the main ones being zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus).
Goji Berries also contain vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E.
Mature fruits contain about 11 mg of blood-building iron per 100 grams, beta-sisterol (an anti-inflammatory agent), linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid), anti-aging sesquiterpenoids (cyperone, solavetivone), antioxidant tetraterpenoids (zeaxanthin, physalin), and liver-healing betaine (0.1%).
Goji Berries contain polysaccharides which fortify the immune system. About 36% of the sugars found in Goji Berries are polysaccharides. A polysaccharide found in this fruit has been found to be an anti-aging secretagogue.
As we age, we produce less and less Human Growth Hormone (HGH). The decreasing levels of HGH have been linked to symptoms of aging. Goji Berries are the only food known to help stimulate the human body to produce more HGH naturally. This factor alone makes the Goji Berry perhaps the world’s greatest anti-aging superfood.
Goji Berries are some of the highest antioxidant containing foods in the world. Goji Berries typically contain 2-4 times the amount of antioxidants found in blueberries.
Goji Berries have been traditionally regarded as a longevity, strength-building, and potency food of the highest order. In several study groups with elderly people several ounces of Goji Berries were given once a day for 3 weeks. Many beneficial results were experienced and 67% of the patients’ T cell transformation functions tripled and the activity of the patients’ white cell interleukin-2 doubled. In addition, the results showed that all the patients experienced an uplifted spirit and more optimism. Appetite improved in 95% of the patients, and 95% of the patients slept better.
The famed Li Qing Yuen, who popularized ginseng in Chinese culture and who apparently lived to the ripe age of 252 years (1678-1930), consumed Goji Berries daily. The life of Li Qing Yuen is the most well-documented case of extreme longevity known.
How To Use Goji Berries?
A reasonable daily intake of Goji Berries is 15-45 grams (a handful).
Goji berries may be used as snacks or mixed with recipes or smoothies like other dried fruits.
Cacao and Goji Berries go particularly well when eaten together. Because of their combined antioxidant content, Cacao and Goji Berries make for excellent airtravel snacks.
Organic Goji Berries can be mixed with Sunfood Nutrition’s Cacao Nibs and/or Sunfood Nutrition’s Cashews and/or many other dried fruits, nuts, and seeds to make a Goji trail mix.
You can blend dried Goji Berries into smoothies, juices, and elixirs.
Goji Berries can be soaked and rehydrated in water. The Goji soak water makes for a wonderfully hydrating beverage. This soak water can also be used for the base “stock” of a soup.
Goji Berries are an excellent tea additive. Whatever tea you are making, throw 10-15 Goji Berries into the mix and notice how they take the harsh bitter edges off of medicinal herbs and how they accentuate and synergize all the tea ingredients. Try simply drinking Goji Berry Tea all by itself.
Why Organic is Important
Getting Certified Organic Goji Berries from China for you and your family and making them available in North America has been an ongoing challenge for Sunfood Nutrition (www.sunfood.com) for many years now. Organic Goji Berry growers who could meet our customer’s demands for Organic Goji Berries has been difficult to find in China. In addition to that, inferior Goji Berries that are supposedly “clean,” “wildcrafted,” and from Tibet are in fact sprayed and being grown in China. We know that “wildcrafted” Goji Berries are actually grown on farms and are sprayed with sulfur dioxide (a non-organic preservative). We also know that only Tibet Authentic Goji Berries actually come from Tibet and carry the official stamp of approval from the Tibetan School of Medicine in Lhasa.
In spite of the challenges and the advent of cheap products into the market, we have persisted with unwaivering standards. No expense has been spared to bring you what we know to be the world’s greatest organic Goji Berry.
If you are reading this right now and you see that the Organic Goji Berries are in stock at www.sunfood.com, it would be wise to purchase a few bags immediately before they sell out.
8-oz. and 2.5-pound bags available: raw, sun-dried, certified organic.
Allergy Alert: These Goji Berries are packaged in a facility that also processes dairy, eggs, wheat, and soy.