Monday, 23 June 2014

5 Reasons You Should Eat Goji Berries Every Day



5 Reasons You Should Eat Goji Berries Every Day
Goji berries are known as one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. 
They have been considered a healing food in traditional Chinese medicine for
 over 5,000 years to help eyesight,boost immune function, and promote longevity.

We should all add more goji berries to our diet. Here are five reasons you should
 eat goji berries every day:

1. They give you vitamins A, C and the B vitamins.
Goji berries are an excellent source of B vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, and 
niacin. They contain 500 times more vitamin C per weight than an orange and 
generally have more beta-carotene than carrots. A ¼ cup serving of goji berries
 contains 180 percent of your RDA of vitamin A and 30 percent of your RDA of 
vitamin C.

2. They’re low in calories.
Goji berries are an excellent, healthy snack choice. A ¼ cup serving of dried goji 
berries has 220calories. Since they’re nutrient-dense and sweet, those 220 
calories go a long way.

3. They’re a complete protein.
According to Kirk Bachelder in “Dried Goji Berries,” as quoted by Livestrong, 
“goji berries contain 19 amino acids, including the eight essential amino acids. 
These berries therefore are a nearly complete source of protein, providing 
13 percent more protein than weight.”

4. They’re anti-inflammatory.
Beta-sitosterol is an anti-inflammatory agent that is present in goji berries. 
It can help lower cholesterol, protect against heart disease, and promote 
sexual health. The Vegetarian Times writesthat “Beta-sitosterol has been used 
to treat everything from fibromyalgia, asthma, allergies, hair loss, chronic
fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. It is a plant substance similar to 
cholesterol that appears to lower cholesterol levels by limiting the amount of 
cholesterol that can enter the body.”

5. They taste great in vegan dishes.
Goji berries can be cooked into vegan dinner dishes, eaten in vegan breakfast
 bowls, or eaten dried as a snack. They’re great in muffins, raw desserts, salads, 
and energy bars. They’re often eaten dried, but they’re also available as a powder, 
juice or supplement. Try making gluten-free goji berries, goji energy bites, quinoa 
salad with figs, purslane and goji and raw vegan chocolate pudding tart with 
coconut cream and goji berries.

Goji berries are packed with antioxidants, B vitamins, iron, and they’re a complete
 protein. Add this superfood to your diet to reap its many benefits.