Scientifically known as Lycium barbarum and also as wolfberries, fructus lycii and gougizi, goji berries have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years.
As other red berries they contain high levels of antioxidants, which may help protect the body against damage from free radicals. What’s unique about goji berries is that they contain specific antioxidants called Lycium barbarum polysaccharides, which are thought to provide a variety of impressive health benefits.
Moreover, goji berries also provide 11 essential amino acids—more than other common berries – and a set of beneficial vitamins and minerals.
By weight, these berries contain about as much vitamin C as fresh lemons and oranges; in comparison to other berries are relatively high in protein and fiber, two nutrients that may help keep you fuller for longer and are also rich in copper, iron, selenium and zinc. These minerals are essential to the function of all organs, protecting our cells and helping optimize metabolism.
They have a sweet taste and can be eaten raw or consumed as a juice or herbal tea or even added to meals.
Before eating them raw it is suggested to soak in water for about 10’.