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Goji berries, also called wolfberries, are found in central Asia, primarily Tibet, China, and Mongolia. Some people say they’re one of the most nutritious foods available, and I certainly won’t disagree. According to About.com goji berries improve health in the following ways:
- “protect the liver;
- help eyesight;
- improve sexual function and fertility;
- strengthen the legs;
- boost immune function;
- improve circulation; and
- promote longevity”
I had my first goji berry a couple of years ago, and although I cannot attest to any of the long term health benefits, my short term health is amazingly improved. I usually eat a handful everyday, and after ten to fifteen minutes I get an incredible energy boost and I’m more focused on what I’m doing. I’ve never come across any literature on goji berries that give these improvements, so I can’t say that it’s the same for everyone, but I was instantly convinced about their benefits.
There are only two drawbacks to goji berries that I see: first, the environmental impact. Goji berries must travel thousands of miles before reaching American health food stores. Second, their cost. Goji berries are almost abnormally expensive. For example, I paid $25 for 18oz at a local health food store. However, I still believe they are definitely worth the cost.
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September 3, 2008 at 2:45 pm
I tried my first goji berry several days ago. It was included in a “fruit & nut” mix that was purchased for us by a family member. Until then, as you say, I couldn’t really afford to buy them. However, after eating them, I am convinced that adding a small serving to my diet every few days or so is very much worth the money they cost.
December 31, 2009 at 10:11 pm
we bought my grand farther a goji berry plant for xmas and i was woundering if the worth growing and if so is it better to grow them on a wire or trellis or as a tree please help
December 31, 2009 at 10:13 pm
i was just wounderind if it is better to grow goji berrys on a wire or trellis or as a tree
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