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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.

Where to buy:

Pangea

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