Goji berry is known around the world for its high nutritional value, being an excellent vitamin C source, and also has an anti-cancer effect due to its high content of antioxidants. In Chinese medicine, goji has been used for centuries primarily as a miracle cure to support health and maintain youth. In the West, goji is also considered a real superfood. But that’s not all! Goji berry powder can surprise you – let’s start from the beginning and get to know this powerful berry!
Goji berry is from the regions of China, Mongolia and the Tibetan Himalayas. The first records of the use of goji berries date back to the 7th century when the berries were consumed by Tibetan monks. Goji berry is rich in minerals such as zinc, calcium and magnesium, rich in antioxidants and essential amino acids, as many as 18 different! Goji is an excellent stimulator of the immune system due to its high content of vitamins C, D and B-12 and is nice to use on porridge, in smoothies, cocktails, etc. Goji berry is also excellent in freeze-dried powder form as it is very convenient to use. Goji berries contain a unique combination of polysaccharides and antioxidants that balance the processes in our body and help stop the development of genetic mutations that cause cancer.
In addition to the above:
- Goji berry is an excellent stress reliever, helping the body to cope better with the stress hormone cortisol
- Ensure longer life
- Increase energy levels and endurance
- Helps with libido problems and increase sexual ability
- Improve vision
- Contribute to weight loss
- Reduce bad cholesterol levels
- Improve blood circulation
- Strengthen immunity
- Help improve memory
- Relieve insomnia and improve sleep quality
The difference between red and black goji?
Black goji berries grow wild in the high Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai Province and are harvested by the natives there. The biggest difference between black and red goji is the antioxidant content of the berries. Black goji contains the most OPC (oligomeric proanthocyanidins), a powerful antioxidant that is known to help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. On the other hand, red goji has a higher content of carotenoids, fat-soluble pigments, which also give the berries a reddish color. However, carotenoids are synthesized in our body into vitamin A, which in turn keeps our mucous membranes healthy, supports the health of hair, bones, and teeth, and strengthens the immune system. In addition, carotenoids also help neutralize free radicals, thereby preventing the development of cancer.
Why prefer freeze-dried goji berry powder to dried berries?
It is very convenient to use goji as powder form and also little is needed. About 13 kg of berries are freeze-dried to make 1 kg of powder. The berries are processed at a very low temperature to keep all the nutrients. Only a few tablespoons of freeze-dried powder already contain many times more nutrients than a handful of dried berries. In addition, the powder is easy to store and consume in various foods – add it to muesli, raw bars, enjoy with yogurt, porridge or sprinkle on the smoothie, just the way you prefer! The freeze-dried goji berry powder has a pleasant sweet and sour taste. In addition, black goji berry has strong pigment so you can give your smoothies or other recipes purple color.
For example, try this colorful smoothie:
1-2 teaspoons freeze-dried black goji berry powder
2 frozen bananas
½ a cup of unsweetened vegetable milk
a handful of mango cubes (fresh or frozen)
Here’s how: Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until a silky texture is achieved. Enjoy instantly!
Centralsun freeze-dried goji berry powder is 100% pure natural and vegan. Powders are free of added sugars, gluten and GMOs, only the pure power of nature!
You can find black goji berry powder HERE.
Red goji berry powder, however, HERE.
Have fun experimenting!