Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Antioxidants in the Goji Berry

Goji Berry is loaded with antioxidants making it one of the so called super fruits. Aside from antioxidants it also provides macronutrients (nutrients needed by the body in large quantities - carbohydrates, protein, dietary fiber and fat), micronutrients (nutrients needed by the body in small quantities - 33 dietary minerals, 5 carotenoids, 6 vitamins., 18 amino acids, 8 polysaccharides, 6 monosaccharides, 5 unsaturated fatty acids, phytosterols), phytochemicals and many others.

Antioxidant content


Polysaccharides found in the Goji berry has some interesting properties as this article suggests:

Goji Scientific Research

They refer to it as "master molecules".

Medicinal uses

Chinese medicine believes the body can greatly benefit from this berry. Some of these are:

  • Enhance the function of the immune system
  • Improve blood circulation
  • raise sperm production
  • protection of the liver
  • improves eyesight

That's just a few of the many medicinal benefits that this berry brings.

Is the Goji berry the best super fruit?

There is no best super fruit. Each one of has its own unique blend of antioxidants and nutrients. The acai for example has this anthocyanin as its major antioxidant, xanthones for mangosteen etc..

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