Skin Superfood: Goji Berry



The “wolfberry fruit,” as goji berries are known in China, has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. Some legends report that goji berries were eaten by monks in the Himalayan Mountains thousands of years ago to help aid meditation and obtain greater health, vitality, longevity, energy and stamina.


Goji berries are a total antioxidant powerhouse, packing 18 types of Amino acids (including 11 types considered “essentials” that your body cannot make), 5 vitamins (including high amounts of vitamin C), 11 minerals, and phytochemicals (such as beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein). All these elements do everything from improving skin tone and texture, to retaining moisture in skin tissues, to supporting collagen production, and helping to maintain your skin healthy glow.


In a 15 day double-blind, clinical trial conducted by FreeLife International, the group that consumed goji berry daily showed significant increases in energy, athletic performance, sleep quality, focus, and happiness. Consider that: ounce for ounce,  goji berries offer more beta-carotene than carrots, more iron than soybeans or spinach, and 500 times more vitamin C that an orange! Low in calories, fat-free, and a great source of protein, fibers andantioxidants, they can easily be eaten alone as a snack (1/4 cup), but also as a juice, added to recipes, or sprinkled onto a salad.