Goji berries have been traditionally regarded as a longevity, strength-building, and potency food of the highest order. They contain 500 times the amount of vitamin C by weight of oranges, plus 18 amino acids, and are jam-packed with a combination of polysaccharides, carotenoids, and anthocyanins. Foods Alive's goji berries are grown organically (unlike most goji berries on the market) and harvested with exceptional care by selecting for maximum taste and nutrient potency. After careful selection, they are washed, shade-dried, and lab-tested for purity before packaging. This ensures they will be free of any chemical pesticides, sulfur, or heavy metals. Once you try them you'll agree that this is a delicious way to stay healthy! BENEFITS Due to its reputation as a longevity food, it's reported that villagers who make goji berries a regular part of their diet, live well into their 90s and beyond. In China, goji is believed to increase the chi (life energy) in those that eat them. As Americans become more concerned with aging, it’s natural that they would seek out the secrets of longevity, and goji berries have a deep association with long life in the Chinese tradition. As we apply our scientific Western eye to traditional foods, we’ve been learning that there are generally very good reasons why indigenous people swear by them– they’re packed with nutrients. Goji berries are loaded with trace minerals, vitamins, and 18 amino acids, including all 9 of the essential aminos and 21 trace minerals like zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus. But more than that, they are jampacked with a combination of polysaccharides, carotenoids, and anthocyanins– plant chemicals with powerful health-supporting effects in the human body. Try finding those in your lab-formulated protein shake– they're not there! They are abundant in polysaccharides, which may help fortify the immune system; including one that has been shown to stimulate the secretion of rejuvenative human growth hormone by the pituitary gland. Goji Berries are also among the richest sources of carotenoids, including more beta carotene than carrots. They also contain vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E. They contain 500 times the amount of vitamin C by weight than oranges, making them second only to Camu Camu berries as the richest vitamin C source on earth. They contain 11 mg of iron per 100 grams, beta-sisterol (an anti-inflammatory agent), linoleic acid (a fatty acid), sesq uiterpenoids (cyperone, solavetivone), tetraterpenoids (zeaxanthin, physalin), and betaine (0.1%). BE CREATIVE AND ENJOY! Gojis are a fun snack! Tart and chewy, they’re like tangy sweet raisins – perfect for school lunches for your kids, plane trips, road trips, backpacking, camping, or as an after workout snack!
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