Goji berries

An energizing multi-vitamin

Goji berries can be considered an exceptional multi-vitamin as they contain: vitamin A (excellent treatment for visual disturbances, protects and keeps the skin healthy) and C (prevents tissue oxidation, fundamental in the formation of connective tissues), the whole group of vitamin B (regulation of metabolism and promotes the processes of functioning of the skin and hair), mineral salts in quantity (calcium, potassium, iron, zinc) and 18 essential and non-essential amino acids (the essential ones are 10 in children and 8 in adults) so as to make up for every lack. But above all they contain 4 unique polysaccharides with antidegenerative properties; it is precisely these polysaccharides that give Goji berries the ability to support and strengthen the immune system. Even today we study what beneficial effects they have on humans.

Slimming effect

Goji berries are a very nutritious element characterized by a low glycemic value, in fact they have a satiating effect and if taken between meals, they reduce the sense of hunger. contain a high number of anthocyanins, special pigments that possess antioxidant properties; they counteract the accumulated fat, particularly in the abdominal area. They contain mineral salts (chromium and zinc) which, by activating the metabolism, promotes weight loss. In the glycemic index (table containing the speed at which the blood sugar level rises after a meal) they have a value of 28 (up to forty is considered very low), therefore it tends not to stimulate the insulin which is the main cause of pathological disorders concerning food.

Beneficial effects

Goji berries, also called "The fruit of eternity" because the populations that originally consumed them had a very long life expectancy, stimulate the immune system and preserve brain health, they are thought to be used for prevention against 'Alzheimer's. It is scientifically proven that they reduce the risk of getting cancer and diseases related to the cardiac system and athletes often use it in addition to improve physical performance also to improve sleep quality and general mood. After some experiments, Goji berries were found to increase spontaneous electrical activity with a decreased risk of ischemia, and the neuro-toxicity of the amyloid beta peptide seems to affect the brain less. Other experiments have brought to light an increase in the activity of cytotoxic T lymphocytes and TNF cytokines, and therefore an inhibition of tumor proliferation and growth.

Goji berries: Doses

About 15 grams, the corresponding of 80-100 berries, is the number of recommended in a day; you can also take more, but this is the correct dose to make the right daily requirement for antioxidants and other substances. You can take them at any time of the day, with cereal at breakfast for example, or as a dessert after lunch. For those on a diet it is convenient to take them between meals; their low glycemic index satisfies and reactivates the metabolism thus containing the appetite. How do you take them? Goji berries can be dried or rehydrated in water or milk for about 10 minutes (in yogurt for 15 minutes); they are also excellent in tea and are often used as a base for infusions or herbal teas. Already after a few days it is possible to prove its beneficial effects, but it is advised to continue taking it for another two or three weeks.