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Sweet, nutty and packed with vitamins and essential fatty acids, they are the perfect snack and easy to add to many recipes. Sunflower seeds are sweet, nutty and an excellent source of essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. They are a delicious and satisfying snack when you’re on the go, and can also be used in the kitchen to prepare variety of recipes. And they come from one of the most beautiful flowers in the world. Let’s get some sunshine in you life!
Sunflowers are tall beautiful plants with bright yellow flowers, that grow annually and harvest in Autumn when fields turn bright yellow. They are native to Middle American region from where it spread as an important commercial crop all over the world by the European explorers. They are now grown across worldwide, with Europe, Russia, USA, and Argentina being the leading producers of sunflower crops.
Sunflower flourishes well in well-drained moist, limey soil. The plant prefers good sunlight and forms a single large flower heads at the top. The sunflower head in consists of two types of flowers. The outside makes large, yellow petals, the central disk is made up of numerous tiny fertile flowers arranged in concentric whirls, which become the edible seeds.
Delicious, nutty, and crunchy sunflower seeds are widely used as a healthy ingredient. They are high in protein like other nuts, Vitamin E, the B Vitamins especially folic acid, Zinc, Magnesium and Selenium. Their high concentration of folic acid makes them very useful for pregnant mums. The perfect yummy mummy snack!
The seeds are also high in antioxidants and very rich in poly-unsaturated fatty acid linoleic acid, which constitute more 50% fatty acids in them. They are also good in mono-unsaturated oleic acid that helps lower LDL or "bad cholesterol" and increases HDL or "good-cholesterol" in the blood.
Just a hand full of sunflower kernels a day provides much of the recommended level of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and protein.
So how do we use them?
Sunflower seeds are perfect eaten alone as a snack, added to trail mix, sprinkled on salads, yoghurt or muesli. They can be roasted and salted as a snack, they add crunchiness to salads, sprinkle them over fried-rice dishes or sautéed vegetables. The seeds can be coated with chocolate, candied, or added in cakes, and muffins. The seeds can be added to salad dressings, casseroles or baked recipes.
In Raw food the seeds can be made into a Sunflower seed nut butter, which is a suitable alternative for people with peanut allergies. They work well in energy balls, cake crusts, sprinkled on ice cream, ground and used to decorate cakes, and blended into smoothies for a tasty protein punch. Sun Power!
One of the first oil seeds known to humankind, sesame seeds have been widely employed in culinary as well as traditional medicines for their nutritive, preventive, and curative properties. Sesame is an important sources of phyto-nutrients such as omega-6 fatty acids, flavonoid phenolic antioxidants, vitamins, and dietary fiber. The sesame plant requires well-drained sandy soil and tropical environment to flourish. It grows about 5 feet in height and bears plenty of pink-white foxglove type flowers. The pods appear soon, containing white, brown, or black seeds depending upon the cultivar type,
The Sesame plant is a tall annual herb in the Pedaliaceae family, which grows extensively in Asia, particularly in Burma, China, and India and have a delicate nutty flavor. Their flavor indeed becomes more pronounced once they are gently roasted under low flame heat for a few minutes.
Sesame seeds are used liberally in cooking. The seeds ground with olive or any other vegetable oils to prepare semi-solid, flavorful paste, which is then added to different cuisine.
The seeds are incredibly rich sources of many essential minerals. Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper are especially concentrated in sesame seeds. Many of these minerals have a vital role in bone mineralization, red blood cell production, enzyme synthesis, hormone production, as well as regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities.
Sesame seeds have been used for over 5000 years in many cultures as they have a fabulous nutritional profile, along with their capabilities in fighting, preventing, and reversing illness and disease.
Sesame seeds are great for your skin as they are very high in zinc, an essential mineral for producing collagen and giving skin more elasticity. Zinc also helps damaged tissues in the body to repair. Sesame oil is also known to sooth burns and prevent skin related disorders. They are great for anyone on a High-Protein Vegetarian Diet as the seeds contain 4.7 grams of protein per ounce.
Sesame seeds have a delicate nutty flavor. Sesame seeds are used liberally in cooking. Dry, roasted sesame seeds and vegetable oil are ground into a thin light brown color paste known as tahini. Tahini is one of the main ingredients in famous middle-eastern dip, hummus.
Sesame seeds can be added so many recipes, sprinkled over toasts, biscuits, rice, breads, cakes, salads, stir fries, etc.
They also work brilliantly in raw food recipes and make the perfect sprinkle.
Pumpkin seeds are highly nutritious seeds with a host of health benefits. They are the perfect on the go snack, are high in antioxidants and have important amino acids. Pumpkin Seeds are great seeds to snack on, they really curb your hunger and work well in trail mixes and so many recipes. Pumpkin seeds (pepita) are edible kernels of the fruit pumpkin. The seeds, in-fact, are concentrated sources of many health-benefiting vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, as well as an important essential amino-acids such as tryptophan, and glutamate.
Pumpkin fruit is a squash-like gourd in the Cucurbitaceae family of vegetables native to Mexico. In Central America, hulled and gently roasted pumpkin kernels are popularly known as Pepita.
Crunchy, delicious pumpkin seeds are high fiber, vitamins, minerals, and numerous health promoting antioxidants. Pumpkin seeds have good quality protein. 100 g seeds provide 30 g or 54% of recommended daily allowance of protein. In addition, the seeds are an excellent source of amino acid tryptophan and glutamate. Tryptophan is converted into serotonin and niacin.
Serotonin is an essential neuro-chemical often labeled as nature's sleeping pill and helps prevent depression.
Glutamate is required in the synthesis of butyric acid (GABA). GABA is an anti-stress neuro-chemical in the brain, which helps in reducing anxiety, nervous irritability, and makes you feel relaxed.
Pumpkin seeds are also a very good source of antioxidant vitamin E, they contain about 35.10 mg per 100 g (about 237% of RDA). Vitamin E prevents tissue cells from the effects of free radicals.
Pumpkin kernels are also an excellent source of B-complex group of vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) and folates. Along with glutamate, niacin enhances GABA activity inside the brain, which in turn reduces anxiety and nervous irritability. They are also high in calcium and iron.
So these are your feel good happy seeds!!
Snack on them during the day to keep you feeling full, sprinkle them on your cereal or yoghurt, add them to energy balls, trail mixes, use them in cakes and power bars and keep them live raw and un-roasted to get all their benefits. They taste great on salads too, and you can even sprinkle them on pasta, add them to raw pestos and anything that you want to have a delicious nutritionally packed crunch. Thanks pumpkins...see you next Halloween!
Nutty and pleasant tasting the poppy seed is high in fibre and B Vitamins. They look lovely and add a delicious tasty crunch and are a wonderful addition to any baking or raw food recipe. Have been used for culinary purposes for years and are often used in cakes, breads and as decoration. Ancient Egyptians were aware of poppy seeds harvesting from the poppy fruit head. The poppy plant grows up to 5 feet in height. It requires full sunlight and fertile soil to flourish and the flowers can be lilac, blue, red or white. The seed is harvested when the poppy flower has bloomed and are then dried.
Poppy seeds are high in antioxidants and their unique nutty flavor is because of many fatty acids and essential oils, which comprise about 50% of their weight. The seeds are especially rich in oleic and linoleic acids.
Poppy seeds outer husk is a good source of dietary fiber. 100 g raw seeds provide 19.5 g or 51% of recommended daily levels of fiber. The seeds are excellent source B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, niacin, and folic acid. Many of these vitamins functions as co-factors in substrate metabolism especially fat and carbohydrates.
Poppy seeds contain good levels of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. Copper is utilized in the production of red blood cells. Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the powerful antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
Poppy seeds are favorite items in many cultures and used in a variety of recipes. They add unique nutty flavour to the recipes, and look beautiful as a decoration on food. Their flavor is intensified by roasting them in a pan under mild heat. Gentle frying the seeds releases special aromatic essential oils in the seeds and enhance the crunchiness.
Poppy seeds are used either in the form of whole seeds, ground or as thick or thin paste in recipes similar to sesame seeds and tahini. Like with sesame, poppy seeds can also be sprinkled over toasts, breads, seafood.
In India and Pakistan where its seeds popular as "khus khus", gently fried poppy are ground in a mixer to prepare thin paste which is then added as thickening in dips, curries and in sweet dishes.
In raw food recipes the seeds are used for decoration, colour and flavour. They add a beautiful depth of flavour and work well when used in the crust of cheesecakes, or sprinkled over salads, ice cream or ice lollies. The paste can also be used to marble cakes and the seeds or dust can be used to roll energy balls or decorate cakes for a distinctive flavour. Poppy Power!
A rich source of vegan Omega 3, flax seeds are the perfect addition to smoothies, cereal, and energy bars. Flax seeds have been used for years with many health benefits for the body, hair, skin and nails. Flaxseeds, also known as linseeds, are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or Omega-3. The seeds come from flax, one of the oldest fiber crops in the world known to have been cultivated in ancient Egypt
Some people call flax one of the most important plant foods on the planet. Evidence shows it may help reduce your risk of heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. Although flaxseed contains lots of healthy nutrients, it owes its great reputation to three things mainly. Omega 3 oils, lingnans, and fibre.
It is very high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s. It is also a perfect vegan source for anyone who does not eat or cannot tolerate fish.
Lignans, which have antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods. Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.
When flax seeds are ground, soaked or broken down during eating they release their goodness. If you have problems with your digestion we highly recommend soaking or grinding them first. You can also make flax water out of them by soaking them in purified water and storing in a sports bottle in your fridge. It’s soaking on the stomach, helps relieve constipation and is very calming on the system.
They also work well in addition to breads, crackers and nut loaves. Their nutty texture and golden appearance makes them a great addition to recipes and when sprinkled on salads and breakfast. A versatile and potent little seed!
Chia seeds are little seeds packed with goodness! So versatile, packed with nutrients and rich in Omega 3’s. You will soon learn to love these little superfood seeds. Chia seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family that's native to Mexico and Guatemala, and history suggests it was a very important food crop for the Aztecs. It's remained in regular use in its native countries, but was largely unknown in North America until the last couple of decades. Some of their health benefits include boosting energy, stabilizing blood sugar, aiding digestion, and lowering cholesterol.
Many people are very deficient in Omega 3’s and as fish now has so many contaminants people are looking for safe and healthy alternatives to boost Omega 3 oils in their diet. So along come Chia Seeds! They contain 8 times more Omega 3 than Salmon! Wow. These little seeds, which come in either white or a dark brown and black colour, have a huge nutritional profile. It contains calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, and is a great source of healthy omega-3 fats. As an added benefit, chia seeds can be eaten whole or milled, while flax seeds have to be ground before consumption in order to access their health benefits.
The simplest way to use them is to add them to your smoothie. Chia seeds expand in water so they help to make your smoothie really thick and really fill you up! Very handy when you want a satisfying smoothie that will keep you going without snacking. As they expand they release their goodness, rich oils and omega 3’s and produce a jelly like consistency which makes them very useful in raw food recipes when you want to add a thickener. Chia seed jam is the perfect use for this, and they are often used to make a pudding. (See our recipe section for our mango chia seed pudding with coconut milk. Yum!)
Some people soak their chia seeds and put them in the fridge so they are ready to use and stir into a recipe. If you don’t like the texture then grind the seeds first and store in an airtight container ready to use.
They can be sprinkled on cereal, made into jam, used in your smoothie, added to salads and made into yummy puddings and raw cakes and energy balls. Get your hands on some Chia Power!
A powerhouse of nutrients including vitamin C, potassium, fiber and folate. Full of antioxidants - members of a family of compounds called flavonoids that are being studied for their potential benefits in human health. A handful of Strawberries provide more vitamin C than one medium sized orange. Vitamin C keeps kids' teeth and gums healthy, aids in healing cuts and scrapes, and helps the body resist infection. Low in cholesterol
Packed with goodness:
- Contain Kaempferol which may reduce your risk of developing cancer and cardiovascular disease, Antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, May prevent nerve disorders, diabetes and osteoporosis.
Lighten up your morning with the sunny yellow hue of golden raisins. Perfect in your oats, breads, cereals or raw granola.
Our organic golden raisins are sweet, juicy and full of flavour. They are the perfect snack, delicious sprinkled on cereal, added to your baked cakes and great in raw food recipes. These little golden gems are delicious and packed with goodness. Raisins are one of the most well known and versatile dried fruits available today. However, they’re not a modern discovery. The process of drying grapes into raisins has been practiced since ancient times. Raisins were produced in Persia and Egypt and were even mentioned in the Old Testament.
Raisins are dried grapes. During mid-September, when their sugar content reaches a desirable level, grapes are handpicked and placed on clean paper trays to dry in the sun. A grape becomes a raisin when its moisture content drops below 16%. They are then removed from the vine and are stored in wooden “sweat boxes,” which are sanitary storage containers. Raisins are kept in the sweat boxes until they’re ready to be processed and shipped.
Golden and regular raisins are nearly identical in terms of most nutrients and daily value. A 1.5-ounce, single-serving box of either provides about 130 calories, 1.7 grams of fiber, 1.5 grams of protein and 25.5 grams of natural sugar. They contain calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and most B vitamins.
Golden raisins contain Kaempferol is a flavonoid that may reduce your risk of developing cancer and cardiovascular disease. It acts as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agent, and it may help prevent nerve disorders, diabetes and osteoporosis.
Golden raisins can be added to almost anything, both savory and sweet. A delicious addition to salads, curries, Moroccan rice, trail mix, muesli, granola, cake mixes, and added to your morning yoghurt.
They work well in raw food recipes when you want to add sweetness and keep a light coloured mixture. They can be added whole to energy balls to give a different texture to the mix, cake crusts, chopped into cake mixes like a raw carrot cake and cupcakes. Store in an airtight container to maintain freshness.
So many benefits:
- Excellent source of anti-oxidants, Accelerate the functions of the liver and kidney, Detoxify the skin, Prevent premature aging, Full of Iron, Prevent hair loss, Help with acute anemia.
Black Raisins are the perfect snack and often used in cereals, trail mix, granola and in baking but did you know that these juicy little treats have a whole host of health benefits?
Black Raisins are the most popular variety of dried grape, is widely known for its sugary taste and juicy flavour. But the truth is that this tiny fruit has much more to offer to us. It comes with quite a few medicinal properties, which help us to take good care of our health. They also have several natural compounds present in them that improve the texture of our skin and hair.
Flawless skin is something that everyone wants but it often becomes hard for us to keep our blood free from toxins, waste materials and a number of other impurities, which eventually result in dry, acne-prone skin. Here in comes the importance of black raisins! Being an excellent source of natural antioxidants, they accelerate the functions of the liver and the kidney. They eliminate damaging free radicals from our body and detoxify it completely. All these are helpful for getting clean and clear skin.
Black raisins are high in antioxidants as well as essential phytochemicals. Both these compounds help protect our skin cells from potential damage caused by long time exposure to the sun, and excessive pollution. As they can prevent the disintegration of DNA of our skin cells by combating free radicals, our immunity goes high and the elasticity of our muscle fibers gets boosted well. And so helps prevent premature ageing.
Say ‘NO’ to hair loss with black raisins. These small yet powerful fruits are full of iron, which is a vital and essential nutrient for our body. When it comes to keeping our circulatory system healthy, the importance of iron cannot be ignored. Conversely, a sound circulatory system is essential for maintaining the blood circulation throughout the scalp, stimulating the hair follicles, and preventing hair fall. Awesome!
And they help prevent grey hair too! You can put a stop to the early greying of your hair by incorporating black raisins in your daily diet. Not only are they full of iron, but also contain a large amount of Vitamin C that facilitates the fast absorption of the mineral and provides proper nourishment to the hair. Therefore, consuming black raisins is very helpful for keeping up the health as well as natural color of our hair. Great news!
As well as these beautifying benefits black raisins have a whole host of health benefits.
People suffering from acute anemia can also be immensely benefited by black raisins. The iron content of these fruits is known to be much more than several other iron-rich fruits and vegetables. It means, if you make the consumption of black raisins a habit, you can easily meet the recommended daily intake of dietary iron and keep anemia at bay.
High blood pressure or hypertension can cause significant health complications. Make sure that you are consuming black raisins every day in the morning. These are rich in potassium, the most effective mineral which can lower the level of sodium in our body considerably. As sodium is the main culprit in increasing our blood pressure, keeping it in check is important for averting serious consequences. Hence, add black raisins to your daily intake of fruits to stay away from cardiovascular diseases.
Black raisins also hold a fair amount of calcium. Being the most crucial constituent of our bones, calcium plays a key role in maintaining the health of our skeletal system. Lack of this mineral can result in severe bone disorders like osteoporosis. However, black raisins can increase the level of calcium in our body and help us treat these diseases successfully.
So if you weren’t already eating black raisins now is the time to include them in your diet! The perfect raw on the go snack, great in cupcakes and cookies, delicious on cereal and great in a salad. Versatile, delicious and packed with nutrition...and you get great hair! What’s not to love about these little beauties?
- Contain lots of fibre and a type of alcohol sugar called sorbitol that can act as natural laxative compound, Normalise blood sugar levels, Prevention of type 2 diabetes.
Out with the old and in with the new. A handful of sticky prunes at night is a sweet way to ensure your next day starts off right.
Prunes are often used in recipes for a sweet sticky delicious texture to puddings, as a snack and when you want to give your body plenty of fibre. Our prunes have a rich juicy texture. Prunes are the dried version of European Plums. They have been used for years as a culinary ingredient and also have been well known to increase bowel movements and prevent constipation. Prunes contain lots of fibre and a type of alcohol sugar called sorbitol that can loosen the stool and as well as a natural laxative compound.
The plum season extends from May through October with the Japanese varieties first on the market from May and peaking in August followed by the European varieties in the fall. Plums and Prunes belong to the Prunus genus of plants and are relatives of the peach, nectarine and almond. They are all considered "drupes," fruits that have a hard stone pit surrounding their seeds.
The fresh version (plums) and the dried version (prunes) of the plant scientifically known as Prunus domestica have been the subject of repeated health research for their high content of unique phytonutrients called neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid. These substances found in plum and prune are classified as phenols, and their function as antioxidants has been well-documented. Prunes also increase absorption of iron into the body has also been found in recent research. This ability of plums and prunes to make iron more available may be related to the high Vitamin C content of this fruit. Prunes are a very good source of vitamin C.
The soluble fiber found in Prunes helps to normalize blood sugar levels by slowing the rate at which food leaves the stomach and by delaying the absorption of glucose following a meal. Soluble fiber also increases insulin sensitivity and can therefore play a helpful role in the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Prunes are well known for their ability to prevent constipation. In addition to providing bulk and decreasing the transit time through the digestive system, thus decreasing the risk of colon cancer and hemorrhoids. Their insoluble fiber also provides food for the "friendly" bacteria in the large intestine, so perfect to take when you are taking probiotics.
You can add prunes to so many dishes both savory and sweet. Soak them for a delicious breakfast and serve with fruit and yoghurt, or serve stewed prunes on top of pancakes and waffles.
Stewed prunes work very well when served with rosemary-scented braised lamb for a Middle Eastern inspired meal. They also make a delicious addition to poultry stuffing.
When using them raw you can use them in many recipes when you would use dates. Combine diced dried prunes with other dried fruits and nuts to make homemade trail mix, blend them into your energy balls, or soak them to add to raw vegan ice cream for a tasty and healthy treat. Yum!
Medhjool dates are commonly referred to as king of dates. Large, juicy and packed with flavour and nutrition. Medhjool dates are a staple food in many countries. Commonly referred to as king of dates because of their size and texture, they are highly regarded especially in the Middle East and North Africa where they are believed to have originated. Though there are various varieties of dates, medhjool dates are considered soft, while there are others which are either dry or semi-dry; this depending on texture and taste. Medhjool dates are nutritious and healthy with innumerable health benefits.
While dates don't appear to be particularly special with their wrinkled, brown exterior, they're satisfyingly chewy and a flavorful treat packed with nutrition and very high in fibre. Undoubtedly a favorite since the Garden of Eden, dates are considered a drupe because they contain a single pit or stone at the center.
Date palms, which produce these little beauties, were brought to America's Western coast by Spanish missionaries in the late 1700s. Medhjool dates, which originated in Morocco, were introduced in the U.S. in 1927 and then grown in Southern California. Reportedly the most labor intensive to grow and harvest, medhjool are not only one of the most delicious varieties, they are the only one that can be picked and eaten fresh.
Date palms begin to bear fruit at three to five years, and are fully mature at 12 years. Cultivated in arid regions of the world, wild populations can still be found around Jordan and the border between Iran and Iraq.
Medhjool dates are great foods to control addiction for sweet foods. Their high fiber content keeps you full for long hence curbing the cravings. It also aids in keeping a healthy digestive system, hanks to loads of both soluble and insoluble dietary fibre and plenty of amino acids. Additionally, it helps in dealing with irritable bowel and constipation. Medhjool dates have a great amount of dietary fiber, supplying you with 27% of the recommended daily allowance. Their soluble fiber is important in regulation of blood sugar as well as levels of cholesterol. Notably, the beta-D-glucan in Medhjool dates aids in water absorption hence adding bulk to stool. This prevents constipation.
When it comes to the number of minerals, vitamins, and health-benefiting phytonutrients in dates, Medhjools have a lot! First and foremost, they're easily digested, allowing your body to make full use of their goodness.
Dietary fiber in dates helps to move waste smoothly through your colon and helps prevent LDL (bad) cholesterol absorption by binding with substances containing cancer-causing chemicals. The have a high iron content, which is an important component of hemoglobin in red blood cells, and determines the balance of oxygen in the blood. They also contain Potassium, which is an electrolyte which helps control your heart rate and blood pressure. The B Vitamins contained in dates, such as the carotenes lutein and zeaxanthin, absorb into the retina to maintain optimal light-filtering functions and protect against macular degeneration. They also contain vitamins A and K. Vitamin A protects the eyes and maintains healthy skin.
Wow, they taste great and have so many health benefits. So how do you use them?
Firstly they are a perfect “on the go” snack. If you’ve got a busy day ahead a trail mix of dates and almonds will keep you going for hours! They taste great in smoothies when you want to add sweetness and also make them more filling and increase the fibre content.
Raw food recipes use dates so often, they really are a raw food staple when it comes to making recipes. Medhjool especially as they are so soft rich and sweet they can be soaked and made into a date paste, caramel sauce and cake fillings and crusts.
They can be added to nut milk or normal milk and blended along with vanilla, cinnamon, and cardamon to make a beautiful nourishing Ayurvedic night time treat. Used widely in many traditional sweet dishes and cake mixes, they are also delicious in savory dishes like a Moroccan tagine. Dates are your sweet, delicious and versatile friend!
- Anti aging, 18 amino acids, Protein, Vitamin C, Iron, Boost immune system, helps with lower back pain, dizziness and eye sight, HGH. they're right.
What does Madonna have in common with a Chinese emperor from the Ming Dynasty? They both swear that Goji berries are the fountain of youth. With 18 amino acids,
Goji Berries are so popular now. One superfood you are not going to want to live without! Packed with goodness, anti-aging and mild in taste and texture, they are little nutritional powerhouses! For years they have been a staple food in China and were traditionally used to make a broth to help people recover after being unwell. They are packed with nutrients Goji berries are the most nutritionally dense fruit on Earth.
Unique among fruits because they contain all essential amino acids, goji berries also have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. They are also loaded with vitamin C, contain more carotenoids than any other food, have twenty-one trace minerals, and are high in fiber. Boasting 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium and many other important trace minerals, there is no doubt that the humble goji berry is a nutritional powerhouse.
This amazing little super-fruit also contains natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds. Their powerful antioxidant properties and polysaccharides also help to boost the immune system. It’s no wonder then, that in traditional Chinese medicine they are renowned for increasing strength and longevity.
In traditional Chinese medicine, the goji is said to act on the Kidney and Liver meridians to help with lower back pain, dizziness and eyesight. They are most often consumed raw, made into a tea or extract, or as an ingredient in soups.
Goji berries are also one of the only foods that stimulate the production of Human Growth Hormone (HGH). As we age our bodies stop producing HGH, which is why many people today take it as a supplement to prevent premature aging. However, adding goji berries to your diet is a much safer way to stimulate the production of HGH in your body naturally. Anti-aging and delicious....go go goji berries!
Goji berries are most commonly found in dried form, and make a great snack alone, added to trail mix, muesli or put in your smoothie. They can also be soaked for a couple of hours in enough water to cover them to make a broth when you are feeling unwell.
Please note that there can be adverse interactions if you consume goji berries while also taking the blood thinner warfarin. So be sure to consult your health care provider if that is the case.