What are Goji Berries?
Goji Berries or Wolfberries are a small red fruit that look similar to raisins. They are the fruit of the Lycium Barbarum tree, which is a member of the nightshade family along with tomatoes, chilli peppers and aubergines. They are extremely popular with athletes and nutritionists because of their incredible nutrient density.
How can Goji Berries benefit my training and diet?
Having been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, Goji Berries are now hailed as a superfood and have been linked with potentially benefiting everything from strength building to longevity. Most fruit contains only a small amount of protein but these berries contain a comparatively large proportion, accounting for over 11g protein per 100g. This can help towards the building and repair of muscle mass.
Goji Berries also contain 18 kinds of amino acids, all 8 essential amino acids (histidine, isoeucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine), up to 21 trace minerals, high amounts of antioxidants, iron, polysaccharides, B, C and E vitamins and many other nutrients. Gram for gram they contain more vitamin C than an orange and more iron than spinach.
Goji Berries are also a source of natural sugars. Whilst Sugar is frequently seen as a ‘no go’ area in the health and fitness community, an intake of natural sugars is essential for the normal functioning of the brain and body. Goji Berries can help to provide a quick release of energy when used pre workout and replenish glycogen stores post workout.
Who are Goji Berries suitable for?
Goji Berries are suitable for anyone health conscious looking for a healthy snack or addition to meals. Goji Berries are currently being linked with many exciting potential health benefits.