Know all the healthy properties of Goji Berries
by Dr. Mariangel Leota
The different fruits that nature offers come loaded with nutrients and there are so many that many of them are not known by everyone since they are in certain areas throughout the world, this is the case of Goji berries.
What are Goji berries?
They are the fruits of a shrub type plant native to China, in areas close to Tibet although there are different places along the Asian continent, are known in some places as Cherries of Tibet or Tibetan berries, are physically small in size and bright red or reddish orange color.
Its origins are from 6000 years ago in China when its use was intended for health since in those times it was thought to be effective for treating ailments and for prolonging life, however they contain to be so appreciated?
Composition of Goji berries
Contains amino acids, 18 which 8 are essential, essential refers to that are essential to mediate physiological processes in the body.
Minerals and trace elements
It has high levels of calcium that not only favor bone health, but an adequate concentration of calcium is associated with low levels of body fat, potassium and phosphorus. Among the trace elements are magnesium, zinc, iron, nickel, chromium, manganese, cobalt, selenium etc.
Today it is known that its effects are aging in part to the presence of antioxidants in its composition, among which beta-carotene (in higher than the levels contained in carrots), zeaxanthins, carotenoids among others.
As all fruit is rich in vitamins, being red in it, vitamin C predominates, although it also has vitamins A, B1 that helps maintain or re-establish the functions of the thyroid gland, B2, B6 and vitamin E is in conjunction with Vitamin C helps to minimize and protect from the damage caused by free radicals.It also contains beta-sitosterol, substance similar to cholesterol, used for the relief of symptoms derived from benign prostatic hyperplasia.
If in spite of being a fruit it contains essential acids, they have a cardioprotective effect and help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, among the fatty acids that they contain are Omega 3 and Omega 6.
As soon as the macronutrients consist of the following
8% of dietary fiber: This guarantees satiety when consumed, which formulates as a tool for appetite control
As you can see, there is not a fraction of fat in them and this is because they do not have it, so they are hypocaloric.
Other important substances:
It has a substance that is known as inhibitor or appetite controller in animals, these are Sesquiterpenes.
High content of Phytonutrients
The phytonutrients are biologically active substances that are found in plants, they are not essential for life however when they are ingested they provide a series of benefits such as anti-inflammatory properties, DNA protection and have an antitumor power with respect to certain cancers, preventing their formation , some of the phytonutrients contained in these berries are betaine, physalis.
Of course, thanks to those nutrients that it contains, it has several benefits, here I show you the most outstanding ones
They are one of the best foods to fight aging, this happens because they have the property of stimulating the growth hormone HC this has an effect on sleep since adequate levels of this hormone facilitate sleep conciliation, this is vital importance because sleep is not only necessary to rest, but by means of the body initiates its processes of cellular regeneration, consolidation of the memory enter, prevents weight gain since a good rest keeps the metabolic system in proper functioning and if that were not enough, the growth hormone also has action in the osseous system since it facilitates the fixation of calcium in the bones and care of the muscles.
Oh yeah! Goji berries are very good, their anti-aging actions are not there, and is that the nutrient content mentioned above antioxidants and phytonutrients highlight, the former have the function of preventing or decreasing oxidative processes produced by environmental and chemical agents by Its part phytonutrients help to optimize the processes of cell regeneration and repair, however some of these antioxidants extend their benefits such as Vitamin C that favors the stimulation of the immune system, this fruit has been considered for years in the Chinese culture as a food symbol of longevity!
Better vision and radiant skin!
Foods such as carrots that have carotenoids have been widely recommended to maintain eye health and improve the appearance of the skin. However, Tibetan berries have higher concentrations of these substances, which are of great help to prevent damage to eye structures such as the retina. .
Its vitamin A content favors improving the skin essentially in its appearance, since its frequent consumption protects it from premature aging.
Thanks to the presence of essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid among others favor the reduction of LDL cholesterol levels known as bad cholesterol, fiber also favors this and the normalization of sugar levels in circulation, this translates in reducing the risk of suffering from diseases such as diabetes and systemic arterial hypertension, that is to say, it is not only a food to promote beauty but it also heals and protects the organism in an integral way.
The main reason why people gain weight is that they can not control their appetite and they crave junk, processed or sweet foods. The other reason is sedentary lifestyle. Although the goji berries will not run you, they can help you control your hunger.
They are diuretic, so if you have a propensity for fluid retention, they are salvation. Due to its diuretic power they contribute to the elimination of toxins from the organism, favoring the functioning of the kidneys.
Its low glycemic index prevents cravings, controlling the stability of blood glucose.
How to consume them?
Including this fruit in your daily diet represents innumerable benefits, it will improve your Vquality in many aspects, you can do it in any of its presentations, be it dry, which is the most common form in which it is consumed in China, making tea or juices. Goji berries are an excellent natural alternative to stay younger inside and of course outside, improve sleep problems, control appetite and feel more energized in your daily activities.
EAT | Smoothie Bowl (Easy, Healthy Breakfast) – WhatsUpMoms
• 1 cup almond milk
• ½ cup old-fashioned oats
• 2 tsp chia seeds http://amzn.to/2e9yuRQ
• 1 cup frozen mango
• 1 cup baby spinach
• 1 TBSP almond butter
• ½ tsp matcha (this powder has caffeine) http://amzn.to/2e7V3E6
• 1 tsp maca powder http://amzn.to/2enewzg
• Toppings: granola, hemp seed, goji berries, sliced banana
1. Soak oats and chia seeds in almond milk for about 10 minutes (or overnight for make-ahead prep!)
2. Put soaked oats in blender along with remaining ingredients.
3. Puree until smooth (makes 2 bowls)
4. Top with desired toppings!uree until smooth. Makes 2 bowls. Top with desire toppings!
For your preparation you need
- A spoonful of dried or powdered Goji berries
- 3 cloves
- Lemon or orange peel
Place the water on the fire and pour the rest of the ingredients for 5 minutes and then remove it from the heat, let it rest and consume it before meals, this will help control your appetite.
- 8 goji berries
- The juice of 1 lemon
- 1 kiwi
- half a glass of filtered water
Place the ingredients in a blender pour ice and process them for 1 minute or until they are all integrated, consume it as soon as you prepare it fresh, you acquire all its properties, this is a smoothie that helps you with your appetite, it is also rich in antioxidant and vitamins.
Ideally, look for them in organic, natural presentations to avoid added sugars or preservatives, you can add them to your granola, you can make cookies or cakes and incorporate them like any other dry fruit in their preparation, add them to your breakfast yogurt is also a quick and good option and there is always the infallible that is to eat them directly, a portion is a mid-morning snack very nutritious.
There are presentations in capsules and powders to add them to protein shakes or consume them as vitamin supplements.
Goji berries can interact with medications for diabetes and for blood pressure. If you are allergic to pollen, you may have some complication due to the proximity of the fruit to the flowers.
They are undoubtedly its properties however in aspects such as weight control are not miraculous, no food is, this means that the recommendation is not robbing goji berries, remember the excesses are not recommended either, what I want you to take from these lines is that adding these berries to your diet, along with a change of habits that is to say include vegetables and control the consumption of sugary foods added to a daily activity of about 45 min will help you to improve your weight, these fruits are a plus and a way Practical and delicious to improve your health.
Like all dried fruit, it is high in sugar, so if you have diabetes or have a history of diabetes in your family, consult your doctor before consuming them and in what quantity.