Goji berries, also known as “wolfberry fruit”, grow on a type of boxthorn plant that belongs to the Solanaceae plant family which also includes potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and chili peppers. They have been used as part traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years to help attain greater health, longevity, energy and stamina. These orange-red, slightly chewy berries taste like a cross between cranberries and cherries and when dried, have a sweet-tart tang to them.
Goji berries are one of the few fruits that contain all nine essential amino acids. The dried berries contain protein, fiber, B-complex vitamins, essential fatty acids, vitamins C and A and over 21 trace minerals including iron. Not only do they contain a complete spectrum of antioxidant carotenoids, but also, have been found to be one of the richest sources.
This amazing fruit has the following potential benefits for athletes:
- Enhanced Performance
- Better Sleep Quality
- Decreased Inflammation
- Increased Focus
- Enhanced Mood
- More Stable Blood Sugar
- Stronger Immune System
- Protection from Anemia
Other potential health benefits are cancer prevention, healthier skin, eye health protection, liver protection and detoxification and weight management.