Goji berries benefits

What are the Benefits and Side Effects of Goji Berries

January 24, 2019

5 Fascinating Benefits of When You Eat Goji Berries

Goji berries also are known as the wolfberries is one of the cousins of the nightshade berries. And while nightshade berries are poisonous, goji berries are known to be one of the superfoods like flaxseed and chia seeds. Goji berries are also berries that are native in Asia and appear in many recipes. Some recipes include blending the goji berries with other berries into a fruit shake to get all the nutritious content from them.

But all we know right now is that Goji berries are a superfood. What are its benefits? Here are some benefits Goji Berries give when consumed.

Goji Berries are full of vitamins and minerals

Goji berries are chock full of vitamins and minerals. Some vitamins include the following:

Fiber

Like any other plant, Goji Berries are full of fiber. This is to help your digestive system especially if you eat a “rich” diet. When we say “rich”, it includes anything with fat, salt, and cholesterols that might be clogging up your system.

Vitamin C & Vitamin A

These are two one of the most powerful antioxidants. While Vitamin C serves as a mineral to boost your immune system, Vitamin A works well for optical health. Also because they’re antioxidants, they remove the free radicals from your system which help you cleanse your liver. Once your liver is cleansed, your skin also begins to glow and you’ll find yourself being packed with more energy than normal.

Zinc 

If you’re vegan then, most likely you’ll find yourselves avoiding eggs. Eggs are full of zinc but if you’re vegan and looking for Zinc, Goji Berries can replace that. By fuelling your body with more zinc, you’ll be able to promote healthy cell division and cell growth. This also can indirectly lower your chances of cancer which is commonly caused by bad cell division that has no Hayflick Limit. When a cell has no Hayflick Limit, they will continue to reproduce without any limit and not undergo Apoptosis (also known as “cellular death”). Goji Berries having Zinc can help prevent this by making sure that the cells are complete and that it undergoes Mitosis and Meiosis successfully without any mistakes. Zinc is also one of the major players for making sure your immune system is in tip-top shape.

Iron 

Iron’s most prominent function is for the strengthening of the blood. And in this case, having iron helps more oxygen flow through the body. It does so by helping along the creation of hemoglobin (or hemoglobin) which is a protein present in the red blood cell. As there is more hemoglobin, the body will be able to distribute more oxygen in the body which can also help in muscle function especially during aerobic respiration. This is also one of the main reasons why athletes, bodybuilders, and women are instructed to take a lot of iron to make sure they have enough oxygen while going around their daily activities.

Goji Berries can potentially help in weight loss

Trying to slim down two inches? Trying to make it to that wedding and look amazing in your gown? Goji berries can help you. Not only does it remove the toxins in your body via antioxidants but also through the fibers. Because Goji Berries are rich in fibers, they trigger the feeling of “fullness” more than most foods. And because they’re fruit, they’re also low on calories which make them more beneficial for those watching their calories. As a fruit, Goji Berries taste similarly to cranberries which can help satisfy your fruit craving when you need to.

The tart flavor of Goji Berries also makes them a fantastic ingredient in a salad, removing the need for vinaigrette dressing if you’re looking for something sour.

Goji Berries help maintain Blood Sugar

Good news, diabetics! There’s another food you can eat! Goji Berries are one of the few fruits that diabetics can eat to maintain their blood sugar. The low sugar content prevents a blood sugar spike. Some studies have also shown that Goji Berries do lower insulin resistance which is the biggest problem among diabetics. Because also of its antioxidant capabilities, it helps to remove the free radicals destroying your cells that are capable of producing insulin. However, if you’re already hypoglycemic, eating Goji Berries may not be a good idea as it may make your blood sugar too low.

Goji Berries increases the production of testosterone

For men who need a sexual booster without the side effects, Goji berries can help with that. Goji berries contain lutein and zeaxanthin which are sexual hormones to help produce testosterone in men. Often times, people rely on testosterone as a means to boost their overall performance. Be it athletic performance or their sexual performance. However, instead of using drugs or any steroids with side effects, Goji Berries can offer the same quality of increase in performance without much side effects unless on overdose.

Goji Berries can improve Liver Health

For those who are heavy smokers and drinkers, it’s good for you to know that the more you do – the more you destroy your liver. Even though your liver is capable of regenerating, the incoming onslaught of methanol and nicotine can further destroy your liver. To make matters worse, it causes a build-up of methanol which can result in alcohol poisoning and the destruction of your lungs. However, Goji Berries can turn that around for you by removing the free radicals with the antioxidants and have anti-carcinogenic properties that can take out the effects of the carcinogenic ingredients. However, this doesn’t mean taking this would solve the problem. It also has to take sheer willpower of wanting to stop smoking and drinking to go on for a healthier life.

 

Goji Berries Benefits

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