The so-called Goji berries (or wolfberry) are considered as real red diamonds, and are characterized for being a few cherries originated from the Tibet, being known by the name of Lycium barbarum.
Its consumption has increased enormously in recent years, especially since the different benefits of goji berries have been known, so that today it can be easily found in many shops and supermarkets.
As you are sure to know, especially if you have tested, its flavor tends to be not very pleasant, it is, therefore, advisable that when eating it is the best choice for adding them to salads, Macedonian or yogurt.
Among its most important properties, we find a superfood that helps to increase defenses, improves vision, increases sperm production (so it helps to improve male fertility), improves memory and promotes concentration, increases energy levels and provides care for the health of the liver and kidneys.
Nutritional content of goji berries
Fatty acids: goji berries rich in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids (linoleic acid and linolenic acid), essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system, brain and helps in the production of hormones.
Amino acids: Goji berries rich in 18 amino acids, 8 of them essential amino acids. Amino acids form the structure of proteins and help in many functions, among them it participate in the production of enzymes, hormones and antibodies.
Betaine: It is a substance used by the liver for the production of choline, a nutrient that participates in the detoxifying function of this important organ. It is essential for good cardiovascular health, improves improvement, prevents fatty liver and protects the DNA.
Carotenoids: Fat soluble pigments essential in the activity of vitamin A.
Cyperone: Beneficial for blood pressure, menstruation and heart.
Lutein: Beneficial flavonoid in eye care.
Minerals and trace elements: Especially rich in 21 trace elements, highlighting copper, calcium, selenium, phosphorus, chromium, magnesium and potassium.
Vitamins: Especially rich in vitamins of group B (B1, B2 and B6), vitamin C and vitamin E.
Nutritional values of goji berries
- Calories: 258 kcal.
- Proteins: 11.5 gm
- Carbohydrates: 62 gm
- Total Fat: 0.58 gm
- Glycemic index: 30