Berried Treasure: The Health Benefits of Goji Berries


So what if we told you a fruit could make you live longer? That’s what the folktale of Li Qing Yuen tells us. The man ate goji berries everyday and lived to be over 256 years old. Though we may not be completely sold on that story, there are still plenty of health benefits to this Chinese medicinal fruit. The newly popular superfood packs the punch of both a sweet and sour treat and can be eaten in a variety of ways.

Goji berries are bright red shriveled berries that, when dried, are comparable to raisins. Though they run at a higher rate than your standard container of strawberries or blueberries, people are willing to pay the price for this berry’s promises. The super-fruit is known to improve eyesight, protect your liver, boost immune function, and enrich skin with beta-carotene. Did I mention it revs up your sex drive? Like you needed another reason to add this magical fruit to your diet.

Eat the berries out of hand, or enjoy them tossed into trail mix, topped on yogurt, blended into a smoothie, or even squeezed into goji juice. But drink wisely—you may live to be 200.


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