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Superfoods – Series 2

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Grab – and – go snack popular among celebrities such as Madonna and Mischa Barton. The tiny berries are loaded with impressive disease-fighting compounds. Widely used in the Chinese Medicine for an estimated 5000 years, Goji berries are help to get you lean, boost the immune system and are often called as the fountain of youth.

Here are 5 great reasons to get more Goji / Wolfberries

(Lycium Barbarum) into your diet

Increase your life span. When scientists looked into the health properties of goji, they found everything they associate with longevity and now are known as one of the world’s most powerful anti-aging superfoods. The Ningxia Hui region of Northern China, where gojis are grown and eaten on a daily basis, has 16 times as many centenarians — people 100 years old or older — as the rest of the country. Li Ching Yuen was a master Chinese herbalist who was said to have lived from 1677 to 1933. That’s 256 years! The story of his long life was said to be mere folklore until an Imperial Chinese government record was found from 1827, congratulating one Li Ching-Yuen on his 150th birthday. Twice he received Longevity Awards from the Government and was said to have consumed Goji berries daily.

Decrease body fat and high in protein.  Levels of human growth hormone (HGH) decline as we age. A 70-year-old produces only one-tenth of the amount generated by a 20-year-old. This decline parallels physical deterioration, such as lower levels of energy, muscle wasting and increased body fat levels. Boosting the natural production of HGH helps us feel, function and look like a more youthful person. Goji berries has four times more Potassium then bananas. This interferes with the normal function of the pituitary gland, which produces growth hormone. Gojis are a rich source of l-glutamine and l-arginine, two amino acids which may work together to boost growth hormone levels. Goji berries contain 18 amino acids, including all eight essential amino acids. This makes them an ideal choice for meeting your daily protein requirements.

Increase energy. The goji berry is an ‘adaptogen‘ a term used in the world of medicinal plants to describe a substance with a combination of therapeutic actions. It also supports healthy function of the adrenal glands, which tend to get overworked in times of stress. Goji berries are considered to be an especially beneficial adaptogen in Asia. Harmonise functions of the entire body, resulting in enhanced stamina, strength and energy.

Packed with nutrients. Gojis a are thought to be the most nutritionally rich fruit on Earth. They are also an excellent source of minerals such as zinc, iron, copper, calcium and phosphorous, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E. Gojis contain two key nutrients for healthy vision: zeaxanthin and lutein and have been recommended for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to improve eyesight.

Why not try out some delicious Goji smoothies? Or read up on Series 1 ?

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