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Superfood for thought: Goji berries

Discover the "fountain of youth" in these delicious berries.
Goji berries. iStockphoto
Goji berries. iStockphoto

Goji Berries: The Longevity Berry

These little orange-red berries, originally from China, have long been savoured and enjoyed. Goji berries are referred to as the "fountain of youth" for their anti-ageing properties. According to Chinese legend, a man lived to be 252 years old after dining on goji berry soup every day. Whether you believe the legend or not, the truth is clinical studies tell us goji berries have been shown to help maintain higher levels of human growth hormone, which decrease as we age. Goji berries have also been shown to be an adaptogen, which means that they have a combination of therapeutic actions on our bodies, capable of both invigorating and strengthening us while also supporting our bodies through times of stress. Goji berries are also a great source of protein, making them an excellent sweet snack that has a gentle impact on blood sugar. They are also reported to boost immune, kidney and adrenal gland function, encourage strength, stamina and hormonal and sexual health. According to studies, they bring a welcome dose of antioxidants and alkalinity, neutralising excess acid while being kind to your liver and boosting the quality of your blood. Find them in the dried fruit section of most supermarkets and health food shops. They make a nice snack alone, or added to muesli or oatmeal for a superfood boost at the start of the day.

 

Laura Holland is a well-being consultant and nutritional therapist. For more information, go to www.BeUtifulYou.co.uk

Updated: May 7, 2012 04:00 AM

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