Quite Possibly, The World’s Most Nutritionally-Dense Food
What Is Goji? The goji berry, also known as the lycium berry, grows in many regions throughout the Himalayas and Asia. It has occupied an important place in traditional Asian medicine for generations. One story from the Tang dynasty in China (around 800 A.D.) tells of a well that had been dug next to a Buddhist temple that happened to be surrounded by goji vines. The berries that fell into the well were said to enrich the water.
Those who prayed there and drank the water from the well were in strong health, living to a ripe old age without their hair graying or their teeth falling out. Today, the people of Central Asia appreciate the goji berry so much that they hold festivals for two weeks each year to celebrate its role in their heritage and in their healing. It is also said that eating goji berries makes it impossible to stop smiling—hence its nickname, “happy berry.”
Research has shown that many of the world’s longest living people consume regular daily helpings of a tiny red fruit that may just be the world’s most powerful anti-aging food—the goji berry.
As these researchers began to examine goji’s nutritional composition, they expected to find that it was similar to the composition of other plants in the same genus. They were astounded to find that goji contains:
Goji berries are the richest source of carotenoids, including beta-carotene (more beta carotene than carrots), of all known foods or plants on earth! They contain 500 times the amount of vitamin C, by weight, than oranges making them second only to camu camu berries as the richest vitamin C source on earth.
Goji berries contain up to 21 trace minerals (the main ones being zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus).
Goji berries also contain vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E.