Functional foods, or to use the more popular term “Super foods”, are gaining increasing popularity among athletes thanks to the healthy benefits they provide. This blog post aims to take a closer look at the Goji berry fruit, which are considered super.
The story behind Goji and an overview of its health effects
Goji berries contain many nutritional benefits. The berries are especially known for its rich source of antioxidants compounds, which alleviates oxidative stress. Our C-Complex contains a rich amount of goji berries, which can be purchased here.
Goji berry, Goji or wolfberry originates from Mongolia and Tibet. The Chinese people have used Goji as herbal medicine for thousand of years. It is especially known to strengthen our immune system and protect our skin thanks to its rich content of the antioxidants beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. In fact, it is only recently that Goji berries have become available in the West. The quality of Goji depends on growing conditions such as terrain, soil and climate, which is why Goji berries are imported from different parts of Asia. The wolfberries are exposed to the sun until their skin is dry and hard.
Besides its rich source of antioxidant, Goji contains 18 different kinds of amino acids and up to 22 trace minerals. Studies also indicate that Goji increases general well being and reduce the aging of the skin. Goji even lower the cholesterol level and increase quality of sleep! Goji also contains very high levels of Vitamin C, which is said to be 50 times higher than what can be found in oranges (measured in weight). There is no doubt that Goji has a numerous of health effects. Due to its good taste, Goji is also used as toppings for muesli or to add extra taste in tea. Hence, we have used them in our C-complex, which allow you to enjoy the healthy benefits. What are you waiting for?
Another superfood, which popularity is increasing in the West, is Ginseng. The superfood is known as a natural energy booster. Read more about Ginseng here
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