Saturday, April 14, 2007

Go Go Goji Berry

If you're into healthy foods than this might be the product for you. The Goji berry (aka Wolfberry) is a Tibetan raisin-esque red berry with a plethora of healthful benefits. If you check out the story behind it on Wikipedia they give a break-down of the nutrients contained in this little berry. Check it out:
  • 11 essential and 22 trace dietary minerals
  • 18 amino acids
  • 6 essential vitamins
  • 8 polysaccharides and 6 monosaccharides
  • 5 unsaturated fatty acids, including the essential fatty acids, linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid
  • beta-sitosterol and other phytosterols
  • 5 carotenoids, including beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, lutein, lycopene, and cryptoxanthin, a xanthophyll
  • numerous phenolic pigments (phenols) associated with antioxidant properties
  • Calcium- 112 mg per 100 gram serving, providing about 8-10% of the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI)
  • Potassium- 1,132 mg per 100 grams dried fruit, giving about 24% of the DRI
  • Iron- 9 mg iron per 100 grams (100% DRI)
  • Zinc- 2 mg per 100 grams dried fruit (18% DRI)
  • Selenium- 100 grams of dried wolfberries contain 50 micrograms (91% DRI)
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)- At 1.3 mg, 100 grams of dried wolfberries provide 100% of DRI
  • Vitamin C- a wide range (from different sources) from 29 mg per 100 grams to as high as 148 mg per 100 grams (respectively, 32% and 163% DRI)
  • Beta-Carotene- 7 mg per 100 grams dried fruit
  • Zeaxanthin content in dried wolfberries vary considerably, from 25 mg per 100 grams to 200 mg per 100 grams. The higher values would make wolfberry one of the richest edible plant sources known for zeaxanthin content. Up to 77% of total carotenoids present in wolfberry exist as zeaxanthin.
  • Polysaccharides are a major constituent of wolfberries, representing up to 31% of pulp weight.
There ya have it....the above list was taken from Wikipedia, so do your own research if you'd like to dig deeper. There are a lot of distributors of this food, but here's a link to the one I went with. Try it in your oatmeal...mmmm

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