Benefits of Goji BerriesFebruary 17, 2016
This text is written by Sophie Geoffrion, P.Dt.
The goji berry is the small red fruit of Lycium, a shrub from the same family as tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. Its roots are particularly conducive to the soils of China and Mongolia. Celebrated for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine, this exotic berry has many beneficial effects on several organs and to their normal functions of the body such as the liver, kidneys, lungs, vision, immunity, male fertility, etc.
Although modern research fails to scientifically support this long list of virtues, it is true that the goji berry has properties that appeal to any health-conscious individual. In particular, it offers an impressive level of antioxidants such as vitamin C, carotenoids and polyphenols. These antioxidants, which are also found in several other less exotic plants (blueberries, pomegranates, cruciferous, etc.), protect our cells against noxious compounds called "free radicals", thus helping the prevention of cancer and heart diseases. Also, these small colorful fruits contain certain types of polysaccharides (a type of sugar) that, among other benefits, are good for our immune system.
At first glance, this seems fabulous. It is however important to know that unless exorbitant amounts of this "superfood" are ingested, its true and full benefits will not be at their maximum. To let your body fully enjoy the profits of antioxidants, your best bet is still to eat a bunch of fruits and veggies at every meal and – why not – to use goji berries to add a little color and warmth to your breakfast!
Sophie Geoffrion, P.Dt. is a professional nutritionist and a member of the OPDQ since 2012. With an empathetic approach, a curious scientific mind and a rich culinary experience drawn from all corners of the planet, she brings motivation and guidance to various customers. Healthy weight management, positive view of body image, vegetarian diet and sports nutrition are her fields of high interest.
Sophie is also cofounder of the HappyFitness Movement, a young company based in Montreal that motivates women to adopt a healthy lifestyle through pleasure, balance and simplicity. Through outdoor training groups, weekend retreats, private consultation and corporate activities, HappyFitness cheerfully reveals that physical activity and nutrition are accessible tools to enhance your quality of life to a higher level!