Goji - The Super Berry
The Goji berry is a tiny red, teardrop-shaped fruit which belongs to the same nightshade family as tomatoes, eggplants and potatoes.
Loaded with powerful antioxidants and other essential nutritive components, this sweet and slightly sour tasting berry is native to China, where it has been used for thousands of years.
Read on to find out more about these antioxidant-rich super berries ...
Also known as wolfberry, matrimony vine and Chinese desert thorn, the Goji (Lycium barbarum) plant grows 3-12 feet tall. Goji is mostly known for its berries or fruits, but all parts are edible, including the leaves, flowers, berries and root bark.
Fully-ripened Goji berries are a beautiful deep orange red, measure around 1/8 inch in diameter and 1/2 inch long, are ovoid with a waxy skin. Traditionally, ripe berries are carefully harvested by hand or shaken from the shrub into trays, and then eaten fresh, sun-dried or juiced.
Nutrients and Benefits
Goji berries are a rich source of polysaccharides and one of the richest food sources of carotenoids (a better source than even carrots), including beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. They also contain beta-sitosterol and nineteen amino acids including all nine essential amino acids.
In addition, they are rich in potassium, contain complex B-vitamins, have higher levels of vitamin C than oranges and contain 21 trace minerals, including germanium, a trace mineral rarely found in foods.
NP Nutra® offers 3 premium Goji Products:
Goji Powder 45% is a mostly soluble, yellow red powder that is Kosher and food grade certified and is produced in a BRC certified facility.
Goji Juice Powder (organic) is a mostly soluble, fine orange powder that is certified organic, Kosher and food-grade certified and is produced in a BRC certified facility.
Goji Concentrate 10:1 is a soluble, reddish brown liquid which is food grade certified.
The powders are used in a variety of functional foods and beverages, dietary supplements, pet food products and cosmetics, while the liquid is used for dietary supplements, functional beverages and pet foods.
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