They contain 18 different types of amino acids needed by the body for protein formation, more beta carotene than carrots, more potassium than bananas, 15 times the amount of iron than spinach and much more vitamin C than oranges! They contain about 21 minerals, are high in fiber, rich in vitamin B1 and are an outstanding source of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) which is needed for normal vision. Goji berries contain more carotenoids than any other food and are rich in two important for the eye health phytonutrients, lutein and zeaxanthin which both help prevent eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration. Goji berries are actually the highest known source of zeaxanthin! So the humble goji berry with its plain dark red dry appearance is undoubtedly a nutritional powerhouse!
Goji berries have been used in China to improve vision disorders such as cataracts, retinopathy as well as macular degeneration. Besides improving eyesight, Goji berries have been known to boost energy, enhance the immune system function, improve circulation and are also known for their powerful anti-oxidant properties.
Please remember that if you have any food allergies, you should consult your doctor before making any changes in your diet. Goji berries can interact with blood thinners and other medication, so do consult your doctor before using them, especially if you take anticoagulants or any other medication for diabetes or high blood pressure. Remember always to eat healthy food for your eyes and your whole body in general and always everything in moderation.