Goji Berries

Tuesday October 18, 2011

A. 5 Minutes of Double Unders for max reps

B. 50 Walking Lunges

    25 Handstand Pushups

    50 Pistols

    25 Chest-to-Bar Pullups

    50 OH Squats (55/35)

    25 Ring Dips


The goji berry plant mainly grows in China, Tibet and Mongolia where the native people have been eating this fruit for thousands of years. Wherever you find the goji berry you find longevity; one province, where the goji berry grows in abundance has the most centenarians in all of China! This berry is red in color and is often dried like a raisin to preserve it.

Benefits: this highly nutrient-dense fruit boost immunity, improves eyesight, provides liver protection and increases the quality of the blood. It is known as the "longevity fruit" because of its association with increasing longevity. As we age, our bodies produce less and less HGH (human growth hormone). Natural HGH helps us maintain energy, muscle mass, and less body fat. Goji berries, according to superfood expert David Wolfe, stimulate the production of HGH in our bodies, the only known food to do so.


Nutrients: Goji berries are considered a complete protein, containing 19 of the 20 amino acids. They are rich in antioxidants, which help keep our DNA safe from free radicals. Goji's contain more beta carotene than carrots, and high beta carotene levels in blood are linked to increased longevity. They contain over 21 trace minerals including zinc, calcium, copper, iron, selenium and phosphorous. Goji berries are very good sources of lutein and zeaxanthin which are the main antioxidants involved in protecting and preserving good eyesight.

How to eat them: dried berries can be found in most healthy grocery stores. They keep well and are nice to mix with nuts for homemade trail mix. Goji juice is another way they can be consumed. Whole Foods has a juice that is pure goji berry and nothing else. I have taken dried berries and made a tea out of them with some success. I drank the tea when I had a sinus infection and it relieved some of my symptoms. Whole Foods also sells them frozen where they can be put into smoothies or defrosted and eaten raw.

These little guys are ridiculously rich in nutrients, they have been proven to increase longevity, and they are the only food that produces more HGH in the body. Add them to your diet any way you can, and enjoy the health benefits!