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Goji Berry Benefits


How Goji Berries Stack Up Against other Superfoods

Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC) Value

Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity, more commonly referred to as ORAC Value is a measure of antioxidant potential for a specific type of food. Goji Berries top the ORAC Value charts – leaving other “Superfoods” in the dust. Sunrise Goji Berries, Lycium Barbarum, have an ORAC value of 303, where pomegranate has 100 and blueberries have just 32. No other whole food source can match the Goji Berry when it comes to antioxidant absorption.

Top Antioxidant Foods on the ORAC Scale

Goji Berries (dried)

303

Acai

184

Black Raspberry

164

Pomegranate

105

Prune

57

Blackberry

51

Blueberry

32

Plum

28

Strawberry

26

Orange

24

Cherry

21

Garlic

19

Kale

18

Apple

14

Peach

13

Spinach

12

Red Grape

11

Alfalfa Sprouts

9

Beet

8

Onion

4

Cabbage

3

Banana

3

Tomato

2

Carrot

2

Goji Berries are known to be have one of the highest amounts of fiber per gram of natural food sources. Goji Berries have 21 grams of fiber per 100 grams, while other foods commonly known for their high fiber content show up much lower on the list:

Fiber (gram) in 100 grams of food

Goji berry, dried

21

Barley, raw

15.6

Oat bran, raw

15.4

Tomatoes, sun dried

12.3

Almonds

11.8

Buckwheat flour

10

Apricots, dried

7.3

Pinto beans

9

Dates, dried

8

Raspberries, raw

6.9

Prunes, dried

7.1

Walnuts

6.7

Wild rice, raw

6.2

Raisins

3.7

Cauliflower, raw

2.5

Apples, raw, with skin

2.4

Oranges, raw

2.4

Strawberries, raw

2

Not only are Goji Berries high in fiber, they are also high in Vitamin A:

Vitamin A (iu) in 100 Grams of Food

Goji Berries, dried

12,600

Carrots, raw

12,035

Turnip greens, frozen

7,975

Apricots, dried

7,240

Spinach, raw

6,720

Kale, frozen

6,354

Peppers, red, raw

5,700

Mangos, raw

3,894

Cantaloupe, raw

3.224

Broccoli, florets, raw

3,000

Peaches, raw

535

Papayas, raw

284

Kelp, raw

120

Strawberries, raw

25

Sunrise Gojis and Diabetes

Sunrise Goji Berries contain a significant percentage of the recommended amounts of carbohydratesproteinshealthy fats and dietary fiber. Sunrise Gojis also contain 11 essential and 22 trace dietary minerals18 amino acids6 essential vitamins and they are packed with a high concentration of nutrients including beta-carotene, lutein, calcium, potassium and iron. These berries are powerhouses of amino acidsantioxidantsvitamins and minerals in addition to many unique phytochemicals, complex compounds and polysaccharides.

 

The polysaccharides found in Sunrise Goji Berries support proper cell communication and help to balance blood sugar and insulin response, thereby delaying the adult onset of diabetes. Many published scientific studies address the connection between cell-to-cell communication and diseases like AIDS, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, and diabetes. Foods rich in antioxidants, such as goji berries, help to keep our hormones in balance, help blood clot normally, help support cell structure and function, and most importantly, help create and sustain a complex cellular communication system.

 

The goji berry is actually one of the lowest-glycemic foods available, meaning they have a low impact on blood sugar because of its fiber content and its high occurrence of natural chromium.

Recent studies have shown that goji berries can protect DNA from damage linked to type 2 diabetes1. Research has also shown that goji berries help increase the transporters required to get sugar out of the bloodstream and move it into tissues. These studies indicate that goji berries may help lower blood sugar by reducing the body’s dependency on insulin.

 

Glycemic Index of Selected Foods

 

Glucose

100

Millet

72

Brown Rice

66

Buckwheat

54

Goji Berry

29

 

Glycemic index measures the speed with which a food raises blood sugar level.  The higher the fiber content of the food, the slower its effect on the sugar levels.

 

 Wu H, et al. Effect of Lycium barbarum polysaccharide on the improvement of antioxidant ability and DNA damage in NIDDM rats. Yakugaku Zasshi. 2006 May

Goji Berries have Super Health Benefits

  • Magnifies liver detoxification. Research has discovered powerful compounds in the goji berry that support liver enzymes which are crucial in deactivating cancer causing toxins.
  • Supports and enhances immunity. Goji berries contain polysaccharides that increase immune cells that kill mutated or cancerous cells.
  • Protects cells from DNA damage and mutations. As goji berries are the highest antioxidant whole food, they are excellent at protecting cellular DNA against mutations caused by reactive oxygen species (free radicals).  Many studies have shown the goji berries ability to fight cancer.
  • Goji Berries have a high content of antioxidants which is believed to help promote vision and have been used for thousands of years by Chinese herbalists in treating visual ailments.
  • Goji Berries contain lycopene, an antioxidant also found in tomatoes, which some people believe may be linked to prostate cancer prevention. Dried leaves were tested in 2010 and showed 242 mcg/g of lycopene where tomato juice has 86-100 mcg/g.
  • Goji Berries contain a nutrient called betta-crptoxanthin which is believed to help treat diabetes, relieve arthritis inflammation, help prevent bone loss and strengthen weak muscles. The USDA database lists Goji Berries as the plant source with the highest value of betta-crptoxanthin.
  • Dried leaves have a higher content of vitamin E than kale and parsley. They may be the richest source of vitamin E among all plant sources.
  • When you think of vitamin C I bet you think of citrus fruits, right? Our dried Goji leaves have a vitamin C content of 1,020 mcg/g where oranges only have 530 mcg/g. Our dried leaves have about twice the amount of vitamin C than oranges!
  • Betaine, which is commonly prescribed for lowering high blood pressure, is found in dried Goji leaves. The dried Goji leaves have a betaine content of 19.38 mg/g which is higher than wheat bran and wheat germ which are commonly known for having high betaine content. Betaine not only aids in lowering blood pressure, but also plays a role in kidney, liver and heart health.
  • Sunrise Goji Berries contain a higher amount of pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ), an anti-aging agent, than any other known natural source. Mitochondrial death and dysfunction are a huge factor in aging, and are linked with diseases associated with aging. PQQ protects mitochondria from damage and aids in the growth of new mitochondria making it an excellent anti-aging agent. PQQ is available in expensive supplements, but the value of PQQ in Sunrise Gojis is comparable to supplements and they have a natural wide range of nutrients.

(Information sourced from Phoenix Tears Nursery)

 

Research supports Ellagic Acid Benefits

  1. Effective free radical scavenger
  2. Prevents skin cancer
  3. Prevents lung cancer
  4. Prevents liver cancer
  5. Reduces tumor occurrence and development
  6. Protects from radiation-induced chromosome damage
  7. Decreases lipid peroxidation

 

20 Reasons to Use Sunrise Goji Berries and Leaves in your Diet

  1. Fights against premature aging
  2. Protects DNA
  3. Improves immune resistance
  4. Provides antioxidant protection
  5. Promotes healthy blood sugar levels
  6. Supports optimal vision
  7. Promotes bowel regularity
  8. Optimizes cardiovascular health
  9. Maintains healthy blood pressure
  10. Helps manage weight
  11. Helps maintain joint comfort
  12. Strengthens muscles and bones
  13. Improves digestion
  14. Maintains already healthy cholesterol levels
  15. Restores healthy sexual function
  16. Enhances reproductive health
  17. Supports healthy liver function
  18. Supports normal kidney function
  19. Supports healthy pregnancy
  20. Improves sense of overall health

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