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Goji Berry is The Best Fruit For People Who Work In Front Of The Computer All Day!

Goji Berry is The Best Fruit For People Who Work In Front Of The Computer All Day!

This superfood dates back to ancient times as it has been used for more than 2,000 years in traditional Chinese medicine. Goji berry, also known as wolfberry, is native to Asia and grows on a shrub. It is of bright orange-red color, sweet and a bit sour taste, and you can consume it raw, cooked or dried. Apart from tasting good, goji berries are truly superfood – rich in vitamins, minerals, fibers, and antioxidants, these berries can help you fight various diseases, control your weight and improve your digestion.

It is low in calories and high in nutrients! Perfect!

Goji berries have a low glycemic index, meaning there won’t be a huge increase in your blood sugar levels, which makes them a perfect treat. At the same time, goji berries are a great source of many vitamins and essential amino acids.

100 grams of dried goji berries contain [1]:

  • Vitamin A – 26822 IU
  • Vitamin C – 48.4mg (81% DV)
  • Calcium – 190mg (19% DV)
  • Iron – 608mg (85% DV)
  • Fiber – 13g (52% DV)
  • Protein – 14.3g

18 amino acids (of which 11 are essential)

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Goji berries are good for your eyes

Goji berries contain zeaxanthin, which is an antioxidant that can promote your eyes health. According to a study conducted in Switzerland [2] consuming dietary supplements with goji berries for 90 days leads to less yellow deposits under the retina, which can lead to muscular degeneration in the eye.

Goji berries are beneficial for cancer prevention

According to a study that was published in Life Sciences, goji berries may help you fight cancer, as researchers discovered that goji berry extract can stop cancer cells from spreading.

Goji berries can improve your general well being

A study conducted in Phoenix, USA, [3] dealt with the effects of consumption of goji berry juice. The researchers came to the conclusion that consuming goji berry juice for 14 days leads to improved general well-being, better performance and gastrointestinal functions.

Goji berries are beneficial for people with diabetes

Due to its low glycemic index, goji berries are the perfect snack for people with diabetes, as they won’t spike up your blood sugar levels. Furthermore, there are several studies [4] that have proven that goji berries are also successful in reducing blood sugar levels.

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Goji berries are good for your skin

Being rich in antioxidants, goji berries can prevent your skin cells from being damaged. An animal study conducted at the University of Sidney [5] proved that drinking goji berry juice protects your skin from UV radiation damage.

Goji berries improve fertility

By increasing testosterone levels in men, goji berries help produce sperm of improved quality and they also improve sexual ability, as a study conducted on mice at College of Public Health in China shows [6].

Goji berries can help with weight loss

Goji berries are sweet in taste, but at the same time high in fiber and low in calories, thus substituting other dried fruits with goji berries can help you lose weight, as one study [7] proved that you could improve your weight loss process if you include fruit in your low calorie diet.

Are there any side effects when consuming goji berries?

It is always good to consult your doctor before incorporating something new in your diet, especially if you are taking some medications. However, goji berries are generally regarded as safe, but you should take caution if you have low blood sugar, if you are using blood thinners, if you have problems with blood pressure, and if you are pregnant.

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Dried or fresh goji berries,Which one Should You Choose?

You can find goji berries both in dried form and as fresh fruit, and no matter in what form you buy them, always buy from a trusted source. Both fresh and dried goji berries are a healthy option, however, dried goji berries contain very little water and the same amount of healthy nutrients, providing more vitamins to the body, and are therefore a healthier option compared to fresh the ones.

How much goji berries is enough?

How much goji berries is good for you to consume depends on many factors, such as age and health condition of a person. If you have certain health conditions, always consult with your doctor first. For people with no specific health conditions, the recommended dosage is somewhere around 150 grams of fresh fruit and from 10 to 30 grams of dried fruit.

Start With These Delicious Goji Berry Recipes!

You can eat goji berries in your breakfast, mixing them with yogurt or cereals, add them to many dishes or drink them in the form of tea or juice.

Vanilla almond goji berry granola

    Image from A cozy kitchen

    Goji berries are a great way to start your day and boost your energy levels, and this perfect combination of vanilla, almonds and goji berries sweetened by agave will definitely make you fell energized and full.

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    Goji berry and pistachio granola bars

      Image source: May I Have That Recipe?

      Easy to make, and easy to customize according to your preferences, these bars present the best snack for any time of the day when you need something to pick you up.

      Spicy goji berry soup

        Image source: Wallflower Kitchen

        Ideal for lunch, goji berries really spice up this refreshing soup and bring out the sweetness of tomatoes.

        Featured photo credit: Healthline via healthline.com

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        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

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        Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

        Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

        Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

        1. Get Rationally Optimistic

        Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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        This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

        In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

        The result: no more mental stress.

        2. Unplug

        Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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        How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

        It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

        Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

        3. Easy on the Caffeine

        Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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        Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

        4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

        That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

        How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

        • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
        • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
        • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

        While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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        5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

        This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

        The result: mental stress will be gone!

        So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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