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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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        Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

        Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

        In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

        And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

        Why is goal setting important?

        1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

        Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

        For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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        Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

        After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

        So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

        2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

        The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

        The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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        We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

        What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

        3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

        We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

        Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

        But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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        What you truly want and need

        Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

        Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

        Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

        When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

        Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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        Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

        Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

        Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

        The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

        It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

        Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

        Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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