The real health benefits of goji berries

While goji berries have risen in popularity within the past few years, they have actually been around for a long time and contain a variety of health benefits. Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, are tiny red fruits that grow on small shrubs native to Asia (via Healthline).

Rich in antioxidants and medicinal properties, goji berries have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Today, goji berries are often sold powdered, dried, or frozen at farmers markets and grocery stores and can be used to enhance the flavor and nutritional value of a variety of foods and beverages.

Goji berries are sweet and slightly sour and can be added to oatmeal, smoothie bowls, cereal, granola, yogurt, and trail mix. They can also be baked into desserts like cookies and muffins, or mixed into smoothies and shakes. If you buy them dried, you can rehydrate them by soaking them in water for 10 to 15 minutes.

The benefits of eating goji berries

In addition to their sweet taste and versatility, goji berries have been linked to a number of health benefits. For example, goji berries may improve eye health. According to one study, eating goji berries on a regular basis can help alleviate the symptoms of dry eye disease (Well+Good). This is because goji berries contain antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help enhance tear production.

Goji berries can also help stabilize your blood sugar: Another study found that goji berries can help reduce blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes. In addition, goji berries can support and boost your immune system. While additional studies are still needed, early research shows that consuming goji berries every day can improve immune system function and increase levels of immune cells (via Healthline). Goji berries are also a good source of vitamin C, which is an important antioxidant that can help boost your immune system and improve your heart health and eyesight.