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Wholesale Superfood Ingredients in the Spotlight:

ORGANIC GOJI BERRIES / WOLFBERRIES

From the far reaches of Northern China

Derived from the Lycium Barbarum plant, goji berries have been grown in China and the Himalayan valleys for thousands of years. The nutrient dense food is now exported all over the world due to its unique flavour, versatility and extensive range of health benefits.


Superfood Ingredients’ organic goji berries are grown on fertile farmland in the Ningxia region of Northern China, widely considered the best place for producing high quality berries. The farm strictly adheres to the Green Food Production Standards, ensuring the organic status of the superfruit is maintained.


Although they can be eaten raw, the delicate berries are easily damaged, hence they are processed after harvest in to a range of formats for export, including the dried berry, powder derivatives and juices. These provide functional ingredients that can be adapted to various applications, from cereals and snack bars to smoothies and beverages.


Goji berries are traditionally termed the ‘longevity fruit’. In the Ningxia region of China (where Superfood Ingredients sources their organic berries), the superfruit is eaten daily, and locals attribute this to their long lifespan. There are 16 times as many centenarians in the area compared to the national average.



Goji ice-cream perhaps?

To best serve the food, beverage and health food industries, Superfood Ingredients supplies a range of goji berry products, the first of which is an Organic Goji Berry Powder, a functional ingredient that makes a great addition to baby foods, smoothies and snacks. Our whole Organic Dried Goji Berries are also a favourite of customers throughout the USA, Japan and Australasia. They can be eaten as they are, or added to cereals, trail mixes and baked goods. Also available is a high potency Organic Goji Juice Concentrate, ideal for use in juices, cordials and smoothies, as well as to flavour ice-creams, yoghurts and salad-dressings.



Some of the Benefits of Goji Berries

Goji berries in their various forms present a wide range of health benefits, which are increasingly supported by scientific research. They are a high antioxidant, nutrient dense food, containing substantial amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and B-Vitamins, along with high concentrations of iron and selenium. Goji berries are also rich in polysaccharides, a form of soluble fibre thought to aid digestion, reduce fatigue (particularly in sports recovery), and lessen the insulin response after eating, which is believed to help in balancing blood sugar levels.


Health Promoting Antioxidants

Goji berries boast a high ORAC score, meaning they are a powerful source of antioxidants. These antioxidants are thought to help protect the body against oxidative damage from free radicals, which are natural substances that can accelerate cell damage and ageing. Research suggests that using a goji berry extract on a regular basis can boost levels of protective antioxidant liver enzymes, and reduce by-products of oxidative damage in the blood. This could potentially slow down the ageing process, and reduce the risk of succumbing to chronic diseases.


Goji Berries and Digestion

Goji berries are thought to support a healthy digestive system by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. The berries contain the natural prebiotic inulin, which promotes healthy gut flora, along with polysaccharides, a form of soluble fibre that eases digestion. It is thought that regular consumption of goji berries can aid in the digestive process, and reduce symptoms of digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome.


Potential as a Weight Control Aid

Goji berries can potentially play a role in reaching and maintaining a healthy body composition. They rate low on the GI scale, with a score of 29, invoking only a mild insulin response after eating. Although low in calories, goji berries are nutrient dense and high in fibre, prolonging the feeling of fullness. Goji berries are also a natural source of chromium, which may help to maintain lean muscle mass during weight loss. As muscle tends to burn more calories than fat, this can further aid in  achieving a healthier weight.


Keep your Eye on this Superfruit

According to various studies, goji berries contain compounds that may help to reduce the risk of macular degeneration. Researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University administered 15 grams of goji berries every day for a month to a group of healthy males, and compared their blood markers to a control group. The volunteers who ate the superfruit showed increased levels of zeaxanthin in the blood, an antioxidant that helps to preserve eyesight. Goji berries are also a natural source of Vitamin A, which is believed to help maintain night vision, as well as boosting immune function and protecting against skin damage.


Goji as a Source of Protein

Fruit are not often associated with being a source of protein, but along with Omega 3 essential fatty acids (which aid in the digestion of proteins), Goji berries are found to contain 18 amino acids, amongst which are essential amino acids tryptophan and leucine.


Note: Goji berries may interact with some medications such as warfarin, as well as diabetes and blood pressure medications.



Superfood Ingredients’ Organic Goji Berry Products

Our wholesale Organic Goji Powder, Organic Dried Whole Goji Berries and our Organic Goji Juice Concentrate (36 brix) are available in bulk format, which we ship to all parts of the globe.



Please feel free to contact us at ask@sfisuperfoods.com for more information.


If your business is located in Australia, New Zealand or Asia, and you are interested in wholesale bulk supply of our Organic Goji Powder, Organic Dried Whole Goji Berries and our Organic Goji Juice Concentrate (36 brix) please contact us at australasia@sfisuperfoods.com

Goji berries are widely recognised as one of the frontrunners in the recent superfood trend. Also known as the Wolfberry, the nutrient dense superfruit boasts a number of health benefits, backed by a growing number of scientific studies. Goji berries are a great source of beneficial proteins, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are also rich in polysaccharides, a form of soluble fibre that acts as a natural prebiotic, and has a number of health-promoting properties.

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