Properties and Benefits of Dried Goji Berries

Properties and Benefits of Dried Goji Berries: Dried wolfberries or goji berries are the sun-dried version of the regular goji berry. Because they have almost no water, yet preserve the same types of nutrients and antioxidants due to a safe, non-altering drying method, dried goji berries are actually much healthier, supplying the body with greater amounts of vitamins compared to the fresh fruit.

If you enjoy their sweet-bitter taste and somewhat chewy texture, then dried goji are the perfect choice for you. Many people enjoy them at breakfast or as a midday snack because they boost energy levels as a result of their dense nutrient content. Dried goji are a great substitute for unhealthy snack foods because of their pleasant taste and chewy texture as well as excellent nutritional value.

Dried goji benefits

Dried goji berries are elongated, pointy, chewy, red-orange fruit with a delicate, sweet, yet slightly tart flavor and mild bitter aftertaste. They go wonderfully well with muesli, oats and yogurt and, at the same time, make a genuinely healthy treat. What is the difference between fresh goji berries and dried goji berries? Simple: they lack water. This means the nutritional value of dried goji is considerably higher than that of the fresh variety, which adds to the health benefits.

1) Dried goji berries are richer in antioxidants than fresh goji meaning they provide considerably more protection to cells. When exposed to reactive oxygen molecules from air, water and light, the antioxidant in dried goji berries react and protect and repair damaged cells, thus preventing chronic disease and cancer.

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2) The greater amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, two powerful antioxidants, make dried goji berries ideal for eye health. Lutein and zeaxanthin protect the retina against free radicals from blue light which, in time, may cause loss of vision or detached retina. Also, because they preserve their orange-red color, dried goji berries are a rich source of beta-carotene. Aside from promoting tanning, beta-carotene from natural sources such as goji berries is efficient against cataract and skin cancer.

3) Due to a higher antioxidant concentration, dried goji berries have a greater impact on our cardiovascular health as well. More antioxidants per same unit of fruit means more protection for our artery walls as well as lower stroke or atherosclerosis risks.

4) Dried goji berries have more iron than steak. This is a genuine relief for people suffering from anemia who can start improving their condition by including fruits such as fresh and dried goji berries in their diet.

5) Last but not least, the polysaccharides (type of carbohydrates) in fresh goji fruit were found to induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells. Sun-dried goji fruit preserve polysaccharides intact and, by doubling nutrient concentration per any standard unit of measurement, they provide more potent anticancer protection.

When you eat dried goji berries, you take in even twice as much antioxidants because the water that was weighing the fruit down has been removed, leaving more room in your stomach for nutrient-packed skin and pulp. Here is a concrete example: if 100 g of fresh goji berries contains more beta-carotene than 100 g of carrots, then how much will the dried version contain?

Maybe even twice as much beta-carotene than fresh goji. When choosing dried goji berries over fresh ones think that you are choosing more vitamins, more minerals and more antioxidant substances over water content which translates into more health benefits for you.

2 thoughts on “Properties and Benefits of Dried Goji Berries

  1. I don’t understand how the fresh and dried berries would have different nutrients in them? I really don’t think you’re going to eat a whole bunch more just because they are dehydrated! How would the nutrients change if you eat the same amount of berries?

    • Hello, Linda. It’s all about the water content in the fresh versus dried fruits. Say you have 100 g of goji. If it’s 100 g of fresh goji berries, you get several dozens fruits for that weight. But dried goji weigh less because they have no water, so the same 100 g will contain more fruits, thus more nutrients. The nutrients are in the pulp and skin of the fruit, not in their water content. This is why dried goji have more nutrients than fresh ones. In order to get to the same amount of 100 g you would have to add more dried goji to replace the weight of the missing water content. One fresh goji fruit contains the same amount of nutrients as one dried goji fruit, just more water so it would take more dried goji to get to the same weight as the fresh fruits. However, fresh goji preserve their vitamin C content whereas the dried ones lose it because of the changes the fruit goes through when becoming dry. Hope this answers your question, Linda.

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