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Lycii / Goji Berries / Seeds

Lycii / Goji / Wolfberries (Lycium chinense)

Wolfberry, commercially called goji berry, is the common name for the fruit of two very closely related species: Lycium barbarum and L. chinense, two species of boxthorn in the family Solanaceae (which also includes the potato, tomato, eggplant, deadly nightshade, chili pepper, and tobacco). It is native to southeastern Europe and Asia.

Wolfberries contain many nutrients and phytochemicals including:

  • 11 essential and 22 trace dietary minerals
  • 18 amino acids
  • 6 essential vitamins
  • 8 polysaccharides and 6 monosaccharides
  • unsaturated fatty acids, including the essential fatty acids, linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid.
  • beta-sitosterol and other phytosterols
  • carotenoids, including beta-carotene and zeaxanthin (below), lutein, lycopene and cryptoxanthin, a xanthophyll
  • numerous phenolic pigments (phenols) associated with antioxidant properties.
  • Select examples given below are for 100 grams of dried berries.

    *Calcium. Wolfberries contain 112 mg per 100 gram serving, providing about 8-10% of the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI). *Potassium. Wolfberries contain 1,132 mg per 100 grams dried fruit, giving about 24% of the DRI. *ron. Wolfberries have 9 mg iron per 100 grams (100% DRI). *Zinc. 2 mg per 100 grams dried fruit (18% DRI). *Selenium. 100 grams of dried wolfberries contain 50 micrograms (91% DRI) *Riboflavin (vitamin B2). At 1.3 mg, 100 grams of dried wolfberries provide 100% of DRI

    Source: Wikipedia.

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