|Wednesday, 03 September 2008 11:52|
FDL have been working on introducing Goji Berry into our range of fruit juices and have recently approved a supply from China for use in our development work for our clients.
The Goji Berry, which is about 2cm in diameter with a mild, sweet liquorice flavour, has recently been rated No. 1 on the ORAC Scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) by the US Department of Agriculture. The scale was developed to measure the antioxidant level in foods and, the higher the score, the more capable that food is of destroying the free radicals that cause cancer and speed up the aging process.
Goji Berries scored 25,300 per 100g, while prunes, which came second, had a mere 5770 per 100g. They have 2000 more antioxidants and 500 times the amount of Vitamin C per weight as oranges and contain more iron than steak.
They also contain beta-carotene (their ability to improve vision has been documented for more than 1500 years in China), Vitamins B1 and B2, minerals and amino acids. Goji Berries and lycium bark play important roles in traditional Chinese medicine and are believed, among other things, to strengthen the immune system, help eyesight, protect the liver and improve circulation.
Another traditional property of Goji Berries is their ability to benefit the complexion and it is also claimed that they enhance longevity. Most of the Goji Berries that are sold in the UK are cultivated in China, however they also grow in Mongolia and on vines in the sheltered Himalayan valleys of Tibet and Nepal, where they have been eaten for centuries and are nicknamed "happy berries" because of the sense of wellbeing they are said to induce.
We would like to talk to you further about the benefits of the Goji Berry and how we can help with your supply requirements.