Super charge your chicken soup, add some mineral oomph to your trail mix, or give your cookies an antioxidant boost with this dried berry packed full of vitamins, minerals, and potent antioxidants.

Referred to as Gou qi zi in Chinese Medicine, it is also commonly known as: Fructus Lycii, Wolfberry, goji berry

Goji berries have been a part of traditional Chinese cooking and medicinal pharmacopeia for hundreds if not thousands of years.  They are often found in formulas to improve vision, which seems to be linked to their high concentration of zeaxanthin, a carotenoid with antioxidant properties with an affinity for the retina of the eye.

The taste of goji berries is much less sweet than a raisin or dried blueberry and they are a bit more fibrous in texture. They are a great accompaniment to other dried fruits in trail mix, fruit breads, cookies and muffins. Adding some to a chicken soup is also a great pairing.

Continuing from the previous blog post on the 5 seeds for male fertility, goji berries are 1 fifth of the Wuzi Yang Song Pian formula. Their antioxidant effect contributes to the therapeutic benefit of this formula. Just as goji berries benefit the eyes by removing free radicals, this same effect is observed in the testis. One research study tested this by measuring the therapeutic potential of Wuzi Yang Zong Pian on testicular damage from x-ray radiation. After a 21 day course of treatment, there was an improvement in hormone production and the structure of the testis had almost completely returned to normal.

Be sure to check back soon to discover another seed, the dodder seed. Like the goji berry, it has an affinity for the eyes, the reproductive organs and plays a role in testosterone regulation.