Where to buy goji berries: 3 tips

Since I’ve spent some time looking into this, I thought I should point you in the right direction since goji berries are very good for nourishing the immune system.

My 3 pointers for where to buy goji berries

There’s more than meets the eye when you really want to choose your goji berry wisely.

#1: Type

According to Lycium Barbarum and Human Health, there are several types of goji berries. Each has different phytochemical content.

#2: Country of origin


While there are several other places that are suitable for growing goji berries, most of the goji berry on the market comes to us dried from China. This includes “healthier” brands such as Sunfood, Navitas Naturals, and Frontier Natural Products.

What’s wrong with getting them from China? I recently came across the book Food Forensics: the Hidden Toxins Lurking in Your Food
and How You Can Avoid Them for Lifelong Health
 by Mike Adams. He owns a lab doing extensive testing all sorts of food to see if they contain harmful substances.

Based on his research, any food from China is most likely to contain high levels of contaminants such as heavy metals. He even has data (which makes up a substantial part of the book) to prove it.

Granted, Sunfood says they do third party testing on their goji berries which they claim to harvest from a very rural and clean part of China.

But it is actually possible to get goji berries grown elsewhere, for example, the U.S. These goji berries come to you fresh in their juicy state and often direct from the farm.

However, you pay a premium for the freshness and food safety even though they are locally grown where you are. You also don’t get them all year round. This brings me to my next point.

#3: Freshness


Besides the fresh fruit, it’s also possible to obtain those that are like raisins and grown not in China. Again, they are pricey, but people say they can taste the difference compared to goji berries from China.

Really?

Millions of Chinese everywhere are using China grown goji berry right now. We’ve heard nothing of them being poisoned by it.

While I would prefer to be on the safe side and eat fresh goji berries grown elsewhere, they aren’t available where I live.

I also don’t have the finances to send every brand of goji berry I want to buy for testing.

What would you do?

Where I come from, one big bag of goji berries from China costs less than $20. But there is hardly any quality assurance except the assumption that the authorities inspect them.

One option for you as a consumer is to avoid goji berries completely if you can’t get those not grown in China. After all, there are so many different kinds of fruits and vegetables out there to feed your immune system with.

For example, goji berries are very rich in polysaccharides, which also occur in high levels in mushrooms and cactus.

Yet, the polysaccharide profile of goji berry is still different from other plant foods. Another option is to find a reliable and trustworthy company so that you minimize your risk of doing more harm than good to your immune system.

Whatever you do…

Ensure your diet is made up of as many different fruits and vegetables as possible. That’s the best way to get a comprehensive range of antioxidants, phytochemicals, and polysaccharides for nourishing your immune system.

8 Comments on "Where to buy goji berries: 3 tips"


  1. Very interesting post! Thank you for the information on where to buy the best goji berries and where to find the correctly inspected ones.

    I also like that you included healthy brands to choose from and that you offer other foods that include similar ingredients to the goji berry.

    What exactly do goji berries do for the immune system? Do they work a lot like vitamin C?

    Thanks!

    Fayelee

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    1. Goji berries provide nutrients for nourishing the immune system. Read more here. See also the goji berry book I mentioned under #1–you will find an extensive list of nutrients there!

      Each nutrient nourishes different parts of the immune system differently. I mentioned that goji berries contain polysaccharides. Many polysaccharides have anticancer effects and these effects are wide ranging.

      Vitamin C is an antioxidant, but there are more powerful ones such as oligomeric proanthocyanidins that exist in grape seed. Antioxidants fight free radicals, which may cause DNA damage leading to cancer. The important thing is to get such nutrients in whole food form.

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  2. I never thought about goji berries being poisonous because of how it was grown.

    Maybe I should pay more attention to it. But I always buy my goji berries dried from a chinese ingredients store. Like you said, I assumed it has already passed several requirements by the government.

    Well… If you want to be healthy, you get to eat right!

    Reply

    1. It’s unfortunate. Sometimes I feel sorry for the China people. Imagine having to worry about whether your food is legit every day because of contaminated soil, water, and air. And let’s not forget the so called black hearted manufacturers who don’t care about the safety of the people who buy their products.

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  3. I’ve been hearing about the health benefits of eating goji berries, but I’ve never had the opportunity to try them. Your article just reinforces my interest.

    Would you say they compare to acai berries, in terms of antioxidants and other nutrients?

    Other than “as is,” what are some good ways to eat them?

    Reply

    1. Acai berries are known for their high antioxidant levels, while goji is popular as a source of zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin is good for the eyes.

      The Chinese like to put in a handful of goji berries in soup. Because heat often alters or destroys the nutrient profile of plant foods, I don’t recommend cooking them but adding them to virtually everything.

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  4. Hi thanks for the post. My question’s are 1. are goji berries a powerful antioxidant? and 2. what other beneficial properties do they posses apart from the polysaccharides? also 3, is it possible to eat too many goji berries? and lastly is there a recommended dosage of goji berries per KG of body weight?

    cheers
    JR

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    1. 1. Yes, they have antioxidant properties.

      2. Goji berries are great sources of zeaxanthin, making them excellent food for the eyes.

      3. Yes, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing! Please eat everything in moderation as that’s what your immune system needs you to do to get different types of nutrients.

      4. No, there is no recommended dose of goji berries. Just make sure they are at least included in your diet.

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