Goji Juice Is Magic In a Bottle…
For a few years now, goji juice has been the talk of the town – Tinseltown to be specific. Himalayan goji berry juice is said to be the magical drink of the stars that will keep you looking and feeling young forever. Nope, I’m not making it up. In fact, the promotion around Freelife Goji Juice, a prominent manufacturer of the drink says that “many of the world’s longest living people consume regular daily helpings of a tiny red fruit that may just be the world’s most powerful anti-aging food”. Well, if these walking Methuselahs are spending $50 on a 32oz bottle of this stuff, I sure as heck hope it’s doing something for them. Research has allegedly shown that goji juice benefits provide anti aging qualities, reduce causes of heart disease, decrease joint swelling, increase sexual performance…a few years ago, until they were ordered to stop, proponents of the wonder drink even claimed that it’s tough enough to kill breast cancer.
Let’s say you’re an athlete, or a super mom, who’s always on the go. You may not be terribly concerned with fighting cancer, but you want a drink that’s going to make you feel good, and give you that high level of energy to keep you revving during the day. Goji berries, or wolfberries as they’re also called, may just be your answer. They’re packed with carbohydrates (not the evil ones you see on fad menus…good ones), fiber, protein, six essential vitamins, 18 amino acids for muscle growth…these little Himalayan suckers are quite the super food.
I can honestly say that I think goji juice is good for you. I mean, it’s packed with antioxidants, which research has shown promotes all of the health benefits listed above. Then again, I can think of a few more delicious foods that have an abundance of antioxidants. Yeh…dates, peppers, olives, carrots, pineapples, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, beets, spinach, almonds, wheat germ, and last I checked, I didn’t have to pay $50 for a liter of V8.
“Hey, hey, hey. Slow down guy! You’re forgetting about the vitamins, the carbs, the fiber, and the fact that goji berries have more protein than wheat.” Oh, sorry, I forgot about that. Fortunately though, I also remembered that nearly all of the previously mentioned fruits and vegetables come packed with an abundance of carbs, vitamins, and fiber, and regarding the protein, when they process goji juice, the protein gets virtually stripped out. Besides, anyone who gets their main protein intake from a fruit, wheat, vegetable, or anything less than a bean is a freakin’ moron.
“Oh, but magic and mystery is part of its history – don’t forget about the secret of goji berry juice”. Yeh, I ripped that off from the Gummi Bears, but only to illustrate the magnitude of the secret polysaccharides blend of lycium barbarum, which can’t be found in any other fruit on the planet. Ok, fine, you got me. I’m not a botanist or a certified dietician, but who really freakin’ cares. Honestly, if you’re that hell bent on getting the incredible goji juice benefits, and you honestly think that there is no other nutritional blend equal to the power of the wolfberry, then you should eat them. That’s right, I said eat them. Despite what companies like Freelife say about their juicing process, eating dried goji berries (also significantly cheaper than the juice) is much better for you. I challenge you to name one organic food on the planet whose juice is better for you than its fruit. By eating goji berries, as opposed to drinking their processed cousin, you’re getting greater benefits at a much cheaper cost.
Personally, dried goji berries are still to expensive for my blood. If I realy wanted them, I’d whip out my green thumb. You can get a pack of 50 goji seeds (also listed as lycium barbarum) for less than $5.00. Then I could grow all the darn berries I wanted. I don’t really want them though. I have no doubt that when you strip away the ridiculous price tag and the bull crap marketing schemes, the goji berry is a terrific source of nutrition, but as far as I’m concerned, there are just too many cheaper, equally as nutritious, and more easily attainable foods at my local grocer. If you want to spend a bunch of many on some freakin’ juice, drop $3.00 on that Naked stuff – it’s the closest thing to unprocessed fruits and veggies that you can find in a drink. In fact, take that $50 that you were planning on spending on a bottle of Freelife goji juice, and pick up five more bottles of Naked, a container of multivitamins, a tub of protein powder, and a bottle of wine – you’ll have all the fiber, vitamins, carbs, protein, and antioxidants you need without all the hocus pocus.