These chewy little berries put the super in Superfood. With a potent combination of protein and super-nutrients (and a long history as a traditional Chinese longevity food) it’s no wonder these tasty little morsels have become the world’s most popular superberry.
Toss a handful in your mouth, in your smoothie, or in your cookie batter, and you'll be getting a mega- dose of cell-protecting antioxidants, essential vitamins and trace minerals, including vital selenium. They're also loaded with heart-healthy phytosterols and eye-friendly carotenoids.
Need some quick, tasty protein? Gojis are loaded with 18 amino acids, while also providing a balance of fast and slow-acting carbs for energy, and fiber for happy digestion.
Not only are these gojis certified Organic, unlike many gojis in the US, they come direct from the source and undergo extensive lab testing for purity.
- Loaded with antioxidant carotenoids: food for the eyes!
- 18 amino acids, including all 8 essential amino acids for complete protein
- Twice as much beta carotene as carrots
- Twice as much iron as spinach
- As much vitamin C as oranges
- Over 20 trace minerals, including zinc, iron, copper, calcium, selenium, and phosphorus
- Balance of slow and fast carbs for energy, and fiber for digestion
- Includes vitamins B1, B2, and B6
The ELF Difference
While the goji berry has exploded in popularity, and it now seems to be everywhere, the rush to fill this need has led to a reckless lack of oversight among goji producers, importers, and distributors. Essential Living Foods is one of the oldest and largest importers of goji berries in the US, with over a decade of experience interfacing with suppliers, farmers, and certifiers in China. We were one of the first companies in the US to test competing "organic" gojis for traces of pesticides — discovering that many were contaminated with high levels of sulfites (which have been known to aggravate symptoms of asthma).
Unlike many others on the market, our goji berries are actually USDA Certified Organic (as opposed to the Chinese "Green Seal" certification used by many other operations). Most goji suppliers buy from large aggregators with no traceable supply chain increasing the chances of contamination or poor quality. Only we provide direct, traceable sourcing from a single cooperative of small farmers, and we ensure purity and quality through personal meetings in China with farm managers and processors
Our berries are grown exclusively in the mineral-rich soil of a pristine Chinese valley, which has been nourished by millennia of floods from the famous Yellow River. Farming is a longstanding traditional lifestyle here, where multiple generations of families come together cooperatively to tend and harvest exquisite goji berries (and share in the profits of this growing industry). Our farming partners take pride in producing an exceptionally high-quality product.
While many of the traditional goji farms in China lay the berries out on mats in the fields to sun-dry, this can lead to a variety of problems with animal contamination, mold, and rot. Our berries are hand-picked at the peak of ripeness and quickly moved to a pristine, certified organic facility where they are washed and dried at RAW temperatures.
Finally, they're twice inspected and lab-tested for the pesticides, chemicals, and contaminants typically found in untraceable Chinese gojis — all to ensure that you get the purest, most flavorful and nutrient-rich gojis on Earth!
Visit the Source:
Goji Berries have been used in traditional Asian medicine for over 5,000 years! You can find mentions of this extraordinary berry in Chinese medical texts as much as 5,000 years old. Our Goji Berries come from a pristine, certified organic region in the Ningxia province of China. This is the same amazing place where they hold a festival each year to celebrate the Goji Berry and its amazing health benefits.
Ancient Chinese medical texts praised Goji Berries as tonic support for the eyes, liver, and kidneys. More than anything, they are believe to increase the “chi” or life energy in those that eat them. An early medical work, Shen Nung Ben Tsao (475-221 B.C.),observed Goji Berry benefits ranging from replenishing vital essences to strengthening and restoring major organs. The physician’s handbook, Ben Cao Gang Mu, recorded during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.) writes, “taking in Chinese Wolfberry/Goji Berry regularly may regulate the flow of vital energy and strengthen the physique, which can lead to longevity.”
To the people of the Ninxia province, a bowl of fresh organic Goji Berries is the best way to begin the day. It is one of nature’s most complete foods. On a nutritional level, Goji Berries are unmatched by any other food. They are loaded with 18 kinds of amino acids (six times higher than bee pollen) and contain all 8 essential amino acids (such as isoleucine and tryptophan). Plus, Goji berries contain up to 21 trace minerals (the most powerful ones being zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus)! Goji berries are the richest source of carotenoids, including beta-carotene (more beta carotene than carrots), of all known foods or plants on earth! They contain 500 times the amount of vitamin C, by weight, than oranges making them second only to camu camu berries as the richest vitamin C source on earth. Goji berries also contain vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E. The legendary Li Qing Yuen, who is believed to have lived to the age of 252 years (1678-1930), consumed Goji berries daily. The life of Li Qing Yuen is one of the most well-documented cases of longevity in history. These Goji Berries are harvested with exceptional care, dried in the sun, and then carefully selected and graded for maximum taste and nutrient potency.