Goji Berries come from the Lycium Barbarum shrub, native to China. People hoping to live longer, healthier lives have been eating this bright orange berry for thousands of years. Legend has it, that a doctor traveled to a remote village in China and found a society with many residents over 100 years of age there. Upon further inspection, the doctor noticed that the oldest of the group lived next to wells where the Goji Berries grew. As they would grow, they would get ripe and fall off the tree and into the well. Once in the well, the water would absorb all of the nutrients and the residents of the small village, drank this water every day for their whole lives. Since then it has been regarded as a super fruit, for health and longevity. Though its history goes back much farther and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years.
Goji Berries have a plethora of health benefits. They are thought to help prevent premature aging, boost the immune system, protect against heart disease and cancer and help manage blood sugar levels. As recent studies are finding supplements to be ineffective, whole food nutrition is by the far most proven way to harness the benefits of the Goji Berry. Goji Berries have 18 different essential amino acids. It is therefore a great option for vegetarians or people who do not eat a lot of meat. For a fruit, they are also very high in protein as well. They have 11 times more protein than raspberries or blueberries. With 500 times more Vitamin C than oranges, it is also an effective immune booster. It also helps to boost the immune system, by boosting lymphocytes or white blood cells responsible for protecting the body from harmful bacteria and viruses. Goji Berries have a low glycemic index, which means they release sugar into the bloodstream more slowly; improving feeling of fullness and reducing cravings. They are also high in fiber, which helps to control appetite and helps you to feel full longer. Antioxidants make up a whopping 8% of Goji Berries. They are an antioxidant powerhouse with carotenoids, lycopene, lutein and polysaccharides.
Polysaccharides are thought to be behind Goji Berries reported effects on longevity. They help maintain cell growth, store large amounts of energy and help improve cell structure. Goji helps to fight aging by preventing free radicals from damaging collagen in the skin. Consuming a wide range of foods high in antioxidants, help to protect against premature aging. Goji is rich in copper, selenium and zinc; all of which protect cells and help optimize metabolism. They reduce levels of inflammatory cytokines IL-5 and IL-8 in the blood. Lastly, they improve bloods sugar control by promoting insulin sensitivity by increasing the absorption of glucose into cells through the transporter molecule GLUT4 and by boosting insulin secretion in the pancreas. With a low glycemic index and high amounts of fiber, they also help promote weight loss.
This pure balsamic vinegar is flavored with all natural, simple and limited ingredients. Made with freeze-dried fruits and vegetables; not preservative laden purees, juices or unnatural chemical extracts. The absence of water will ensure that it ages smoothly and more importantly, that it will taste even better as it ages and lock in the nutritional benefits! The ingredients in our Organic Goji Berry Balsamic Vinegar are balsamic vinegar of Modena PGI and fresh freeze-dried organic goji berries.
Every step of the way, we make sure to provide superior quality, to ensure we provide a healthy, quality product. We add our ingredients through the brand new and superior method of vacuum blending. Normally, blending in fruit or vegetables would cause oxidation. When you leave an apple out and exposed, it turns brown. This is oxidation. Oxygen much like water, can not only cause fruit to rapidly expire without preservatives, but neutralizes the antioxidant activity. As our fruits are freeze-dried, expiration is not a concern, but we did want to make sure our superior nutritional profile was not hampered by oxidation. Vacuum blending also provides a profoundly more fresh and flavorful taste.
ABOUT THE BALSAMIC:
Ordinarily, Goji Berries are quite difficult to eat. Fresh Goji Berries are intolerably bitter. Dried Goji Berries are more tolerable, but still bitter. Goji Berry juices have a great deal of added sugar, negating many of the health benefits and goji berry supplements have been proven woefully ineffective. We however combined fresh dehydrated Goji Berries, with our naturally sweet aged balsamic vinegar and the result is a delicious, desert like glaze. The sweet taste of aged balsamic, combined with the bitter taste of Goji Berries, makes for a chocolate like finish. With the taste of chocolate, our Modena PGI Organic Goji Berry Balsamic Vinegar is delicious drizzled over fresh fruit, yogurt and a salad topped with fresh ripe strawberries.
At The Golden Leaf we are the artisans who make our products, allowing us to provide unparalleled quality and nutrition, at a direct to consumer everyday low price. Our Modena PGI Balsamic Vinegar is a thick, sweet, naturally flavorful and barrel aged 12 to 18 years. We handcraft not automate, making our products as much of an art form, as they are a delectable old world addition to any meal. This all natural balsamic vinegar is available in traditional style or flavored with freeze-dried fruits and spices. We do not use artificial chemical extracts or preservative laden purees. Just limited ingredients and no added anything. We only use the best fresh whole freeze-dried fruits, which allows our flavors to retain their nutrition including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fragile enzymes. Freeze-drying not only provides optimal nutrition, but an unmatched preservative free shelf life, as freeze-drying negates the need for chemical preservatives. Not to mention the amazing and flavorful taste, as we can add more fruit than water, to all of our balsamic vinegars. Easily add quality nutrition and flavor to every meal by drizzling a small amount of The Golden Leaf Balsamic Vinegar on your next meal, salad or side dish and taste the ‘Old World Simple’ difference.