Forgetting why she’d walked into a room … unable to follow a movie or read a book … for 20 years, this busy mom and wife struggled to focus, until she found the tiny miracle that changed everything: goji berry juice!
Staring into the fridge, Erika Harston Noll struggled to remember what ingredients she needed to make her kids’ favorite dinner. Just then, her husband came home from work and offered to lend a hand — again. Frustrated and on the verge of tears, the Tracy, California, mom plopped down on the sofa. I can’t go on like this, she sighed. I have to find something to clear my head.
Erika was 20 when she came down with mononucleosis. While most people recover fully in a few weeks, Erika was left with chronic fatigue syndrome. For years, she had to have at least nine hours of sleep at night and a nap during the day to have any energy, and as a mom of seven, this was simply not possible. She often fell asleep at the dinner table.
Along with the debilitating fatigue, Erika suffered with severe brain fog. She’d commonly walk into a room and not be able to remember why she was there. She was unable to concentrate, making it impossible to do simple things like read a book or follow a movie.
Over the years, Erika tried her doctor’s numerous suggestions to boost her energy and clear her fuzzy head, including daily exercise, a healthy diet, proper hydration, and a good sleep routine, but nothing helped.
Then, two years ago, after nearly two decades of suffering, Erika was discussing her issues and frustration with a friend, who suggested Erika try drinking goji berry juice, saying it would boost her energy and concentration. Erika had never heard of goji berries.
Curious, she did some research and discovered goji berries, also called wolf berries, are packed with iron, antioxidants and other nutrients that stimulate nerve growth in the brain to improve focus and energy. What do I have to lose? she thought.
A Surprising Sip
Erika bought a bottle of Ningxia Red Goji Juice (Buy from Amazon, $105 for a 30-day supply), and started drinking two ounces in the afternoon, when her energy was at its lowest and her brain fog was at its peak.
Within a matter of days, Erika’s kids were no longer teasing her about falling asleep at dinner and were thrilled when she was able to stay awake to watch a movie. Soon, Erika was whipping up recipes from memory and enjoying walks and outings with friends.
Overjoyed, Erika continued drinking goji berry juice, amazed at the difference it had made in her life. Today, the 45-year-old feels better than ever. “This simple drink was the miracle that gave me my life back,” Erika beams. “I’m so happy to have the energy and focus I need to accomplish my goals and truly enjoy life. I will never take that for granted.”
“Goji berries may be the most nutritionally dense food on Earth and one of nature’s greatest miracles.”
—Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D.
Note: Goji berry can affect certain types of medication, so always talk to your doctor before supplementing.
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This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.