Health Benefits of Goji Berries

 

 

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Goji berries are a supercharged super-fruit with energy packed phytonutrients that have been known all over Asian culture for an estimated 5,000 years. Considered a "longevity fruit", the goji is believed to increase "chi" and life supporting energies.

Goji, also called Lycii berries in Traditional Chinese Medicine, are commonly used today with other tonic herbs in longevity formulas and herbal teas. These bright red-orange berries, we call "bliss berries", are also identified in Tibetan folklore for there ability to "uplift the spirits." American goji berry was also an important source of food for many Native American Indian tribes in the Southwest U.S.

Goji is a cross between a cranberry and a cherry with a mostly sweet, but slightly salty taste. Usually dried like raisins, they are easy to eat and a delicious addition to a smoothie recipe or shake elixir.

When decocted (simmered) in water, goji's are a great addition to herbal tea alchemy, working to harmonize other tonic herbs in tea formulas. As in traditional Chinese preparations, we use them with the major tonics, fo-ti root and medicinal mushrooms to create powerful tea blends.


“Goji Berries”  are one of the highest antioxidant berries you can find on the planet.


They are also called “Wolfberries” and come from Asia, in places like China, Mongolia and the Himalayas, where they have been consumed and used as a medicine for thousands of years.

Goji Berries have been an important part of Tibetan medicine and have been used for about two thousand years as a natural means of treating kidney and liver problems, and cleansing the blood.

They also have been used to help treat eye problems, skin problems, allergies, insomnia, chronic liver disease, diabetes and cancer. Goji berries are also a general strengthening tonic and are believed to be excellent for virility and sexual health as well.

       

     


The list of nutrients, in high concentration, is impressive. Some of the many nutrients these little powerhouse berries contain are:


18 amino acids, making these berries high in protein.


They contain more beta carotene than carrots, more iron than spinach, and twenty-one important trace minerals.

  • 6 important vitamins

  • Vitamin B1, B2 and Nicatin

  • More then 30 essential and trace minerals, including zinc, copper, iron, calcium, selenium and phosphorus.

  • 5 different types of fatty acids; including two essential fatty acids - linoleic acid and alpha linolenic acid

  • 5 powerful carotenoids - beta carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, lycopene, and cryptoxanthin

  • Important pigments (phenols) with high antioxidant properties.

  • 8 polysaccharides and 5 monosaccharides

  • A serving of Goji berries can contain 7 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.

  • Goji berries are rich in B vitamins, and also contain large quantities of vitamin E.

    


Goji berries are one of the highest antioxidant foods on earth


Goji berries contain high quantities of super antioxidants like beta carotene and zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin does a lot of great things, but one of its big jobs is to protect your retinas in your eyes. You’ve heard of age-related macular degeneration? It is the leading cause of vision loss in older people and easily preventable by diet alone.

Antioxidants slow down disease processes and the aging process by stopping the free radicals that are generated from the environment, poor food choices, smoking, stress, excessive exercise, too much sun exposure, and more. Free radicals injure cells and damage DNA, which can then cause the cell to grow abnormally, which leads to illness and disease. 

        

Goji berries are unique nutritional standouts, and they have specific medicinal qualities that are just now starting to be studied. Much is still unknown about the phytochemicals, polysaccharides, and complex nutritional compounds that they contain.


Some of the phytochemicals in Goji berries are: Betaine, which is a digestive enzyme made by the liver. It helps make you calmer, enhances your memory, aids in muscle growth, and assists in breaking down fats stored in the liver, as well as preventing ‘fatty liver disease’.


Physalin is another compound that is known to strengthen the liver and help prevent hepatitis B and help fight off certain cancers like leukemia. They contain a powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial compound called Solavetivone.


And the active ingredient that gives Goji berries their reputation for virility enhancing is Beta Sitoserol, which is actually an excellent anti-inflammatory agent as well.


Goji berries have had a long-standing reputation for treating sexual impotence and preventing prostate enlargement, as well as just being a generally good for virility.


A phytochemical called Cyperone is a type of sesquiterpene that benefits the heart and lowers blood pressure. This chemical has cancer-fighting properties as well and is especially good for helping prevent cervical cancer.


The fatty acid content in Goji berries resembles that of olive oil, and is rich in monounsaturated oleic acid. Oleic acid is important for a number of reasons. It helps omega-3 fish oils penetrate the cell membrane; together they help make cell membranes more supple.

By keeping the cell membrane supple, all hormones, neurotransmitter and insulin receptors function more efficiently. This is particularly important because high insulin levels create an inflammatory state, and we know, inflammation causes aging.


  


Health Benefits of Goji:


Goji is known as the "longevity fruit." Its unique master molecule polysaccharides and powerful antioxidants fight against free radicals that cause damage on the body.

Goji increases stamina and endurance, it helps to eliminate fatigue, especially when recovering from illness.

Goji stimulates the secretion by the pituitary gland of hGH (human growth hormone), the youth hormone. The benefits of hGH includes; reduction of body fat, better sleep, improved memory, accelerated healing, restored libido and a more youthful appearance.


Dried Goji Berry


The possible benefits of dried goji berries aid bodily functions in a number of ways. Some of these potential benefits include the strengthening of the immune system, weight loss, prevention of eyesight maladies, protection of the liver and the ability to possibly reverse the aging process.

Other benefits include an increase in energy levels.


Goji can help protect your DNA.


Exposure to chemicals, pollutants and free radicals can cause DNA damage and breakage, leading to genetic mutations, cancer and even death. Goji's betaine and master molecule polysaccharides can restore and repair damaged DNA.


Goji can help you lose weight.


In a study done obese patient were given good quality goji juice in the morning and afternoon. Most patients significantly lose a lot of weight. Goji polysaccharides were shown to reduce body weight by enhancing the conversion of food into energy instead of fat.

Goji was shown to enhance the effect of radiation in combating lung cancer, allowing a lower dose to be used. Other research indicates that goji can protect against some of the noxious side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.


Goji can help enhance sexual function.


Studies have shown that goji significantly increases testosterone level in the blood, thereby increasing libido in both men and women.


Goji berries are popular for their vision-improvement properties.


It was found in the study that goji was able to reduce the time it takes for vision to adapt to darkness. The carotenoids in goji may also protect against macular degeneration and cataracts.


Goji may can prevent cancer.


Goji's antioxidant and unique polysaccharides can stop the genetic mutations that can lead to cancer. Some scientists believe that goji may be an especially good supplement to prevent liver cancer because it exerts liver protection and anti-cancer effects at the same time.


Goji  may can inhibit cancer growth.

Goji also has the ability to cause the death of tumor cells by inducing apoptosis, a process in which cancer cells are broken down and recycled.


Goji can reduce the toxic effect of Chemotherapy and Radiation. 

Goji was shown to enhance the effect of radiation in combating lung cancer, allowing a lower dose to be used. Other research indicates that goji can protect against some of the noxious side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.


Goji helps to manage and fight cancer.

Patient taking a cancer drug together with goji has recovery rate of up to 250 percent better than those patient taking the drug alone.

These advanced-cancer patient experienced amazing regressions of malignant melanoma, renal cell carcinoma, colorectal carcinoma, lung cancer, nasopharyngeal carcinoma and malignant hydrothorax. Remission of cancers in patient treated with goji lasted significantly longer than those treated without goji.


Goji can help improve memory.


Goji is considered as "brain tonic", because it contains betaine, which is converted in the body into choline, substances that enhance memory and recall ability.


Goji can make you feel happy.

It is said that the daily consumption of Goji can give a person a happy disposition.


Other Health Benefits of Goji Berry includes:

Goji can help to strengthen your immune system and heart, help support normal kidney and liver function, maintain healthy cholesterol level, normalize blood pressure, prevent and control diabetes.

Goji can also help to strengthen the muscles and bones, maintain healthy gums and improve your digestion and it can help you to get a good night sleep.

   

 

Do Goji Berries Have Side Effects?

There have been rare cases of people reporting complications when goji berries were used with warfarin which is a blood thinning agent.

This is a possible herb drug interaction that can be dangerous at times.

These berries are also contraindicated in people who take diabetes medications and hypertension medications.

Also, if you have pollen allergies, you may want to stay away from this fruit.

But usually these berries are safe if taken in moderate to small amounts.

       

Combine ingredients in Vitamix, Blender or other blender and blend. This recipe makes one big, purple, super-food drink. You can add more natural sweeteners or add other other fruits.

  • 1t bee pollen
  • 1t camu camu berry
  • 1T maca powder
  • 3T hemp seed
  • 2T aloe vera
  • 2T goji berry
  • 1t raw honey
  • 1/4t stevia
  • piece of vanilla bean
  • 1C cold nettle tea
  • 6 ice cubes

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