offers a wide range of healing benefits.
Today, goji is known
|You may have noticed a
relatively new health supplement on the market called goji. It is also
known as wolfberry, happy berry, matrimony vine and boxthorn. Its Latin
name is Lycium barbarum fruit. In its basic form, goji is sold
either as a dried fruit or a liquid in the form of juice and even soft
What is goji? It’s a tiny red
berry that grows in Asia and the Himalayas. It was discovered thousands
of years ago and is recorded in the Chinese Materia Medica as a medium
- Increasing resistance to
microorganisms by boosting the immune system
- Helping protect against
macular degeneration, cataracts and dry eyes (goji contains the world’s
richest source of carotenoids, even more than lutein!)
- Increasing energy by
improving blood circulation, which warms the body
- Reducing the symptoms of
diabetes and hypertension
- Protecting the liver and
providing nutrition to the kidneys
Did you know that in some remote places in this world, a
life expectancy of more than 100 years is not uncommon?
shown 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—the goji berry.
Through the ages, legends abound about this miraculous
fruit. There are even festivals held to celebrate its goodness.
The First Healers:
It is said that the Himalayans were the first natural
healers, and that they shared their wisdom with the ancient herbalists
of China, Tibet, and India. One of their most prized secrets was the
fruit of the native goji vine, which had been flourishing in the
Himalayan valleys since the beginning of time. Those who came there to
learn took the goji home with them and planted it in their own valleys,
thus spreading the legend of this most marvelous and healthful fruit.
Since its discovery in the Himalayas, those who know of
the remarkable goji berry are awed by its unmatched health-promoting
Why Himalayan Goji
Just as there are many varieties of grapes
for wine making, there are many varieties of goji—as many as 41 species
growing in Tibet alone!
contain 18 kinds of amino acids (six times higher than bee pollen) and
contain all 8 essential amino acids (such as isoleucine and tryptophan).
berries contain up to 21 trace minerals (the main ones being zinc,
iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus).
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.
fruits contain about 11 mg of iron per 100 grams, beta-sisterol (an
anti-inflammatory agent), linoleic acid (a fatty acid),
sesquiterpenoids (cyperone, solavetivone), tetraterpenoids (zeaxanthin,
physalin), and betaine (0.1%).
berries contain polysaccharides which fortify the immune system. A
polysaccharide found in this fruit has been found to be a powerful
secretagogue (a substance that stimulates the secretion of rejuvenative
human growth hormone by the pituitary gland).
berries have been traditionally regarded as a longevity,
strength-building, and sexual potency food of the highest order. In
several study groups with elderly people the berry was given once a day
for 3 weeks, many beneficial results were experienced and 67% of the
patients T cell transformation functions tripled and the activity of
the patients white cell interleukin-2 doubled. In addition, the results
showed that all the patients spirit and optimism increased
significantly, appetite improved in 95% of the patients, 95% of the
patients slept better, and 35% of the patients partially recovered
their sexual function.
berries grow in protected valleys in million year old soil in wild and
cultivated areas. The plants grow like bushes with vines that reach
over 15 feet. The berries are never touched by hand as they will
oxidize and turn black if touched while fresh. They are shaken onto
mats, then dried in the shade.
Goji berry is a deep-red, dried fruit about the same size as a raisin.
The Goji berry tastes somewhat like a cross between a cranberry and a