Goji berry, a famous tonic for fatigue, poor vision, weak immunity and liver problems

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Goji (
goji berry, wolfberry) is the fruit of Lycium barbarum (寧夏枸杞) and Lycium chinense (枸杞) in Solanaceae family. The two plants are native to southeastern Europe and Asia. Goji has been food and used as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over thousand of years. 
Goji berries are regarded as a top longevity and strength-building food.

Goji berries are delicious super fruits and gaining popularity everywhere. Goji berries are rich in vitamins, minerals, protein and antioxidants.  Goji contains complete spectrum of 18 essential amino acids, and up to 21 trace minerals, including zinc, iron, copper, calcium. Goji contains more beta-carotene, vitamin C and antioxidants than any foods on earth possibly.

Goji berry has been tested on humans in two published studies. A study published in the Chinese Journal of Oncology in 1994 found that 79 people with cancer responded better to treatment when goji was added to their regimen.

Goji berries used in traditional Chinese medicine for conditions:
  • Neuroprotective, helps eyesight due to rich beta-carotene and zeaxanthin
  • Anti-diabetes, reduces cardiovascular disease risk by improving circulation
  • Antipyretic, anti-inflammation, anti-senile
  • Anti-osteoporosis, strengthening legs, anti-fatigue
  • Boost immunity, immunomodulation
  • Inhibits the growth of cancer cells
  • Improves sexual function and fertility, tonic, promotes longevity
  • Liver and radioprotection
  • Cancer prevention
  • Goji berry may interact with anticoagulant drugs, such as warfarin (Coumadin).
Source and preparation: Farmers in Canada and the United States have begun cultivating goji on a commercial scale to meet potential markets for fresh berries, juice and processed products. Goji berries are usually found dried. They are shriveled red berries that look like red raisins. They can be processed into drinks, snack foods, baked goods and in health product formulations. Goji berries are available at Chinese herbal shops, some health food stores, online stores, and through network marketing companies.

Goji berry also contains many other nutrients and phytochemicals including:
  1. Goji polysaccharides have been discovered to be powerful secretagogue, which is a substance that stimulates the secretion of human growth hormone by the pituitary making them a true anti-aging gift from Mother Nature.
  2. Glucopyranoside (namely (+)-Lyoniresinol-3α-O-β-d-glucopyranoside) and phenolic amides (dihydro-N-caffeoyltyramine, trans-N-feruloyloctopamine, trans-N-caffeoyltyramine and cis-N-caffeoyltyramine) isolated from wolfberry root bark have inhibitory activity in vitro against human pathogenic bacteria and fungi
  3. Beta-sitosterol and other phytosterols
  4. Five carotenoids, including beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, lycopene and cryptoxanthin
  5. Five unsaturated fatty acids, including the essential fatty acids, linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid
  6. Six essential vitamins
  7. Numerous phenolic compounds associated with antioxidant properties.
References:

Planta Med. 2010 Jan;76(1):7-19
Planta Med. 2010 Jan;76(1):7-19
Inflammopharmacology. 2012 Dec;20(6):307-14
Anim Reprod Sci. 2012 May;132(1-2):1-10
Int J Biol Macromol. 2013 Mar;54:16-23

Dr. Jeff Zhao (赵吉福), a natural product scientist, has been studying active ingredients, new drugs, cosmetics and  nutritional supplements for over 35 years.

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Comments

Unknown said…
Yes you are absolutely right. I just love to drink goji berry juice everyday. goji berries help people with high blood pressure maintain a healthy blood pressure rate, and they also help people maintain normal cholesterol levels and liver functions.
Goji berry juice
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