Goji berries are shriveled red berries that look like red raisins. They grow on an evergreen shrub native to China, Mongolia and the Himalayas in Tibet. The Goji fruit, which is also called the Chinese Wolfberry, is nicknamed the "happy berry" because of the sense of well being it is said to induce. These little red berries are so tender that they cannot be picked by hand and must be gently shaken from the vine in order to avoid spoiling.
Scientists have found the Goji Berry to be one of the most nutritionally dense fruits on earth.
The goji berry is being called the world's most powerful anti-aging food because they are higher in antioxidants than any other known food. Goji is rated #1 on the ORAC scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), which measures the antioxidant level in foods.
Goji berries are a better source of Vitamin C than oranges, have more beta carotene than carrots and more iron than steak! They contain 19 amino acids--the building blocks of protein--including all eight essential for life, the complete spectrum of antioxidant carotenoids, including beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, Vitamin A, E & B-complex vitamins, potassium, and essential fatty and amino acids.
Goji berries have been used for 6,000 years by herbalists in China, Tibet and India to:
- Help eyesight & decrease risk of macular degeneration
- Burn fat & aid in digestion
- Protect the liver & support kidney function
- Strengthen the legs & improve circulation
- Increase stamina & endurance
- Benefit complexion
- Boost the immune system
- Promote longevity & fight premature aging
- Restore & repair DNA
- Improve sexual function & fertility
Goji stimulates the secretion by the pituitary gland of HGH (human growth hormone), the youth hormone. The benefits of HGH include; reduction of body fat, better sleep, improved memory, accelerated healing, restored libido and a more youthful appearance. It is also believed that regular consumption of Goji berries can reduce the toxic effects of chemotherapy and radiation
They were even recommended by Dr. Oz on Oprah, who said, "They are the most potent antioxidant fruit that we know."
Goji berries can be eaten raw, cooked, or dried (like raisins) and are used in herbal teas, juices, wines, granola, and medicines. They can be found in Chinese herbal shops, gourmet & health food stores, online stores, and through network marketers. Goji berries are a SuperFruit, but remember, no one food is a miracle cure. As with most everything, moderation and variety are the keys to health and well-being.
Note: If you take warfarin (a blood thinner), you may want to avoid goji berries. Goji berries may also interact with diabetes and blood pressure medicines. Also, if you have pollen allergies, you may want to stay away from this fruit.