Goji berries are considered to be one of the greatest tonic herbs in the world. They are revered in Asia for their youth preserving, health protective, strengthening and mood-elevating properties. They have been used in China for over 5,000 years as a health-enhancing herb. Goji is classified in traditional Chinese medicine as a yin jing herb. Yin jing herbs tonify the kidney/adrenal organ system, which is considered the seat of energy, drive and longevity.
People who have lived a stressful life are in particular need of yin jing herbs. Goji berries (also known as Wolfberries or Happy berries) are unquestionably one of the supreme superfoods in the world. They are considered to be perhaps the premier anti-aging herb known to mankind. Goji berries have many health benefits.
They are extremely high in antioxidants, having the highest ORAC (antioxidant) value. They are as rich in vitamin C as oranges and lemons, and they are one of the richest sources of carotenoids found in nature. No other food on earth has more beta-carotene than Goji berries. They are also rich in the carotenoid zeaxanthin, which is an antioxidant pigment that protects vision. Goji berries are potent immune-potentiators.
Lycium Barbarum Polysaccharide, a phytochemical found in Goji berries, is being studied all over the world because of its immune-boosting power. Goji has been shown to protect our DNA from breaking down. It is believed to be a human growth hormone secretagogue, which means that it stimulates the release of HGH, which is a hormone that slows down aging. Goji also improves fat metabolism and helps regulate sugar metabolism, two actions that mitigate premature aging. An extract of Goji has been shown in studies to help build muscle, reduce fat and increase both physical and mental energy in those who consume it regularly. Goji is very beneficial to those who have sugar related problems. It has been proven to have significant blood sugar lowering effects and can be eaten by anyone (in moderation, of course).
Goji is considered a “beauty food” in China and throughout Asia. It helps prevent drying and wrinkling of skin. Millions of people in Asia consume Goji daily to retain their youthful appearance. It is also said to have a positive influence on sexuality and sexuality. In addition, Goji can reduce inflammation throughout the body, and in particular in the cardiovascular system. Cardiovascular inflammation has recently been considered one of prime risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Goji is high in the nutrient betaine, which has a wide range of benefits that include nerve calming, memory enhancing, liver protecting and cardiovascular protection properties. Last, but not least, Goji is said to enhance the mood, hence the name “happy berries.” Research in England has shown that consumption of Goji berries for several months significantly enhances people’s mood.
Goji berries need to be eaten regularly to cash in on their full health benefits: 1 or 2 ounces daily. Choose genuine Goji berries that that are “di tao,” a concept that means they are harvested from the area that they originally grew. Goji berries were originally native to the Heaven Mountain region of China, a remote area that is a thousand miles from any industry; where glacial melt waters semi-desert soils rich in alkaline minerals; a land of extreme temperature fluctuations and harsh climate.