The Lycium Barbarum Plant
Goji Berry is the common name for the fruit of the Lycium barbarum plant. Common names for varieties of the Lycium plant are "Matrimony Vine" and "Boxthorn" and "Wolfberry".
Cherry or Cranberry Taste?
All Goji Berries (Lycium barbarum) have reported medicinal properties, but the best Goji berries are the Himalayan Goji berries or Tibetan Goji berries, which grow wild in the northwestern regions of the Peoples Republic of China. These ancient soils have never been exposed to pesticides or pollution.
The Himalayan Goji berry is nicknamed "the happy berry" because of the sense of well-being it is said to induce.
The native people in the Himalayan Mountain regions who include Goji berries in their regular diet enjoy remarkable health and longevity. The average woman in the Hunza tribe lives to be 100 years of age. Arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, sexual dysfunction, and depression are totally unknown to the Hunza people.
Health Benefits of Goji Berries
Antibacterial; Anticholesterolemic; Antipyretic; Anti-Cancer; Diuretic; Hypoglycemic; Ophthalmic; Purgative; Skin; Eye, Blood, Liver and Kidney Tonic; Vasodilator; Erectile Dysfunction.
Goji berry is being investigated as a food that may be capable of reducing the incidence of cancer, and also as a means of halting or reversing its growth.
Goji berries have a long history of traditional medicinal use in China as a general energy tonic and to cure a wide range of ailments from skin rashes and eyesight problems to diabetes. A tonic tea is made from the leaves.
Traditional Chinese medicine recommends consuming up to 50 grams of Goji berries per day.
Taken orally, Goji is used for hypertension (high blood pressure); fever; malaria; and cancer. It's also used for improving circulation; strenghtening muscles; erectile dysfunction; dizziness; and tinnitus.
For many years Goji berries have been used in China for the treatment of adult-onset diabetes. They are said to help balance blood sugar and insulin response.
Beta-carotene can be transformed into vitamin A under the influence of human liver enzymes. Therefore, vitamin A ultimately plays a major influence in Goji's actions. The function of Goji on the eyes is related to this factor. The vitamin B1 and B2 content of Goji berries are significant.
Goji berries contain 18 kinds of amino acids, of which 8 are "essential" amino acids for the human body.
In Asia, Goji berries are the premier "brain tonic". The fruit contains betaine which the body can convert into choline, a substance that is said to enhance memory. Also, for many years in Asia, Goji berries have been used in the natural treatment of insomnia.
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