Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Goji Berry (Lycium barbarum)

Goji berry refers to the Chinese name for the bright orange-red fruit of the woody and thorny plant (shrub) Lycium babarum. In English, it is commonly known by the name wolfberry. L. barbarum is one of the 90 species of the genus Boxthorn (Lycium in latin) in the Solanaceae family (other plants in this family being tomato, potato, eggplant, chili pepper, tobacco, etc.). It is believed to have originated somewhere in the regions of southeast Europe and southwest Asia, but is now grown all over the world - China being the largest producer.

Goji berry is also known by other names like Chinese wolfberry, matrimony vine and Duke of Argyll's tea tree; in herbal health care stores the dried form of the fruit is marketed as Tibetan or Himalayan Goji berry. The majority of the commercially produced Goji berry comes from the Ningxia and Xinjiang regions in China.

Celebrated in Asia as one of Nature's most nutrient-rich health foods since thousands of years, the legendary health benefits that Goji berry is claimed to confer are eyesight improvement, boosting immunity, liver protection, longevity, etc. The presence of a large number of micronutrients and phytochemicals in this fruit has been corrobarated by scientific studies.

It is perhaps the presence of large amounts of phytochemicals like polysaccharides, sterols and zeaxanthin and antioxidants like beta carotene, lutein, lycopene and vitamin C, in addtion to loads of minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, zinc and selenium, that lend the legendary health-giving properties to Goji berry.

As a food, Goji berry can be eaten either raw or brewed into a tea. It tastes similar to raisins, though less sweet and more dry. Commercially, it is available as dried fruit or in the form of juice or powder. Goji berry is often used in China as an ingredient in soups, too. Its leaves and young shoots are consumed as a leafy vegetable in China. In fact, even a Chinese wine is produced from Goji berry.

Maybe you can use your own culinary imagination to savor the taste and discover the health benefits of this exotic superfruit in numerous other ways.




Get the goodness of the goji berry in FreeLife's Himalayan Goji Juice - or learn more about the story of goji.

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2 comments:

William Francis said...

free life was busted on a live news crews story on the many lies and deception used to market their goji berry juice which soon after was changed the name of to another name which I cant recall even though I sold it myself in 2007. Dr Earl Mindell's background and degrees were questioned and researched proving his degree was from an unaccredited online program and his many claims were proven on camera as the cameras roled when they went to his house coaxing him into an uneasy Q&A in which he ended angrily throwing them out and off the property when his lies were proven so and the many cancer victims spending hundreds per month on the juice were not improving and the cancer claims as being approved by the leading cancer research and treatment center in the U.S. were debunked by phone to the center and later by an issued press release from the center. Claims proven as lies from snuck in under cover camera to their processing and bottling facility are that the juice is never heated or flashed, frozen, pasteurized, and that the juice contains a rich high vitamin c level when vitamin c was virtually absent in tests done on the juice and the many nutrients spoken of , lost during flashing of the juice. You can google this for yourself or do a youtube search for the video. I will check now and see if I can locate it.....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU_gjNuaWFw yh espectral signature has been proven as not real and nothing more than a design made on a bottle. Tests prove grape juice and cranberry juice have more vit c and nutrients. I believe goji itself consumed may have the claimed bennefits or some of them but not in freelifes juice. It has also been touted to help with drug and opiate addictions withdrawal symptoms.... I can tell you from first hand experience it had no help for me. I after much research on myself did find an all natural method that stopped my withdrawal symptoms and blew my mind its not talked about at all by any mainstream outlets while addictive synthetic opiates/opioids like suboxone and methadone are blasted everywhere and what I found had been suppressed since the 70's, but I wonder why? If you want to instantly download what i discovered go to http://NoMoreOpiateWithdrawal.tk . God bless all and I do give my hamsters goji berries and they love them!

Pamela Parker said...

My sympathies, truly. I've seen cases where various forms of behavioural addiction have occurred. You might help the addict, but I think you should be prepared for the possibility that this is going to leave enduring pains.
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