What are the benefits of Goji Berry and its juice?
If someone live till he was 256 year old, wouldn’t you want to know what he ate? So what did the legendary Professor Li Chung Yun eat everyday for over 200 years? Well it certainly wasn’t a cheeseburger and fries. It was a herb or fruit called goji (Lycium barbarum L), or “Chinese Wolfberry”. Goji is packed with incredible nutrients and antioxidants. It contains:
1) Over 19 amino acids (that’s 6 times higher than bee pollen)
2) 21 trace minerals
3) More beta carotene than carrots and twice the amount in raw spinach
4) 67 times more vitamin B1 than brown rice
5) 2 times more niacin (B3) than baker’s yeast
6) 5 times more calcium than raw cauliflower
7) 4 times more potassium than bananas
8) 3 times more vitamin C than oranges …the list goes on.
Perhaps the most powerful properties of goji are its 4 bioactive and unique polysaccharides (LBP1, LBP2, LBP3 and LBP4). These master molecules control the smooth functioning of every cell in the body giving goji amazing health and anti-aging benefits.
Today’s big buzzwords in nutrition are antioxidants and ORAC scores with the rationale being that antioxidants protect tissue and organs by neutralizing the damaging and mutating effects of free radicals. Free radicals are produced when the body burns food for energy and immune responses and also from harmful chemicals in the outside environment.
As an antioxidant, goji ranks number 1; ahead of acai, black raspberry, twice as high as pomegranate, 5 times higher than prunes and a whopping 10 times higher than oranges.
While maybe new to North Americans, the goji has a rich history in China dating back thousands of years. It was used to nourish the Yin and the blood, protect the heart, and strengthen the eyes, liver and kidneys. In China, goji and ginseng have always been highly touted as nutritional and therapeutic plants that promoted anti-aging and long life. The secret weapon used by gold medal winning Chinese Olympic athletes? You guessed it goji and ginseng.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Lycium barbarum; Lycium chinense; Lycium europeaum
ALSO KNOWN AS: Gou qi zi, Goji, wolfberry, lycium fruit, bastard jasmine, box thorn, tea tree, matrimony vine.