Goji is also known as wolfberry, happy berry, matrimony vine and boxthorn. Probably you may you have noticed this new health supplement on the market. Its Latin name is Lycium barbarum fruit.
It is believed that the Himalayas were home to the world’s first natural healers. Among the most valued Himalayan secrets was the tiny red berry Goji which became so popular that visitors brought them home and propagated them around the region. Since then, Goji has become a staple of Asian medicinal foods.
Goji berries contain polysaccharides which strengthen the immune system. A polysaccharide found in this fruit has been found to be a powerful secretagogue (a substance that stimulates the secretion of rejuvenative human growth hormone by the pituitary gland).
Goji berries have been traditionally considered as a longevity, strength-building, and sexual potency food of the highest order. In several research groups with elderly people the berry was given once a day for 3 weeks, many beneficial results were experienced and 67% of the patients T cell transformation functions tripled and the activity of the patients white cell interleukin-2 doubled. In addition, the results revealed that all the patients’ spirit and optimism increased significantly, appetite improved in 95% of the patients, 95% of the patients slept better, and 35% of the patients partially enhanced their sexual function.
Goji’s Protective Properties
Goji offers a wide variety of nutrients, from vitamins and minerals to more complex molecules and amino acids. Goji contains 18 different amino acids including all 8 that are regarded as the essential amino acids.
Goji is an important source of Beta carotene, much better than even carrots. Beta Carotene is provitamin A and a powerful antioxidant. Goji also provides some complex molecules called polysaccharides which the body uses to calm nervousness, enhance muscle growth, protect against infection, strengthen memory, and protect the heart. Among these is Beta sitosterol, which is an anti-inflammatory and lowers cholesterol.
The ORAC scale measures a food’s ability to absorb free radical oxygen molecules, and a 3.5 ounce serving of Goji has an ORAC rating of 23,500. To put this into perspective, prunes also rank extremely high, but have an ORAC rating of just over 5,000 for the same sized serving, while oranges score 750.
Originating from one of the most remote, mountainous regions on earth, the Goji berry is most famously associated with extraordinary longevity. In places where the Goji berry is a dietary staple, life spans of over 100 years are not uncommon.
The Goji berry’s nutritional profile is both unique and intricate, leading to its reputation as one of the greatest nutritional plants on earth. As the subject of meticulous scientific research, with many studies still ongoing, Goji has been shown to contain some very interesting nutrients. Goji contains the polysaccharide “Master Molecules” named LBP1, LBP2, LBP3, and LBP4. Goji contains the highest levels of these 4 molecules, plus essential amino acids, several vitamins, 21 trace minerals. Among the trace minerals found in Goji berries are some very rare trace nutrients such as germanium, uncommonly found in foods.
Today, Goji is known for:
– Intensifying resistance to microorganisms by boosting the immune system
-Assisting in protecting against macular degeneration, cataracts and dry eyes (goji contains the world’s richest source of carotenoids, even more than lutein!)
-Boosting energy by improving blood circulation, which warms the body
-Reducing the symptoms of diabetes and hypertension
-Protecting the liver and providing nutrition to the kidneys
Goji (wolf berry) from the Himalayans is known for its antioxidant and immune support. Goji capsules are manufactured from the whole fruit and extracted to a 4:1 ratio. In contrast to liquid products, which are mostly water, a gram of goji capsule product has the actives of 4,000mg of the Gogi berry powder. Note this is 4 times the actives of the dried powder.
Goji capsules are more absorbable and convenient than powdered, dried fruit or liquids. It is the most potent goji supplement available, offering a 125-time concentration of the goji berry and its active ingredient, polysaccharides.
If you are truly interested in the health benefits of the Goji Wolfberry fruit then a concentrated capsule is a better way to receive the benefits.