Goji berries are perhaps the most nutritionally-rich fruit on the planet. Goji berries contain 18 kinds of amino acids (six times higher than bee pollen) and contain all 8 essential amino acids (such as isoleucine and tryptophan). The Goji berry contains up to 21 trace minerals (the main ones being zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus).
Goji berries are the richest source of carotenoids, including beta-carotene (more beta carotene than carrots), of all known foods or plants on earth! They contain 500 times the amount of vitamin C, by weight, than oranges making them second only to camu camu berries as the richest vitamin C source on earth. Goji berries also contain vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E.
Lycium barbarum is a perennial member of the Solanaceae family, like so many of our other therapeutic herbs. Also called Duke of Argyll's tea tree. The berries are very important in Chinese Therapeutic, being used as a general tonic.
Goji Basics and History
First Tibet - From There The World
Goji berries have been traditionally regarded as a longevity, strength-building and potency food of the highest order. In several study 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.
These Goji berries grow in protected valleys in million year old soil in wild and cultivated areas. The plants grow like bushes with vines that reach over 15 feet. The berries are never touched by hand as they will oxidize and turn black if touched while fresh. They are shaken onto mats, then dried in the shade.
The Goji berry is a deep-red, dried fruit about the same size as a raisin. The Goji berry tastes somewhat like a cross between a cranberry and a cherry.
A good daily intake of Goji berries is 10-30 grams (a small handful). Goji berries may be used as snacks or mixed with recipes or smoothies like other dried fruits.
While it has occupied an important place in traditional Asian therapeutic for countless generations, the secrets of its nutritional benefits have remained a mystery to most of the world.
Up to 50g of berries a day is recommended.
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
They contain amino acids (up to 5%), carotenoids and polysaccharides. The leaves contain withanolide A while the seeds are rich in triterpenes and steroidal triterpenoids.
Always read the label & follow the directions for use. This food is not a sole source of nutrition and should be consumed in conjunction with a nutritious diet. Avoid this product if you are allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients.