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Medicinal Benefits of Goji Berries - The Exotic Superfood

Updated on November 9, 2009

Goji Berry Research Video

Gojis, or wolfberries, are grown on vines in China, Mongolia and Tibet, where they are also drunk in juice form. Pronounced "go-gee", they're supposed to contain, weight for weight, more:

• vitamin C than oranges

• beta-carotene than carrots

• iron than steak

But there's no messy peel, and the berries are so light that a "daily serving" is just 10-30 grams.

Goji berries have been traditionally regarded as a longevity, strength-building, and sexual potency food of the highest order in the traditional practices of Chinese medicine.

Fruit Viagra

The hype machine calls them "fruit Viagra", "cellulite-busting" and claims one pack will have you "jumping for joy".

Proven Health benefits

The proven health benefits of Goji Berries (Lycium barbarum) include: Powerful anti-aging properties Powerful anti-cancer properties Weight loss effects Increases libido (sexual drive) and enhances fertility Immune system booster Increases athletic performance

Scientific Research

A more sober scientific explanation says the beta-carotene in the fruit is thought to help fight heart disease, defend against cancer and protect skin from sun-damage. The berries are a good source of B vitamins and anti-oxidants - which may help protect against the fallout from chemical reactions in the body.

This fruit, which is about 2cm (1in) in diameter with a mild, sweet liquorice flavour, has recently been rated No 1 on the ORAC scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) by the US Department of Agriculture. The scale was developed to measure the antioxidant level in foods and, the higher the score, the more capable that food is of destroying the free radicals that cause cancer and speed up the aging process.

Goji berries scored a spectacular 25,300 per 100g, while prunes, which came second, had a mere 5,770 per 100g.

They also contain beta-carotene (their ability to improve vision has been documented for more than 1,500 years in China), vitamins B1 and B2, minerals and amino acids. Goji berries and lycium bark play important roles in traditional Chinese medicine and are believed, among other things, to strengthen the immune system, help eyesight, protect the liver, boost the sperm count and improve circulation.

The video above is a short presentation by Dr. Victor Marcial-Vega showing some interesting results of goji research that has done.

In the video he shows actual blood samples from patients who are using goji.

Long Life!

Another traditional property of goji fruit is their ability to benefit the complexion and it is also claimed that they enhance longevity (a Chinaman, Li Quing Yuen, who ate them every day, is said to have lived to the age of 250).

In China Goji Berries are known as 'kei-chee' (how it is pronounced in Cantonese) and is uslually added in soup or stir-fry greens or with steamed dishes.

Already popular in the US, celebrities like Madonna, Liz Hurley and Mischa Barton are said to munch them for their rich properties.

So why don't you start eating this extremely nutrient-dense fruit. Add them to smoothies, trail-mix, cereals, teas and cakes or just eat them by the handful. Who knows may be you will also live until the age of 250 years !

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