Goji Berries in Arizona.
Having the pleasure of working on an organic farm n California, I find little jewels like these everywhere. These Goji’s might look a little different from what you are used to seeing in a package from a store. When ripe you can just place your hand under the bush and give it a little shake the berries will just fall off.
The Goji Berry can also be known as a wolfberry are one of the most nutritionally-rich fruit on the planet.
These berries grow on a bush usually 3 to 6 feet in height. In Arizona I see this bushes in the wild. You will see people out in the desert putting nets under the bushes then just shaking the bush and the goji’s fall off onto the nets.
Goji berries are a key ingredient in China and they believe the goji’s will significantly extend their life.
This beautiful red-orange fruit has an extraordinary nutrient value.
Benefits of Goji Berries
- An adaptogen which invigorates and strengthens the system and helping the body to deal with stress by supporting the adrenal glands.
- Harmonizes and increases the jing energy of the adrenals and kidneys.
- Contains zeaxanthin and lutein for healthy vision. Goji berries contain the highest concentration of the eyesight improving antioxidant zeaxanthin of any natural superfood or herbal product currently on the market.
- Immune system booster
- 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).
- Goji berries contain 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.
- Mature fruits contain about 11 mg of iron per 100 grams, beta-sisterol (an anti-inflammatory agent), linoleic acid (a fatty acid), sesquiterpenoids (cyperone, solavetivone), tetraterpenoids (zeaxanthin, physalin), and betaine (0.1%).
- Goji berries contain polysaccharides which fortify 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 regarded as a longevity, strength-building, and sexual potency food of the highest order. Enhances libido and sexual function when taken as a tonic. In asia, goji is used as a tonic to improve overall stamina, mood and well-being while decreasing stress in the body. Goji’s help by increasing HGH production which facilitates an increase in testosterone production.
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. In addition, the results showed 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 recovered their sexual function.
The famed Li Qing Yuen, who apparently lived to the age of 252 years (1678-1930), consumed Goji berries daily. The life of Li Qing Yuen is the most well-documented case of extreme longevity known.
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.
I love to add Goji berries to my raw cacao balls – click here for video on my recipe.
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