Is the Goji Berry the Fountain of Youth?

Is the Goji Berry the Fountain of Youth?

According to the hype, the ‘Fountain of Youth’ had just been discovered. Imagine being healthy and alive, growing old in years, but amazingly looking young and fit.

The Tibetan Goji berry and its juice contain four unique anti-ageing polysaccharides found in no other plant on Earth as well as being loaded with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.

The longest living people on earth consume Goji in soups, drinks, and berries every day of their lives and are said to live to well over 100 years old and enjoy active and vital lives.

These same long-lived population’s diet also includes fresh fruit and vegetables and a minimal amount of animal fats and no chemical-laden  or ‘fast’ processed or refined foods whilst living in some of the harshest and remote areas on Earth.

The Goji Berry (Lycium Barbarum)

The goji berry has been used in traditional Tibetan medicine for centuries.The plant grows like a bush  with vines that can reach to over 15 feet.The berries are never touched by hand as they will oxidise and turn black if touched while fresh. They are shaken onto mats, then dried in the shade.

As mentioned before, the Goji fruit contains polysaccharides, which have been shown to strongly fortify the immune system. These same polysaccharides have been found to be a secretagogue, that is, a substance that stimulates the secretion in the pituitary gland of human growth hormone (HGH), a powerful anti-ageing hormone.

Goji is one of the richest sources of carotenoids of all known foods or plants on earth, including beta-carotene, containing more beta carotene than carrots.  Beta-carotene is transformed in the body via enzymes in the liver, into vitamin A, another powerful antioxidant.

Goji is a powerful antioxidant and is traditionally believed to fortify the body against disease and to provide the energy to overcome difficult obstacles in healing.

Being rich in trace minerals, Goji juice contains significant amounts of zinc, calcium, germanium, selenium and phosphorus, plus small quantities of many other trace minerals.

The Goji berry is among the most revered of sexual tonic herbs in Asian herbal lore and has been found to increase the production of sexual fluids and enhance fertility.

In Mongolia, it is commonly consumed in the first trimester by mothers to prevent morning sickness.

In several studies with elderly people, Goji was given once a day for three weeks, with many beneficial results.  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 recovered their sexual function.

The Goji berry has absolutely no toxicity, however like most fruits, it should not be used if you are suffering from Spleen deficiency with dampness and diarrhoea.

Goji is now being used in clinical trials for a number of common maladies including the treatment of consumptive disease accompanied by thirst such as early-onset diabetes and tuberculosis, dizziness, blurred vision, and chronic cough.

In the treatment of diabetes. 8-10 grams of fruit were steamed (to soften the fruit) and eaten three times daily. The daily dosage range of 8-30 grams is typical in medical applications being carried out in several countries and the berry has also been used in a number of recent clinical trials for the treatment of bone marrow deficiency conditions (low production of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets).

The Mongolian Institute of Traditional Medicine reported that Goji has been used in the treatment of atrophic gastritis and weakened digestion due to reduced stomach activity.

Patients consumed 10 grams of the whole fruit, three times a day before meals for two months or more with excellent results.

Goji juice contains eight kinds of amino acids; six times higher than that of bee pollen, of which eight are essential amino acids for the human body such as isoleucine and tryptophan.

Goji juice contains 21 trace minerals, of which the main ones are zinc, iron and copper and 500 times the amount of vitamin C by weight than oranges.

Goji juice is loaded with vitamin B1, B2, B6 and vitamin E. Mature fruits contain about 11 mg. of iron per 100 grams, as well as glucose, fructose, vitamin C, beta-sitosterol (an anti-inflammatory agent), linoleic acid (a fatty acid), sesquiterpenoids (cyperone, solavetivone), tetraterpenoids (zeaxanthin, physalin), and betaine (0.1%).

The famed Li Qing Yuen, who was a was a Chinese herbalist, martial artist and tactical adviser known for his supposed extreme longevity, consumed Goji berries daily and allegedly lived to the age of 252 years, having been born in 1678 and dying in 1930.

So for a long and healthy life it may benefit you to include Goji berry juice in your smoothies or in your juice cocktails.

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