Benefits of Goji Berry

The goji berry has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years to support immune system functions, regulate energy levels, ward off tiredness, especially healthy visions and also considered as an anti-fatigue and anti-ageing food…and more.

Dried goji berries are often added to make tonic soups in combination of pork or chicken, some herbs and vegetables in the Chinese cuisine. And goji berries can also be boiled as an herbal tea.

An article on ORAC ( What is it ? )

I came across an interesting article on ORAC ( stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity – is a measurement adopted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to measure the Total Antioxidant Potency of foods and nutritional supplements ) of Goji berries.

Following is the comparing data and right below is one of goji berry plants, the higher the numbers the most potent in antioxidants.

ORAC units per 100 grams 

- Red bell pepper 710

- Oranges 750

- Beets 840

- Alfalfa sprouts 930

- Plums 949

- Brussels sprouts 980

- Raspberries 1220

- Spinach 1260

- Strawberries 1540

- Kale 1770

- Blackberries 2036

- Blueberries 2400

- Raisins 2830

- Prunes 5770

- Goji berries 25,300 The measurement data for goji berries is way ahead of other foods, that indicates its high antioxidant potency.

Goji berry was also praised highly in the Divine Farmer’s Handbook of Natural Medicine ( consider it a Physician’s Manual nowadays ) as one of the most potent therapeutic food in China.

The picture shows the goji berries on tree.  Not been dried.

Some other findings about Goji

It is also interesting to find that the world's oldest and largest private cancer center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), has done some researches on the effectiveness of goji berries on cancer studies. No result has been claimed.

However, there has been some different opinions and controversies over the benefits of goji berry issues. May be there are few suppliers have exaggerated the benefits of goji berry, such as faster weight loss, a cancer curing food, etc.

Importance for anxiety and insomnia

There are more other benefits of goji berry, but we mainly focus on anxiety and insomnia here…

- It supports healthy sleep patterns, due to Goji’s secretagogue effects on the pineal gland and the melatonin that it produces. ( Melatonin induces you to get into sleep ).

- It has naturally occurring nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins and minerals …that nourish and rejuvenate all the organs of the body including the brain. Thus has a possible effect on the anxiety.

An interesting unverified legendary story in ancient China

It was about a man named Li Qing Yuen who lived to the age of 252 years old, He was born in 1678 and died in 1930. His longevity and his active life span are believed that he consumed goji berry soup as part of daily diets.

Goji is known as " Gowkizi " in China, is known as " Kukoshi " in Japan, " Kugicha " in Korea.

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