Goji Berries
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Saturday, 11-Jun-2011 01:12 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Review on Goji Berry and its Health Benefits

Goji, Lycium barbarum, has long been used as a general energy restoring tonic tea, its leaves and berries have a wide range of benefits from skin rashes to eyesight and diabetes. A tea made from the berries has been known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, help with eyesight, vertigo, menopause complaints, impotency, and help improve liver and kidney function. The bark and root can be used as an antibacterial to control coughs, lower fevers, and control blood pressure and cholesterol as well.

Goji is rich in natural phytonutrients and vitamins such as:

* Polysaccharides
* Zeaxanthins
* Flavonoids
* Carotenoids
* Riboflavin
* Ascorbic acid
* Thiamine
* Nicotinic acid
* Glycocojugates
* monosaccharides
* 17 Amino acids

As you can see Goji is rich in nutrients and traditionally was made into a juice to drink from the berries, this poses a problem in the supplement industry because in order for the juice to be preserved it needs to be pasteurized, pasteurization is heating the juice this could destroy the important nutrients in the berries. Preparing the Goji berry as an extract and standardizing the berries to its polysaccharide fraction (LBP) is much more desirable and all the research has been done on the LBP.

Goji has been shown to impact the immune system in a positive way, boosting production of the immune system proteins IL-2 and tumor necrosis factor-alpha in vitro. Also, Goji extract has increased the production of lymphocytes an important white blood cell involved in immunity. Feed your body the right nutrients to boost the immune system and your body will fight off cancer and disease.

Every day our bodies produce damaging free radicals that cause oxidative damage to every cell in the body, when these cells are damaged they can go on living replicating them selves causing all sorts of damage and cancer. Goji is high in antioxidants and these antioxidants can help the body’s cells protect its self form free radical oxidative damage. Recent research has suggested that free radical damage to the body can cause premature aging, so consuming quantities of supplements and herbs that protect one from free radical damage can help slow the aging process, it’s by far the fountain of youth supplement but may help one live long and disease free.

Animal research has shown Goji to protect DNA from damage and accelerate the rate at which DNA is produced. Also, Goji protects the liver which makes Goji similar to milk thistle in action. Goji has been shown to be a good adaptogen, helping the body recover from exercise and help the body restore muscle and liver glycogen, this berry could be promising for bodybuilders and the exercise enthusiast.


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Friday, 10-Jun-2011 01:57 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Goji Berry Juice: Superiority Over Other Juices

Countless benefits of fruit juices have been promoted for overall health and wellness. Despite the availability of various over-the-counter drugs and supplements, fruit juices are still the preferred means of getting an extra energy boost. The goji berry juice is the latest addition to the long list of so-called super-drinks that have gained the recognition of many health experts. Celebrities like Madonna, Elizabeth Hurley, and Gene Simmons are said to include goji berries in their diet for its health properties. Enhanced immune system, anti-fatigue effects, weight-loss, and free radical prevention are some the primary health benefits of goji berry juice.

Many stories throughout time have been talked about the goji berry juice benefits. The goji berry traces its origins in the valleys of the Himalayas, China, and Mongolia. This berry is known in Asia as a very nutritious food and have been used as part of traditional Chinese medicine for about 2,000 years because of its natural health benefits. Goji berry juice are said to contain many antioxidants, vitamins, and other nutrients. Several Chinese studies show that the goji berries are rich in antioxidants and other components that have the ability to eliminate the development of many forms of cancer. It said to contain 19 amino acids that help improve metabolism, regulate blood pressure, and control body weight. These essential amino acids also help fight premature aging.

Traditional health benefits of goji juice include the following:

Strengthens the heart and alleviate heart palpitations
Fights insomnia and forgetfulness
Contains polysaccharides which control the pituitary glands that produce HGH (human growth hormone) which is a powerful anti-aging hormone
Can be used by pregnant women to alleviate morning sickness
Can help improve sexual performance
Boosts the function of the immune system
Has some anti-cancer properties and has been successfully used to treat hepatitis-B
Has been used successfully for weight loss
Helps the body detox, cleans the blood and build the immune system

The health benefits of goji berry juice have been reflected in many medical conditions. This juice may help control obesity, age-related macular degeneration, restore hair color, improve the immune system, treat sexual dysfunction and infertility. Studies show that people who added goji berry juice to their daily food regimen experience a sense of well-being.
Many nutrition books have suggested that the goji berry juice is one of the most significant discoveries in decades. Because of the anti-aging and other health benefits of this juice it has gained superiority among many kinds of juice. This juice may increase energy vitality and lead to improved overall health and well-being.
However, it is important to make sure that one's goji berry juice contain berries from the Himalayan regions to make sure that these berries contain the polysaccharides that are thought to be the key to the health benefits the goji berry may provide. Many versions of this drink are not 100% goji juice and may contain apple or grape juice. To receive its health benefits, 100% pure Himalayan juice should be consumed.


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Thursday, 9-Jun-2011 01:42 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Goji And Polysaccharides

No plant on earth grows under more stressful conditions than does the goji. It was not surprising when scientists found the little red berry chock full of highly bioactive polysaccharides.

Bioactive polysaccharides are a family of complex carbohydrates that are bound to proteins. They are produced by some plants as an extremely effective defense mechanism against attack against today’s environmental issues and attacks on our bodies. When we eat plants that are rich in polysaccharides, these protective effects are bestowed upon us. Until recent years, scientist had put all polysaccharides together with other carbohydrates such as starches and sugars. They had considered them to be of value only as a source of energy. All that changed when it was discovered that certain types of polysaccharides could cause beneficial changes to the human body.

Four primary bioactive polysaccharides were discovered in Lycium Barbarum (Latin name for goji) named LBP (Lycium Barbarum polysaccharides). These four were named LBP1, LBP2, LBP3, and LBP4.

LBP polysaccharides proved to have exceptional sources of the essential cell sugars (glycoconjugates), rhamnose, xylose, glucose, mannose, arabinose and galactose- that are necessary for proper immune function and cells to communicate. In fact, goji may be the richest source of glyconutrients yet found.

Scientists tested goji berry samples looking for polysaccharide content. They found that there was great variation in levels of LBP’s among the berries from different regions. Berries that are said to be highly effective contain the full range of LBP and not just one or two. Each of the four main polysaccharides has their own distinct benefit. Studies show, for the highest biological activity, all polysaccharides must be present.

Research strongly suggests that goji's unique polysaccharides work in the body as directors and carriers of cell information and therefore command and control many of the body's biochemical defense systems.
Four primary bioactive polysaccharides were discovered in Lycium Barbarum (Latin name for goji) named LBP (Lycium Barbarum polysaccharides). These four were named LBP1, LBP2, LBP3, and LBP4.

LBP polysaccharides proved to have exceptional sources of the essential cell sugars (glycoconjugates), rhamnose, xylose, glucose, mannose, arabinose and galactose- that are necessary for proper immune function and cells to communicate. In fact, goji may be the richest source of glyconutrients yet found.

Research strongly suggests that goji's unique polysaccharides work in the body as directors and carriers of cell information and therefore command and control many of the body's biochemical defense systems.


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Wednesday, 8-Jun-2011 02:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Goji Berries: Mother Nature's Vine-Grown Vitamins

For centuries on end, herbalists in Tibet and Mongolia have recommended small red berries called ‘Goji’ as a remedy for those suffering from a variety of problems. In fact, the people of Tibet and Mongolia hold a two-week annual festival in honor of the goji berry. Many of them have nicknamed the goji berry “happy berry” because in common folklore “to eat goji in the morning will lead to smiles all day”.

But respect for the goji berry isn’t confined to the foothills of Tibet and Mongolia. The goji berry has been used for hundreds of years as a tonic in Chinese medicine. During the Tang dynasty (A.D. 772-842), poet Liu Yuxi wrote a poem celebrating the nourishment of “body and spirit” brought about by the goji berry. Without a doubt, the people of this region of the world love the goji berry. But the goji berry’s introduction to the Western world is still fairly recent, so the berry remains a relatively unknown fruit for a large fraction of the world’s population. So what is a goji berry? And why is it so loved?

What is a goji berry?

The term goji berry technically refers to the Tibetan goji berry, also known as Lycium Barbarum (its Latin name). It is a member of a family of flowering plants known as the Solanaceae, a plant family which also includes within its ranks potatoes, tobacco, and tomatoes. Roughly eighty different varieties of lycium berry exist, including the Chinese Wolfberry (often touted by Chinese healers as a cure for male sexual dysfunction). However, the Chinese Wolfberry is only considered a genetic cousin of Lycium Barbarum and not a true goji berry.

Goji berries grow on small green-leafed vines that yield a bright red fruit with a shape most resembling a raisin. The berries are extremely delicate, and during harvest, they are shaken from the vine rather than being picked. To avoid spoiling, they are slowly dried in the shade. The texture of a goji berry is very chewy, and its taste is often described as a cross between a raisin and a cranberry. Several additional names are used to describe the goji berry, such as happy berry, gouqi, and gou qi zi.

What makes the goji berry so potent?

Goji berries are believed to be a rich source of vitamins and nutrients with each goji berry purported to contain 18 different amino acids and vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, and E. It is believed that goji berries contain more beta carotene than is found in carrots of equal size. And the goji berry is touted as one of the richest sources of vitamin C in the world, trailing only the Australian billygoat plum and the South American camu camu. Goji berries are also believed to contain zinc, iron, calcium, phosphorus, selenium, and germanium in varying quantities. As a rich source of many of the vitamins and minerals essential to nutrition, goji berries are filled with antioxidants.

The unique properties endemic to the Tibetan goji berry make it one of the more fascinating fruits on Earth. As consumption of the goji berry grows in popularity in other parts of the world, our knowledge of the plant itself is certain to increase. Until then, do yourself a favor and enjoy a delicious goji berry!


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Tuesday, 7-Jun-2011 01:30 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Goji Berries

In this modern life we live in, where gadgets such as mobile phones, laptops and other high technology equipments in combination with lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking and stress may subject our body to free radicals. Free radicals oxidation is the reason why apples get rancid. If it can do this to an apple, what do you think it can do to your body?

You, however, do not have to worry much. Life is very beautiful.

Because if experts can recognized what can harm us; science can learn what could save us. Antioxidants are one possible answer. Antioxidants properties may be found overflowing in small berries grown in the pristine valleys of Tibet and Mongolia.

Introducing Goji Berries! Goji berries are miraculous because this small bright red fruit may contain all the nutrients our body needs to keep it healthy and happy.

These small goji berries are packed with nutrients your body needs such as the 8 essential amino acids plus 10 more different kinds of amino acid, which are hard to find in other fruits. Goji berries likewise contain 21 trace minerals including the essential ones such as zinc, iron, copper, calcium, selenium and phosphorous.

Carotenoid such as beta-carotene more potent than that of a carrot are in goji berries. If these facts are not enough to excite you to the beneficial factors found in goji berries, consider this these amazing berries contain 500 times Vitamin C by weight compared to oranges. They also contain Vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E.

Where can you find such a small fruit packed with all these beneficial nutrients? Only in goji berries.

Here is a list of few of the many benefits you will get from eating goji berries:

Fight Aging – Because goji berries may save your cells, you might be able to fight aging because aside from eliminating free radicals, goji berries stimulate the growth hormone in your body. It will thus help keep you fresh and young looking.

Energy and Vitality – these berries can help increase your stress tolerance, stamina and endurance.

Blood Sugar Balance – Goji berries has the necessary polysaccharides to regulate blood sugar levels. It also has betaine to support normal liver function and cardiovascular health.

Sleep Well – goji berries can give you normal health balance, you may experience better sleep quality that will prepare your body for the day to come.

Better Immune System – goji berries contain polysaccharides that support and balance the activity of your immune cells such as T-cells, NK cells, lysozyme and the immunoglobins.

In addition to all these, goji berries may also enhance your sexual function. You may also use goji berries as memory tonic. This small but wonderful fruit may also help control your cholesterol levels. Digestion may also not be a problem for those eating this wonderful fruit.

These are only a few of the benefits one can get from goji berries. However, you will agree with me that having none of these problems will help you keep a healthy and long life. As a result, you will be happy and ready for life’s challenges.

You can get all these benefits in various ways:

Eat fresh goji berries. They are very sweet and tasty.

Eat dried goji berries. The taste does not change at all, sweet and tastes like a cranberry and cherry.

Drink goji berry juice. This is another best way to take this sweet and tasty berry.

You can mix goji berries to your food, use your imagination on how you can enjoy this miraculous berry.

So indulge.


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