Goji Berry Buzz
Goji Gourmet uses certified organic goji berries from the Himalayan Mountains. Goji berries are nutrient-rich fruits that are high in antioxidants and provide vitamins A, C, and B-complex. Among other benefits, goji berries are rich in iron, beta-carotene, selenium, germanium, and include 18 amino acids (a source of complete protein). For goodness sake, we love goji!
Goji berries were listed in People Magazine's 1/11/10 edition as a top nutritional superfood that is low in calories and high in flavor on the list for Hot and Healthy Foods for 2010: "Goji berries are dried Himalayan superfruits with nutrients that boost the immune system." www.people.com
"In addition to antioxidants that protect against free-radical damage to the brain, goji berries fight narrowing of the arteries that deliver oxygen and nutrients to brain cells. The fruit also helps our bodies produce choline, an essential nutrient that combats free radical damage linked to Alzheimer's disease. The combined effect supports healthy brain function." Quoted from
"Goji berries also have compounds rich in vitamin A that may have antiaging benefits. These special compounds help boost immune function, protect vision, and may help prevent heart disease. Some research suggests that goji berry extracts may boost brain health and may protect against age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's," quoted from www.webmd.com
"Goji berries have been eaten locally in the Himalayan regions of Tibet and Mongolia for centuries, and the Goji berry is celebrated in local festivals. The Himalayan Goji fruit has long been nicknamed "the happy berry" because of the sense of well-being it is said to induce. Even modern consumers of the Goji berry often report feeling happier, calmer, and more content with their life," quoted from www.astrologyzine.com
Goji berries have been said by many experts in the medical and clinical as possibly being the healthiest food on Earth. The are virtually a complete food in most respects, and they have been consumed for 1,000’s of years in Asia as a medicine food. But what makes them so special in addition to the amazing antioxidants and nutritional merits? Perhaps it is one unique polysacharride (master molecule) they contain with potential life extending benefits. As we grow older, our glands generally secrete less. This unique polysacharride has the potential ability to stimulate the pituitary gland in the anterior of the brain to increase its secretion of Human Growth Hormone HGH). This is the Master Hormone in our bodies that communicates with the other hormones to also function better as well. HGH has been shown to possess the ability to slow down, and sometimes even reverse some of the symptons of aging. www.gojiberriesblog.com
As shown in the ORAC value chart below, goji berries have almost 8 times the value of antioxidants of pomegranates and more than 10 times the ORAC value of blueberries. Scientists at Tufts University developed this scale for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, called the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) test. According to their research, foods that score high in this antioxidant analysis may protect cells and their components from oxidative damage.
ORAC values (per 100 grams)
Source: Tufts University study of animals and human blood at the U.S. Department of
Agricultural Research Service’s Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.
Based on the ORAC research findings, high-ORAC foods raised the antioxidant power of human blood 10-25%, prevented some loss of long-term memory and learning ability in middle-aged rats, maintained the ability of brain cells in middle-aged rats to respond to a chemical stimulus (a function that normally decreases with age), and protected rats’ tiny blood vessels (capillaries) against oxygen damage.
"Goji Berries contain a complete spectrum of antioxidant carotenoids, including beta-carotene and zeaxanthin (supports the eyes). Goji berries are the best source of carotenoids of known foods," quoted from www.gojicapital.com.
"Goji Berries are a very rich source of vitamin C, having 500 times more vitamin C per ounce than oranges, actually more almost than any fruit you could name. They are also a superb source of vitamin A, not surprising because they are a bright red color. Goji berries also have vitamins B1, B2, B6, and E; they are becoming a famous antioxidant. They are also a rich source of both selenium and germanium and have hence been used in a number of clinical trials involving cancer patients. When given to patients undergoing chemotherapy, the berries conferred significant protection for the liver. In Oriental medicine, they are said to correct chi deficiency, meaning that people with low energy, insomnia, heart palpitations, and even anxiety are more comfortable after consuming goji berries. The berries have 18 amino acids (higher than bee pollen) and 21 trace minerals, linoleic acid, and more beta carotene than carrots," quoted from www.tibetauthentic.com.
"It is also known as Chinese wolfberry, goji berry, mede berry, barbary matrimony vine, bocksdorn, Duke of Argyll's tea tree, Murali (in India), red medlar or matrimony vine. Unrelated to the plant's geographic origin, the names Tibetan goji and Himalayan goji are in common use in the health food market for products from this plant." Quoted from www.wikipedia.com.
"Although it has yet to be proven that fresh goji berries or their juice can cure cancer or prevent heart disease, they offer certain advantages as a snack food. With only ninety calories in a quarter cup of fresh goji berries, they provide a lot of vitamin C, minerals, and protein for a low calorie snack food. In fact, the goji berry has more beta-carotene than the carrot and far more vitamin C than an orange. The high protein content of the goji berry also makes it more filling than most fruits so you'll be less likely to reach for that high calorie donut after you've finished your berries." Quoted from Kristie Leong M.D. on www.associatedcontent.com.
"Goji Berries have been used in Tibet for at least 1,700 years. Tibetan Medicine includes these berries in the treatment of kidney and liver problems. They are also used in Tibet to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and cleanse the blood. Goji Berries have a long history of use in the treatment of eye problems, skin rashes, psoriasis, allergies, insomnia, chronic liver disease, diabetes and tuberculosis. Goji Berries are also used by the people of Tibet to increase longevity and as a general health strengthening tonic."
"Goji berries contain unique compounds known as Lycium barbarum polysaccharides, most often referred to as polysaccharides. Research has shown that these compounds enhance the body's ability to resist disease. Goji's polysaccharides have a chemical structure similar to substances found in echinacea and maitake mushrooms, herbs known for their ability to support a healthy immune system." Quoted from
"Studies have shown that the goji, like blueberries, cranberries, açai and other super berries, is packed with antioxidants; vitamins A, C, B and E; amino acids; and valuable trace minerals associated with boosting the immune system, sharpening eyesight, enhancing circulation and enriching yin," quoted from
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