Have you heard of Goji Berries? These power-packed morsels may provide you with a much longer, healthier life. Do you want a tasty way to accomplish that? Of course you do, and goji can deliver it. They are one of the top 3 greatest source of Vitamin C in food (2,500mg in 3 ozs, 100 grams)* and have the highest ORAC value for anti-oxidant activity (25,000 units)**. Goji berries taste like a mix of raspberry, cranberry, cherry and strawberry.
And, they are wonderful to aid your complexion and collagen synthesis. From the inside out, Timeless Beauty. Isn’t that a worthy goal?!
Surprisingly, goji berries are a good source for essential fatty acids. This is highly unusual for a fruit. Essential fatty acids provide most of the nutrients for your brain’s structure.
Additionally, goji research shows their nutrients stimulate immunity, as well as helping with obesity and diabetes. Wow! What a power-house.
Goji are also called: China: guq zi, Japan: kuko, Korea: gugija, Vietnam: ky tu, Thailand: gao gee, Tibet: dre-tsher-ma. And, goji berries are Nature’s gift for people living in the definitely problematical landscape of Tibet and Mongolia — the traditional, botanically-original areas — it’s Tibetan Medicine’s belief that goji may be largely responsible for the amazing longevity and health of the people living in this harshest clime on the planet. If these berries can help people living there, think of how much they can help you! Two thousand five hundred years of use can’t be wrong.
Grown in protected, high-altitude, ecologically-pure Tibetan valleys, goji berries, borne on waist-high vines, are one of the planet’s most-nutritious foods. But, make sure any you purchase are either “wild-crafted” from pristine regions in Tibet or Mongolia, only, OR make sure they are farmed organically there . Use the following website to verify that you have authentic, properly grown Tibetan and Mongolian goji berries: http://tanaduk.com/pages/vendors.html
In other multiple remote areas of China, like Ningxia province, pesticides are sprayed on most grower’s fields of “wolfberries” and “goji berries”. Chinese “goji” berries are NOT the same as Tibetan and Mongolian originals! Not only are the Chinese contaminated with up to 38 different toxic residues, but they are often a different cultivar, and even when the right cultivar is just being grown beyond the original botanical range of the berry, it is problematical for what beneficial nutrients it actually contains in its “new” home.
Also, goji berries are now grown throughout the world, so understand your source. The unique territory of Tibet (and a small, bordering region in Mongolia), which has the longest history of their use, seem to actually include micro-niche ecological benefits that other places do not have.
Botanically, goji berries are a member of the Solanaceae Family of plants, which also includes tomato, potato, peppers, eggplant, tomatillo and tobacco.
If you are sensitive to any of these Nightshade plants, then discuss with your allergist how, and if, to try goji berries.
If you are taking blood thinning medication like Coumadin or Warfarin, consult your physician before using goji berries, as they have such high Vitamin C content, normal-size portions will affect your blood status.
Other commercial names for the plant include: wolfberry, bocksdorn. matrimony vine, cambronera, barbary matrimony vine, Duke of Argyll’s tea tree, Lycium fruit.
British plant purveyor, Thompson & Morgan, do sell the plants on their English website, and some sites are selling seed kits, but, again, be aware that just because a plant can be grown “elsewhere”, that does not mean the plant produces all the same nutrients in its new home!
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), goji berries are used for: diabetes, tinnitus, dizziness, blurred vision, improving vision (used for 1,500 years), wet dreams, sexual inadequacy, cough, aching back and joints, tuberculosis, asthma relief and stemming internal hemorrhage.
Modern medical uses have included: counteracting the harsh side-effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments and helping with burns or wound treatment, as well as using goji for its immune-system modulating effects, lowering cholesterol reducing high blood-pressure and regulating blood sugar.
In our series about longest-lived people (see the Title Archive tab at the top of the page), we did not unearth the history of Li Qing Yuen, a master herbalist born in 1677 in Szechuan, China who is purported to have lived 256 years.
He ascribed his longevity to eating about 2 handfuls of goji berries daily and his ability (via Taoist and Buddhist regimens) to Balance his Life – quietude and exercise; worldiness and spirituality.
His life cannot be authenticated with the same rigor we would apply today, but his long-life was highlighted in the May 15, 1933 edition of TIME magazine when he had finally died on May 6. A Chinese professor did find Imperial government documents from 1827 congratulating Mr. Li on his 150th birthday, at that time, so he certainly was not a Johnny-come-lately seeking global attention for personal gain.
From this 1827 document, the meeting with General Sen mentioned below and interviews of people in his village who had known him all their lives and said their grandfathers’ had known him (and that Mr. Li was “old” then, too), I have included this information as definitely “credible”. Mr. Li is reported to have had 14 wives and 200 descendants.
Most of Li Qing Yuen’s life was spent learning about and gathering the herbs and techniques that resulted in his longevity. He was taught by Taoist hermits about the necessary herbs, and learned their esoteric versions of Baguazhang and Qigong, with breathing exercises, sound therapies and spiritual masteries, too. He faithfully practiced these regimens daily for more than 120 years.
At 250 years old, a meeting and official report about Mr. Li was made by General Yang Sen who described Yuen as 7 feet tall, with a ruddy complexion, excellent eyesight, brisk stride and very long fingernails. Li Qing Yuen taught General Yang his “Eight Brocade Qigong“, so the Master shared just a tiny portion of what he knew. He is not known to have shared his herbal knowledge, but is known to have also used fo-ti-tieng (in the West called Gotu Kola).
From French studies, Gotu Kola is known to rejuvenate the ductless glands and may be the source of a new vitamin, filling an important missing link in human Health. So, Li Qing Yuan used 2 essential plants which extend longevity, to the extreme for him, at least at that time and place. What they can do for modern people, with our excess of stress, remains to be seen, but the science is promising so far.
As far as diabetes is concerned, goji berry seems to have a mechanism which helps our body utilize fat storage for energy more readily and modifies our insulin needs.
However, my mentor, Dr. Robert O. Young, PhD, DSc, ND says that the goji berries he tested were pH acidic and was not going to recommend them as a healthy tonic to be taken in quantity, especially daily.
My view is that:
1) with what has been stated above, the samples Dr. Young had may or may not have been “real” Tibetan goji berries
2) we eat many other healthful foods that are “acidic” foods e.g. carrots
3) healthy pH acidic foods are “balanced” by eating pH alkaline foods like potatoes with skins, sweet potato, lemons and limes (which are alkaline in our body, but test “acid” with litmus paper in a chemistry lab kit), mango, pineapple, burdock root, persimmons, nectarines, parsley, kale etc.
4) goji berries, as grown and harvested by the natural methods only, and in their native botanical range are a healthful tonic as used for 2,500 years by Tibetans and they are used extensively in Tibetan Medicine as they are an effective treatment.
With so many network marketing companies “pushing” goji berries and sometimes their marketers are making outlandish statements – I will be happy when more scientific studies are done, but, again, the researchers will need to get the original strain of Tibetan berries grown in the traditional way. So far, the science has generally borne out their usefulness.
For recipes, of the ones I found on the web, I think the most useful were using goji berries to top buckwheat “cereal” (it is NOT a grain). Rather, buckwheat is a fruit body of the plant, so it is compatible to eat fruits together (except melons, should be eaten alone). FOR THOSE WITH CHRONIC AILMENTS AND POOR DIGESTION OR ASSIMILATION, THE RECOMMENDATION IS NEVER TO EAT FRUITS WITH OTHER FOODS. Separate their use by eating fruits 20 minutes before any other types of food.
The other interesting recipe I have is one for a goji berry, coconut smoothie.
I’ll try to post some recipes next time.
Best to all — Em
* Only Australia’s Billy-Goat plum and South America’s Camu-Camu berries have higher Vitamin C ratings.
** ORAC value measures anti-oxidant abilty to scavenge harmful free-radicals in your body; it stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. Goji is the best food on the planet to do this and thereby protect your DNA from harmful mutations. This action also explains why it is an effective cancer treatment. An orange has 750 ORAC units, by contrast to goji’s 25,000!
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