A goji berry, also called a wolfberry, is an unusual berry like fruit of the nightshade family, and native to Asia. It has been eaten to improve health by the Chinese for over 2,000 years.
Its Latin names are: Lycium barbarum or Lycium Chinese. It belongs to the family:Solanaceae.
Taste: The goji berry tastes slightly sweet and somewhat bitter, similar to a cranberry.
Nutritional Value: These berries are a good source of both vitamins A and C, as well as iron, zinc, riboflavin, thiamin, and ascorbic acid. In addition, they contain polysaccharides, a healthy source of energy that can help stabilize blood sugar levels (Xie, 2016).
In an extensive review of research on goji berries, Cheng et al (2015) identifies significant health benefits. Studies were reviewed in the following areas: anti-aging, antioxidant, anticancer, improved energy, anti-viral, cardioprotective, inflammatory bowel disease, digestive aid, glaucoma, hepatoprotective, hypoglycemic, hypolipidemic, immunity, neuroprotective, reproductive system aid.
Goji Berries seem to have a variety of health benefits. Below is a list of some significant scientific research.
Hypoglycemic activity: Goji berries have shown in multiple human studies to help improve blood sugar levels!
Helping with cholesterol: Eating goji berries may improve cholesterol level. More research is warranted.
Instructions: Place goji berries in a glass container. Then, pour hot (but not boiling) water over them. Next, allow the berries to set in water overnight. The next morning, strain out the berries and either eat them, or add them to a smoothie or muffin recipe. Save the liquid. To enjoy, add a little honey to the liquid and heat if desired. Yummy and delicious!
To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
Post By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherpay, RA (ARC), Professional AIA and NAHA Member, LMT