What are goji berries? Where are they found?
Goji berry is commonly known as the Tibetan goji berry in the health food market. There are two species of goji berry, and both of them are perennial, deciduous and woody plants. Goji berries are largely cultivated in china, Mongolia and the Himalayas in Tibet. In these areas they have been consumed by the natives for centuries. It has also been known as the “happy berry” because these berries have been known to heighten the sense of calm and well being.
How is the goji berry juice known to help the body?
The fruit and the bark have been used from a very long time in the traditional Chinese medicine since it has been believed to protect the liver, improve eyesight, enhance the immunity system, and also improve the circulation among other effects. They can be eaten raw or also be brewed into a tea. It has often been used as an ingredient in Chinese soups.
What are the nutrients found in the goji berry juice?
The goji berry juice is rich in vitamins B1, B2, C, beta carotene, antioxidants, amino acids and minerals. They are also known to contain germanium, calcium, copper, zinc, iron, phosphorous, tryptophan, selenium and many more.
What are the medical properties of the compounds found in the goji berry juice?
The liver uses it to produce choline which in turn helps to calm the nerves, promote muscle growth, enhance memory and also in the prevention of the liver diseases.
This is known to be active in preventing certain major types of leukemia. It is also used to aid the treatment of hepatitis B.
It is antibacterial and antifungal.
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Largely used as an anti inflammatory agent, it has also been used to lower the cholesterol level in the body.
A sesquiterpene, it is known to improve the health of the heart and also helps in maintaining the blood pressure.
Is it true that goji berry juice helps in anti ageing?
The goji berry juice has been hailed as the most powerful anti – ageing agent in the world due to its high antioxidant level. Foods that have antioxidants are known to protect the cells and also their components from damage due to oxidation.
It has also been known from several centuries that the goji berries help in the improvement of the complexion of the skin. Although it is hard to believe, goji berries are known to be antimutagenic, hypoglycaemic, hypotensive, hypolipemic, antioxidant, immunopotentiating etc. All of these properties help to slow down the biological ageing of the body including increment of the collagen synthesis.
Does the bark and root of the goji berry plant help as well?
The bark and the root of the goji berry plant also have properties of their own. Although bitter, the antibacterial property of the bark and the root helps to control cough, lower cholesterol, blood pressure and also fever. It is also used to aid the treatment of nosebleeds, chronic fevers, asthma, tuberculosis etc.
The plant has a very long history of uses; general, medical and as an energy booster. It is a good source of fatty acids which is found very rarely in a fruit. All in all goji berry are known to help with the health of the body.