GOJI BERRY (Lycium Barbarum) or Wolfberry: Benefits, Uses and Virtues of the Goji Berry? Medicinal properties? Dosage? Side-effects of the Goji Berry? Origins, Composition, Expert opinions, Combination with other plants and more Information on the Goji Berry.

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Goji (Lycium Barbarum) is one of the most powerful plants in herbal medicine; however, it is important to know how to use it since its properties and potential uses are so broad. Traditionally, it was used in two ancient medicines – Traditional Tibetan Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine – and it is the solution to many ailments. It is also considered a national treasure in Tibet, where it is known as “the key to eternal youth” (thanks to its significant antioxidant properties). The wide-ranging properties of the Goji Berry can be explained by its composition: it is extremely rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements (especially vitamin C – Goji Berry has one of the highest vitamin C contents of any fruit in the world). Goji fruit (especially Goji Berry) is generally used to treat a large variety of ailments.

Goji Berry: Medicinal Properties

Anti-disease – Anti-cancer – Anti-ageing

immunité- powerful antioxidant, anti-aging (+++) (traditional usage) (synergy with Ginseng, Royal jelly)
- reinforces, stimulates and balances the immune system (+++)
- helps to prevent the growth of tumours, cancers (++) (particularly testicular cancer)
- helps to prevent cell degeneration and to reduces reproduction of cancerous cells (++)
- delays the aging of cells, helps to stay young (++) (traditional usage) (thanks to its powerful antioxidant effects)
- reduces the side-effects of chemotherapy (++) (synergy with Chlorella)
- helps to combat auto-immune diseases(++)
- combats and treats respiratory problems (++) (traditional usage)
- possesses anti-inflammatory properties, joint and muscular inflammation (++)
- protects key organs (particularly the liver and kidneys) (+++)
- detoxifies the body, removing various pollutants and certain heavy metals (++)
- chronic dry cough, respiratory infections, asthma (++)
- Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss (++) (synergy with Ashwagandha)

Energy – Vitality – Libido

force- combats chronic or temporary fatigue (++) (synergy with Ginseng)
- restores strength and energy (++)
- unexplained lack of energy (++)
- eliminates bodily waste responsible for fatigue (++) (synergy with Chlorella)
- treats male infertility (++) (synergy with Maca)
- restores libido and sexual desire (both men and women) (++) (synergy with Maca)
- increases endurance (+)
- blood oxygenation (+) (synergy with Rhodiola)
- improves concentration (+)

Blood pressure – Blood circulation – Heart

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- protects from cardiovascular disease (++) (synergy with Rhodiola)
- balances blood pressure (hypertension, hypotension) (++)
- balances cardiac functions (++)
- balances blood sugar level, glycemia (++) (synergy with Turmeric and Spirulina)
- regulates blood lipid level, cholesterol (+++) (ssynergy with Turmeric and Ginseng)
- prevents the formation of blood clots (++)
- improves blood circulation (++)

Sleep – Stress – Anxiety

stress - promotes restorative sleep, combats insomnia (+++) (traditional usage, effects notable in the medium term) (synergy with Ashwagandha)
- reduces stress and anxiety (++) (synergy with Ashwagandha and Rhodiola)
- slows the aging of neurons (++) (traditional usage)
- depression (+)  if the depression is linked to nutritional problems (++)
- headache, dizziness (++)
- improves memory (+)

 

Eyes – Vision – Skin

force- protects from eye disease (+++) (traditional usage)
- promotes better vision (+++) (traditional usage)
- reduces visual fatigue (++)
- prevents cataracts (+++)
- reduces macular degeneration (++)
- prevents glaucoma (++)
- protects the skin (++)
- helps healing (cuts, injuries…) (++)
- fortifies nails and hair (++)

 

Digestion – Digestive organs – Diet

digestion- protects the liver and kidneys (+++) (traditional usage) (see also Turmeric)
- facilitates good digestion (++) (synergy with Acai berry)
- combats urinary infections (++)
- promotes the absorption of calcium (++)
- facilitates weight loss (++) (synervy with Guarana, Acai berry)
- prevents deficiencies while dieting (++) (synergy with Spirulina)
- prevents withdrawal effects while dieting (++)
- reduces the desire to eat sugar in large quantities (++)

Goji Berry: Origins

The Goji Berry (Lycium Barbarum) or Wolfberry, originated in Asia and is renowned for its various medicinal benefits. Goji berries have been consumed for more than 3,000 years. The Lycium Barbarum species is the most studied and is thought to contain the most vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. There are several existing species of Goji Berries and the species closest to Lycium Barbarum is Lycium Chinense, which is considered a “functional food” (medicine/natural food). It is the Lycium Barbarum species, however, that remains the most commercialised. The plant can reach heights of up to 3 metres, and grows mainly in humid areas, especially in temperate climates. The Goji Berry is traditionally cultivated in China, Tibet and Mongolia, notably in the Himalayan mountain range. However, in view of the berries’ commercial success, the Goji Berry is now cultivated in Europe and North America.

Goji Berry: Composition

The Goji Berry (Lycium barbarum) is a very powerful antioxidant (which is also the reason for its reputation as the key to eternal youth). The composition of fresh Goji berry is very different from that of dried Goji Berry (especially in terms of vitamin C content). The Goji Berry is extremely rich in nutrients. Along with along with Sea Buckthorn and Acerola, it contains one of the largest quantities of vitamin C of any fruit in the world. It is reputed to contain 400 times more vitamin C than oranges (that is for the fresh berry, and not for the dried berry, which contains about 7 times more than oranges and 2 times more than kiwi). It also contains numerous other vitamins: A (beta-carotene), B1, B2, B6, E, as well as 18 kinds of amino acids (among which 8 are essential), as well as a large number of polysaccharides to the amount of 40% (such as rhamnose, xylose, mannose, arabinose, galactose, beta-carotene, and zeaxanthin). Its composition is strengthened by the presence of numerous trace elements and minerals (21 in total) including iron, copper, selenium, phosphor, calcium and finally zinc. Finally, Goji berries (Wolfberry) contains numerous proteins (reputed to be 15% more than the protein contained in whole wheat). The success of Goji berry has rested on its reputation as the most nutritious, most complete and most antioxidant fruit in the world – thanks to these qualities, it has become known as a fruit of eternal youth. However, in order to enjoy these benefits, the quality of the berries must be high and their consumption must extend over a long time frame.

Goji Berry: Dosage

The Goji Berry (Wolfberry) can be consumed in the form of dried berries, fresh berries or juice. Probably the simplest way of consuming the Goji berry is in the form of dry extract (dried berries). It is recommended to take 2-3g of Goji berries per day. It should be noted that in China and Tibet, Goji berries are consumed daily and sometimes in quite high doses. Dosage depends on the individual body’s capacity for ingesting the plant, as its high vitamin C content can provoke diarrhea in strong doses. It should be noted that for the first 2 weeks, the Goji berry may cause unusual sensations; this is because it balances and purifies all the organs (particularly the liver, kidneys and intestines). If you feel unwell, reduce the dosage, and only increase again gradually.

Goji Berry: Ultimate effects, benefits, virtues

The Goji berry (Wolfberry) is an aid to good general health. It helps in combating states of deficiency, in reinforcing the immune system (anti-inflammatory properties) and in reducing strong periods of fatigue. Goji berries help to regulate blood pressure (particularly effective in the case of high blood pressure) as well as protecting vital organs, particularly the liver and kidneys. The Goji berry is also effective in aiding the assimilation of calcium and in reducing blood sugar level as well as cholesterol (combined with Turmeric). It is also reputed to offer strong protection for all the mechanisms related to vision. Finally, Goji is said to promote quality sleep (traditional usage) when it is taken for a minimum of 2 weeks.

Goji Berry: Side-effetcs, contraindications

Wolfberry (Goji) has few side-effects and has been consumed regularly, even daily, by many Tibetans and Chinese, for more than 3,000 years. However, it is not recommended for pregnant and nursing mothers (it seems that the Goji berry stimulates the uterus).

Goji Berry: Opinions of experts

The Goji Berry is a very good fruit, its berries are very rich in nutrients and its medicinal benefits undeniable. However, care should be taken not to pay exorbitant prices for Wolfberry which, although it is a fruit of great quality, is not worthy of the excessive prices sometimes charged. Where possible, Goji from different producers should be compared for price and quality. As regards the medicinal benefits of the Goji Berry, it is seen to be especially effective in the medium term (as a course of treatment) for all chronic problems (coughs, unexplained lack of energy, insomnia…)

Goji Berry: More information

Care should be taken when purchasing Goji (Wolfberry) juice as these juices are often mixed with others, and the percentage of Goji Berry can be low. Following a study some years ago, organic Goji berries were taken off the market after numerous traces of pesticides were found in the composition of the berries. Numerous businesses thus lost their organic label. It appears that the Chinese government (which is the biggest exporter of Goji Berry) has since taken stricter measures in this regard and that the problem is now resolved. If in doubt, it is preferable to opt for the dry extract of organic Goji (which is the product of organic farming).

Goji Berry: Combination with other plants

Goji Berry (Wolfberry) combines well with Ginseng (energy, vitality, nervous balance, libido), Maca (very complete, fertility, libido, aphrodisiac), Ashwagandha and Rhodiola (nervous balance, sleep, memory, heart), Sea Buckthorn (a fruit that is very rich in vitamin C and many other vitamins), Spirulina (a kind of algae that is extremely rich in minerals, vitamins and trace elements), Turmeric (powerful antioxidant, slows cell aging, helps to prevent cancer, powerful natural anti-inflammatory), Chlorella and Spirulina (eliminates bodily waste, avoids deficiencies while dieting, energy), and finally Acai berries (immune system, digestion, cardiovascular disease).

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