Goji berries represent one of the most powerful plants in the world. The region of origin is proposed to be somewhere in the southeastern parts of Europe or the southwestern region of Asia.
Goji berries can be found with the following names: Chinese wolfberry, Tibetan or Himalayan goji, Barbary matrimony vine, matrimony vine and etc. Goji berries are also called “red diamonds”, they are an integral part of the traditional Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese medicine. It is also considered such as “super food” because is rich in phytonutrients.
Phytonutrients are antioxidants that play a key role in the fight against free radicals. The Goji berries on the “Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity – ORAC” Scale (scale for measuring the antioxidant properties of food) are at the very top. Except phytonutrients, Goji berries contains in its composition amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamin C, B complex vitamins, minerals such as potassium, iron, sodium, calcium, selenium, zinc…
Goji berries also contain solavetivona (a strong antifungal and antibacterial substance), beta-sitosterol, which has anti-inflammatory action, that helps to reduce cholesterol levels and is an adjunct in treating impotence and prostate disease. Cyperon, a phyto-nutrient that provides benefits to the heart and blood pressure, fisalin an active substance that strengthens the immune system , which is effective in the treatment of leukemia, B hepatitis and cancer. Betaine which helps the liver to produce choline ( wich protect it from fatty deposits, prevents infarction, calms nerves) a substance required for the formation of phospholipids, components of all cell membranes. Goji berry contains polysaccharides, especially the beta-glucans known as modifiers of the immune response against infectious processes. Goji berries contain a complete range of carotenoids (beta carotene, zeaxanthin, lycopene, lutein, cryptoxanthin) this substance is important for skin health and vision.
The health benefits of consuming Goji berries are enormous. They strengthen immunity, due to the large presence of antioxidants, prevents the onset of cancer, leukemia and other dangerous diseases. Also preventing the onset of cardiovascular diseases, energizing, having a strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect, protecting the vision, help with increased prostate, increase fertility in women, slow down the aging process of the body. They are eaten raw, cooked, or dried (like raisins) and are used in herbal teas, juices, wines, and medicines.
Moderate eating Goji berries is probably safe. Recommended daily intake for consuming Goji berries is 10-30 grams.
But, be sure to consult with your health care professional, if you taking some drugs, especially such as blood thinners, drugs for diabetes and blood pressure, because Goji berries could interact with this drugs.
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