The Miracle Goji Berry: Fact or Fiction
Goji berries have been recently touted in the media as the miracle cure for everything from sexual impotence to acne to cancer. Let me give you the lowdown on this subtropical Asian fruit.
The Goji berry (in dried form) is a shriveled red berry with a slightly tart-sweet taste reminiscent of a cranberry. The Goji grows in areas of Tibet, Mongolia, China as well as the Himalayas. Gojis have been used for close to 6,000 years in the East as an aid to improve eyesight, circulation and immune function, increase longevity, treat liver and kidney conditions, lower cholesterol as well as other functions.
Goji berries have an impressive track record for improving health because they are loaded with 21 trace minerals, 18 amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants which our bodies need to function. The vitamins, trace minerals and amino acids are the building blocks for the overall health of the human body. When ingesting the Goji we intake a very potent blend of nutrition which restores, heals and energizes our bodies.
The antioxidants in Gojis can help fight various types of cancer by increasing the number of red and white blood cells, platelets and even aid in the growth of stem cells which is especially beneficial when fighting bone marrow diseases such as Leukemia. These antioxidants also promote the production of collagen for youthful, firm skin.
Gojis are excellent for soothing a number of skin conditions to include eczema, psoriasis and skin allergies. The best way to clear up a skin affliction is to open up the skin of a fresh Goji berry and rub over the affected area. However, fresh Gojis may be hard to find as the majority of Gojis sold in the US are sold dried or in juice form. Therefore you can try making a paste using dried berries and water or try adding a few cupfuls of Goji juice to your bath water before soaking in it.
The generous amount of Polysacchrides in Gojis help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. This function is especially important for those at risk for diabetes and for those who may suffer from high blood pressure and the complications which often come with the two conditions.
From just a limited amount of research it looks like the Goji berry certainly lives up to its incredible reputation. Though there are a few noted side effects one may want to consider: if you take diabetes and blood pressure drugs you may want to avoid Goji berries due to possible interaction. Otherwise, consider adding the berry to your daily diet and see what it can do for you.