Sunday, October 17, 2010


Well, a few of you have begged me not to take so much time in between posts, and I'm trying to leave my writing laziness behind and move my butt in order to enlighten you with the most precious knowledge there is about food.

We are talking about Goji Berries today, which makes number one SUPERFOOD in many health nut books. These are consider fruit, and there is an estimated eighty-five species of them or more just in North and Central America. They were supposed to be brought by people who migrated from Asia, but you never know. These berries, because of the strength and nutrients they possess, they easily adapt to different kinds of environments, desserts, tropical, and freezing winters areas. It has been grown by Chinese, Mongolian, and Tibetan people for an estimated five thousand years.

David Wolfe tells a story of a legend that I will quote from his book:

"The famed Li Qing Yuen, whom legend has it popularized both Goji Berries and Ginseng, and it is said to have lived to the age of 252 years (1678-1930), consumed Goji Berries daily. The life of Li Qing Yuen is the most documented case of extreme longevity known. The legend lo Li Qing Yuen says that when Li was eleven years old he met these Taoist sages who were purported to be over three hundred years old. They taught Li about spring water and the science and fine art of longevity, proper diet, and herbalism. Later in his life, at the age of fifty, he was said to have met another Taoist sage who told Li he was five hundred years old. When Li inquired about the secret of his extreme longevity, the sage taught him to consume a Goji Berrie soup each day. Li Qung Yuen is said to have given a lecture at the University of Beijing at the age of two hundred. When the emperor of China discovered such a long-lived person within the empire, he invited Li to the royal court. Whithin a few months of living in Beijing, Li Qing Yuen was dead, apparently either from eating the processed food provided by the royal kitchen or from exposure to the toxicity of the city.
Even if Li Qing Yuen's longevity is just a myth, it does demonstrate a recognized relationship in the culture between the Goji Berrie and longevity".

"SUPERFOODS" by David Wolfe

Goji Berries are also grown in Tibet, and have been recognized by the Tibetan School of Medicine in Lhasa as a SUPERFOOD for twenty-five hundred years.

What are the benefits of this precious fruit?

The Goji Berry is considered an "adaptogen", which is a term used in the world of medicinal plants to describe a substance with a combination of therapeutic actions on the human body. It invigorates and strengthens the system while helping the body to deal more easily with stress by supporting the adrenal glands, resulting in enhanced stamina, strength, longevity and sexual energy. They boost immune function, increase alkalinity and vitality, protect the liver, improve eyesight and blood quality, deliver anti-aging compounds, and possess a number of additional outstanding qualities.

Their main health benefit is to nourish the body-to support the body in healing itself by providing a huge array of extraordinary nutrients. They are a complete protein source and contain nineteen different amino acids (on par with bee pollen) and all eight essential amino acids (such as adrenal-supporting phenylalanine and serotonin-building tryptophan). The contain twenty-one or more trace minerals (the main ones being zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus) as well as vitamins B1, B2, B6, and E.

Depending on variety and growing conditions, mature Goji Berries can contain about 11 mg of blood-building iron per 100 grams as well as beta-sitosterol (an anti-inflammatory agent), linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid), anti-aging sesquiterpenoids (cyperone, solavetivone), liver healing betaine (0.1%), and antioxidant tetraterpenoids (zeaxanthin, physalin). They typcally contain two to four times the amount of antioxidants found in blueberries. They contain long-chain sugars known as polysaccharied that fortify the immune system. The short- and long-chain sugars that the Goji Berry contains include: D-rhamnose, D-xylose, D-arabinos, D-fucose, D-glucose, and D-galactose.

As we age, we produce less and less Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Decreasing levels of HGH have been linked to symptoms of aging. Goji Berries are the only food known to help stimulate the human body to produce more HGH naturally. So this factor alone makes the Goji Berry the world's greatest anti-aging SUPERFOOD!
There is evidence that Goji Berries increase longevity because they high in sesquiterpenoids. These have anti-inflammatory properties, and stimulate the pituitary and pineal glands thus increasing the glandular production of HGH. This hormone is a master hormone that influences the level of all other hormones in the body.

Goji Berries also help our bodies produce choline, as essential nutrient that combats free-radical damage linked to neurological degeneration and Alzheimer's disease. They also fight narrowing of the arteries that deliver oxygen and nutrients to all of our cells. They have the ability to combat a key factor that causes heart disease: oxidized cholesterol. Cholesterol becomes especially dangerous when it oxidizes as a result of free radicals, and the oxidized blood fats attach to artery walls with calcium-forming nanobacteria to form plaques. Our bodies have a built-in defense system against this, an enzyme called superoxide dismutase (SOD). SOD is a super-antioxidant that prevents cholesterol from oxidizing. Chinese research shows that Goji Berries can increase our production of SOD.

Several types of phytonutrients in the fruit enhance the ability of the liver to detoxify and guard against the organ being damaged by carcinogens and the hepatitis virus. These phytonutrients include betaine, polysaccharides, and antioxidant pigments.

These and many other properties that I cannot mention in this blog for time and space purposes, are the main reason that makes this beauty berry number one in the list of SUPERFOODS.

Now here is the tricky part: I don't really like the taste! so what I do is to hide it in other foods and flavors. I love combining a sprouted bread slice with organic raw honey, some Macca powder, some Raw Cacao/cocoa powder, and a few Goji Berries. You can also use them in your juices if you have a good and powerful juicer, or you might be lucky and just like it plain, which makes the perfect snack!

Well, good luck, and start introducing this into your diet! and also give thanks to David Wolfe for the great information that was provided for this post. You can also enjoy this next video for immediate results:

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