The Incredible Goji Berry (aka Wolfberry)
Goji berries are one of the best sources of carotenoid antioxidants, even more than carrots. This is important since research has indicated that the carotenoid content of human tissue is a statistically significant factor in determining our maximum lifespan potential. This means the more carotenoids we consume, the better the possibility we may live a longer life.
According to Alex Malinsky (aka “RawGuru”), “The treasure of the goji berry is its medley of antioxidants, 21 trace minerals, beta carotene (more than carrots), vitamins such as C (higher than oranges) and B1, B2 and B6; Goji berries power the immune system by helping it to withstand strain and exertion, and they may slow the effects of aging, defend the liver, assist in vision health and improvement, and build the circulatory and cardiovascular systems.”
Goji berries contain two very important nutrients for eye health: zeaxanthin and lutein. A diet with increased levels of zeaxanthin and lutein has proven helpful in decreasing the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness and loss of vision in people above the age of 65. Goji berries have also been found to help boost the immune system. There are three main components in the goji berry that do this: polysaccharides, beta-carotene and germanium.
Polysaccharides are well known for their immune-boosting properties, while beta-carotene seems to boost interferon’s stimulation on the immune system. Germanium, which has been found to be effective in treating certain types of cancer, is also critical in boosting interferon levels. Goji berries also contain sesquiterpenoids which have anti-inflammatory properties. The sesquiterpenoids contained in goji berries are found to be a powerful secretagogue. A secretagogue stimulates the secretion of the human growth hormone by the pituitary gland.
In Asia, goji berries are known as a strong sexual tonic. They support testosterone levels, which stimulates libido in both men and women. Furthermore, they improve overall stamina, mood and wellbeing, all of which are vital for an optimum sex life.
Goji berries are also rich in unique compounds known as lycium barbarum polysaccharides. These nutrients have been shown to enhance immunity and have a similar chemical structure to immune-stimulating compounds within maitake mushrooms and echinacea. These polysaccharides provide immune cells with special sugars that enable them to communicate more effectively. These polysaccharides are also one of the preferred fuel sources of good intestinal bacteria. These bacteria help to orchestrate a healthy immune response as well. These polysaccharides are very effective at enhancing detoxification within the body. They aid in the removal of metabolic waste products such as lactic acid that accumulates in muscles during exertion. They also support the liver and protect it from damage that may occur during intense periods of exercise.
Perhaps the most exciting thing yet discovered about goji berries is their ability to support Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) levels in the body. Raising SOD activity has been proven to help prevent damage to the skin, eye, pancreas, and other organs and tissues, and to reduce pain and inflammation in arthritis. Higher SOD levels over a period of years should have an enormous impact on health, energy and longevity.
An easy way to get raw and certified organic goji berries into your daily diet is to make RawBurst™ a regular part of your nutritional foundation.
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