Friday, December 08, 2006

Goji Berry

Have any of you heard of the Goji Berry (aka Wolf Berry)? Back in October I met this guy in the airport gate area while I was on my way to Toronto to run the Toronto Marathon. I often enjoy talking to random people while travelling. You never know what kind of life the person next to you is living. Anyway, he asked me if I had heard of Goji. I obviously had no clue what he was talking about. He went on to tell me a few things about the Goji berry and this Goji juice. It was sounding like it was some miracle food from the stories he was telling me. He gave me his card (he sells the juice) and I told him I would research it.

There’s a lot of pretty interesting stuff out there on the Goji Berry. Much of it looks like hype, but when you look at the nutritional value of it there’s no question that it’s a very unique berry and that it’s good for you. I found a lot of great info on Wikipedia. Here are a few things I found there.

It has been long known as one of nature’s most nutrient-rich foods in China. Chinese Traditional Medicine has been claiming all sorts of health benefits from the Goji Berry. Things like, it enhances immune system function, improves eyesight, protects the liver, boosts sperm production, and improves circulation, among other effects.

It’s loaded with carotenoids - beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, β-cryptoxanthin and lycopene, at least 6 vitamins (examples, vitamins C, B1, B2), over 30 essential and trace minerals, polyphenolic antioxidants, and amino acids.

The amounts of Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Zinc, Vitamins C and B2 are also quite high in Goji Berries.

So all in all it’s definitely good for you. I’d rather drink juice than take a manufactured vitamin any day. So I bought some of this Himalayan Goji Juice and have been drinking it now regularly for the last month or so. I am now on a journey exploring selling the juice myself. Yeah, me selling stuff. Seems strange doesn't it? I’ll keep you filled in on how it’s going. In the mean time, check out the web site they gave me. More later.



lyssa,  12/08/2006 9:56 PM  

Glenn Lavender: Health Specialist. Thanks for the info. I hope it works out.

Goji 7/22/2010 4:38 PM  

Goji is the name that refers simply to this Tibetan variety of Lycium berry that is native to the Tibetan and Mongolian regions and employed for centuries by the nomadic people of those areas.

Goji Berry 8/28/2010 1:56 AM  

Very informative post. I really learned a lot.Thanks!


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