Goji berries are native to China and have been enjoyed by Asians for multiple generations with the thoughts that they contribute to a longer life span. They have also used Goji berries for many health supporting purposes such as heart health, prevention of diabetes and controlling hypertension, to name a few.
Goji berries are like little raisins. You can eat them in their raw form, cooked, made into teas, juices, medicine and even wine. They are part of the nightshade family.
This little gem is filled with extremely powerful antioxidant qualities, particularly carotenoids such as beta-carotene that boost the immune system and lower cholesterol. The goji also contains zeaxanthin which protects the retina of the eye and may help prevent macular degeneration. Goji’s may help to prevent cancer and other serious illnesses. Asians believe the goji slows the aging process and knocks out free radicals which cause cell damage. Goji berries are rich in Vitamin A which has anti-aging benefits. The extracts from the Goji Berry boosts brain health so is protective against Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurological conditions.
Goji berries are a common element of traditional Chinese medicine. I am doing a regime of Chinese herbalism with Ron Teeguarden’s Dragon Herbs to compliment my amazing nutrition. This all goes together to help with the treatment of my Multiple Sclerosis and for strengthening my Jing (energy) in the body. Goji berries make up part of my regime. I sprinkle goji berries on cereal, put then in smoothies, toss them in salads, have added them to raw cacao desserts etc.
You can pick up goji berries at most health food stores and bigger grocery stores that have a health food section. Make sure you buy organic goji berries.