Goji Berries come from the beautiful red wolfberry plant that is native to China, and are typically dried and packaged as a snack. They are delicious and have a mildly sweet flavor that goes well in trail mixes with mixed nuts, in cereal or oatmeal, or on their own as a snack. They can be found in many grocery stores including Hendersonville Co-op and Earthfare/Whole Foods.
They are a great source of many key nutrients including:
- vitamin C
- vitamin A
These berries contain all 8 essential amino acids, and a single 4-ounce serving provides nearly 10 percent of your daily value for protein. For fruit, this is a surprising amount of protein.
Balance Blood Sugar/Protect against Diabetes
The carbohydrates in goji berries are also complex carbs. This means your blood sugar will raise slowly, reducing your risk of a sugar crash afterwards. Studies have shown that consuming 2 servings of goji berries daily helps balance levels of glucose and insulin in the blood. The same study linked goji berries with better levels of HDL (beneficial cholesterol) in diabetics.
Goji berries have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and can help reduce joint pain and skin conditions such as eczema/redness. They are excellent to promote overall health and are a great choice for people who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or heart disease.
Glowing Skin and Bright Eyes
As far as beauty goes, goji is known to help rebuild skin cells and reduce fine lines. They improve skin elasticity, and are known as a “fountain of youth” for your skin.
The powerful antioxidant properties are particular excellent for the health of your eyes. The antioxidant zeaxanthin is known to reduce the damaging effects of UV light and protect against glaucoma and age-related deterioration of the vision.
Protect against Cancer
High levels of antioxidants, including vitamin C, zeaxanthin, and carotenoids, are responsible for fighting cancer cells. Antioxidants slow tumor growth, reduce inflammation, and help to remove harmful substances from the body.
Research on mice, reported in the journal Drug Design, Development and Therapy, finds goji berries may inhibit tumor growth and boost the effectiveness of cancer treatments.
Chinese Herbal Therapy
Goji berries have been used for thousands of years as one of the herbal medicine tools to improve health and treat disease. In the Chinese medical paradigm, they are known as Gou Qi Zi and are used to nourish the liver and kidney yin to treat sore low back, infertility, hair loss, and dry skin. They nourish the blood to alleviate menstrual complaints and reduce anxiety and insomnia. They are used for many conditions of the eye including blurry vision, dry eyes, and vision loss. Gou Qi Zi is also used to moisten the lungs for dry cough.
Acu-Na Wellness Center carries Goji Berries as part of our extensive Chinese herbal pharmacy, and includes them in many of our customized herbal blends created just for our patients. If you’ve been curious about our holistic herbal consultations, we highly recommend trying it out for yourself and receive your custom formula tailored to your individual health goals. Our herbalists are extensively trained in creating formulas to address a variety of symptoms and underlying conditions to improve long-term health and resolve your complaints.