English Name: Goji Berry
Botanical Name: Lycium barbarum
DESCRIPTION: The Goji berry is a sweet, edible berry that is high in antioxidants. It is often sold in a dried form, but also found in the juice form.
ORIGIN: Goji berries have been used in Tibet for at least 1,700 years Tibetan medicine includes Goji berries to their medicines used to treat diseases like: kindney and liver problems, blood pressure, blood clensing, eye problems etc.
Many of the people in some areas of Tibet and elsewhere who regularly eat the berries are known to commonly live to be over 100years old with no health problems.
Legend has it that Goji berries were discovered by a doctor during his study of an ancient society living in the rremote region of the Himalayas. He found some members that lived for long in the society for 100 years or more, had no grey hair, and never lost their teeth.
Later he discovered that all these centenaries lived near certain water wells over which goji berries vines were he discovered that some dropped into the water which made those who drank it robustly healthy and lived to a ripe old age.
NATURAL BENEFITS: Many people who eat goji berries are said to live for over 100 years with no health challenges because goji berries are said to improve eye sight, mood enhancement, improvement in energy level, better sleeping habits, stronger immune function.
USES: Eaten and made into desserts, added to smoothies, made into juice, wine or cooked as herbal tea.