The Goji Berry Story
The Goji Berry has been cited as “quite possibly the most nutritionally dense food
on earth”! It has been praised and used in Asian medicine for centuries as a healing
plant that exhibits amazing properties.
Goji Berries have been traditionally regarded as longevity, strength building,
and sexual potency food.
There are over 40 different varieties of Goji Berries found throughout the world.
With such diversity the potency of the berry can vary greatly. The Himalayan or
Tibetan berry is noted for purity and grown wild in ancient soils free of pollutants
or pesticides. Referenced in ancient Asian medical texts and known
by the Latin term lyceum barbarum, the Tibetan berry is considered by experts to
be the most potent Goji Berry on the planet! A popular Tibetan axiom states, “Eating
Goji Berry in the morning will make one happy for the entire day” and having a cumulative
effect, eventually, one will not be able to stop smiling!
Asians have also traditionally used Goji Berries as a flavor topping on cooked or cold
cereals, added to trail mixes, rice, soups, baked goods, teas, or eaten as a delicacy.
The Goji Berry is the highest rated antioxidant (ORAC) food in the world based on
the ORAC Chart of Fruits, Vegetables and Essential Oils. They have 500 times more
vitamin C than oranges or any other comparable fruit, in short, these berries are
becoming famous as an antioxidant.
The Power of ORAC plus Goji Berry Nutrition
- High ORAC food that can raise the antioxidant power of human blood 10 – 25%.
- The richest and most complete spectrum of antioxidant carotenoids of all known food
with more beta carotene than carrots, vitamin A, and zeaxanthin (protects the eyes).
- B-complex vitamins (for converting food into energy).
- Vitamin C (500 times more per ounce than found in oranges).
- Vitamin E (very rarely found in fruits, usually only found in grains, seeds, and
- Excellent source of selenium and germanium (used in a number of clinical trials
involving cancer patients).
- 21 trace minerals (including germanium – rarely found in foods).
- Linoleic-acid (found to lower body fat, support increases in lean body mass, and
enhance immune function).
- In Oriental medicine, the Goji Berry is said to correct “chi deficiencies” such
as low energy, insomnia, heart palpitations, and anxiety.
- Polysaccharides (which fortify the immune system) including a powerful anti-aging
agent which stimulates the secretion of rejuvenative human growth hormones by the
- 18 amino acids (the building blocks of protein) including all eight that are essential
- More protein than whole wheat (13% more), the Goji Berry displays an insulin-like
action that is effective in fat decomposition.
- Beta-sitosterol (an anti-inflammatory agent known to lower cholesterol and used
to treat sexual impotence and prostate enlargement).
- Essential fatty acids (which are required for the body’s production of hormones
and for the smooth functioning of the brain and nervous system).
- Cyperone (benefits the heart and blood pressure, alleviates menstrual discomfort,
and has been used in the treatment of cervical cancer).
- Solavetivone (a powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial compound).
- Physalein (natural compound that is active against all major types of leukemia,
with broad-spectrum anti-cancer effect, and is often used as a treatment for hepatitis
- Betaine (helps reduce levels of homocysteine a prime risk factor in heart disease;
and protects cellular DNA.
What are Goji Berries?
Where do Goji Berries come from?
What are the ORAC values of Goji Berries?
The Tibetan Goji Berries and Chinese wolfberry are members of the Solanaceae plant family,
the genus of both berries is Lycium. A noted nutritionist, Paul Brelin, has written
that the Goji and wolfberry are the “most nutritionally dense food on Earth.”
“Goji is the colloquial name given by the indigenous Tibetan and Mongolian people
of the region” (Tanaduk Botanical Research Institute of Tibet),
The original ORAC assay (analysis) method uses several substances to analyze the
antioxidant potential of a food, like Goji Berries, usually comparing foods by weight