The minerals & vitamins found in goji berries are sodium, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, vitamin C, carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, lutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin, polysaccharides, betaine & peptidoglycans.
The health benefits of goji berry include the control of diabetes, the lowering of cholesterol, free radical scavenging, cardiovascular protection, possible cancer control, protection of brain cells,can prevent cirrhosis & protect normal liver cell & skin protection from UV radiation.
It also helps in improving eyesight, general well-being & strengthening the immune system.
Goji Berries can strengthen the muscles & bones & prolong life.
Gojis contain the anti-oxidants in high concentrations & boast cancer fighting properties.
Goji Berries promote cardiovascular health by normalizing blood pressure & increase the production of white blood cells.
It dramatically reduces the levels of serum cholesterol & triglyceride, reduces & prevents arteriosclerosis & hypertension.
Goji berries are said to boost Human Growth Hormone (HGH) production, which helps to retain youthfulness. They are anti-inflammatory & stimulate the pituitary & pineal glands, increasing glandular production of HGH.
They help with choline production, as an essential brain, memory & nervous system nutrient that combats free radical damage linked to neurological degeneration & Alzheimer’s disease.
It improves brain function,enhances learning & memory capabilities.
The berry detoxifies the liver & guards against liver damage from carcinogens & hepatitis.
Goji berry can be used for deficiency of liver & kidney, light-headiness, blurred vision, soreness & weakness of waist & knees, ED (erectile dysfunction) & damage of essence, consumptive cough, extreme thirst.
Overdose might lead to a few adverse reactions like skin sensibility, epistaxis, fever.
TCM wise, it shouldn’t be used in cases of excess heat caused by exogenous pathogenic factors & spleen deficiency accompanied with dampness & diarrhea.
Caution is advised in people with bleeding disorders or taking drugs that may affect the risk of bleeding,with diabetes or low blood sugar & in those taking drugs, herbs, or supplements that affect blood sugar.
Caution is advised in people taking drugs or herbs & supplements that lower blood pressure.
Use cautiously in people undergoing radiation therapy. Goji may increase sensitivity to radiation.
Use cautiously in pregnant or breastfeeding women. Goji may stimulate the uterus.
Use cautiously in people who have skin conditions. Goji may cause skin reactions & sun sensitivity.
Goji consumption may cause nausea & vomiting.
Use cautiously in people who are allergic or sensitive to peach, tomatoes, tobacco & nuts.
Goji may interfere with the way the body processes certain drugs using the liver's cytochrome P450 enzyme system.
Drowsiness or sedation may occur.
Avoid in people who have asthma.
Avoid if allergic or sensitive to goji berries, root bark, roots, leaves, their parts, or to members of the Solanaceae family.
Avoid if allergic or sensitive to sulfites.
Goji in high doses may also cause fever, liver problems, or sleep problems.
Goji may also interact with agents that affect the immune system, agents toxic to the liver, agents that improve cognition, agents that treat heart disorders, antibiotics, anticancer agents, antidepressants, antifungals, antivirals, cholesterol-lowering agents, exercise agents,eye agents, hormonal agents, insulin preparations, interleukins, lung agents, osteoporosis agents, sedatives, skin agents & weight loss agents.
Eat 1-2 tbsp of berries every day.
You can add them into muesli,yogurt,porridge,salads,cakes,desserts or just eat as a trail snack.
Goji Berry Drink:
1/4 cup goji berries
2 cups pure water
Soak berries in water for 4 hours or overnight .
Blend in blender.
1/4 cup fresh blackberries, raspberries or blueberries can be added to the puree.
You can also add other fresh fruit such as apple, mango &/or banana.
Or soak the goji berries with dried dates or raisins. this will make the juice darker and sweeter.
Goji Berry Tea:
Take 15 berries, drop in a mug of hot water, let steep for 10 minutes or so & drink as a tea.
Keep refilling the mug 4-5 times through the day, using the same berries.
120 ml of goji juice can been taken daily for up to 30 days to improve cognition, enhance the immune system, improve vision & to improve well being,for weight loss.
Goji Mask for Youthful Skin:
Crush the berries & cover your face & neck for 10-60 min.Wash off with water.
Best to do it before the bedtime..
Add to sachets & incense to promote happiness & healing.
Use in cleansing rituals.