Goji: Nature's Wonder
What Is Goji?
There is a lot of talk about goji berries in the market today, which makes one wonder about what this so-called miracle fruit really is. The goji berries come from a vine-like plant that can sometimes reach 15-20 feet in height. This is commonly found in the Ningxia Province in China. Many people describe the goji berry plant as a mix between a grape vine, and a tomato creeper.
Legend has it that in about 800 AD, during China’s Tang Dynasty, some unidentified berries were found growing on a vine near a well next to a Tibetan Buddhist temple in the Himalayas. As time passed, these goji berries dropped off the vine and into the well. The monks who drank the water were exceptionally long-lived and healthy.
Goji (Lycium Barbarum) is basically an Asian (from Tibet and Mongolia) plant with the purple-blue colored flowers and attractive red mildly sweet fruits that grows about 8 feet to 10 feet tall in the Himalayan region. A goji plant starts from a tiny goji seed, which is black in color and smaller than the seeds of tomatoes. The goji seed has earned an outstanding demand all over the world due to the fact that the high degree of nutritional value of goji plants or fruits have some extremely favorable effects on one’s health.
A goji drink is made from the red berries of the goji plant found in the Himalayan countries of Asia and it is a natural, beneficial drink that provides the body with many healthy ingredients.
Benefits Of Goji
Only recently has the Western world discovered another gift from the Himalayan Region. This gift is the goji plant. To fully understand and appreciate the goji plant it is important to know the basic facts regarding this plant and the possible health benefits associated with the plant.
There are many benefits that the goji berry gifts the human race with, the best of which is that it claims to reverse the aging process to a great extent. There are only two pre-requisites for this purpose – (i) it should be taken daily, and (ii) it should be taken in the raw form.
Goji berries are like a boon from God for human beings. When these berries are consumed regularly, they are found to increase longevity and promote excellent health. It reduces the craving for sugar for the diabetics thereby improving their control-capacity and stabilizing the sugar levels in hypoglycemic people.
More goji juice health benefits include relieving menstrual discomfort and even enhance immune function since it builds strong blood paramount to fighting off disease and infection. It also is kind to your appearance as it makes you feel younger and can also make you look younger. The goji juice health benefits even include antioxidant protection that makes great health sense.
Some other interesting information on goji juice is that there are four polysaccharides unique to goji juice, which is any of a class of carbohydrates, such as starch and cellulose, consisting of a number of monosaccharides joined by glycosidic bonds. These can be very good to you so if your goji juice contains these you have even more of a benefit in drinking it.
Over 60 health studies have been conducted thus far on the benefits of the goji fruit. The results of these studies show positive and strong results indicating various health benefits to those whose daily diet consists of ingesting the goji fruit.
What the researchers are finding, in controlled clinical studies, is astonishing. If the healing power and life extending properties of goji juice hold up to scientific scrutiny
and can be replicated and validated, diseases such as cancer, tuberculosis, immune deficiencies, heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, insomnia and more will take a dramatic turn for the better.
Where Can I Find Out More About Goji?
Currently, the best place to learn about goji and try it for yourself is through websites. Just enter the word in your search engine, and you’ll be taken to dozens of sites that offer books, newsletters, and all forms of goji products. Some retailers even offer money-back guarantees if you don’t achieve beneficial results.
It never hurts to keep in mind all of the nutrients in goji juice. Sometimes a particular medication or a particular medical condition can lead to an increased need for certain nutrients. If those same nutrients are found in goji berries, then a drink of goji juice could help this person significantly.
About the Author: David McFarlane is a proud contributing author and writes articles on goji. You can visit his site at http://www.goji-world.com