The Goji Berry, known in English as Goji Berry, is known as a fruit for health and well-being. Just two centimeters long, elongated with coral color and a fruity-tart taste Goji berries are part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Also here in Germany, the fruit of the plant called common wolfberry is very popular. No wonder, because goji berries contain valuable vitamins and vital substances.
Use of goji berries
The fruits of the common wolfberry are especially popular, because they contain rich ingredients that are supposed to contribute to the promotion of health. The berries can be eaten fresh and raw after picking.
To ensure that all the valuable active ingredients of the goji berries are retained in the long term, they are then put on the sun for gentle drying after harvesting. The dried berries are then used in soups, cereals, sauces, but they can also be made into tea and juices.
But not only the fruits of the common buckthorn are processed into food, also the leaves, roots, barks and seeds.
Goji berries to strengthen the body's defenses
Goji berries are particularly fascinating for scientists and nutrition experts because they contain a high amount of various valuable ingredients. So too is a unique group of bioactive molecules, namely the Lycium Barabrum saccharides have been explored in Goji berries.
Furthermore, Goji berries are characterized by a high level of vitamin C, a vitamin B complex consisting of vitamins B1 and B2. There is also vitamin E.
The following ingredients could also be detected in Goji berries:
- 19 amino acids
- essential fatty acids
- 21 trace elements
Therefore, the mode of action of Goji berries should be versatile. Thus, in addition to health promotion, they are also valued above all in anti-aging cosmetics. The Goji berry has a cell-protective effect due to its antioxidant properties, so it may possibly slow down the aging process. The valuable Goji berry should be able to achieve even more positive effects.
Effect of goji berries on health
The Goji berry is used in the following areas around the health:
- to strengthen the immune system, due to high vitamin complex
- against stress and exhaustion
- In diabetes, beta-sisterol is said to lower blood fat
- against high blood pressure
- in heart disease
- with problems with the eyes
- to strengthen kidneys and liver
According to research results, a positive effect of goji berries on activity in the human brain can be seen. Because goji berries also seem to act as protection against amyloid peptides. These are among others responsible for the development of Alzheimer's. Possibly, the Goji berry can also have a positive effect on Alzheimer's, but this is still being researched.
Are Goji berries poisonous?
Every now and then it is to be read that goji berries are absolutely poisonous and therefore neither humans nor animals should be consumed. However, this thesis refers to a study from the 19th century and does not coincide with the current research results.
Origin of goji berries
The main cultivation area of Goji berries lies in the province Ningxia, in the north central China. There, in honor of the Gojji berries, a festival is celebrated every year in August at the end of the Gojji berry harvest.
The exact origin of goji berries is historically unknown, but it is believed that the plants of Goji berries from Central Asia to southern Europe arrived. However, it is clear that Goji berries nowadays grow around the globe on plants known as the Common wolfberry or Chinese wolfberry.