5 Health Benefits of Tibetan Goji Berries
Envisage a completely natural organic food without any harmful side effects loaded with nutrients and powerful antioxidants, 18 Amino Acids, more Beta Carotene than carrots, 21 Trace Minerals, more Iron than spinach, 500 times more Vitamin C by weight than oranges, 13% protein and many other vitamins and minerals including Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamins B1, B2, B6, and Vitamin E. This nutritional powerhouse is the Tibetan Goji Berry.
The Tibetan Goji berry (Lycium Eleganus) is considered to be the most potent of the many varieties of the botanical Lycium. It grows in the hills and valleys of Tibet and Mongolia untouched by pollution in extremely rich soil without chemicals or pesticides and has the highest nutrient content of all the 80 varieties of Lycium.
The various constituents of Goji Berries offer tremendous health benefits:
Flavanoids - They are extremely high in antioxidants and are essential for the absorption and utilization of other nutrients, especially vitamin C.
Polysaccharides - They fortify the immune system. Polysaccharides are very large, long-chain sugar molecules that are nourishment for macrophages (large white blood cells) in the walls of the intestines. The macrophages are then transported to other immune cells, setting off a chain of beneficial defensive events in our body. ORAC units (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity scale) is a measure of the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals. While 3000 units is considered a good standard for a healthy food, the Goji Berry is rated 25,300 units!
Essential fatty acids - They are essential for the production of hormones and for smooth functioning of the brain and nervous system.
Carotenoids - natural fat-soluble pigments that play a critical role in vitamin A activity in human beings.
Some of the traditional health properties of the Goji berry are its ability to improve vision and to benefit skin complexion. It has been recently also found useful for burns, ulcers, bedsores and frostbite, for dietary control of diabetes and for countering the toxic side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
These delicious berries are very widely consumed in Mongolia and Tibet. Their consumption is traditionally believed to lead to a long, vigorous and happy life. These red berries are cherished and revered by the natives with celebrations that last for two weeks every year. Goji Berries have been used since ages in Tibet and throughout the Himalayas and are known to have no harmful side effects.
The Goji Berry is also known as the happy berry as it creates a sense of well-being and optimism. So eat your way through a long, happy and healthy life full of vigor and vitality with the Goji Berry and also get a yummy treat in the process!
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