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[June 2018] Helping Restore Youthful Vitality to the Body:Goji Berries
Date 06-25-2018 13:41 Hit225
Helping Restore Youthful Vitality to the Body: Goji Berries

Qin Shi Huang of the ancient Qin Empire in China used to snack on goji berries daily in the hopes of achieving immortality. A source of powerful antioxidants, goji berries have been consumed in Asia since the ancient times for their taste and medicinal properties. There are innumerable historical anecdotes involving these berries. For example, there is the tale of a Chinese officer from an unspecified period who once saw a little girl rebuking an old man harshly. The official approached the girl and asked how she could act so impolite toward an elder. The girl said she was indeed 300 years old, and the old man she was rebuking was her great-grandson. The girl explained that her family had safeguarded longevity over the generations by eating goji berries and that she was reproaching her great-grandson for refusing to eat them.

Health Benefits of Goji Berries

Almost all parts of the goji tree—including the roots, barks, young leaves, and berries—are used in traditional herbal medicine. The berries ripen into red in late September through mid-October. Goji berries boast of multiple health benefits but are particularly popular in summer for their effect on relieving fatigue and boosting energy.

1. Strengthens the liver.
Traditional herbal medicine has favored goji berries for their effect on strengthening the liver and improving vision, and have been traditionally prescribed to relieve fatigue and treat liver diseases. Betaine, found in abundance in goji berries, prevents fat buildup in the liver and restores liver damage.

2. Improves vision.
Beta-carotene found in goji berries is a key element that forms the human eyes. The compound is converted into vitamin A in the body. Goji berries protect the eyes against dryness and aging and also improves vision. Goji berries effectively prevent dry eyes, night blindness, and cataracts.

3. Delays aging.
Goji berries, known as a superfood with lots of antioxidants, contain 500 times more vitamin C than oranges. Vitamin C delays cellular aging, prevents block spots and freckles, improves wrinkles, and helps with preventing hair loss.

4. Boosts stamina.
Goji berries have been used in traditional medicine to treat various symptoms involving the genitalia as well as loss of energy. Eating goji berries regularly boosts stamina, reenergizes the body, and tones one’s loins and legs.

How to Eat Goji Berries

Goji berries can be consumed in their ripe freshness, as well as dried and powdered. They are also popularly used to make wines and tea in Korea.

Goji berry tea

Goji berries contain tannin, which helps with the discharge of heavy metals and toxins from the body. Tannin, a water-soluble compound, works better when consumed as a tea. You can make goji berry tea ahead and keep it cool in the fridge to enjoy it during hot summer days.

* How to make goji berry tea
Roast dried goji berries in a pan, without any oil added, for one to two minutes.  
Add 40 grams of roasted goji berries to one liter of water. Bring them to a boil and let them boil on high heat for 30 minutes. Lower the heat to medium for another hour of boiling. Lower the heat to lowest setting and boil for one last hour. (Goji berry pits contain beneficial compounds that are released after hours of boiling.)
Add sugar or honey to the tea to taste.

Goji berry wine

Use well-dried goji berries that are not too old when making goji berry wine. Avoid drinking in excess.

* How to make goji berry wine
Prepare 50 grams of goji berries, 50 grams of goji root barks, and 100 grams of sugar. Layer them upon one another in a jar.  
Add 1.8 liters of distilled rice wine (Korean soju). Let the mixture sit in a cool and shaded area for three to six months.
Remove the solid ingredients from the wine. Let it sit for another two to three months to deepen the flavor and aroma.