mom. Organic Gardening. April 07th , 2018.
Goji berry has been widely used as a health supplement in Western countries since a decade ago. Marketed as organic Goji berry plants, they actually belong to the Solanaceae family. The family also includes potato, tomato, eggplant, chili, pepper and tobacco. The benefits of Goji berry for human body became phenomenon among Western people only recently, but the plants actually have long been used for culinary and medicinal ingredients for centuries in China. In China, the plant is known as wolfberry, and has been quoted in literature it has been used for herbal medicine since 7th century.
Beside grown in several parts of China, Goji berry plants also can be found in the Himalayas, particularly in Tibet. Many farmers plant Goji berry using organic way and even they claim their products have been certified by Chinese Government as organically-grown products. To have the Goji berry officially been certified by legal authority is helping the farmers in producing and marketing their fruits as great food supplements that benefit human health.
Goji berry offers great benefit to human health as it contains many important nutrients such as carbohydrates proteins, vitamins, fats, dietary fibers, and amino acids. The fruit used as main ingredient in many types of health supplement like creams, juices, capsules, and bars. The fruit can also be purchased in other forms like dried fruit product; they appear like red raisins. The dried fruit tastes slightly more sweet and soury with a little bit of tangy flavour. The fruit can also used raw as ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine for like thousands of years, thats why the Organic cultivation of the fruit is encouraged within the country.
Nowadays, the original health advantages offered by Goji berry have been increased further by food supplement companies. The magical fruit claims can protect the liver, improve the fertility as well as sexual function, boost the immune system, improve blood circulation and also promote longevity of its consumers. The berry can also improve physical performance as it can increase stamina and strengthen the legs, as claimed by the companies. Some companies claim the fruit products can prevent eyesight deterioration related to age, relieve pains caused by menstruation, reduce the level of cholesterol and help treating cancer and hepatitis.
To support the claims, the food supplement companies often cited health studies in their promotional literature. For example, a health study conducted in 1994 that is included in the Chinese Journal of Oncology. The study said that there were 79 cancer patients responded better to their health treatment when their medical were added with Goji products. Other evidences include the study that the berry-extracts contain a lot of anti-oxidants that is important to stop the growth of cancer cell and another study that claim the fruit can reduce blood glucose.
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