Originally published April 2 2008
Studies Show Goji Berries Are Among the Most Nutritious Foods on the Planet
by Sheryl Walters
(NaturalNews) People in the valleys of Tibet and Mongolia cherish the Goji Berry. In fact, they honor it in celebrations that last two weeks each year. But it comes as no surprise, as it is believed this berry is what gives them their disease-free lives that often last for more than 100 years. People in the Ninxia region of Northern China have 16 times more centenarians than people in the rest of the country. According to Chinese legend, a man that ate Goji soup lived to be 252.
Researchers began studying Goji Berries expecting to find similar results to other fruits. However, vitamin, mineral and nutrient analysis revealed that the Goji Berry is one of the most nutritionally rich foods on planet!
In 1988, the Beijing Nutrition Research Institute conducted detailed chemical analysis and nutritional composition studies of the Goji Berry. They discovered that it is packed with an incredible range of vitamins, minerals, protein, amino acids, essential fats, and health enhancing phytonutrients.
Protect Your DNA With Goji Berries
Without constant protection, our DNA can be damaged by anything from toxins to bad food to normal daily activities. This damage leaves our body vulnerable to any imaginable illness and premature aging.
This protection comes in the form of antioxidants, and the research has shown that the goji berry is loaded with age defying, disease preventing antioxidants. Its ORAC value (the value a food is given for its protective potency) is far higher than blueberries, pomegranates, oranges, or raspberries, all of which are powerful antioxidants themselves.
In Asia, goji berries are known as a strong sexual tonic. They increase testosterone levels, which stimulates libido in both men and women. Furthermore, they improve overall stamina, mood and wellbeing, all of which are vital for an optimum sex life.
There is an ancient Chinese proverb that states "He who travels one thousand kilometres from home should not eat Goji!"
An Increase in Energy
Goji berries help the body effectively deal with stress, emotional, physical, and environmental. They especially balance the adrenal glands, which tend to become exhausted through stress. Healthy adrenal glands and good stress coping is absolutely vital for maintaining energy and overall vibrance.
Promote Human Growth Hormone Production
The average 70 year old produces 10 times less HGH (Human Growth Hormone) than the average 20 year old. The goji berry's high levels of nutrients stimulate and support the production of this vital anti-aging hormone.
Balance Cholesterol and Lower Blood Pressure Naturally
The health enhancing properties in gojies guard against cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes by balancing cholesterol levels and lowering blood pressure.
The two most important nutrients for healthy vision are lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which are abundant in goji berries. Research in China has shown that goji berries can reduce damage to the retina.
About the authorSheryl is a kinesiologist, nutritionist and holistic practitioner.
Her website www.younglivingguide.com provides the latest research on preventing disease, looking naturally gorgeous, and feeling emotionally and physically fabulous. You can also find some of the most powerful super foods on the planet including raw chocolate, purple corn, and many others.
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