Saturday, June 9, 2007

Goji Benefits

Originating from one of the most remote, mountainous regions on earth, the Goji berry is most famously associated with extraordinary longevity. In places where the Goji berry is a dietary staple, life spans of over 100 years are fairly common.

The Goji berry’s nutritional profile is both unique and complex, leading to its reputation as one of the greatest nutritional plants on earth.

In all, there are reported to be 34 health benefits from the Goji berry. While many of these have been confirmed by rigorous scientific research, studies are still ongoing. However, we do know about some of the compounds behind these health claims. Goji contains the polysaccharide "Master Molecules" named LBP1, LBP2, LBP3, and LBP4. Goji contains the highest levels of these 4 molecules, plus all of the essential amino acids, high levels of several vitamins, and 21 trace minerals. Among the trace minerals found in Goji berries are some very uncommon trace nutrients such as germanium, rarely found in foods.

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