Friday, December 14, 2007

Goji Berries - What Are They

The Goji Berry is sometimes referred to as the Wolfberry or it's Latin name - Lycium Barbarum. They are an exotic berry superfood that contain huge amounts of nutrients and antioxidants. Goji Berries originated mainly from Tibet, China and other Himalayan regions.

Goji Berries have been used for their healing and medical properties for centuries in many parts of the Far East. They have been very popular in Asia but it’s only recently that they have started to become more widely known and consumed in Europe and North America.

Goji Berries contain more vitamin C than other fruits like Acerola cherries and oranges. They also contain more antioxidants than any other known food even including Acai berries that are one of the most popular superfoods after Goji Berries. Grown in the pristine unpolluted valleys of the Himalayan Mountains, the Goji Berry is one of the most nutrient rich foods ever to be found.

Also in recent years (particularly in the US and Canada) there has been a huge rise in the popularity of Goji Juice and various other Goji drinks.

Goji Juice has also been used to good effect in some medical experiments but not much has been documented properly as of yet. However, the Chinese Journal of Oncology in 1994 published a study that found that 79 out of 100 people responded better to cancer treatment whilst taking Goji.

It’s important that you get your Goji Juice and Goji Berries from the Himalayan regions as the berries have a spectral signature depending upon where they are grown. This makes sure the berries contain the four unique polysaccharides that are thought to be the key to the amazing health benefits that the Goji Berry provides.

People from all walks of life are now deciding to include Goji Berries and Goji Juice in their daily food regime because of their nutritional qualities.

This article was written by Arthur Martin who has been an expert on health foods in general, and has owned a health food shop for several years. He has now become one of the leading distributors of Goji Berries in the UK.

For some of the best information about Goji Berries and some interesting research videos into health benefits of goji berries you can visit his website.

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