Thursday, December 13, 2007

Goji: Health Elixir or Pricey Juice?

It has been almost 500 years since Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León went in search of the mythical Fountain of Youth.

Although Ponce de León never found what he was looking for, the human quest for longevity continued.

Now nutritionist Earl Mindell, author of the bestselling book "The New Vitamin Bible," believes he has discovered an anti-aging secret in the juice of a tiny, red berry called goji.

"I have never seen anything like this," Mindell said.

Despite the fact that goji has only been tested on humans in one published study, a simple Internet search reveals hundreds of websites selling goji juice, dried goji berries and even goji plants.

Goji is now available in products on your supermarket shelves and has recently become the subject of some experimental cancer treatments. But does it work?

'We Are A Sick Nation'

Mindell said he learned about the medicinal properties of goji, also known as Lycium Barbarum, from an Asian healer he met on a visit to the Himalayan Mountains in 1996.

For more than 6,000 years, herbalists in China, Tibet and India have used goji because they believe it helps them regulate their blood pressure, prevent cancer, balance blood sugar levels and protect their body from premature aging, he said.

"In that part of the world it is not unusual for people to live to be 100 years old," Mindell said.

In Bapan Village, a remote town in Bama County of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China, seven of its 515 residents are centenarians, according to China's 2000 census -- that's 1.4 percent of the population. As comparison, only about two-hundredths of a percent of Americans become centenarians, according to Census figures.

"We're not dying of old age in this country, we're dying of degenerative diseases," Mindell said. "Wake up America: We are a sick nation."

Costs $50 a Bottle

In an effort to help Americans "look and feel 20 years younger," Mindell said he teamed up with nutrition supplement company Freelife International to produce his own Himalayan Goji Juice.


Gojiberries said...

Thanks for the information on this blog! I find it very nice and help full! hopefully soon have updates .The Goji Berries is so full of nutrients that it must be one of its kinds in the world. Himilayan Goji Juice is a wonderful drink that takes care of your overall health and makes you feel energetic and full of life.

Gojiberries said...

Thanks I'll bear it in mind. The presentation is very nice. I was convinced to use Goji Health Juice. The only thing is that one needs a guide, but nowadays it is not a problem at all. I've already found two.

Gojiberries said...

I hope they can help me with my problem. I have a Health problem . Im using Goji Health Juice Berry Juice and other products right now. So great to read a blog like this.
Thanks for sharing!