The ultimate superfood
What is Goji?
We truly believe that the Goji plant is a gift to humanity from mother nature! It's a viney shrub producing delicious red berries, that is native to Tibet, China, Nepal, and Mongolia, which has been used for over 2000 years in their traditional medicines, but also in cuisine, a trend recently gaining popularity in the western countries.
The two main varieties of the Goji plant are "Lycium barbarum" and "Lycium chinense", although over 70 different species are known throughout the world, many of them native to Europe. It belongs to the nightshade family (Solanaceae) which includes tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and potatoes. The berries have a mild sweet and sour taste, kind of a mixture between cherries and cranberries.
Goji berries are used in the Traditional Chinese Medicine for alleviating mineral deficiency, combating heat distress, dispelling wind, enhancing eyesight, to treat the liver, the kidneys, hypertension, lower back problems and to boost fertility.
Goji berries have been used in Traditional Tibetan Medicine as well, in many healing formulas for thousands of years, to threat hot and cold disease due to their neutral and sweet energetic properties. It has also been used to bring tonic and immune building strength to formulas in which they are used in combination with other botanicals.
Goji berries are packed with many different antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, phenolic compounds, flavonoids, mono- and polysaccharides, amino acids and unsaturated fatty acids.
One can immediately see why Goji berries have earned their reputation as a superfood, with qualities unmatched by any other fruits that are available on the market.
In the eastern traditional medicine every part of the plant is used for it's different medicinal properties, including the leaves, the buds, the roots and of course the berries.
L. barbarum and L chinense leaves have been widely used as functional tea, medicinal vegetables, and herbal drugs in the traditional medicines of Tibet and China and they believe that the Goji leaves facilitate several biological activities in enhancing immunity, clearing away blockages, relieving rheumatic pains, combating heat distress, dispelling wind, helping saliva secretion, helping digestion and bowel movements.
The latest studies on Goji leaves were done by Andrei Mocan PhD and his colleagues in Basel, Switzerland and Hamburg, Germany, supported by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU).
Two of the predominant compounds in Goji leaves are Chlorogenic acid and Rutin, which are compounds intensively researched lately by scientist around the world, mainly for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities.
How are Goji leaves used?
Goji leaves can be used in many forms such as tea, tincture, capsules or in powder form as a smoothie booster.
Goji berries have been classified as a superfood and they contain:
Goji berries are a rich source of plant based proteins (10g of proteins/100g of Goji berries), fibers (16g of fiber/100g of Goji berries) and complex carbohydrates (57g/100g).
How is Goji Used?
Goji berries can be eaten raw or cooked. It can also be used in liquid, powder or dried form.
We grow organic Goji berries that are used to produce tea, tinctures, juice, jam, dried berries, capsules and powders. Our Goji berry powders can be used in smoothies, milkshakes, while the freeze dried Goji berries which are rehydratable (!!) can be eaten raw or be used in cooking and baking, together with the Goji jam.
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