The Benefits of Goji Berry (Wolfberry)
The Goji Berry is a member of the Solanaceae family. Other edible plants include the common potato and tomato. They are a flowering shrub who’s flower blooms in the summer months and produces a red fruit about a centimeter in length and depending on size can have between 10 and 60 yellow seeds. China’s North Central and Western regions have the most prolific annual crop of the berry. In fact, the north central region, in 2006 was estimated to have 10 million Goji Berry plants alone.
The Goji Berry is often referred to as a super-food. It contains large amounts of antioxidants, has over 18 different amino acids and vitamins such as B1 and E. The fruit also yields more Beta carotene than carrots and is also known as an outstanding source of vitamin C. In addition, minerals such as iron, zinc, calcium, and phosphorus are also present. In all, the Goji Berry is one of the best overall anti-aging solutions in the world.
Goji Berry is now marketed commercially all over the world. As a food, dried wolfberries are traditionally cooked or soaked in water before consumption. . The Berry can be eaten as a sweet snack, in pill form, or blended with other berries in drinks such as smoothies or even cocktails. Historically, the berry has been ingested by the Chinese for thousands of years. There is one know Chinese company that makes Goji Berry beer and another that makes a wine. As well, there are some winemakers that blend Goji Berries with traditional wine making grapes. They are a common component to Chinese medicine. In fact it is currently a major component of Isagenix Ionix Supreme drink, the Goji Berry is the primary antioxidant in their proprietary Antioxident Complex.