Staying young without getting old, health, vitality and libido for life. We all want them – and today we tell you about a super fruit, that can help you maintain youth and health for many years: It is the GOJI fruit.
Also called the fruit of longevity, Goji is a treasure of Tibet, the area known more because of the Dalai Lama, and also because of the high peaks of the Himalayas, where Goji has been cultivated for over 2500 years and where it is no longer unusual for a man to live over 100 years. The locals there consume them dry or in the form of juice / tea and it is not by chance that the number of people in Tibet over 100 years old is 16 times higher than in any other area of the world. The rich content of vitamins, minerals, polysaccharides, amino acids, essential oils and other elements, make this fruit a real treasure for health.
History, stories and legends about Goji
Goji fruits grow on shrubs that spread just like vines when kept in the shade. They have colors from light yellow, to dark orange or even red. Dried Gojis are the size of raisins and can be stretched. According to estimates, there are 85 species of Goji in Asia and 15 species in Central and North America.
Given the exceptional nutritional value of Goji fruits, their splendid red-orange color and their delicious taste, the Chinese, Mongols and Tibetans have cultivated this amazing plant for at least 5000 years. To be stored better, fruits are most often dried until they have a texture similar to raisins.
Legends talk about Goji since 800 AD, the best known story is about the fountain near a bush with Goji fruit. The Tibetan monks who drank the water from this well were the first to notice its amazing effects on the body and understood that the Goji fruits that fell in that water were responsible for these properties.
Another legend talks about a Chinese man named Li Qing Yuen, who says he lived 252 years, eating Goji fruit daily, practicing Taoist yoga. Li Qing Yuen’s life is the best documented case of extreme longevity known. Moreover, his story led to the popularization of these fruits and ginseng (another food he consumed daily).
Goji fruits, also called “wolf berry”, are probably the fruits of the type berries similar to blueberries, raspberries, currants. They are rich in nutrients. Their taste is delicious and their composition is very balanced, and suitable for almost all body types, blood groups and metabolic categories. Goji is a complete source of protein and contains 19 different amino acids, including all eight essential amino acids (including phenylalanine that stimulates the adrenal glands and tryptophan that stimulates serotonin secretion). Goji fruits can contain up to 21 trace elements, the most important being zinc, iron, copper, germanium (anti-carcinogen, rarely found in foods), calcium, selenium and phosphorus, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E.
Depending on the variety or growing conditions, ripe Goji fruits can contain about 11 milligrams of iron, apart from beta-sitosterol (an anti-inflammatory), linoleic acid (a essential fatty acid), different seschiterpenoids with anti-aging effect (ciperone, solavetiona), betaine that cures the liver and terpenoids with antioxidant value (zeaxanthin, philazine). Goji fruits have the highest content of antioxidants in the world (for example, they contain 2-4 times more antioxidants than blueberries).
Goji berries and HGH
As we age, our body produces an increasingly smaller amount of Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Scientists have established that there is a connection between the reduction of HGH production and the symptoms of aging. Goji fruits are the only known food that stimulates the human body to naturally produce a greater amount of HGH. That is why they can be considered the best superfood in the world with anti-aging properties.
In addition, goji has the highest beta-carotene content of all known fruits and vegetables, which means an extremely high antioxidant power.
They also contain important quantities of long-chain sugars known as polysaccharides (31% by weight of fruit), four of them being unregulated in any other food and having an important role in strengthening the immune system, reducing inflammation and preventing tumor formation. .
Health benefits of Goji fruits
Longevity and health hormones – the great nutritionist Michio Kushi used to say “eat according to your purpose”. If one of your goals is to cultivate your vitality and longevity, you should consume Goji fruit as often as possible. They increase longevity through their content rich in seschiterpenoids. These substances have recognized anti-inflammatory properties. They stimulate the pituitary and pineal glands, thus increasing the production of growth hormone.
Improved libido and sexual function – Decreased libido in both sexes may be associated with decreased testosterone production.
Goji fruits stimulate growth hormone production, which influences the production of all other hormones, including testosterone. In Asia, Goji fruits are traditionally considered a very strong sexual tonic. Moreover, they represent a general tonic, which improves the vitality as a whole, good mood and well-being, reducing the impact of stress on our body.
Improving vision – Goji fruits contain two key antioxidants for healthy vision – theaxanthin and lutein. Significant concentration of the two antioxidants protects the eyes from the most common causes of vision deterioration associated with aging, including macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy.
Stimulating the immune system – Goji fruits are not a rich source of three main components that stimulate the immune system: polysaccharides, beta-carotene and the mineral called germanium.
Goji polysaccharides (LBP1, LBP2, LBP3, LBP4), which are an integral part of the carbohydrate group, are renowned worldwide for their ability to stimulate the body’s immune system and protect cells from genetic mutations.
Beta-carotene stimulates the thymus and amplifies the action of interferon, which plays an essential role in protecting the body from viral infections.
Germanium is a mineral with renowned anti-carcinogenic properties. Japanese studies show that organic germanium effectively treats cervical, liver, lung, testicular and uterine cancers. Like beta-carotene, it stimulates interferon production.
Antioxidants – the richest natural source of antioxidant carotenoids (such as beta-carotene, which they contain in a larger proportion than carrots), which plays a role in protecting DNA from damage caused by free radicals and radiation, responsible for the occurrence to all imaginable diseases and accelerating the aging process.
Sustaining the brain and neurological health – Goji fruits help the body in the production of choline, an essential nutrient that fights free radical damage associated with neurological degeneration and Alzheimer’s disease.
Sustaining the health of the cardiovascular system – Goji fruits prevent the narrowing of the arteries that carry oxygen and nutrients to the cells of the body and also have the ability to fight one of the main factors that generate heart disease: oxidized cholesterol.
Sustaining the health of vital organs – Goji fruits are an adaptogenic tonic, which means that they maintain the health of our vital organs by balancing blood sugar and improving the functions of the liver, digestive system and skin. There are several types of phytonutrients that improve the liver’s ability to detoxify and ward off the carcinogen and hepatitis virus.
How to use Goji fruits
To have beneficial effects on the body, the recommended dose is between 10-30 grams of goji fruits per day (2-3 tablespoons).
It is recommended to consume in the morning on an empty stomach, the whole amount. They can be soaked in water and rehydrated. The water used should not be discarded in the end, as it has excellent hydration effects and is an excellent base for the soup. Just as well you can prepare a tea exclusively from Goji fruit (30 gr fruit in 300 ml of water), by consuming it, enjoying the beneficial effects of polysaccharides from Goji, which easily dissolve in hot water.
The dried Goji fruits should be stored in bags or in dry and sealable containers. If kept outdoors, they absorb a great deal of moisture.