The Amazing Gogi Berry
By Mark James Gordon
Who would think that out of over 8,000 herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a great tasting little red berry would be number one. This of course is the Gogi Berry, also known as Lycium Fruit. In China they’re called Gao Qi Zi.
Gogi’s are a complete source of protein, which is rare for a fruit. They are the only food that increases HGH (Human Growth Hormone) naturally, and the richest source of cartenoids including beta-carotene of any plant. Gogi’s are a true superfood that millions eat everyday. They can be grown in any climate, and are easy to eat. I think they taste better than raisins.
Besides being physically strengthening overall, they boost the immune and cardiovascular systems, protect the liver, are anti-inflammatory, moisten the lungs, and help regulate sugar and cholesterol. Gogi’s are a powerful antioxidant, on the level of Acai and Pomegranate. They have been used for thousands of years as an anti-aging, beauty food and are known to improve memory and enhance your mood.
The eyes really benefit because Gogi’s are antioxidant rich, containing beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, beatine, polysaccharides, trace minerals, and vitamins (especially B and C.) You will notice how they moisten and brighten your eyes. I’ve noticed how colors are brighter and my night vision has improved noticeably.
In TCM, Jing is known as your life-essence and Gogi’s are an excellent Jing tonic herb. They nourish the Kidney complex which strengthens the legs and lower back, increases energy, and promotes the production of sexual essence and enhances sexual energy. Gogi’s are an adaptogen which means they intelligently regulate their effects to help your body reach it’s highest potential.
Fresh berries are 10 times more powerful than the dried ones so always buy the plumpest ones you can find.