Goji Berries (Gou Qi Zi)
Goji berries are a red fruit produced by the wolfberry plant, native to China. All of the plants fruits, leaves, flowers and even the root bark are used and treasured as a superior food. Goji berries have been regarded as an anti-aging herb and eyesight-improving medicine in China.
They have a mild sweet and sour taste and are slightly tart. In TICM goji berries enter the meridians of the Liver, Kidney, and Lung as the taste correspond with the organ activated.
Goji berries have long been used to treat the deficiency of Liver and kidney, light headed, blurred vision, soreness and weakness of waist and knees, erectile dysfunction, consumptive cough, extreme thirst and the damage of one's essence.
Goji berries contain notable amounts of vitamin c, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, selenium and protein.
Even though goji berries have been used for thousands of years, they are now being marketed as a superfood and it's wonderful that more people have been exposed to this amazing berry and all of its benefits. When buying your berries, you will find higher quality dried goji berries are soft rather than crunchy.
Now western medicine has backed the following benefits:
Stabilises blood sugar.
Promotes healthy skin.
Prevents liver damage.
Protects against cancer.
Provides support for the eyes.
Provides immune system support.
Improves depression, anxiety, and sleep.
How to take:
Handful every few days.
Put about 8-10 in a mug of hot water and enjoy a tea. You can add honey dates or other herbs such as Huang Qi to boost immune function, energy and Blood.
Add to soups, broths, congees.