Friday, May 25, 2012

Goji Berries


Summer-harvested, vine-ripened Goji berries from the Ningxia Province in China!

Millions of people in Asia consume goji berries every day to increase vitality and preserve their youth. They have been a key herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years and serve as a staple food for one of the longest living populations in the world. Goji berries are almost always included in soups and broths as a tonic in Chinese home cooking, and were originally made famous by the Daoist master Li Ching-Yuen, who ate them every day to a ripe, old age of 252.

Goji berries are said to strengthen us at the core, thereby promoting increased endurance, strength, and sexual energy. In TCM, goji berries are classified as a supreme adaptogen. What does this mean? It means that goji berries are capable of working together intelligently with the body to restore balance wherever it’s needed. In this way, regular consumption of goji berries helps to create a smoother, more stress-free experience of life. 

We can tell you absolutely: Goji berries will make you smile! The Ningxia Province of China, where these goji berries are grown, is noted as having the highest number of centenarians in the country. Could goji berries be responsible for this incredible longevity? Here, in their indigenous terrain, the berries are vine-ripened, harvested in the summer months, and dehydrated at low temperatures for maximum nutrient preservation. Because of its highly mineralized soil, goji berries grown in this particular part of China are believed to be of superior nutritional quality. Indeed, only the Ningxia goji is included in the contemporary Chinese medical text, The Pharmacopoeia of the People’s Republic of China.

Goji berries have quickly become a favorite amongst guests and staff as a tasty addition to breakfast granola and chia porridge. Goji berries can also be blended into your morning smoothie as a whole-food sweetener, used as a garnish for your favorite desert recipe, or eaten as a nutritious, high-energy snack between meals. Dr. Cousins recommends eating a handful of goji berries every day. You might also like to experiment with adding goji berries to your herbal tea blends. They may be brewed alone for a slightly sweet, earthy flavor or mixed with other Chinese tonic herbs and superfoods for a supreme health blend.

I read this article in Dr. Gabriel Cousins newsletter and wanted to share it with you.
I love goji berries!! I combine them with cacao nibs and have a great snack either I put them in my smoothies. However you want to eat them, get some and try them out. They are a little pricey, but so worth it!!

Until next time,

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