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The Wonders of Organic Goji Berries
They have been well documented in Chinese medical texts, notably in the physicians handbook (Ben Cao Gang Mu recorded during the Ming Dynasty 1368-1644 A.
) in which he describes the effects of eating the Goji berry as most beneficial.
He wrote "Taking in Chinese Wolfberry / Goji Berry regularly may regulate the flow of vital energy and strengthen the physique, which can lead to longevity.
" History aside, these berries that have only relatively recently come into the mainstream in western societies have incredible nutritional value.
They simply don't compare with any other plants that we know of.
For a start they contain 18 kinds of amino acids.
Amino acids play a central role as both the building blocks of proteins and as intermediates in metabolism.
That alone does not sound so amazing until you realize that there are only 20 amino acids.
So here is a food that has 18 out of the 20 amino acids found in proteins.
Even our own bodies only produce 10 out of the 20 amino acids.
Furthermore failure to get enough of even 1 of the 10 amino acids that the human body does not produce can result in degradation of the body's protein resulting in muscle breakdown.
Goji berries contain all 8 essential Amino acids! Unlike other food substances that we eat the body does not store the amino acids we need so regular intake of the needed amino acids is vital to maintaining good health.
And as if that wasn't enough they also contain 21 trace minerals, most notably zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus.
Zinc is essential for the human body and is said to be essential to the synthesis of DNA and protein and cell division.
Iron is also an essential part of our diet and is needed to transport oxygen in our blood.
Geranium is a very interesting trace mineral.
Its health benefits have again only recently come to light, and early research shows some very promising finds.
One important discovery is that germanium has been shown to boost the immune systems response in cancer patients, clinical trials are now underway to understand the benefits of germanium further.
Goji berries, apart from the 18 amino acids and 21 trace minerals also contain antioxidant carotenoids, including beta-carotene and zeaxanthin.
In fact Goji berries have the highest levels of carotenoids of all plants known.
By Weight they contain 500 times more vitamin C than oranges, giving them the second highest level of vitamin C in all plants that we know of.
Goji Berries also the vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E.
As you can see the benefits of these berries seem amazing and indeed they are.
It would take a whole book to go through the finer points of the goodness contained within Goji berries, one of natures true wonders.