Goji Berry (Lycium barbarum)-
Goji berry also known as the Wolfberry, is a type of fruit that grows on an evergreen shrub native to China, Mongolia, and the Tibetan Himalayas.
In traditional Chinese Practice (TCM) the Goji berry has been used for more than 2000 years and is referenced as a superior herb in the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing in 200 BC, which is a compendium of the knowledge of the Chinese emperor Shen Nong, where it is said to have remarkable benefits and to be harmless to humans. In Li Shi-Zhen’s sixteenth century Compendium of Materia Medica Goji Berries are considered beneficial for strength, fitness, and longevity. In current day China, the China State Food and Drug Administration considers Goji Berry a functional food.
Modern science indicates that its benefits, long known to the Chinese, are indeed the result of the presence and combination of several biologically active molecules and has naturally occurring vitamin C, zeaxanthin, lutein, betaine, and compounds known as Lycium barbarum polysaccharides.
Today it is frequently consumed as a food, goji berries are slightly tart and sweet and can be eaten dried, raw, or cooked. The whole, dried berries have a similar shape and texture as raisins. They can be added to oatmeal, trail mix, salads, and beverages such as tea and smoothies and are also available in juice or powder form.
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