Wolfberry– Wolfberries, typically called Goji berries and sometimes called Chinese wolfberries or lycium berries, are edible berries two closely related species of boxthorn in the nightshade family, Solanaceae.
– Native to Asia.
Lycium barbarum/chinense (chi. : 枸杞子)
– Goji, goji berry or wolfberry is the fruit of Lycium barbarum (simplified Chinese: 宁夏枸杞; traditional Chinese: 寧夏枸杞; pinyin: Níngxià gǒuqǐ) and Lycium chinense (pinyin: gǒuqǐ), .
– Ancient Chinese medical practitioners used wolfberries to treat dry skin and dry cough, and to promote longevity and improve sexual desire.
– Current medical literature can’t back up the use of wolfberries as medicine, but these berries have nutritional value that can make them beneficial for your health
– Wolfberry Fruit ( gou qi zi ) has a sweet and neutral properties.
– A one-quarter-cup serving of dried wolfberries has 104 calories, with just one gram of fat. The majority of the calories come from carbohydrates
– they’re a decent source of protein. Wolfberries give you 4 grams of protein per serving, and have 18 different amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein that play basic but important roles in the body.
– They also contain 3 grams of fiber per serving, which promotes digestive health.
– Wolfberries are a potent source of vitamin A — just one-quarter-cup serving gives you 140 percent of your daily recommended intake of it.
– The same amount also gives you 20 percent of your daily vitamin C recommended intake.
– If you’re iron deficient or at risk of iron deficiency, you would do well to incorporate wolfberries into your diet. Just one serving provides 10 percent of your daily iron requirement.
– Wolfberries provide a variety of antioxidants, including plant pigments called phenols, polysaccharides, vitamins A and C, beta carotene, lycopene, riboflavin, thiamine, selenium and nicotinic acid.
– Scientists found that wolfberry extract significantly reduced blood sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the rabbits after just 10 days.
– Chinese Wolfberries are used in TCM remedies to improve eyesight. Inspired by the traditional use of these berries, scientists are studying the fruit and its potential to lower retina damage from type-2 diabetes
– In TCM, the berries are believed to promote youthful-looking skin by nourishing yin and improving blood production.
– In TCM, the berries are used to reinforce the Liver, invigorate the Kidneys and replenish vital essence, or jing.
– Improves Sleep Quality: Some of the Chinese traditional uses of goji berry were to induce sleep and to reduce stress. Research has shown that goji berry, when given to human subjects, improved their quality of sleep significantly without having any adverse effects.
– Increases Semen and Sperm Quality: Goji berry has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine as an aphrodisiac. Scientific studies on goji berry’s aphrodisiac properties concluded that it can reduce the damage caused to the testes and provides protection against oxidative stress by hydrogen peroxide, which can decrease semen count, as well as sperm quality.