Goji Berries

Goji Berries - Organic - Raw Planet

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The Goji berry is a deep-red, dried fruit about the same size as a raisin. It's very sweet and tastes something like a cross between a cranberry and a cherry. We love adding them to smoothies, trail-mix, cereals, especially our buckola, and eating them on just their own or with cacao beans.

Nicknamed the "happy berry" for its ability to restore a person's vitality, there are more than forty different types of berries that are often referred to as goji berries..

Loving Earth Organic Goji Berries are certified organic Goji Berries. They are grown in a pristine, certified organic part of the Ningxia autonomous region, located between Tibet and Inner Mongolia. The goji berry is sacred to the people of this remote autonomous region and they hold a special festival every year to honor and celebrate the life giving qualities of this extraordinary berry.

Are you wondering how a tiny red berry can have such a positive effect on your health?
    * To start, the goji berry is higher in antioxidants than any other known food.
    * The goji berry contains 18 amino acids – the building blocks for protein.
    * The goji berry contains over 12 times more protein than apples, oranges, or strawberries.
    * The goji berry is a better source of beta-carotene than carrots themselves.
    * 21 trace minerals, including Germanium
    * 6 essential fatty acids including Linoleic acid, which significantly promotes body fat loss
    * Vitamins B1, B2, B6, E
    * 500 times more Vitamin C than oranges
    * 4 Unique Polysaccharides (Master Molecules) found in no other food source
    * 15 times more nutritional iron than spinach
    *  Beta Sitosterol: An anti-inflammatory agent found to lower cholesterol, and used to treat sexual impotence and prostrate enlargement.
    *  Zeaxanthin and Lutine: Valued for their role in protecting the eyes.
    *  Betaine: Used by the liver to produce Choline which assists detoxification reactions in the liver. Betaine is known to protect DNA, enhance
       memory, promote muscle growth and protects us from fatty liver disease.
    *  Cyperone: A sesquiterpene used in treatment of cervical cancer. It is also known to benefit heart and blood pressure problems as well as
        menstruation problems.
    *  Solavetivone: A powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent.
    *  Physalin: A natural compound that boosts the immune system. Found to be effective in treating leukaemia, hepatitis B and cancer.

Goji Berry Antioxidants  
Free radicals damage cells and DNA, increase the cancer risk, and accelerate the aging rocess. The more antioxidants, the more effective the neutralizing capacity is in slowing down the aging process. If free radicals go unchecked, they can even attack and damage DNA, possibly causing deformation and mutation of the blueprinted cells.
 
Immunity Enhancer
Due to aging, the body's immune system often becomes dysfunctional, where in immune cells can have difficulty recognizing the difference between the body's cells and foreign cells. This can lead to auto-immune problems. The polysaccharides found in Goji berries have been known to inhibit three kinds of inflammation. These polysaccharides were also found to stimulate the interleukin-2 and gamma interferon, which are anti-inflammatory and induce immune responses.
 
ORAC Test
The ORAC Test is a standardized test adopted by the US. Department of Agriculture to measure the Total Antioxidant Potency of foods and nutritional supplements. The antioxidant capacity of the blood seems to be tightly regulated.  A significant increase in antioxidants of 15 to 20 percent is possible by increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables, particularly those high in ORAC value.  Dr. Cao and Dr. Prior of the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University have established a recommended 5,000 ORAC Units Daily to have a significant impact on plasma and tissue antioxidant capacity and for helping prevent certain age related diseases.

ORAC Scale: Orac Units per 100g
Egg plant – 390
Corn – 400
Onion – 450
Grapefruit – 483
Kiwi fruit – 602
Cherries – 670
Red bell pepper – 710
Red grapes – 739
Oranges – 750
Beets – 840
Broccoli – 890
Alfalfa sprouts – 930
Plums – 949
Brussel sprouts – 980
Raspberries – 1220
Spinach – 1260
Stawberries – 1540
Kale - 1770
Black berries – 2036
Blueberries – 2400
Raisins – 2830
Prunes – 5770
HIMALAYAN GOJI JUICE 90% concentrate - 18,999
TIBETAN GOJI BERRIES – 27,500

Dried Goji berries and Human Growth Hormone 
Goji berries are known to have a unique polysaccharide that stimulates the pituitary gland in the anterior of the brain to produce more Human Growth Hormone, the master hormone in our bodies. HGH is know to slow down, and even reverse some of the effects of aging. For centuries, people in Asia that have customarily eaten Goji berries have been documented to live longer and healthier lives with little or no incidence of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimers disease, fibromyalgia, lupus, multiple scirosis, or a host of other "dread" diseases that are afflicting many of the Industrialized Nations of the world.

Professor Li Qing Yuen is documented as being the oldest person to have ever lived in recorded history. Born in 1678 and living to 1930, he was documented by the Government of China as having lived to 252 years of age. Twice he received Longevity Awards from the Government. It is said he ate Goji berries on a regular daily basis.

More Benefits
Goji berries have been traditionally regarded as a longevity, strength-building, and sexual potency food of the highest order.  The goji berry was celebrated as early as the first century A.D. by Shen Nong Ben Cao in the Divine Farmer's Handbook of Natural Medicine (one of the most important texts in the history of Chinese medicine).

 "Lycium [the goji berry] tonifies jing [vital energy] and qi [breath] and strengthens the yin tao [capacity for physical exercise]."
  - Tao Hong Jing, Commentary on the Divine Farmer's Handbook of Natural Medicine

Recently, in several study groups with elderly people, goji berries were given once a day for 3 weeks.  Many beneficial results were experienced and 67% of the patients T cell transformation functions tripled and the activity of the patients white cell interleukin-2 doubled. In addition, the results showed that all the patients spirit and optimism increased significantly, appetite improved in 95% of the patients, 95% of the patients slept better, and 35% of the patients partially recovered their sexual function.

Many people who now eat Goji berries on a daily basis notice improved eyesight, restoration of hair color, improved libido, mood enhancement, noticeable improvement in energy levels, better sleeping habits, and more zest for life.

 "Pang jia [goji berries] cure illness related to the heart and clear heat [discomfort and illness] within the body."
  - Gama Rangjunduojie, Tibetan Medical Doctor

Production
The plants grow like bushes with vines that reach over 15 feet. The berries are never touched by hand as they will oxidize and turn black if touched while fresh. They are shaken onto mats, and then dried in the shade. These berries are grown without pesticides or other chemicals in one of the purest places on earth.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

1. What quantities of Goji Berries should I consume daily?

The Tibetan Medical College in Lhasa Tibet recommends 5 - 25 grams daily as being the recommended daily adult dose for general well being. For those with illness of those feeling unwell or with particularly low energy the The Tibetan Medical college recommends a minimum of 15 grams daily and up to 30 grams daily.

2. How should I eat the Goji's?
Go ahead and enjoy our wonderful Goji Berries straight out of the pack. Another great way is to make a cup of Goji Tea. Boil up some water and pour over 10-15 Goji Berries at the bottom of your cup, let sit for 3-5 minutes or until cool enough to drink and savour your freshly made cup of Goji Tea. Goji Berries are great as a snack or pick me up any time day or night. In the morning they are also great on Muesli, in yogurt or added to fruit salad.  Add Gojis to salads, smoothies, cookies, muffins and cakes. Some very cool bars and nightclubs are even introducing Goji Berry Martinis and having them on their bar counters instead of nuts and other nibbles. Many health clubs are also handing out Goji Berries to their valued members and guests after fitness classes and workout sessions.

3. How should I keep my Goji's fresh?
Gojis can be kept in the resealable plastic bage either in the fridge or in the pantry or store in a glass container.

4. Are any additives or preservatives added to the Goji Berries?
No, absolutely not, We don't like them, refuse to use them and would never spoil our wonderful Goji Berries with preservatives or anything unnatural.

5. Are your berries irradiated as are many other fruits that are imported from overseas?
Absolutely not. We insist that that our product is never irradiated by quarantine in any country. Our Berries are naturally shadedried in wonderful Ningxia countryside  on mats that enable our wonderful berries to soak up the pristine and pure Himalayan air.

6.  What is the difference between whole Goji Berries and Goji Juice?
Whole berries are whole food containing proteins, essential fatty acids, and have no depleted nutrients that can occur when a fruit is juiced. Many Goji Juices on the market contain preservatives, added sugars, fillers such as Apple & Pear juice and are high in sugars.

Choice (Australian Consumer) has tested goji juices in Australia including Himalayan Goji Juice 90% concentrate and found only a very low ORAC rating of 18,999 compared to Tibet Authentic Goji Berries of 27,500.  Many juices contain only 20% goji juice concentrate.

7. Can pregnant women consume Goji Berries?
Absolutely! During pregnancy it is important to increase vitamin and nutrient intake and the Tibetan Medical College recommends at least 10g daily for pregnant women.

9. Can children enjoy Goji Berries?
Absolutely! Children need the goodness of vitamins and nutrients and the Tibetan Medical College recommends that children enjoy up to 5 gram daily of Goji berries.

Nutrition Information
Serving Size: 20g

 

Per Serve

Per 100g

Energy

233.3kj

1166.44kj

Protein

2.78g

13.9g

Fat, total

0.76g

3.8g

 - saturated

0.0g

Carbohydrate

9.4g

47.2g

   - sugars

9.3g

46.5g

Sodium

1.1mg

5.5mg

Iron

1.08mg

5.4mg

Vitamin C

3.68mg

18.4mg


Serving Suggestions:  The indigenous mountain people who grow these berries eat them by the handful and say the best way to start the day is with a handful of gojis. It is recommended to eat at least 10 grams a day, which is approximately a handful. However you can eat as much as you like - straight from the packet.They are also delicious in a trail mix with raw cacao nibs - there is a great flavour synergy between the bitterness of the cacao and the sweetness of the gojis. Add to your  cereal, juice or smoothie.  Soak in cold water in a jar in the fridge to soften, making them easier to chew.

Sizes & Packaging:  250g, 500g & 1kg in standup resealable ziplock plastic pouches. 2Kg - 10kg bags are also available.