Goji Berries Benefits

Goji Berries
Latin Name

Lycium barbarum

Also Known As

Wolf Berries


China, Tibet, Nepal

Parts Used


Traditional Use and Health Benefits
Traditionally Goji berries / Wolf berries have been taken as the quintessential tonic for longevity. They are thought to nourish YIN in the body, having a cooling and nourishing effect. They are the perfect daily tonic for modern living, which is said to create too much heat, fire and YANG in the body. They have been used in traditional Mongolian, Tibetan and Chinese medicine for 1000's of years.   Goji Berries are a super nutritionally dense food having anti-oxidant & anti-aging properties Evidence suggests further benefits include:  
  • Immune boosting
  • Maintaining healthy liver and blood pressure function
  • Improving eye and ear function
  • Balancing blood sugars
  • Reducing cholesterol
  • Nourishing vital essence, bone marrow and tendons
  • Fat Burning
  • Increases libido
  • Enhances fertility
  • Reduces morning sickness
  • Reverses free radical damage.
Typical Use
SUGGESTED DOSAGE   Wildcrafted Berries from China They can be eaten every day and a typical daily dose range is 8-30 grams.   Goji Berries Herbal Tincture 2-4mls up to 3 times a day Or as recommended by a herbal practitioner.  
Folklore and History
" The Bao Shu Herb store recorded a wolfberry elixier that promotes longevity..The formula was passed on to an elderly man… who lived for over 100 years, this man could walk extremely fast as if he was flying, and his grey hair turned black again. The herb is mellow and can be taken often to eliminate excessive heat in the body, and will also improve vision" La Shiz Hen, Chinese Physician, published in 1593 AD. The famous Chinese LI Qing Yuen lived to 252 years old and was reported to eat Goji berries.   Goji Berries
  • Contains 19 amino acids the building blocks of protein including all eight that are essential for life.
  • Contains 21 trace minerals, including germanium, an anti-cancer trace mineral rarely found in foods.
  • Contains more protein than whole wheat (13 percent).
  • Contains a complete spectrum of antioxidant carotenoids, including beta-carotene (a better source than even carrots!) and zeaxanthin (protects the eyes). Goji berries are the richest source of carotenoids of all known foods.
  • Contains Vitamin C at higher levels than even those found in oranges.
  • Contains B-complex vitamins, necessary for converting food into energy.
  • Contains Vitamin E (very rarely found in fruits, only in grains and seeds).
  • Contains Beta-Sitosterol, an anti-inflammatory agent. Beta-Sitosterol also lowers cholesterol and has been used to treat sexual impotence and prostate enlargement.
  • Contains essential fatty acids, which are required for the body's production of hormones and for the smooth functioning of the brain and nervous system.
  • Contains Cyperone, a sesquiterpene that benefits the heart and blood pressure, alleviates menstrual discomfort, and has been used in the treatment of cervical cancer.
  • Contains Solavetivone, a powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial compound.

  • Precautions
    Not advisable for those taking blood thinning agent walfarin. Can cause diarrhea and skin irritation if taken in excess. Wolfberries have no toxicity, but should be avoided if one has a spleen deficiency.