The Amazing Goji Berry
Also Known as Lycium Barbarum and What Makes Goji Berries so
It's a tiny red berry, the most potent of which
are found in Asian growing regions, and yet it caused
quite a stir in the natural sciences community a few years
back when it was first being explored.
Celebrated for centuries in Asian cultures
as a source of energy and longevity, the goji berry made
headlines in 2006 and 2007 in western cultures.
Goji is quickly becoming well-known in the
functional foods industry, as well.
What Makes Goji
Berries so Amazing?
So what is it that makes goji berries so
amazing that they rank on our Superfruits of the World list
here at Best Liquid Vitamins?
For starters, let's take a quick look at just a
small part of its nutritional make-up. The most potent goji
berry plants contain:
- 19 amino acids (the building blocks of protein)
including all 8 essential for life
- 21 trace minerals (including germanium - rarely found
- more protein than whole wheat (13%)
- a complete spectrum of antioxidant carotenoids,
including beta-carotene (a better source than even
carrots!) and zeaxanthin (for eyes)
- they contain the richest source of carotenoids of all
- Vitamin C (at higher levels - 5 times by weight than
found in oranges)
- B-Complex Vitamins (for converting food into
- Vitamin E (very rarely found in fruits, usually only
found in grains, seeds, and nuts)
- essential fatty acids
- Solavetivone (a powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial
- Physalin (look it up - you'll be amazed)
- And more!
Here's just a small snapshot of the exciting health benefits
lycium barbarum can deliver -- just 4 (out of more
than 63) independent clinical studies already
Why Did it Take so
Long for us to Hear About the Goji Berry?
The earliest known reference to the goji berry
in medical journals/texts dates all the way back
to the first century A.D. when it was extolled as a
superior herb in the Divine Farmer's Handbook of
Natural Medicine (Shen Nong Ben Cao), perhaps the most
important text in the history of Chinese medicine.
So what took it so long to gain respect in
Great question! For starters, imagine how long it took to
find the original strain of berry... next, the need to develop
and apply the right technology to find the right berries... and
then there is the harvesting itself, which can be a complicated
The truth is as far back as 1936, British explorer Colonel
Reginald Schomberg (1880 - 1958) may have made the original
"...there is such a direct relationship between the
sun and fruit. Fruit, more obviously than other foods,
ripens and colors in the sun. Sunlight is the carrier of
the sun's quality. Through it that quality comes direct
from the great orb of our being. It stores itself in
sun-bathed food, as in a minor way electricity is stored in
a battery. The eating of fruit releases the sun's quality
in its most direct and least interfered-with form."
The unfortunate thing for Schomberg is that he never
presented his theory in a scientific treatise, but merely
described it in the notebooks of his Himalayan expeditions.
Consequently, his scientific observations went undiscovered for
many years until they were recently unearthed.
What is the Schomberg effect? Simply put, foods with
a high Schomberg effect are said to be able to keep us
healthier by facilitating the transfer of energy.
When scientists first found, then tested, a variant of
Lycium barbarum known as goji, they were astounded. The
Schomberg effect measured off the scale.
Resources/Links for Goji Berries