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Goji Berry in Skin Care

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Scientific Name: {Lycium barbarum}
Common Name: {Wolfberry, Goji, Goji Berry, Boxthorn, Matrimony Vine, Desert Thorn}
Varieties: Dry, powder, or fresh berries

Goji berry is a superfruit that contains an especially abundant amount of antioxidants. Moreover, Tibetan monks have long known the power of goji berries. However, they are only now coming into vogue in the rest of the world, being added to smoothies and health supplements for their anti-inflammatory properties.

Inside the body, they work to make the kidney and liver healthy, as well as fight depression, alleviate allergies, and even help insomniacs find relief.

The Ultimate Superfood

They have long been lauded as both prolonging life and rapidly increasing physical and emotional health.

Goji berries are chalked-full of essential nutrients therefore making them ideal for cosmetic and internal applications.

  • zinc
  • calcium
  • beta-carotene
  • selenium
  • potassium
  • magnesium
  • iron
  • vitamins b1, b2, b6 and e
  • polysaccharides
  • 18 amino acids

18 Amino Acids in Goji Berries

Amino acids both help protect and reconstruct the look of healthy skin. Further, they penetrate the underlying layers of tissue to provide the nutrients the skin needs to accelerate the regeneration process. Goji berries contain 18 amino acids that keep your skin looking young. Forthwith are the eight essential amino acids:

  • Histidine
  • Isoleucine
  • Leucine
  • Lysine
  • Methionine
  • Phenylalanine
  • Threonine
  • Tryptophan
  • Valine

Here are the ten additional amino acids:

  • Alanine
  • Arginine
  • Aspartic acid
  • Cystine
  • Glutamic acid
  • Glycine
  • Phenylalanine
  • Proline
  • Serine
  • Tyrosinered Goji berries in bowl

Goji promotes a healthy and robust complexion. For instance, looking younger and healthier and more resilient to premature aging from the environmental pollutants we encounter every day.

Additionally, along with antioxidants—one of the most concentrated sources of this essential photoaging fighting component—a goji product can protect skin from free radicals and toxins.

With plenty of B Vitamins and vitamins E and C, the antioxidant effect intensifies as all work together to both scavenge for free radicals and neutralize them.

In addition, when eaten, Beta-sitosterol, another nutrient in goji, can reduce inflammation in the digestive system.

The Ultimate Superfood

Goji berry is one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. Moreover, it contains 21 trace minerals, including zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus.

In addition, polysaccharides support our immune systems. So, the short and long-chain sugars are:

  • D-arabinose
  • D-fucose
  • D-glucose
  • D-galactose
  • D-rhamnose
  • D-xylose

It reduces redness and even the look of dark spots like freckles and softens scars on the skin. Hence, used under the eyes, it can combat puffiness and other stress indicators.

Whether applied topically or taken orally, goji is believed to prolong the life of the cells it comes into contact with. When taken internally, it helps prevent the development of age-related chronic diseases.

When taken topically, it helps keep cells full and fresh. But unfortunately, as your complexion ages, cell renewal lessens, which causes wrinkles and lackluster skin.

Finally, by extending the life of healthy cells, goji mitigates the slowing cell regeneration process. In addition, this allows cells to live long enough to replace new, healthy, young-looking cells. Therefore, the result is a fresher, brighter appearance.


About the Author
Kari Thomas wrote this article.