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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 super fruit that contains an abundance of antioxidants. Tibetan monks have long known the power of goji berries. However, they are only now coming into vogue in the rest of the world, 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 prolonging life and rapidly increasing physical and emotional health.

Goji berries are chalked-full of essential nutrients, 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

They help protect and reconstruct the look of healthy skin, penetrating the underlying layers of tissue to provide the nutrients the skin needs to accelerate the regeneration process. They contain 18 amino acids that keep your skin looking young. Below are the 8 essential amino acids.

  • histidine
  • isoleucine
  • leucine
  • lysine
  • methionine
  • phenylalanine
  • threonine
  • tryptophan
  • valine

Here are the 10 additional amino acids contained in Goji.

  • Alanine
  • Arginine
  • Aspartic acid
  • Cystine
  • Glutamic acid
  • Glycine
  • Phenylalanine
  • Proline
  • Serine
  • Tyrosine

Goji promotes a healthy and robust complexion. Looking younger and healthier is more resilient to premature aging from the environmental pollutants we encounter every day.

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

red Goji berries in bowlWith plenty of B Vitamins and vitamins E and C, the antioxidant effect intensifies as all work together to 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. It contains 21 trace minerals, including zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus.

Plus, polysaccharides support our immune systems. 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. 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 used inside the body, it helps prevent the development of age-related chronic diseases.

When used on the face, it helps keep cells looking full and fresh. Aged skin looks gray and dull. Unfortunately, as your complexion ages, it can less renew its cells, which causes wrinkles and lackluster skin that has an ashy, dull sheen.

By extending the life of healthy cells, goji mitigate the slowing cell regeneration process. This allows cells to live long enough to replace new, healthy, young-looking cells. The result is a fresher, brighter appearance.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6343173/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322693.php

https://www.clinicaladvisor.com/home/alternative-medicine-update/wolfberries/

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Kari Thomas wrote this article.

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