Goji berries, also known as Wolf berries, or their botanical name, Lycium Barbarium, are a delicious way to incorporate a yin building food into your diet and to protect vital energies.
Because yin and yang are intertwined and interdependent of each other, nourishment of yin leads to preservation of the yang. In other words, a well oiled car enables the engine to accelerate faster and well for longer. In regards to your body this translates to more energy and increased metabolic function!
The delicate, bittersweet flavor of Goji berries is due to high amounts of polysaccharides, a complex carbohydrate which acts as a slow burning, sustainable form of energy, that support the brain and cognitive health, as well as immune function.
Goji berries are the quintessential winter herb. A complete protein, high in minerals, and nourishing to the blood and yin. They act as a natural adaptogen keeping our nervous system insulated so that the natural stresses of daily life do not become overwhelming.
Youth and longevity are highly correlated with the Chinese medicinal concept of Yin. As we age, our bodies become more dry, our skin less supple, and our nails more frail. We may require lip balm to prevent our lips from cracking, and higher level eye prescriptions for glasses and contacts.
As women enter menopause they experience night sweats and hot flashes. According to Chinese medicine, this is due to their depletion of yin which keeps their vital yang from rising and escaping through night sweats and hot flashes.
Yin is the oil to our machine. It keeps our joints lubricated, our hair shiny, our skin soft, our nails strong, and areas of the body that need to be moist from becoming dry.
When people lack yin they become irritable and impatient, they may have ringing in the ears, dry eyes, lips, and throat. They may have cracks in their tongue, and they can often get headaches and have trouble sleeping well.
Nutritional Makeup of Goji berries:
11 Fundamental and 22 trace minerals for support of the nervous system and skeletal structure. These minerals also help us to stay hydrated while regulating water metabolism and include zinc, iron, copper, selenium, and phosphorus to name a few.
18 Amino Acids – The body’s building blocks to proteins
6 Essential Vitamins -Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Vitamin E)
5 Unsaturated Fatty Acids including Linoleic Acid, Alpha Linoleic Acid and Monounsaturated Oleic Acid, a fatty acid which works in conjunction with omega three from fish oils to lubricate cell membranes so that the body can regulate hormones, insulin release, and increase neurotransmitter function.
5 Carotenoids including Beta-carotene, Zeaxanthin, Lutein, Lycopene, Crytoxanthin (The body uses these to make vitamin A, generate healthy skin, and support sensory tissues.)
8 Monosaccharides and 6 Polysaccharides used for immune health, brain function, and energy.
High in antioxidants which reverse damage from pollution, cigarette smoke, bad food, and environmental toxins in cleaning products. These vital nutrients protect our bodies from environmental toxins and the damaging effects of free radicals. Antioxidants are extensively studied through modern science and reduce the risk of heart disease and neurological deterioration, while turning off certain bio factors related to the biological environment necessary for cancer and tumor growth.
It’s no wonder why the ancient Chinese have used this super food for thousands of years and still utilize it as one of the most popular beauty and longevity herbs of all time!
Fun ways to use Goji berries:
- Add them to soups, and teas.
- Throw them in chocolate and baked goods.
- Add them to congees (traditional Chinese slow cooked rice porridges ideal for winter nourishment due to easy digestibility and assimilation).
- Color your salads, desserts, and granola.
At Hyperion we are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality sourced herbs and teas. To pick up some premium quality Goji berries please visit our Goji page HERE.
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