Wolfberry is also another name for the western snowberry, Symphoricarpos occidentalis. Renowned in Asia as one of nature's most nutritionally dense foods, wolfberries have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for nearly 2,000 years. This special herb comes from from Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, and the Tian Shan Mountains of western Xinjiang, China.
Chinese Name: Goji
Goji Tea Benefits have been recognized for centuries. Goji has been mentioned in the traditional Chinese medicinal records as being an augmentor for the yin, as well as a tonic for general well-being. In recent years, goji berries have often been included in the list of so-called "superfoods" or foods that combine nutrient richness with appealing taste and antioxidant strength.
Goji is a spiny and spiky, deciduous perennial shrub that is extensively cultivated in the northwestern provinces of China such as Ningxia , Qinghai and Gansu, as well as in Mongolia and the Himalayas.
Also known by its official names of lycium barbarum andlycium chinense, as well as its common name wolfberry, the goji is cultivated primarily due to its fruit, the goji berry. The goji berry is a bright red, chewy, ellipsoid fruit with a pleasantly sweet and tangy taste. Each berry contains anywhere from 20 to 60 tiny yellow seeds. The goji berries become ripe between the months of July and October. In the past few years, the use of goji juice has become popular in the United States and many Western countries. Marketers often cite the numerous health benefits of goji juice, although there have been few published clinical trials in humans. However, goji berries have traditionally been eaten raw, made into liquid extracts, added to soups, made into goji tea, and often mentioned as a "cooling tonic" in the annals of Chinese traditional medicine.
As a food, dried wolfberries are traditionally cooked before consumption. Dried wolfberries are often added to rice congee, as well as used in Chinese tonic soups, in combination with chicken or pork, vegetables, and other herbs. Various wines containing wolfberries are also produced, including some that are a blend of grape wine and wolfberries.
Wolfberries have long played important roles in traditional Chinese medicine where they are believed to enhance immune system function, improve eyesight, protect the liver, boost sperm production and improve circulation, among other effects. In TCM terms, wolfberries are sweet in taste and neutral in nature. They act on the liver, lungs, and kidneys and enrich yin.
Wolfberry fruits also contain zeaxanthin, an important dietary carotenoid selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective light-filtering roles. A human supplementation trial showed that daily intake of wolfberries increased plasma levels of zeaxanthin. Several published studies, have also reported possible medicinal benefits of Lycium barbarum, especially due to its antioxidant properties, including potential benefits against cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, vision-related diseases (such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma), having neuroprotective properties or as an anticancer and immunomodulatory agent.
The active constituents of the wolfberry are beta-sitosterol, carotenoids (beta-carotene and zeaxanthin), betaine, niacin, pyridoxine, and ascorbic acid.
Nutrition Table (per 100g)
|Phosphate||203.10mg||Coarse Fat||7.14g||Ascorbic Acid||18.4g|
|Thiamine, Vitamin B1||0.153mg||Riboflavin, Vitamin B2||1.27mg||Carotene||7.38g|
|Sugar||46.50mg||Calorie||362.20Kcal||Amino Acid Total Quantity||8.48mg|
The following are the health benefits attributed to Goji (Wolfberry) tea:
Promote overall well-being and longevity.
Strengthen the kidneys.
Clear the eyesight.
Protect the liver.
Boost the immune function.
Improving blood circulation.
Enhance sexual functions and fertility, especially among men.
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|Chinese Name||枸杞(gǒu qǐ)|
|Other Names||Lycium chinense, Barbary Wolfberry Fruit, Fruit of Barbary Wolfberry, Fruit of MaTCMLIBimonyvine, Furctus Lycii barbari,Medlar|
|Teaware||Glass Pot, Glass(Tumbler), Piao Yi Tea Maker|
|Steeping Instructions||Place herbals into the glass pot→Add hot water→Steep for 3-5 minutes(A candle warmer could be used to achieve better results)|
|Storage||Seal tightly, store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and odour.|
|Country of Manufacture||China|
|Packing & Weight||50g~500g/bag. Default packing with aluminium coated kraft paper bag.|
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