Goji berries have been known for their incredible health benefits for millennia. Mentioned in ancient Chinese medical texts that date up to 5,000 years old, Goji berries have been consistently praised for their eye, liver, and kidney-supporting properties. They are also believed to increase the “chi,” or life energy of those who eat them.
In early medical work (475-221 B.C.), Shen Nung Ben Tsao observed Goji berry benefits that ranged from the replenishment of vital essences to the strengthening and restoration of major organs. The physician’s handbook of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.), known as Ben Cao Gang Mu, states that “taking in Chinese Wolfberry/Goji berry regularly may regulate the flow of vital energy and strengthen the physique, which can lead to longevity.”
In more recent times, the legendary Master Li Qing Yuen, a Chinese herbalist believed to have lived to be 252 years old (1678-1930), consumed Goji berries daily. The life of Li Qing Yuen is one of the most well-documented cases of longevity in history.
The goji berry’s healthful reputation endures even today, far beyond the borders of its native terrain. The berries are one of nature’s most nutritionally complete foods, containing 18 different amino acids—including ALL of the 8 essential food-based amino acids that our bodies cannot manufacture on their own! Goji berries also contain up to 21 trace minerals, including zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus. Goji berries are the richest source of carotenoids of all known foods or plants on earth, containing even more beta carotene per serving than carrots! Goji berries also contain 500 times the amount of vitamin C by weight than oranges, making them second only to camu camu berries as the richest source of the vitamin on earth. In addition to all of these amazing nutrients, Goji berries also contain vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E.
We hope that you include Goji berries as part of your daily commitment towards health and longevity. Who knows—maybe you’ll end up giving Master Li Qing Yuen a run for his money!