Goji berries or more traditionally referred to as Wolfberries are from the Solanaceae family and of the Botanical genus of Lycium the most recognised species is barbarum (Lycium barbarum). The Goji Berry is a close relative of the Tomato and the Potato.

The Goji Berry is known to fight the effects fatigue and can increase stamina and overall endurance. A diet containing Goji berries is also known to assist when recovering from illness or disease.

The Goji Berry is stimulating to the pituitary gland. Hormones produced by the pituitary gland are known to improve sex organ functions in both men and women. The Goji berry is also thought to increase Testosterone levels in men. Through its stimulating effect of the pituitary gland the Goji Berry may assist with the reduction of body fat, improved sleep pattern and better memory.

Some studies indicate the Goji has more than 500 times more vitamin C than Oranges, though I have read differences of opinion relating to that. Goji berry is a rich source of the Spectrum of B Group Vitamins and contains a significant amount of vitamin E. The Goji Berry provides stimulating effects to the Kidneys, Liver and Lungs. The Goji is a source of Iron, Potassium, Zinc and Selenium.

The Goji Berry has a history based around China and it is largely cultivated around that area. It is typically sold as dry berries in the Southern Hemisphere to preserve it and make shipping more economical. It has a wide range of uses in both personal care and food products.

- Typically sold as a dry berry resembling a red prune. As a dried fruit they can be used on cereals and in fruit slices or health bars.

- Some manufacturers claim to have included Goji berry in their soap bars claiming benefits to the skin.

- It can be made into a fruit juice concentrate and blended with other juices such as apple or grape juice.

- Freeze-dried Goji berry powder is used in many health products and super food concentrates. It is also included in Antioxidant and Vitamin Supplements.

- Powder can also be produced from the drying of the juice, which is a different process to the production of the whole berry powder.

- Oil can also be produced from the seeds.

As with any health-related topics, health information has been included based on a long-term research into this area. None of the medical information listed should be considered a cure for any illness. Nothing listed here should take the place of advice given to you by your family Doctor.

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