Part one of the Phyto-8 series
Over the next few weeks I’m going to go a bit in-depth on the eight superfruits we use in Bazi. I’m not going in any particular order of the fruits, I just write as the whim hits me. I hope this series helps you understand a bit better why I feel so proud of Bazi; it really is in a class all its own.
Let’s talk Goji!
The goji berry, (lycium barbarum for us geeks) is a superfruit native to the southeastern parts of Europe and Asia, and is also known as wolfberry. Since it’s not native to our soil, and most consumers have never even heard of it, we wanted to make sure you understand why it’s one of the Phyto8 Blend in Bazi. We didn’t pick it because of its cool name, we used it because it’s chock full of nutrients that most of us aren’t getting in our daily diets.
Goji berries are rich in phytonutrients (and you know my position on the importance of nutrients other than vitamins and minerals) so, Goji rocks when it comes to powerful nutrition.
Just look at what the Goji berry contains:
- 6 vitamins
- 11 essential and 22 trace dietary minerals
- 18 amino acids
- 8 polysaccharides and 6 monosaccharides
- 5 unsaturated fatty acids, including the essential fatty acids, linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid
- beta-sitosterol and other phytosterols
- 5 carotenoids, including beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, lutein, lycopene and cryptoxanthin, a xanthophyll
- numerous phenolic pigments associated with antioxidant properties
I know a lot of this is way too nerdy for most of you, but remember that all those nutrients play roles in your body to maintain health and many (most, actually) aren’t found in the processed foods we all eat every single day.
Don’t take my word for it on Goji’s health benefits; here are a few studies which underscore its healthy properties:
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicinepublished a study where subjects consuming goji berry juice for two weeks increased feelings of general well-being and improved digestion. According to the study, those who consumed the juice for two weeks reported an increase in feelings of energy levels, quality of sleep, mental acuity, calmness, and feelings of content.
Researchers at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, found that when goji berries were given to laboratory animals with DNA damage and non-insulin dependent diabetes, the animals showed a decrease in blood glucose levels and an increase in levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD)—an important antioxidant. Additionally, goji berry possibly decreased DNA damage by decreasing oxidative stress level.
In another recent study at the University of Hong Kong, researchers theorized that since goji berry has anti-aging effects, it probably also has neuroprotective effects against toxins in neurodegenerative diseases, namely Alzheimer’s disease. They were right. It protected the brain neurons of laboratory animals from the toxic effects of beta amyloid protein—a culprit in Alzheimer’s disease.
The goji berry has shown that a tiny fruit can pack a wide arsenal of nutritious weapons, and it just so happens to be one of the Phyto 8 superfruits that we packed into a serving of BAZI. You may not remember all of the benefits of goji when you have your daily Bazi, but your body will certainly appreciate them.