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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Goji Berries

Goji berries have recently travelled from their home land China, to North America and have become an increasingly popular superfood. They are considered a “complete protein” (contain 19 amino-acids), are high in antioxidants, contain over 500 times the amount of vitamin C by weight than oranges, and are rich in B-complex and E vitamins (10).

Goji berries are known for their ability to stimulate human Growth Hormone’s (hGH) which naturally decreases as individuals age. Thus, this berry has specific anti-aging properties by increasing the levels of hGH. Additional reasons as to why this berry has anti-aging properties includes it’s rich source of antioxidants such as zeaxanthin and carotene, as well as polysaccharides including betaine, cerebroside, beta-sitosterol, p-coumaric, and many other vitamins. One lab demonstrated how goji berry polysaccharides can protect neurons against beta-amyloid peptide toxicity in neuronal cell cultures. They exhibit their effects through stress kinases and pro-apoptotic signalling pathways (11). So by preventing neuronal damage, goji berries can protect against age-related diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Goji berries are also good for increasing sexual drive as they increase testosterone levels which stimulates libido in men and women. As you age, sexual drive naturally reduces, so by consuming goji berries you can help stimulate testosterone’s production and thus improve your sex drive. Goji berries also help to increase stamina, mood and your overall well-being which will help reduce stress and help improve your sex life.

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