Goji Berry: Basic Information and Traditional Uses
Did you ever wonder why Asian people tend to live longer than the rest of the human kind? Their life-time is often 100 years and more. Moreover, it is not a legend, but a well-documented fact that the herbalist Li Qing Yuen lived to the age of 225. They say that the secret is in the daily intake of goji berries Ė a powerful anti-aging herb.
The Latin name for goji plant is Lycium Eleagnus Barbarum. It is a member of the genus of multiple species - more than 40 in Tibet alone! These plants grow in many areas of the Far East. The most miraculous, however, seems to be Lycium Eleagnus Barbarum, indigenous to the Himalayan Mountains, where the soils are fertile and virgin, and are not spoiled even if they are cultivated. Nowadays, however, the same sort of plant grows in Inner Mongolia, as well as in the Heavenly Mountains of western China, without losing its powerful effect.
Lycium Eleagnus Barbarum is an 8-10 feet tall shrub with long (up to 15 feet) vines. From summer to the first heavy frosts the bush is covered by purple and white (on the same plant) trumpet-shaped flowers, which turn into small (8-20mm in diameter) bright red berries. However, only a 2-years old plant begins to fruit, heavy yields being available on the 4th or 5th year. It is necessary to prune the vines to have more berries and to make the bush more beautiful.
Although goji plant can grow in almost any type of soil, it prefers well drained soils of moderate quality. Under the full sun its berries become sweeter and juicier. It is also possible to grow goji as a house plant, supplying its extensive root system with a big pot and pollinating the flowers by hand (touching them together).
A very specific feature of the berries is that they must not be touched until they are ripe enough to fall down from the branches. If they are touched they oxidize and turn black partially losing their healing powers.
The Himalayans use goji berries for many years and know well about their positive influence upon the human organism. The plant is highly prized by Tibetan healers, who treat kidney, liver, eye, and skin problems; diabetes, tuberculosis, anxiety, and insomnia; lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels with the help of these berries for centuries. All in all, goji fruits can effectively improve the state of health, strengthen the immune system, and increase the longevity and vitality as no other traditional remedy or pharmaceutical drugs known to the human kind.
The fresh or dried berries are praised most often, but other parts of the plant can also be used in medicine or as a vegetable (the young shoots and new leaves are usually cooked). The bitter root bark helps control coughs, lower fevers, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. It is also effective in reducing irritability and treating nosebleeds.
Though goji plant has been known to the Western world for quite a short time, many researches have already been done. All of them confirm the curing effect and healing power of the herb, which makes it more and more attractive to the modern science and medicine.
Add dried berries to hot tea along with cinnamon stick and lemon wedge in thermos, take with everyday. Eat berries when tea is gone.
I had some goji berries with pears and apples yesterday. After an hour I felt sick with a stomach pain, but fell asleep and the pain has gone. Today I had a handful of goji berries with natural yoghurt and within 15 mins I started vomiting heavily, the stomach pain was horrid, so I thought I am going to die, also diarrhorea and swollen stomach and lips. Now I cannot even look at the goji berries. I will never touch these in my life !
I've been eating handfuls of dried goji berries and drinking lots of water at the same time for two weeks now and in between meals. Have had no reaction to them and will continue with what I'm doing. I find the berries help my sweet cravings as well.
I had a tea spoon of goji berry this morning and in one hour I had the signs of food poisoning (increased motility, abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea). Goji berry comes from Nepal. The amount is so less to blame pesticides. If so, it must be the strongest pesticides.
I to have eaten goji berries for the first time and have been violently sick and experiencing stomach cramps :( never again!
I am shocked to read everyone's expriences here about goji berries. I was told it is very good for stomach cramps during menstural cycles and I tried it. I think most of you have allergic reactions to these berries.
I think many writers here are nuts! I make a drink with all kinda of berries including 12 oz goji berries and blend in my Vitamix to be sure I extract everything from the berries and I drink. Never had a single problem EVER! And I'm talking 12 ounces goji berries! been drinking for several years without a single issue. I don't know what the others are talking about! It's among the healthiest berries on the planet especially for the brain. I am a Medical nutritionist.
samething after eating goji berries bad stomach pains & irritability & diarea, everytime even after eating a pinch of goji berries. I dont know if its a detox taking place or what but it happened on empty stomach as well as with food or on full stomach. its very painful though, its been a week & everyday after the gojis its painful & think thats enough for me. maybe its different if theyre soaked or cooked or goji tea instead of straight dried goji berries
i am a 76 year old female and my grandson bought me some Goji Juice from Sprouts telling me about the great benefits of Goji. I immediately drank about 2 ounces and loved it however, I had terrible reactions. I have had diarrhea and stomach cramps ever since. I have a very sensitive digestive system, colon cancer a few years ago and have had problems since I was a child. I should have researched Goji before I drank the juice. I'm sure Goji is great but I don't recommend it for anyone with any type of gastro problems. Thanks for the website because it revealed why I have been so sick.
Just bought a $10.00 bag of organic goji berries from Sprouts two days ago.
Ate a small handful and within a few hours began feeling nauseous with stomach cramping,..went to bathroom twice with bad diarrea. Woke up next morning feeling weak and hung over with more diarrea. Got better slowly through out the day.
Thought maybe it was something I ate for lunch the same day I bought the goji,..then yesterday after slowly returning to normal,..went home after work and ate only one tablespoon of the berries. Twenty minutes later got severe stomach cramps, diarrea and experienced strange symptoms of 'reverb' when listening to my wife and other women talking on TV,..it had something to do with the tone frequency they emitted,..sounded like a quickly returning echo,.like those devices people talk in to to disguise their voice.
What's wierd is men's voices sounded normal,..must be the demons in women. After 3 bathroom visits,..Took a bunch of fiber pills to absorb the poison and went to sleep. Found the following article this morning,..evidently it's a common reaction.
If you've ever wondered what demonic women sound like,..pop a couple tablesoons of these.
Last night I Took just a few goji's soaked in water and almost immediately got itchy ears and spots on roof of mouth at the back. Throat went funny and after a lot of water and a bit of cake this began to subside. Once they got to the stomach I got nausea and cramps and diarrhoea. Woke up in the night vomiting compulsively. today it's been diarrhoea all day. Not so nauseous though. Never touching them again. Worst experience ever. I get similar itchy ears and mouth from hazelnuts and Sharon fruit. Kiwi and pineapple give similar stomach cramps. to top it off I get hay fever too.
Daily breakfast smoothie consisting of yoghurt, fresh fruit, whey protein, quinoa, honey, soy milk and a healthy handful of goji berries. i feel fantastic, energetic and sharp. Im 48, on my feet working, training and playing with my kids 16 hours a day. i sleep 6 hours soundly and wake up to repeat. I feel very sorry for those who react to the berries.....you really are missing out.
I write between running to the toilet with acute diarrhoea. My friend recommended Goji berries. She swears by them and so I have eaten them a couple of times with no side effects, however that was when I ate a spoonful in my cottage cheese. Last week I had two spoonfuls in my salad and ended up with my stomach swelling, burping all the time and then, some six hours later a bout of diarhea that lasted all day. The same thing happened now. Last night (around 5) I made myself a tuna salad with goji berries and I had the same symptoms. I had soaked the goji berries in boiling water to soften them as well.My weekend has been totally ruined and the little blighters have gone in the bin. They should come with a health warning.
I put about 2 spoons of the berries on my cereal and shortly after had stomach cramps and then vomited 4 times. Was shocked so few had such an effect as I never vomit unless car sick!
Sorry but Goji Berries are the devil, I ate 10 of them yesterday, just 10 and I have been sick to my stomach since then. I am making trips to the bathroom every 10 minutes and my stomach is so messed up I have not eaten a thing in over 24 hours.
I had the same problem with these berries, such as nausea, vomit, pain in my belly etc. The strange thing is that the first time I tasted them I had absolutely no problem and I was happy about it. When the first pack of goji berries finished, I bought another one from a different shop in my country and the problem begun. I couldn't believe that the cause of my problem were the goji-berries so I started a research regarding their side effects and I found the ugly truth.
I, too, had severe vomiting after eating goji berries. I didn't put it together until the second time when I realized the only common thread was the goji berries (organic, from a bin). i didn't eat too many of them either--just a few. Within an hour i was throwing up violently. I believe this side effect should be more widely known and more regulation should be enforced with things imported from china.
I Love Goji Berries...never had any bad reactions to them They make me feel wonderful and seem to strngthen my immune system ...a small handful is all you nee although I want to eat sooo many more I have portion control issuses with these marvelous little gems! Sooo sorry all you guys had such reactions...I'd be checking out the source for insecticide poisoning!
I have plenty of friends who eat goji berries and I was encouraged to try some. After one tiny handful this morning at work, I commented to my work colleague that my mouth felt a bit "tingly". Within an hour, I had a horrible headache and felt nauseous. An hour after that I began to vomit uncontrollably for two hours. My nasal passages were blocked and my lips were swollen and it was difficult to breathe. I took an antihistamine and it seemed to subside. I will never touch them again. I thought I was going to die!
I called Sunfood in CA and found out that almost all goji berries on the market are from China. Sunfoods tests their dried berries for everything and the berries are organically grown. Many foods give me migraines and I have many allergies, but I think that having just 5-6 berries a day makes a big difference in how I feel. I just feel like my body likes the nutrients. The Sunfoods rep said no one should have more than a tablespoon a day of gojiberries.
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