The debate on the health benefits of goji juice is a very interesting one. On one hand, we hear experts saying goji berry juice heals various ailments, while on the other, we hear that there is no proof to back these claims.
Goji berries are shriveled, raisin-like, red berries that belong to the family, Lycium. Commonly known as wolfberry, bastard jasmine, goji, gou qi zi, lycium fruit, box thorn, matrimony vine, tea tree, etc., these berries are found throughout Asia, America, and Europe.
Goji juice was first introduced to the US, via the multi-level pyramid, and other types of marketing. It is believed to contain polysaccharides, that fortify the immune system of the body. Its numerous health benefits have given it the name ‘super food’. However, there also exists a certain uncertainty regarding its benefits, due to the lack of scientific proof for the same.
Benefits of Goji Juice
Squeezed from fresh goji berries, this juice appears orange in color, however, the ones available in the market are darker, and come with a prune-like flavor. This is because juice manufacturers mask the strange flavor of this juice, by adding apple juice or some kind of sweetener to it. According to some experts, goji berries are one of the healthiest foods growing on our planet.
Reduces Aging Symptoms
The unique polysaccharide content in goji berries, stimulate the pituitary glands to secrete increased amounts of Human Growth Hormone (HGH or youth hormone), which in turn has the ability to slow down or even reverse some of the symptoms of aging. HGH reduces body fat, improves memory, accelerates healing, and restores libido. Moreover, the antioxidants present in these berries destroy free radicals, which is why they are powerful allies in fighting aging and cancer.
DNA is a very important nucleic acid, that contains genetic instructions for all traits inherited from ancestors. These DNA molecules when exposed to free radicals, pollutants, chemicals, etc., get damaged, thereby conducing to genetic mutations, cancer, and even death. The polysaccharides and betaine present in goji berries, help restore and repair damaged DNA.
Improves Immune System Response
Research reveals that goji polysaccharides enhance and balance activities of all immune cells, support inflammatory processes, etc. Thus, these berries are believed to have the ability to command and control the body’s defense system, thereby regulating its overall response.
Alleviates Stress and Brightens the Spirit
Goji berries are believed to energize the body, which in turn helps us cope with mental and physical stress. In Asia, these berries are known as ‘happy berries’, due to the cheerfulness they impart to the person who has consumed them.
Fights Joint Problems and Inflammation
During acute and chronic inflammation, the body is seen to encounter a surge of superoxide (free radical) formation. The body’s superoxide dismutase enzyme defense system is unable to discard these large levels. This excess conduces to pain and damage in tissues of the joints. Goji berries help restore the balance of anti-inflammatory superoxide dismutase enzyme in the body.
Besides the above mentioned benefits, this juice is also known to enhance libido, combats fatigue, improves digestion, and also improves kidney and heart health. Although most marketing companies claim that goji juice helps heal a variety of ailments, it is important to note that goji juice is no magic potion. Moreover, it is definitely not a substitute for a healthy diet.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.