Goji extract 50% | Lycium barbarum

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Goji (Chinese wolfberries) are considered to be some of the healthiest fruits in the world. They have been used in the traditional medicine of Asian countries for ages. In Western culture Goji are known as strong antioxidants and so-called “superfoods”. Goji berries support the immune system in the fight against pathogens. In addition, they decrease cholesterol and glucose levels in blood.

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Goji extract 50% | Lycium barbarum

Properties: Goji fruit is a natural product that comes straight from China. Keep in mind that this country is the largest producer of wolfberries. It is estimated that the area where this plant is grown in China covers as much as 82,000 hectares. The popularity of Goji berries is due to the fact that they are an important element of traditional Chinese medicine as they are used in treatment of many diseases. They are also the topic of many more or less credible legends describing their beneficial effects. Thanks to modern scientific studies, we can verify if these legends contain a grain of truth.

It is interesting that the Chinese treat Goji berries with the utmost respect and even organize a festival in their honor. It has been known for a long time that Goji fruit has a beneficial effect on the human body. Studies have shown that it shows antioxidant properties. It is of great importance because Goji helps to reduce production of free radicals that can be harmful to our body. It also prevents the skin from aging too quickly and helps to maintain its healthy appearance.

What’s more, Goji are valued because they support the processes of fat metabolism, which in turn contributes to liver health. The active substances contained in Goji help to keep the proper level of cholesterol, thus supporting the circulatory system.

That’s not all – eating Goji turns out to be pretty helpful for people who want to lose a few extra pounds. This is because the active substances of wolfberries support the regulation of glucose levels in blood. High glucose can cause a sudden release of insulin, a hormone that plays a key role in the metabolism of carbohydrates (and, to a lesser degree, fats and proteins). Insulin is released in response to changes in blood glucose levels, and thus indirectly contributes to the feeling of hunger. Therefore, keeping proper levels of glucose might prevent sudden “bursts” of insulin. This is crucial if you want to have a healthy diet and eat regularly.

It is also important that Goji contributes to the fight against pathogenic microorganisms and supports the overall physical condition of the body. The polysaccharides found in these fruits are responsible for the beneficial effect on the immune system. They stimulate production of the immune cells. Thanks to that, the immune response to infections is stronger, and as a result, inflammation does not spread so quickly.

Considering all of the beneficial properties of Goji, it is hardly surprising why the Chinese are so fond of these tiny and delicate berries. By supplementing Goji we can experience its pro-health effects confirmed by years of experience gained by masters of natural medicine.

Occurrence: Chinese wolfberry (Lycium Barbarum) is a shrub that belongs to the Solanaceae family of plants. It occurs in China, Tibet and Mongolia, where it can be found on the hills and in the valleys. The plant has distinctive edible fruits that taste like cranberries, although they are less sweet and more tart. On the other hand, when dried, they resemble raisins in consistency and appearance. When fully ripe, the fruits have bright red or orange-yellow color. They are the herbal raw material and the Chinese called them the Goji berries.

In traditional medicine of Asian countries, mainly in China, wolfberry fruit has been used for over 2,500 years. It is known as a compound strengthening the heart, liver, lungs with ability to lower blood glucose levels, but it also improves the health of bones and joints. It is possible that monks of Himalayan monasteries consumed Goji berries in order to improve focus during meditation, strengthen endurance, and prolong life. The Chinese believe that the fruits of wolfberry can significantly extend life. There is a famous legend of Li Qing Yen, who consumed Goji berries every day to live up to 252 years. Well, at least that’s the story from the legend.

Biochemistry: Chinese wolfberry owes its properties mainly to polysaccharide complexes (LBP – Lycium barbarum polysaccharides). In terms of chemistry, it is a group of water-soluble glycoconjugates made of polysaccharides, 18 amino acids and the galacturonic acid. This ingredient of Goji berries has been studied the most. One of the other interesting compounds is a carotenoid – zeaxanthin, an antioxidant responsible for the proper functioning of eyesight. In addition, the fruits contain: beta-carotene, beta-sitosterols, free amino acids (specifically proline and taurine), essential oil, flavonoids, micro- and macroelements (zinc, copper, calcium, selenium and phosphorus) as well as vitamins (from the group B, but also C and E).

Fun fact: Goji berries are the most popular from 8,000 plants used by Asian herbalists. Chinese people appreciate these fruits so much that every August they organize a festival during which they celebrate Goji. The festival coincides with the berry harvest and is currently held in Zhongning County, Ningxia. It is the main growing region of this plant in China, with plantations covering between 40 to 400 hectares.

How does Goji extract 50% | Lycium barbarum work?

Improves health condition: Studies show that Goji berries have a beneficial effect on the entire body. The compounds from the carotenoid group that are contained in Goji greatly affect the condition of eyes. Zeaxanthin in particular protects the macula (the part of the retina with the highest concentration of photoreceptors) from damage caused by UV radiation, free radicals, and other sources of oxidative stress. The high concentration of antioxidant compounds is also beneficial for the skin. Goji protects it from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. The results of clinical trials also show that the extract from this fruit helps to regulate the functioning of the immune system. First off, it stimulates the activity of T-type lymphocytes that destroy degenerated or infected cells as well as macrophages that devour harmful microorganisms. It has also been proven that Goji exhibits anti-inflammatory properties which make it a valuable support during infection.

Antioxidant properties: Many studies confirmed that polysaccharides found in Goji berries exhibit strong antioxidant properties. Therefore, they help to neutralize free radicals, the excess of which might be harmful to the body. It is definitely worth noting that Goji extract helps to protect cell structures such as DNA, lipids and proteins which might be an important part of cancer prevention. Researchers suggest that compounds found in those berries have the ability to suppress cancer cells. There is still a need for more clinical trials to prove their effectiveness but preliminary reports are promising. Goji extract supports detoxification by mitigating the effects of oxidative stress. It also protects the liver from damage, especially the damage caused by high fat intake. At the same time, it regulates cholesterol levels, increasing the beneficial fraction of cholesterol – HDL – and lowering the “bad” LDL fraction.

Supports the nervous system: Clinical studies indicate that Goji extract is a valuable support for those who struggle with chronic stress and fatigue. In one of the studies two weeks of Goji supplementation were enough to cause positive effects in participants who decided to take part in the test. They particularly claimed to feel more energy, have better sleep, get up early with less effort, feel more relaxed and generally be happy about their lives. Mental comfort is obviously crucial for efficient intellectual work – including cognitive functions such as concentration or memory. Moreover, it has been proven that active compounds contained in L. barbarum stimulate neurogenesis and neuroplasticity in the hippocampus – a brain structure that is mainly responsible for information acquisition and memory processing. This effect is especially noticeable in the case of elderly. However, Goji berries are definitely a valuable support for people of all ages.

Helps to maintain a healthy diet: Eating certain foods (such as sweets, sugary drinks, and white bread) causes your blood glucose levels to skyrocket. The body responds with a huge release of insulin. This hormone signals to the cells that the sugar should be taken up immediately. But only some amount of glucose is enough to meet the needs of cells. The excess is converted into fat and stored. Intensive sugar absorption causes its blood level to drop quickly. This, in turn, is a signal for the body that this energy resource may soon run out of power, so you should eat something immediately, if possible – something rich in sugar. Then there are so-called episodes of binge eating, which often make it impossible to maintain a proper diet and regular meals. The active compounds of Goji berries help to maintain the proper level of glucose in the blood. By preventing its uncontrolled increase, they break this “vicious cycle” and make it easier to get rid of unnecessary kilograms.

Goji extract 50% | Lycium barbarum product specification

 

TYPE OF PRODUCT:
  • powdered raw ingredient
STANDARDIZATION:
  • extract from the fruits of Lycium barbarum (>50% polysaccharides)
MEASURING:
  • steel measuring tool 0.60 ml ~ 500 mg
PACKAGING:
  • airtight ALU-PET bag
INTENDED USE:
  • nutrition, neuroregulation, herbal medicine
LEGAL STATUS:
  • ingredient admitted to trading in the EU and the US

How to use Goji extract 50% | Lycium barbarum?

 

RECOMMENDED SERVING:
  • 400 – 800 mg
SERVINGS PER DAY:
  • 1 – 3
BEST ABSORPTION:
  • with or without food
WHEN TO USE:
  • during the day
OPTIMAL CYCLE DURATION:
  • 12 weeks of using – 4 weeks of break

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