by Dr. David Jockers
(NaturalNews) Foods that have an incredible array of health benefits that go well beyond just their nutrient value are considered superfoods. These foods are typically loaded with a combination of critical fatty acids, anti-oxidant phytonutrients, and essential amino acids. Goji berries contain an extraordinary amount of unique nutrients and anti-oxidants that give them amazing power as a superfood in our diets.
Goji berries are classically grown from an evergreen shrub found in China, Mongolia, and in the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet. Goji berries are also called wolfberries in many of these countries. These berries are a member of the Solanaceae family of plants that is also called nightshade veggies. The relatives include tomato, potato, peppers, eggplant, tomatillo, and tobacco.
Goji berries have all 18 amino acids as well as mega doses of vitamin A (beta carotene), B1, B2, B6 and vitamin E. Goji berries contain more vitamin C by weight than any other food on Earth. Goji berries also contain more iron than spinach as well as 21 other key trace minerals. Goji’s are extremely rich in the unique phytonutrient anti-oxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which are some of the most important nutrients for healthy eyes and nervous system.
Goji berries are also rich in unique compounds known as Lycium barbarum polysaccharides. These nutrients have been shown to enhance immunity and have a similar chemical structure to immune stimulating compounds within maitake mushrooms and echinacea. These polysaccharides provide immune cells with special sugars that enable them to communicate more effectively.
Key polysaccarides enhance immunity
These polysaccharides are also one of the preferred fuel sources of good intestinal bacteria. These bacteria help to orchestrate a healthy immune response as well. By supporting the immune cells and probiotic cells with their preferred fuel these polysaccharides present in goji berries modulate immunity and reduce inflammation. Famous author and pharmacist Earl Mindell believes that these polysaccharides are master molecules because of their influence on many of the body’s biochemical defense systems.
These polysaccharides are very effective at enhancing detoxification within the body. They aid in the removal of metabolic waste products such as lactic acid that accumulates in muscles during exertion. They also support the liver and protect it from damage that may occur during intense periods of exercise.
In Asia, goji berries have been used as a cultural medicinal for inflammatory based disorders such as asthma, allergies, chronic pain, and cancer. The polysaccharides also show promise in blunting auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Crohn’s disease.
Goji berries are also a rich source of sesquiterpenoids which help to stimulate human growth hormone secretion by the pituitary gland. This is the only known food source that is known to stimulate HGH. Additionally, goji berries contain L-arginine and L-glutamine, along with potassium. These nutrients further promote growth hormone production.
These key nutrients synergize to have a very powerful effect on the key endocrine glands such as the adrenals, thymus, thyroid, and pituitary. Goji berries can be classified as an adaptogenic aid in that they enhance the body’s ability to successfully adapt to stress. This unique array of supernutrients make goji berries one of the world’s premier foods for optimal performance and longevity.
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Dr. David Jockers owns and operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Ga. He is a Maximized Living doctor. His expertise is in weight loss, customized nutrition & exercise, & structural corrective chiropractic care. For more information go towww.drjockers.com To find a Maximized Living doctor near you go to www.maximizedliving.com Dr. Jockers is also available for long distance phone consultations to help you beat disease and reach your health goals