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{Lycium barbarum}

The Goji berry is properly known as Wolfberry where it is grown in China. Considered a botanical treasure by the locals in Ningxia province, it is known in Chinese medicine as an anti aging tonic. Ningxia grows the kind of wolfberries that legends are made of, and not surprisingly, Ningxia residents are their own best advertising. The Chinese national census recently reported that the number of Ningxia residents living more than 100 years exceeds the national average by an amazing 400 percent. Ningxia locals freely admit their health secret lies in the locally grown wolfberries.

The Xinhaua News Agency reported that the Ningxia variety of Lycium barbarum is far superior to ordinary Chinese wolfberry in its tonic effects. Due to this superior quality, many medical studies done on the wolfberry have specified the use of the Ningxia wolfberries.

The dried berry is 12% protein by weight, containing 18 amino acids. Calcium, phosphorus and magnesium are in high concentration along with 30 other minerals. Beta carotene and the carotenoid family of antioxidants are extraordinarily high. Zeaxanthin concentration is 10 times higher than in red peppers which are themselves very rich in this important nutrient for eye health. Omega 6 fatty acids are also richly abundant with linoleic acid content higher than wheat germ oil.

As a power snack for athletes it is ideal. As a low glycemic food it can be readily consumed by diabetics. With 4 well documented immune boosting polysaccharides in abundance the Goji berry has proven to be an effective tonic for the liver, better even than Milk Thistle.

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