Goji Berry Decoction (Lycium barbarum)
The goji berry (Lycium barbarum; also known as Chinese wolfberry) grows on a deciduous shrub with violet flowers. Its berries are reddish-orange and have been used for centuries in Tibetan, Mongolian, Korean and Japanese medicines.
Goji berries are sold both dried and juiced outside of their native countries. Goji berry juice is obtained by pressing the berries through a filter, removing husk and seeds.
We make our goji berry decoction by simmering the berries in water.
Tibetans call it the ‘happy berry,’ as it is believed that consuming the berries increases happiness and feelings of contentment.
The berries are used in traditional remedies to improve the immune system, to treat gastro-intestinal problems, male sexual problems and several other conditions.
Though the research into the health benefits of goji berries is ongoing, they are known to be rich in phytochemicals, minerals and other vitamins and nutrients. This has led to the berry being labelled a ‘superfruit.’
The berries and juice are packed full of antioxidants - they contain significant quantities of vitamin C and carotenoids, as well as B vitamins and other beneficial phytonutrients.
Antioxidants help to combat the formation of free radicals, which develop from exposure to sunlight, pollution and the ageing process. Free radicals can cause inflammation, cell destruction and injury.