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Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions Newsletter   Providing Natural Health Care for the Entire Family
Issue #2016-12d

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Goji Berries
The Little Red Super fruit


The shriveled red Goji berry doesn't look like much at first, but this Himalayan fruit, otherwise known in Tibet as the "key to eternal youth", is a superfood packed with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. You can add it to almost any meal, it tastes delicious, and it may add some pep to your step.

Chinese medicine has known about this berry, Lycium barbarum, or "wolfberry", for many years, and it's used as an herbal remedy to treat many age related ailments, as it's been known to treat the root and essence of the body, the kidneys, and the liver, which stores blood. You can eat it alone or along with other herbs that boost the benefits to create a formula specific to your individual needs. Your acupuncturist is the best person to assess and create a formula for you.

The Goji has 21 minerals, including beta carotene, and trace elements. It also has a powerful antioxidant called zeaxanthin, B vitamins, and has more vitamin C than oranges. The Goji berry also has fiber so you feel full (hello weight loss!) and has about 13% protein depending on the dosage. The Goji contains lutein, which benefits the eyes, as well as the mentioned beta carotene which also benefits the eyes and skin.

What all of these nutrients tell us is that this berry helps keep the blood more alkaline, white blood cells are fortified along with your immune system, and all the amino acids, vitamins and minerals means oxygen is transported nicely through the body. So what do you get? Well-being, more energy, vitality, stronger immunity, and healthy eyes.

The Goji berry tastes sweet and a bit sour and is bright in color. It's best to buy organic and good quality berries, or you can grow your own.

Some benefits may include improved vision, more energy, lowering of bad cholesterol, increased energy, better sleep, weight loss, improved hair thickness and luster, and less dryness. Goji berries also may help fight depression.

You can include these berries in trail mixes, cereals, or salads, or just eat them straight from your hand. How much to eat to stay healthy? The answer to that depends on your individual needs and palate. Start with a few grams, then a handful, and go from there according to how you feel and what your body is in the mood for.

Goji berries belong to the nightshade family, foods that contain solanine. These foods include tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant. Some individuals, like those who have arthritis, may have an allergy to these foods and it is not recommended for them in that case. If you are taking some medications like blood thinners, blood pressure medication, or diabetes medicine this berry may not be right for you. It also is a "warming" food, so refrain if you have a fever or the flu. If you are fine with those foods and don't run too hot, go ahead and indulge in what might become your favorite berry.  

Benefits may vary depending on the individual, and it's best to start with a smaller amount and see how you feel. If these aren't for you, you can also try similar foods like the acai berry, elderberry, or tart cherries. It's best to eat them by themselves instead of in a juice with other fruits.

5 Ways to Use Goji Berries

Goji berries have been used for their healing and nutritional properties for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine incorporates goji berries into different meals and healing tonics in order to cleanse the body. Goji berries have been said to have many different health benefits when used as a nutritional and super-herbal tonic. From anti-aging to promoting good eye health, the goji berry works on the body in many ways. Here are five ways for you to use goji berries so they too can benefit you.

1) Make a tea. 
Goji berries are very popular in teas. Some people swear by goji berry tea, by making it a part of their daily diet. By adding a generous handful of goji berries to a glass of hot water you can reap their healing and restorative properties.

2) Eat them raw. 
This is the easiest and go-to way to consume goji berries, just eat them! These berries will give off a mild sweet and tangy taste, but can easily be enjoyed and stomached while raw. Small to medium-sized handfuls of goji berries a day will do the trick.

3) Smoothies. 
Goji berries are great in smoothies. They take your already healthful snack and increase the benefits. Soak the berries in cold water before adding them to your smoothie in order to get them juicy and hydrated. After the berries are plump in size, add the goji berries to whatever smoothie you are making and blend to your desired consistency

4) Trail Mix. 
Traditionally, goji berries have been known to be consumed once they are dried. Dehydrate some berries and add them to your trail snacks for the road!

5) Pastries. 
I'm sure you have had a blueberry scone before, or even a cranberry one. Try making your breakfast a little more interesting by incorporating goji berries into your pastry intake. Goji berries make for a great addition to scones, muffins and pancakes.


Recipe Corner

Fly High Goji Berry Superfood Bonanza


  • 4 cups of your favorite liquid (water, hot or cold tea, coconut water, or any nut milk)
  • 3 tbsp. goji berries
  • 3 tbsp. cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp. cacao nibs
  • 1 tbsp. maca, red maca, or maca extreme
  • 1 tsp. goji berry extract powder (optional, but super energizing!)
  • 1-2 tbsp. sweetener (such as yacon syrup, light or dark agave, or any raw honey)
  • 1-3 cups frozen, organic berries
  • 1 tbsp. hempseed
  • 1 small pinch Celtic sea salt
  • 1/4 leaf fresh aloe vera gel (optional) 
  • Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth.
RFRN notes: 
We absolutely adore goji berries, and we haven't found someone who doesn't yet! We make some version of this smoothie nearly every day. This is a very satisfying smoothie that keeps us going for hours!

Source: Free Superfood Recipes from David Wolfe's New Book "Superfoods" [Raw Recipes]

The information contained within the  newsletter is only used to educate and inform. This newsletter is  not a substitute for the advice of a licensed and registered health  care provider. Seek prompt attention for emergencies. Consult  a health care provider for specific health concerns, and before  starting a diet, cleanse or exercise routine.
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Research Update
Superfoods & Cancer Treatment

Superfoods have been making increasing headlines in the news and in the world of nutritionists and dieticians over the last couple of years. These especially nutrient-rich foods are labeled to be extra healthy and purifying for our bodies to consume.
But, how much can superfoods really attribute to our overall health? How much healthier will superfoods make us?Can an intake of superfoods heal us completely from debilitating disease or even prevent us from contracting the disease in the first place? A recent study has been trying to prove just this, by researching potential anti-cancer superfoods.

In a study published by the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, researchers have found promising results that cement the idea that superfoods are beneficial to protect and fight against diseases such as cancer.

The study found as more cancer patients have become more health conscious and switched their dietary methods when fighting the disease, an intake of superfoods has also increased. Conventional methods of chemotherapy are falling and patients are starting to use alternative methods, one of these methods being chalking the body full of nutrient-rich superfoods.

Examples of superfoods commonly found in these diets are curcumin, paprika, lycopene, zeaxanthins and sulforaphane. These plant-based compounds have been deemed as "promising agents" for fighting cancer.

Although, there is still much research to be done, and a cure for cancer needs to be found, it is true that incorporating superfoods into your daily diet can help fight and prevent debilitating disease.

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