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Goji Berry Tea

Goji berry tea is a nutritious herbal infusion made from the dried fruits (called goji, wolfberry, or goji berry) of Lycium chinense and Lycium barbarum, two closely related species of shrubs native to Asia. Owing to the presence of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, the goji berry tea is widely known for aiding the treatment of many health problems.

Goji Berry Tea

History and origin

Goji berries have long been used by the Chinese in the hope of increasing average life expectancy. Its first use in 200 BCE was recorded in an ancient book on Chinese medicine and herbs. In traditional Chinese medicine, wolfberry is considered beneficial for the treatment of various conditions of the liver and kidney.

Goji Berry Tea

Goji Berry Tea

Goji berry tea benefits: what is it good for

Weight loss

Because of its high fiber content, drinking goji berry tea helps us in feeling full and controls appetite for long periods. Moreover, it is beneficial for speeding up our metabolism, helping the body to burn fat faster.

Detoxification

Rich in vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants, this beverage stimulates functioning of liver and aids in its detoxification process. Vitamin C and vitamin E neutralize the effects of free radicals by working as free radical scavengers and protectors of cell membranes respectively. Furthermore, vitamins A and E are useful for relieving leaky gut, and thus help protect the liver indirectly.

Cardiovascular disease

Its intake facilitates in lowering high levels of LDL cholesterol, preventing the accumulation of arterial plaque, and maintaining steady blood pressure. As a result, it helps in reducing the chances of strokes, heart attacks, and other conditions pertaining to the heart.

Goji Berry Tea Images

Goji Berry Tea Images

Diabetes

Scientific studies have revealed that goji berries, because of their hypoglycemic property, have the ability to lower and maintain a proper balance of blood glucose. Therefore, this tea is helpful for controlling diabetes.

Eye problems

Animal studies have shown that consumption of this drink helps improve vision. Since goji berry is rich in the carotenoid zeaxanthin, having it increases the concentration of macular pigments and assists in protecting the retina from eye diseases. Some studies have highlighted that its intake could slow down the progress of age-related macular degeneration.

Cancer

Research studies have identified the anti-cancer property of goji berries, which help in lessening the chances of growth of malignant cells in patients with breast cancer. However, more studies are needed to confirm its cancer preventive effect.

Goji Berries

Goji Berries

How to make goji berry tea

  • Boil 3-4 cups of water in a teapot
  • Add a handful of dried goji berries to the teapot
  • Also, add 1-2 cinnamon sticks, some lemon juice, and honey to taste
  • Steep for 20-25 minutes
  • Stir well
  • Strain it into cups
  • It can be served chilled by adding some ice
Goji Berry Tea Pictures

Goji Berry Tea Pictures

Safety and precautions

Side effects

Even though having it in moderation is safe, its overconsumption might cause nausea, vomiting, indigestion, and diarrhea.

During pregnancy

Since goji berries have betaine, a chemical known for causing miscarriage, women should avoid drinking this tea during pregnancy. Breastfeeding mothers should also avoid its intake.

Goji Berry

Goji Berry

Dried Goji Berry

Dried Goji Berry

Where to buy

You can buy organic goji berry blended with green and matcha tea online as well as from local stores selling herbal teas.

Article was last reviewed on 3rd November 2017

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