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Probing Goji Juice
Recently, New Zealand health officials opened a probe against goji juice makers after becoming aware of advertisements that claim the juice is able to cure several diseases, including cancer. Such claims are illegal for food products in New Zealand. The same thing happened in the US not too long ago with Noni juice, another popular health drink.
The governments of a few states ended up banning such advertising with Noni juice, and it appears that many websites and companies that offer goji juice and other health drinks are taking notice by both putting disclaimers on their sites and being careful about what claims they put up and how they are worded.
I would just like to take this opportunity to say that it is indeed possible to cure cancer and a variety of other diseases naturally, and with far higher success than traditional drugs, which are in so many cases simply designed to cover up symptoms, or have marginally better effects than placebos. The thing is, our bodies need a variety of things to function properly, and much of our aging is caused by our bodies not getting these things, whether they be certain vitamins, minerals or other agents that are ill-understood by modern doctors or scientists. The best place to get what our bodies need is clearly from eating a variety of foods, which should include as many different types of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and herbs as possible.
The simple fact is, goji juice and berries are indeed incredibly healthy, but as I have said before, the effects that are noted from them by many people may simply be related to their bodies suddenly getting a sorely needed boost of vitamins, minerals, healthy sugars, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and other things they are not used to getting in their normal diets. This is not to say that you won't notice an effect if you already eat healthy, but the fact of the matter is that nothing will benefit you more than simply eating a diverse diet, exercising, getting proper sleep, taking time to relax, play, and develop healthy relationships and strive to grow emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.
Growing Goji Berry Plants: Tips From ExperienceI thought I'd post a little bit about growing goji berries today. I have been attempting to grow several goji plants in my apartment for the past few months, so I have some experience in what works and what doesn't that I thought I'd share. I'll also start by saying that if you haven't considered growing your own goji berry plants yet, you should. It's a lot cheaper than buying goji juice or berries, and a lot easier than you might think.
Okay, so after researching a little about growing goji plants, I discovered that they like moist soil, so that means you'll need to water them more than many plants. But make sure not to overwater ? the soil should be moist, not soggy. Also, you must make sure the soil has good drainage so that the roots are never soaking in water, as this will cause them to rot. Goji plants can tolerate nutritionally poor soil, but they'll grow faster and better in nice, rich organic soil. Don't use artificial fertilizers, as you won't get good nutrient content in your berries. Make sure to use vermiculite, compost, or manure. You can use regular potting soil and mix this stuff in. To add better drainage to your soil, mix in a bit of sand and make sure to put rocks in the bottom of your pot if you are growing them in a pot.
Another absolutely crucial thing I should add, is that your plants will need at least 8 hours of direct sunlight a day. One of my plants was by a window that didn't get this much light and it died. My other plants were also by a window that didn't get this much light, but I put fluorescent grow lights above them to make up for this and they are doing great. The best thing you can do for your plants is grow them outside, however. You can only do this if you live in a climate that is zone 7 or higher where you live. Check out this climate zone map for the US if you're not sure. Here's a zone map for Canada, and here's a growing zone map for Australia. It's easy to find one for your local area with any search engine if you are not in one of these locations.
If you don't live in a warm enough climate, you can at least put your plants outside during the warm season if possible in direct sun. Make sure to gradually introduce them to outdoor conditions and sunlight, however, or they will be burned. This is called hardening, and involves putting them out only for brief periods at first, and gradually increasing the time. If they sag or otherwise don't look happy, take them out of the sun immediately until they recover. It is especially important to ensure they stay moist when outside in the heat, especially if you live in hot climate.
That's all I'm going to write about growing goji plants for now, but if you want to learn more, I covered everything else in the Growing Your Own Goji Berries section of my website. Also, keep in mind that it will take 2 or 3 years before your plants begin bearing fruit, but it's well worth the wait! Until then, if you want berries, just make sure to do your research and find the best companies offering organic berries for the best prices, which you will also find on this website in the Buying Goji Juice and Berries section.
Do Not Rely on Goji Juice - There is Much More to Being HealthyI've been noticing more and more that people are coming to goji juice in hopes that it will solve any and all of their health problems. The marketing companies claim that goji juice will help with anything from arthritis to heartburn, from cancer to decapitation. Unfortunately, the truth is, there is NO miracle cure for any of these ailments. Well, I guess that all depends on what you call a miracle.
I believe that many people see such dramatic results with goji juice simply because they weren't getting what they needed in their diets to begin with. So then, they start drinking this juice that is high in various vitamins, has a full protein, essential fatty acids, high levels of antioxidants, etc., and they notice a big difference. HOWEVER, although you may notice such a difference, it is a mistake to think that you are getting everything you need simply because you have begun drinking this juice. It is far more healthier to get your antioxidants and vitamins from a variety of sources, as each vegetable and fruit has different types and different parts of vitamins and antioxidants.
Nothing can substitute eating a variety of raw, organic fruits and vegetables (cooking destroys many nutrients and enzymes, and foods that are not organic contain much higher levels of toxins and far fewer vitamins and minerals). There are many so-called super foods out there that far exceed the benefits of synthetic vitamins, supplements and drugs. If you really want to take care of yourself, start looking into natural Chinese, Tibetan and Indian healing plants that have been used for thousands of years to prevent illness before it starts. I'll talk more about other super foods in a future blog. Our system of simply covering up the symptoms is ludicrous when the truth is, we don't need to become sick to begin with if we simply eat right and exercise.
Now, I'm not trying to say you shouldn't eat goji berries or drink the juice (I recommend the berries ? more natural and they contain essential fatty acids whereas the juice does not, as I've mentioned many times on this site). What I'm saying is that you don't have to rely on these hyped up products when you can get everything you need in your local farmer's market or grocery store, if you only look. Eating foods like goji berries that are extremely high in vitamins compared to most other fruits and vegetables is always a good idea to supplement your existing diet, but if you eat right on a continual basis, these super foods will work all the better to bring your body into balance. If you really want to get better, no matter what your illness, you need to start paying very close attention to what you put into your body.
Antioxidants in Goji Berries
You may be aware that antioxidants are a powerful ally in the fight against cancer and aging. Once you learn how many antioxidants are in goji berries, you may begin to get an idea of why I promote them so vigorously, although there is much more to them than antioxidants (I do not sell them by the way, and I am beginning to grow my own plants). To get an idea of how many more antioxidants are in goji berries and goji juice compared to the typical fruit we eat in North America, we can compare these levels right now. ORAC is the standard test, used by the US Department of Agriculture, to measure the antioxidant levels of foods.
Now, most people do not get nearly enough antioxidants in a given day to prevent or significantly reduce the risks of cancer. A person needs to get about 5000 ORAC units a day for maximum benefits. Most people don't get even close to this because most people simply don't eat the rights foods. For example, if you wanted to get your daily ORAC dose in grapes, you would need to eat 677 grams of grapes - no small amount. Alternatively, you could simply eat 20 grams of goji berries, which is about a small handful. By comparing the ORAC levels of various fruits and vegetables in this chart, which shows the antioxidant levels in the most antioxidant-rich foods we eat, you may begin to get an idea of how powerful goji berries and their juice are.Technorati Profile
The Goji Berry Species DebateGoji berries are, in fact, part of a larger family of berries known as Lycium. It depends on who you talk to as to whether or not one species is as good as another in terms of health benefits. In reality, there is no proof either way until a more thorough analysis of each species is done, including their nutritional content, level of polysaccharides and so on.
The three most common species of Lycium are Lycium barbarum, Lycium chinenses and Lycium europeaum. Even though many botanists apparently tend to group these species under the name Lycium barbarum, they are quite distinct plants. And there are many more species as well, found throughout Europe, Asia and even in the Americas. Common names for goji berries, depending on where you are in the world, are: Gou qi zi, Goji, wolfberry, lycium fruit, bastard jasmine, box thorn, tea tree and matrimony vine.
It has been suggested by some companies that L. barbarum has more polysaccharides than L. chinenses, but studies on L. chinenses do not back this up, and polysaccharides isolated from the L. chinenses have shown promising results in studies on their effect on cancer. Essentially, there is no proof that other varieties of goji berries are any less beneficial than the L. barbarum, although it is the species most commonly sold, in the form of "Himalayan Goji Juice", as well as in dried berry form.
The main difference between the two popular varieties, is that the L. chinenses variety is a shorter bush and the berries are described by some sources as having a more tart taste.
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