Monday, October 29, 2012

7 Things You Should Know about Chinese Wolfberries

I found this useful article online from Eu Yan Sang for those who love snacking on healthy Wolfberries like me :)


You may have seen or even eaten Chinese Wolfberries, but how much do you know about them? With a flavour described as “sweet liquorice”, the Chinese Wolfberry (gouqi or goji berry) has reached superfood status. Here are 7 things you should know about this nutrient-packed fruit.

1. The Chinese Wolfberry is one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits around.
For instance, Chinese Wolfberries are supposed to contain more beta-carotene, a type of antioxidant, than carrots. Antioxidants may have anti-aging and cancer-fighting effects.
2. Chinese Wolfberries are believed to be good for vision.
Chinese Wolfberries are used in TCM remedies to improve eyesight. See recipe for Bright Cassia-Shouwu Tea. Inspired by the traditional use of these berries, scientists are studying the fruit and its potential to lower retina damage from type-2 diabetes.
3. Chinese Wolfberries are grown on vines in Mongolia, Tibet and Ningxia, China.
Often cultivated in valleys, Chinese Wolfberry plants can grow up to 3m tall. The Ningxia region is said to produce the best Chinese Wolfberries in the world.
4. Chinese Wolfberries are traditionally used for the skin.
In TCM, the berries are believed to promote youthful-looking skin by nourishing yin and improving blood production.
5. If you take blood thinners, Chinese Wolfberries may not be for you.
While the berries are generally safe in moderation, studies have suggested that the berries may interact with blood thinning medication such as warfarin.
6. Chinese Wolfberries are thought to strengthen the Liver and Kidneys.
In TCM, the berries are used to reinforce the Liver, invigorate the Kidneys and replenish vital essence, orjing.
7. Chinese Wolfberries can be cooked, turned into wine or eaten raw.
In Chinese cuisine and medicine, the berries are used in numerous dishes such as porridge, meat and vegetable dishes, soups and teas. In the West they are often eaten in their dried, uncooked form.
In the mood for a satisfying meal that uses Chinese Wolfberries? See recipe for Lotus and Ginseng with Black-Boned Chicken, which promotes Kidney health.

No comments: