Tanaduk Botanical Research
Institute of Tibetan Medicine

Researching Tibetan Berries — Monograph 93

The Tanaduk Botanical Research Institutehas been researching over twenty varieties of Himalayan Lycium type berries that display similar taxa characteristics and phytogenetic relationships to the Tibetan Goji. The Tibetan Goji berry, locally also called phang.ma - which is one Lycium variety that is in abundance and not endangered. It offers phyto energetic properties that are so high that there is no comparison available to any Western berry or Chinese berry.

These delicious fruits are very widely used in Mongolia and Tibet and regular consumption of the berries is traditionally believed to lead to long, vigorous and happy life. In Tibet and Inner Mongolia this red berry is cherished by the locals, they honor it with celebrations and festivities that last for two weeks every year. They live free of arthritis, cancer, diabetes and many other common diseases and their life expectancies are well over a hundred. It has been used for centuries in Tibet and throughout the Himalayas and there is no known risk of continual use only benefits.

Tibetan Goji's are wonderful and delicious tonic fruits used as a blood tonic, to nurture the heart, they have been used to relieve heart palpitation, insomnia, forgetfulness and anxiety associated with blood and chi deficiency. The berries have a high content of iron, about 20 times that of grapes and 15 times that of spinach. Many Tibetan formulas include these berries with other ingredients and offered in a well built formula with tonic herbs, astringent herbs, herbs to strengthen essence, nourish internal organs and build blood.

Tibetan Goji berry has been undergoing intense scrutiny as a cancer drug in Mongolia and Japan. These berries can kill many kinds of cancer cells in vitro and contains 124 ppm of organic Germanium. Germanium has been demonstrated to have anti-cancer activity. Japanese studies indicate that organic Germanium is effective in treating liver cancer, lung cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, and testicular cancer when combined with other drugs. Germanium possesses the power to take over the hydrogen ion from cancer cells. Losing hydrogen ions can cause depression and even death to cancer cells.

Besides Germanium, these berries have other components that act against cancer. These other components appear to be able to depress or block the synthesis of the cancer cells DNA, which interferes with the cell's ability to divide and thus lowers the reproductive capacity of the cancer cells.

The Tibetan Goji berry has been tested as an anti-obesity drug. Patients were given 30 grams each morning and each afternoon, made into a tea. Results were excellent. most patients lost significant weight. The berry contain polysaccharides which have been demonstrated to strongly fortify the immune system. they are also very rich in vitamin C and B vitamins. Furthermore, it is the richest source of carotenoids, including beta carotene, of all known plants on earth and is thus a powerful antioxidant. It is believed to fortify the system against disease and to provide the energy to overcome difficult health obstacles.

Modern chemical analysis and clinical study finds Tibetan Goji berry to protect liver function, replenishes vital essences, improves visual acuity, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, strengthens muscles and bones, burns fat, brings energy to the heart and works as an aid to treat diabetes and impotence. It contains a high concentration of the branched chain amino acid L-Leucine among 18 amino acids, 21 trace minerals, linoleic acid, thiamine, riboflavin, betaine, more beta carotene than carrots and 500 times more vitamin e by weight than oranges. It's loaded with Vitamins Bl, 82. B6 and vitamin E. It has been found affective in increasing white blood cells, protecting the liver and relieving hypertension.

This berry not only contains superoxide dismutase, phenylpropaniods, anti cancer inhibiting factors and anti senility factors, but it also has a high concentration of the branched-chain amino acid L-Ieucine. This amino acid forms the building block of a very unique compound called HMB (Beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate) through the phenylpropabiod activity, this berry converts leucine into HMB. HMB lowers total and LDL cholesterol levels in blood and helps strengthen the immune system while building muscle tissue and burning body fat.

In a large study done in Japan with older patients this tasty little red berry was found to inhibit tumor growth by 58% and the protein of the berry displays an insulin like action that is affective in fat decomposition. It also strengthens immunoglobulin A levels, an increase in these levels suggests that this berry may enable injured DNA to better repair itself and ward off tissue degeneration. As we grow older the levels of lipid peroxide in our blood increase, while levels of health protecting antioxidants like superoxide dismutae (500) decrease.

Another study of people who consumed consistent doses of Goji berry found SOD in the blood increased by a remarkable 48%, hemoglobin increased by 12% and lipid peroxide levels dropped by an amazing 65%. The people of Inner Mongolia who eat this berry live free of arthritis, cancer and diabetes with life expectancies well over one hundred years. In a study conducted by the Scientific Commission of Mongolia on cancer patients, Tibetan Goji berry triggered an increase in Lymphocyte transformation and white blood cell count (measure of immune function) and to cause the blood of older people to revert to a younger state.

It also increases phagocytosiss and the titre of serum antibodies (another index of immune function), unhealthy levels of these antibodies have long be en associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome also known as Epstien Barr. How do you use Goji berries? It is easy to enjoy this berry, just eat them, add them to hot and cold cereal, porridge, grains, casseroles, stews, baked goods and trail type mixes for snacking throughout the day for added stamina and delight. About a half kilo per month is an average amount to use that will support immune strength and vitality.

In 2500 years there is no reported discomfort from continual use, only benefits. It is said in Tibet that eating a handful of these berries a day will make one happy for the entire day. Such a practice has a cumulative effect. Eventually, you can't stop smiling

Serving Size 1/4 cup Servings per container 18 Calories 80 Calories from fat O 9 Total Fat O 9 Cholesterol Omg Sodium 160 mg Total Carbohydrate 18 9 Dietary Fiber 4 9 Calcium 25 mg Iron 5 mg Vit A 16,000 IU Vit C 22 mg Sugars 13 9 - Naturally occurring Protein 4 9.

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