Adaptogen Plants! These herbs, indeed, thanks to their adaptogenic properties, help our organism to deal with stress and to overcome every difficulty. Lycium, also known as Goji berries, is one of the most popular and most beneficial adaptogens.
Lycium, mostly known as Goji, is an adaptogen plant with incredible properties: it helps the organism to react efficiently to stress and it is thought to enhance our life span! No wonder this is one of the most popular super food worldwide. It is usually known by the name of Goji Berries and it has been used for thousand years from Chinese medicine and Ayurveda.
Legend says that a doctor revealed the secret to immortality for the first time. He was studying an ancient society living on a small region on the Himalayas. The people living in the village indeed were 100 years old and more, they had no grey hair and had a very strong health. The incredible characteristics of people living in the remote regions led him to deepen his research. He found out that these extraordinary people used to drink water from some water wells just next to some Goji plants. The seeds, indeed, fell into the wells releasing all the amazing properties that allowed to the people of the village to live a healthy and long life!
Lycium berries have been used in Tibetan medicine for 1700 years at least. They used it to cure every kind of disease, both physical and mental, like depression, insomnia, allergies… In the recent years it has to be found to protect our body from stress and the damages it provokes to our body and to our life. Lycium, indeed, contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory carotenoids (zeaxanthin, cryptoxantine) and flavonoids; plus it has Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, chemoprotective, hepatoprotective properties, Lycium is found to lower blood sugar levels enhancing our overall health.
Goji berries taste like a mix of cranberry, cherry and tomato. Dried Goji berries are very popular (it’s very difficult to find fresh Goji berry if you don’t live in Asia), but it’s also usual to eat Lycium as a jam, or tea! These colorful and nutrient berries can be put inside baked food, such as cookies but they can also be used in savory recipes. Once the berries are rehydrated, indeed, they taste like a sweet tomato!