Organic Goji Berry Antioxidant
This article consists of four parts.
Part I will be a comparison of Tibetan Goji berries (Goji berries from Tibet) and Wolfberry (berries from China). People tend to confuse these two types of berries, but each has its distinct differences.
Part II is a discussion on the differences between organic and wild-crafted crops with special mention of Tibetan Goji berries.
Part III explains the importance of antioxidants and how Tibetan Goji berries top the list as far as nutrients are concerned.
Part IV is how to delay the aging process by eating the right foods and by taking in a generous dose of antioxidants to promote optimal health.
Part I: Comparing Tibetan Goji Berries and Wolfberries
EarthTurns.com has a commitment: to sell only the best cutting edge products and formulas to people looking for effective and tested ways of staying healthy. There is one product that we offer to the market and which we are extremely proud of: wild-crafted Tibetan Goji berries.
Tibetan Goji berries have generous amounts of antioxidants (known as ORAC levels) and available polysaccharides. These have been verified and certified in laboratory studies conducted by the USDA. Our Goji berries are under the Extreme Health USA brand and are found to have not only high ORAC levels, but also are microbial-tested for nutritional density. Companies that sell similar products do not offer this certification.
Marketing efforts appear to indicate that some confusion reigns as to the differences between wild-crafted Tibetan Goji Berry (scientific name: Lycum Eleagnus Barbarum) and the Wolfberry or the Chinese lycee fruit (scientific name: Lycium Barbarum). People who sell the Wolfberry claim that it is grown in very clean and pristine regions.
We need to clarify one thing: this claim about growing in pure natural regions applies only to the Tibetan Goji berries because the Chinese variety - Wolfberry -is actually harvested in industrial polluted areas. This is why some marketers market the Wolfberry as Goji when in fact the two are very different.
Fact # 1: The Tibetan Goji berry is wild-crafted (see part II). It has been grown and raised for thousands of years by Tibetan doctors as a medicinal food. It has been eaten abundantly by Tibetans as a wild fruit.
Fact # 2: The seeds of the Goji berries from Tibet were brought to China and then harvested. Those who grew it in China called it the Wolfberry. While the Wolfberry is a healthy berry, its health benefits can be disputed especially if it has not been certified as having organic origins.
This certification can be difficult to obtain in light of the lack of controls in Chinese farming practices that have been going on for generations. Restrictions covering the use of pesticides, herbicides and DDT are not clearly defined for Chinese farmers. Botanists all agree that repetitive planting can deplete the soil of essential minerals. This lack of mineral nutrients in turn causes a low-grade quality product, regardless of the similarity in the climates of Tibet and China.
Fact # 3: Regions in Tibet where the Goji berry is grown are characterized by pristine and pure conditions. This explains why the Goji berries from Tibet are said to be packed with excellent nutrients - nutrients that are possible because of the regions' natural soil and air as well as abundant and wild plant life.
The naturalness of the soil, water, air and plant life contribute to the nutritional wholesomeness of botanicals that is considered rare. This explains why this type of botanicals is much sought after by people who know that products coming from certain, unspoiled regions of the planet have excellent nutrition potential.
Fact # 4: Our product, Organic Tibetan Extreme Health USA Goji Berry is a botanical rarity, and assures you are eating only organic goji berries. It has very high levels of powerful antioxidants, not to mention vitamins, minerals and immune-stimulating polysaccharides. All these ingredients combined make our Goji Berries product one of the world's most sought after by enlightened consumers who want only the best natural foods to complement their lifestyles.
Fact # 5: In the world of botanicals and natural supplements where competition is fierce, there is bound to be some form of misleading advertising. Marketers, sellers and distributors tend to fall into the trap of violating the truth in advertising act.
Some people have actually used the Tibetan Goji berries name to market the Chinese variety. To call a berry a Goji when it is in fact a Wolfberry is one such form of misleading advertising. Reputable sources have attested to the differences in the amino acid and trace mineral content of the two kinds of berries.
We can confidently state that the Tibetan Goji berry is more nutritionally dense; because of this, it constitutes the gold standard. To reiterate therefore:
The Tibetan Goji Berry is wild-crafted, and hence it is an original product and is highly superior to the Wolfberry.
Fact # 6: Extreme Health USA's Goji Berry was chosen by the DOLE Fresh Fruit Company specifically because they believe it to be the most superior berry, as certified by numerous third parties who base their claims on certified USDA registered laboratory reports. These reports support the belief that the Goji berry has remarkable antioxidant levels - ORAC units (see Part III). These reports also support the belief that the Goji berry has health-promoting polysaccharides and significant nutritional content.
Part II: Organic or Wild-Crafted (Beyond Organic)
Many have wondered, "What exactly is the difference between organic foods and wild-craft grown foods?" There is a short answer and a long answer. We'll start with the short answer:
It depends which side of the equator you're on.
Think natural and cultivated crops. What impressions do you get? Ask yourself, back in the old days when agricultural and farming methods were not yet introduced and plant life was allowed to flourish in the wild, was the food that our ancestors ate natural or cultivated?
The answer is of course natural. Long before the days of seeding arrived, food was left to grow on its own without human interference. The keyword here is "lush." The majority of natural habitats that enjoy plentiful rainfall, sunlight and mineral- rich soils prosper. They flourish in a wholesome way because they are not subject to natural or man-made constraints. Examples of these lush, unspoiled areas are the islands of Hawaii, the South American rain forest, and parts of Asia - which are in close proximity to the equator.
Now the long answer:
In compliance with USDA guidelines, organic farmers are allowed to use some approved pesticides and herbicides. When they do, they must follow a time limit of three months. This means that when they apply these chemicals, they must stop applying them at a minimum of three months before harvesting season. This cessation allows the substances to mitigate themselves. Some consumers are not aware that there is still some spraying involved.
When the phrase "wild-craft" is used, it implies that plants are allowed to grow without the use of herbicides and pesticides, and therefore grow naturally; that is they grow wild in the truest sense. This is where the Goji berry comes to light. The Goji berry varieties that grow in the strip of land along the Tibetan and Mongolian region or corridor benefit from this wild and natural condition, especially the ones that are found in Tibet.
Note: The land area occupied by Tibet (now China) is rich in minerals. It enjoys a climate that promotes the growth and spread of Goji berries - berries that the Tibetan population has thrived on. Tibetans think of the Goji berry as a nourishing and nurturing food and medicine - they see it as "happy" nourishment.
For centuries past and up to the present day, the Goji berry from Tibet has been a "regular feature" of medical practice by Tibetan doctors. Even Chinese doctors have long acknowledged the wonderful capabilities of herbs and tinctures. These herbs and tinctures serve as the foundation or basis in the manufacturing of many drugs and supplements today. Many of these practitioners use the Goji berry and its extracts and derivatives to cure a whole range of health problems and disorders.
One thing is certain: wild-craft products and foods are definitely superior to cultivated "organic" produce for two reasons:
- Wild-craft crops are not subject to any form of spraying. The absence of spraying leaves their leaves, fruit and root systems free of harmful substances that may put consumers at risk.
- The soils of wild-craft foods are mixed with a variety of wild plants. This means the soils are generally denser in nutrients and minerals which plants need to grow healthily and abundantly.
The Goji berry from Tibet classifies as a wild-craft food. The land area of Tibet rests on a glacial segment of the entire country that is known for its numerous crystallized minerals. These minerals are the ones responsible for giving rise to a substantial variety of natural-habitat berries, herbs and crops.
Part 3: ORAC's Vital Role
ORAC stands for the scale that measures oxygen radical absorbency capacity. It is measured in units and looks at the ability of antioxidants to absorb radical free-oxygen into the body. ORAC incorporates the intensity and length of protection provided by powerful antioxidants when they are manufactured for a product, vis-ŕ-vis a single numerical value. ORAC therefore has a high correlation with the level and time of protection in cells, body tissues and blood levels.
One can say that there is an almost perfect correlation between the ORAC value and how the body and its natural immune system are protected by antioxidants.
This explains why ORAC plays a vital role in the ability of food to supply immune-enhancing qualities (powerful antioxidants) to the human body so that it can help prevent the degradation of cells, membranes and tissues. In brief, ORAC levels act as age delaying agents.
Let's compare the antioxidant levels of some foods:
* ORAC units (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity Scale) refers to the ability of antioxidants to absorb oxygen "free radicals" and is measured in units. Three thousand (3000) units is considered an industry standard for health.
Extreme Health's Goji Berry is 25,100 units!
What are the characteristics of Certified Organic / Wild Crafted Goji Berry?
- Extreme Health's Goji Berries have high and powerful antioxidant levels (ORAC) are verified by an FDA registered laboratory. Most other companies do not verify their antioxidants levels.
- Contains a significant array of powerful antioxidants, vitamins, B6 and Thiamin.
- Packed with 18 amino acids and 27 trace minerals.
- Powerful antioxidants in Extreme Health's Goji Berries help minimize the harmful effects of free radicals associated with premature aging and DNA degradation.
- Increases the body's energy, strength and stamina levels.
- Promotes physical beauty and youthfulness.
- and the most important: it is wild-crafted and beyond organic
Part IV: Delaying the Aging Process By Eating the Right Foods
We have been told repeatedly: a regular diet of fruits and vegetables that are high in ORAC units can help delay the aging process of both body and mind. In fact the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston confirms this.
The usefulness of ORAC—(or Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) lies in the measuring of the ability of foods, blood plasma, and any substance to battle oxygen free radicals in the test tube.
Previous studies point to the fact that this antioxidant activity is also present in animals. Antioxidants protect the cell and cellular components of animals from damage generated by free radicals. Eating generous amounts of foods known for their high ORAC units - spinach, strawberries, and blueberries - have so far indicated that:
- it adds to the antioxidant power of human blood,
- it helps forestall the loss of long-term memory and learning ability in middle-aged rats,
- it helps preserve the ability of brain cells in middle-aged rats to respond to a chemical stimulus, and
- it protects rats' tiny blood vessels—capillaries—against oxygen damage.
These studies led Ronald L. Prior to conclude that "the ORAC measure may help define the dietary conditions needed to prevent tissue damage." He is coordinating this research with Guohua (Howard) Cao, James Joseph, and Barbara Shukitt-Hale at the Boston Center.
The damage caused by oxygen free radicals can no longer be disputed. Free radicals are responsible for several health problems and disorders that consequently are triggered by aging wear and tear, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The evidence is undeniable: regular consumption of fruits and vegetables - especially natural and wild-craft foods and vegetables - greatly decreases one's predisposition to cancer. The absence of fruits and vegetables in our diet increases risk. Studies have also shown that lower and weaker functioning of brain cells is linked to aging as well as caused by diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's - diseases that occur when free radicals are allowed to proliferate in the human body, says Joseph, a neuroscientist.
As you can see, wild crafted Tibetan Goji Berries are probably the best antioxidants available.