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Lycii Berries (Goji Berries)

© Brigitte Mars

Lycii berries (Lycium chinense), pronounced Lee-Chee, are members of the Solanaceae (Nightshade) Family and also known as Wolfberry and Goji Berry. Properties: They are considered sweet and neutral.

Lycii helps remove toxins from the blood by strengthening the kidneys and liver. It can also protect the liver from damage as a result of toxin exposure.

They have many virtues including being an aphrodisiac, a tonic for the blood, energy, liver and yin (fluids) of the body as well as a rejuvenative. They are a supreme eye food, helping to improve night Blindness, blurred and poor vision.

Lycii berries have been used to treat anemia, asthma, bronchial inflammation, diabetes mellitus, erectile dysfunction, pneumonia, tuberculosis, vertigo, weak knees and back. They are highly nutritive, containing beta-carotene, vitamin C, B1 and B2, and linoleic acid. Lycii are said to "brighten the spirit" and prolonged use promotes cheerfulness.

Look for berries with a bright red color. Be sure to get unsulfited berries. Use them like raisins. Add to trail mix. Soak them to make smoothies.

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Brigitte Mars is an herbalist, author and nutritional consultant in Boulder, Colorado. She is author of ...more
 
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