Goji berries have become increasingly popular in the west. We put them in yoghurt, in smoothies, and we can even enjoy them in a tea. But did you also know that these miracle berries come from China and have been part of various applications within Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries here?
What are these lovely berries?
Goji berries are now also known as a superfood. This is mainly because they are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This mainly concerns zinc, selenium and vitamins A, B2 and C. The berries have a sweet taste and are therefore suitable for all kinds of dishes.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
For centuries, goji berries have been used in various formulas in Chinese medicine. Within this teaching, the berries are linked to the kidney, liver and lung energy pathways. In short, Chinese medicine assumes that the energy within a body can be disturbed. The cause can vary and treatment is suggested depending on this cause. Goji berries are mainly used in formulas for yin energy problems. A very old formula that is used for various kidney problems is the so-called Zuo Gui Yin. This is a mixture that consists of shu di huang, yellow dogwood, goji berries, yam, poria coconut and licorice.
How to enjoy the berries
These berries can be consumed in various ways. A simple and quick method is to simple add the berries to some yoghurt. For extra flavor you can add coconut shreds and fruit. Would you rather go for a smoothie? Try a smoothie with almond milk, coconut, banana, blueberries, linseed, and goji berries for a true energy boost in the morning.
Do you rather have tea? Enjoy a cup of hot tea with goji berries during the day. The tea sommeliers of Zheng Tea Room have various tea blends with this amazing berry. How about a Classic Healthy Herbal? A sweet herbal tea to revitalize the blood and nourish your body. Rich in antioxidants and flavor!