Thursday, July 21, 2005

What Is Lycium Barbarum?

The LA Times published an article early this week which reminded me yet again of how wonderful it must be to have the "freedom of the press" rules working in your favor.

For example, a couple months ago my husband renewed his driver's license and was told he could remove the "wear glasses" restriction. He's been wearing glasses since he was 11 years old, and now in his late forties he's free from them, thanks to drinking goji juice (every day over a 14 month period) ... Goji Juice made from the original lycium barbarum bloodline quoted in ancient Asian healing texts.

The LA Times gets to say so many things I wish I could - but I can't owing to limiting govt. regulations I have to follow because of one of the businesses I run.

Yes, we sell Goji Juice made from berries with the exact spectral signature for lycium barbarum of ancient Asian legends. When you experience something this incredible, you definitely want to tell everyone you know it stands to reason that you want to be a distributor ...make sense?

In short, here is a copy of the LA Times article:

Lycium may repress some cancer cells
by Elena Conis

Tibetan and Chinese legends tell of people who lived century-long lives while retaining the strength and beauty of youth - thanks to lycium. The sweet, red berries of the Lycium barbarum tree are rich in beta carotene, B vitamins, vitamin C and several essential minerals. Lycium - sometimes called matrimony vine, wolfberry, boxthorn and goji - is native to Asia.

Uses: Traditional Chinese herbalists recommend lycium to promote liver and kidney health, improve vision and stamina, boost immunity and fertility, combat disease and increase life span. It's also used to prevent morning sickness during pregnancy.

Dose: In traditional Chinese medicine, lycium is most often taken in combination with other herbs, such as schizandra or fennel. The berries can be eaten raw (fresh or dried), or made into a tea. Herbalists recommend half a cup of tea per day, made from about 10 grams of fruit.

Precautions: Some evidence suggests lycium may amplify the effects of blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin.

Research: Much of the research on lycium's health-promoting properties has been done in China, where lycium has demonstrated anti-cancer and antioxidant activity in scores of lab animal studies. In vitro, the berry has inhibited the growth of leukemia and liver and skin cancer cells. It's also diminished some signs of aging in mice. Once clinical trial has shown that lycium may be helpful in treating certain cancers, but much more human research is needed to verify its efficacy.

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