Ancient Medicine for Overall Wellbeing:Wolfberry’s value to human health was explored in China thousands of years ago. It has been cited by several ancient Chinese Medica since the Tang Dynasty (1000-1400 A. D) for its multiple health benefits, such as: nourishing the Yin (Yin-Yang theory is the fundamental theory of Chinese Traditional Medicine. Yin represents the material part of the body and Yang represents the energy and function of the body), strengthening the eyes, liver and kidney and nourishing the blood. Wolfberry fruits are used in many herbal formulas to maintain overall health when suffering from chronic conditions, such as weariness of the loins and legs, dizziness and ringing in the ear, visual degeneration, headaches, insomnia, chronic liver diseases, diabetes, tuberculosis, and hypertension. Ancient people used wolfberry fruit to make tea, soup, stew and wine or chewed them like raisins. Scientists in modern China have extensively studied wolfberry fruits, their nutrients and their medical benefits. They have further substantiated the ancient medical applications such as: maintain healthy immune system (including specific and non-specific immune response), improving eye conditions, support healthy liver function, maintain healthy blood pressure and blood sugar. Wolfberry is also an excellent herb for anti-oxidant and anti-aging.
Natural Multi-nutrients:Wolfberry (a member of Solanacea family) is a wild bush found in the north west of China. Because of its nutrient value and pleasant taste, Chinese people have been growing this magic herb for hundreds of years. Wolfberry can tolerate temperatures from -27°C to 39°C. It blooms between April and October and harvest is from June to October depending on the weather and growing areas. When ready for harvest, the fruit turns red, is nearly oblong in shape and juicy. Fullness, redness and sweat taste demonstrates the best quality of the fruit. The main active component of the fruit is the Lycium Barbarum Polysaccharide (LBP)1. The amount of LBP may vary depending upon the type of wolfberry; the better the wolfberry, the higher percentage of LBP2. Wolfberry contains 19 types of amino acids and 21 trace minerals. It has more beta-carotene than carrots and nearly as much Vitamin C as oranges and protein as bee pollen. In 1983, the Ministry of the Public Health of China approved Wolfberry to be marketed as a natural food or botanical medicine3.
Rich NatureTM Wolfberry:Rich NatureTM Wolfberry fruits are cultivated in the northwest of China where the weather and the soil conditions is best for growth. Because of the growing area, Rich NatureTM Wolfberry contains more LBP than other types. Rich NatureTM wolfberry fruits contain about 31% LBP4. The Beta-carotene in Rich NatureTM Wolfberry is 28,000 IU/100g, much higher than carrots. The difference between the Rich Nature brand and other brands can be easily recognized by the appearance of the fruit. Rich NatureTM wolfberry fruit is larger in size, natural red color, has a sweeter taste and contains less seeds than other brands. After harvest, fruits are carefully selected for processing. Since the cultivation and processing of Rich NatureTM wolfberry complies with the Green Food Production Standards (non-polluting), it is certified by the China Green Food Development Center as a Green Food. Please carefully choose the brand because some manufactures add preservative or artificial color to process them.
Wolfberry fruit recipes by Chinese:
1. Chew: Chew 10-15 gram of fruits every morning and evening.
· Boil 15-gram wolfberry fruits, make a wolfberry tea and drink it every day. It helps to alleviate the effects of high blood pressure and high blood sugar.
· Take 6 gram of wolfberry fruits and 6 gram of chrysanthemum (Flos chrysanthemi, L) to make a tea. It helps to alleviate blurry vision.
· Take 4 or 5 wolfberry fruits, green tea, sugar, raisins, walnuts, date, democarpus langan lour fruit, hawthorn, and ziayphus jujuba mill fruits, to make an eight-ingredients tea (Chinese call it eight treasure tea).
· Put 25 gram of wolfberry fruits and some Chinese cooking wine in a bottle or a jar and carefully seal it. It is ready to use after 30 or 60 days. Drink once per day. It helps to alleviate teary eyes.
· Take 200 gram of wolfberry fruits and 1 liter of Chinese white wine and seal them in a bottle or a jar. Ready to use in 10 days.
4. Stew or steam with meat:
Stew pork, beef, chicken or fish, add 15-25 gram of wolfberry fruits 10 minutes before the meat is done. You may steam fish or chicken with wolfberry fruits as well.
5. Rice soup:
Take 50 gram of wolfberry fruits and 100 gram of rice and add some sugar to make rice soup.
Mix 15 gram of wolfberry fruits with cereal to make a healthy breakfast.
7. Bread or muffin:
Use wolfberry fruits to make a banana bread or muffins just like raisins. Wolfberry bread provides more nutrients than raisins.