6 Surprising Benefits of Goji Berry Tea

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Drinking goji berry tea is an ancient remedy from Asia that remains a viable and delicious beverage to this day.

What is Goji Berry Tea?

Goji berry tea is a warm, medicinal beverage that is prepared with the berries of the goji plant, which is scientifically known as Lycium barbarum. Famed and commonly used in China and other Asian countries, this plant is native to that continent, as well as certain parts of Europe. Goji berry is also known as wolfberry, Chinese boxthorn, barbary matrimony vine, and about a dozen other common names, depending on where in the world you are. The tea is easy to brew and is infused with the antioxidants of the goji berries, including key flavonoids, polysaccharides, and other active ingredients. This is in addition to vitamin A, C, and E, along with a variety of minerals. Traditional methods of making this tea include only the berries in boiling water, but more modern variations combine the berries with white or green tea, for additional health benefits.

Goji Berry Tea Benefits

The major health benefits of goji berry tea include the following:

Energy Levels

Goji berries on a kettle-shaped plate, a spoon, and a cup of tea

Dried goji berries are steeped in hot water to make aromatic goji berry tea. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

This berry-based tea has an incredibly rejuvenating effect on the body and can stimulate the metabolism, giving you a burst of energy, thanks to the many critical minerals and vitamins it contains.

Mood

The active ingredients are known to have an effect on hormones in the body, which can balance your mood and prevent anxiety, as well as acting as a natural antidepressant.

Antioxidants

The flavonoids and phytonutrients released when this tea is brewed can help the body in countless ways, from preventing cellular mutation and cancer to lowering levels of chronic inflammation and improving the appearance of the skin.

Immune System

With high levels of vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin E, this tea is an excellent immune booster, as it can stimulate the production of white blood cells and boost the immune system.

Diabetes

Research has shown that this herbal tea can help the body regulate its release of glucose and insulin. A study result as per the Food Nutrition journal shows that goji berry has the potential to be effective in the treatment of diabetes mellitus.

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Weight Loss

With metabolism-boosting properties, this tea can aid in weight loss efforts by increasing passive fat and calorie burning.

How to Make Goji Berry Tea?

Goji berry tea has a neutral effect on the body, neither heating nor cooling. But one cup of tea packs a hefty punch of antibiotics. Let us take a look at the detailed recipe below.

Goji berries on a kettle-shaped plate, a spoon, and a cup of tea

Healing Goji Berry Tea

If you wish to make goji berry tea at home, it is best to use fresh berries, but they aren't always available. In fact, many popular recipes recommend using dried goji berries.
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Course: Tea
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Goji Berry Tea
Appliance: Tea infuser, Kettle, Strainer
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Steeping time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Cups
Author: Paromita Datta

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp goji berries dried
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp honey if desired

Instructions

  • Add 1 tablespoon of dried goji berries to a teapot or infuser.
  • Bring 2 cups of water to boil on the stove.
  • Pour the hot water over the dried berries.
  • Allow the mixture to steep for 3-4 minutes, longer if you want a stronger tea.
  • Strain out the goji berries and serve hot.
  • Add honey, if desired, for flavor.

Goji Berry Tea Side Effects

There are many impressive benefits of goji berry tea, but there are some side effects to consider, such as interactions with drugs, gastrointestinal problems, and complications with pregnancy. If you are taking blood pressure or blood sugar medication, you could experience negative interactions, since this tea can have similar effects on the body. The berries also contain betaine, a chemical that can induce miscarriage, so pregnant women should not consume this tea.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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