The Black Goji berries are rich in OPC (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins), OPCs are very powerful antioxidants which helps detoxifying and anti-aging. Researches indicates Black Goji berries contains even higher amount of anti-oxidants than Blueberries.
Black Goji Berries contain almost 22 times more OPC and Anti-oxidants than Blue Berries. In general, 100 grams of Blue Berries contain about 163mg of OPC, but every 100 grams of Black Goji Berries contain 3690mg of OPC!
Black Goji Berries are grew in Tibet Region's high latitude areas and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region's dry deserts. Therefore, they are non-polluted!
"Common Benefits of Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins:
-Boost immune system
-Reduces lipid peroxidation
-Boosts the effects of vitamin C
-Lower cholesterol levels
-Reduces inflammation and edema
-Potential anti-aging benefits
-Reduction and repair of UV damage to cells
-Appears to enhance and augment the antioxidant properties of vitamins E, C, and A.
-Reduce histamine production, and are used in the treatment of allergies.
Oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC) strictly refer to dimer and trimer polymerizations of catechins. OPCs are found in most plants and thus are common in the human diet. Especially the skin, seeds, and seed coats of purple or red pigmented plants contain large amounts of OPCs. They are dense in grape seeds and skin, and therefore in red wine and grape seed extract, cocoa, nuts and all Prunus fruits (most concentrated in the skin), and in the bark of Cinnamomum (cinnamon) and Pinus pinaster (formerly known as Pinus maritima), along with many other pine species. OPCs also can be found in blueberries, cranberries (notably procyanidin A2), aronia, hawthorn, rosehip, and sea buckthorn.
Oligomeric proanthocyanidins can be extracted via Vaccinium pahalae from in vitro cell culture. The US Department of Agriculture maintains a database of botanical and food sources of proanthocyanidins.
Steep with Warm water around 20C
steeping with hot water will destroy the vitamins and anti-oxidants in the berries.
Small fun test for OPC (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins) and anti-oxidants:
Steep the berries with warm water, the soup will turn blue immediately. Then you can add a piece of Lemon to the soup, the soup will turn pink then become clear!