Wolfberry tea is made from the fruit of Lycium barbarum or Lycium chinense. Wolfberry also called Goji or Goji berry is a traditional Chinese medicine.
The Chinese name of wolfberry is called Gou Qi, which first appeared in the <Classic of Poetry> 3,000 years ago. Wolfberry is the most common English name of Gou Qi. After
Gou Qi entered the international market, more and more Europeans recognized it and called it Goji berry.
There are many kinds of wolfberries. The best wolfberry is Lycium barbarum, which is native to Ningxia Province of China, so it is also called Ningxia wolfberry or Ningxia Gou Qi.
Ningxia wolfberry is a national geographical indication product and is the largest variety of wolfberry in China. Most of the wolfberry products on the market are Ningxia wolfberry.
Among all kinds of wolfberries, Ningxia wolfberry has the highest medicinal value, and it is listed as a treasure in <Compendium of Materia Medica>.
Wolfberry is not only used as medicine, but also a common food. It can be processed into various foods, beverages, health wine, health products and so on. In China, people often add wolfberry to soup or porridge.
Wolfberry tea is a common health tea, which can be matched with many other herbs and has different medicinal effects.
1. How to make wolfberry tea
Making wolfberry tea is relatively easy. Take 10-15g of wolfberries, add some boiling water, and steep it for a few minutes to drink. It can be repeatedly brewed several times. After drinking it, the brewed wolfberries can be eaten directly.
Wolfberry tea can be brewed with many other herbs, and there is no medicinal conflict. The common herbs used with wolfberry tea are red jujube, hawthorn, longan, cassia seed, astragalus,, chrysanthemum, jasmine, rose, etc.
Wolfberry tea can’t be brewed with green tea, but can be brewed with black tea. There is a conflict between wolfberry and green tea. Wolfberry and black tea have warm property, but green tea has cold property. Moreover, some ingredients in green tea will reduce the medicinal value of wolfberry.
2. Health benefits of wolfberry tea
Wolfberry contains carotene, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin C, vitamin E, nicotinic acid, a variety of free amino acids, linoleic acid, iron, potassium, zinc, calcium, phosphorus, and other components.
In traditional Chinese medicine, wolfberry tea has the effects of treating various diseases such as weakness, cold constitution, liver and kidney diseases, tuberculosis, constipation, insomnia, hypotension, anemia, various eye diseases, hair loss, stomatitis, etc.
Modern medicine shows that Lycium barbarum polysaccharide (LBP) in wolfberry is one of the most important ingredients, which can promote the phagocytosis of peritoneal macrophages, promote protein synthesis, improve metabolism, regulate endocrine, accelerate liver detoxification, and repair damaged liver cells.
Wolfberry contains riboflavin, nicotinic acid, ascorbic acid, and other vitamins, which is suitable for beauty cosmetics. It can nourish the skin and make the skin delicate and smooth.
Wolfberry tea can prevent hair loss and make hair black and shiny. It has a significant effect on the yellow hair and white hair caused by the lack of essential trace elements.
People with weak constitution and poor resistance are most suitable for drinking wolfberry tea. Keep drinking it every day for a long time, and your body will get better and better.
3. Side effects of wolfberry tea
Wolfberry tea has almost no side effects. Drinking it all the year round will not cause much harm. The biggest side effect is that excessive consumption can cause internal heat and nosebleed. Generally speaking, healthy adults should not take more than 20g of wolfberries per day.
Patients with hypertension should not drink wolfberry tea.
Patients with fever, spleen deficiency, diarrhea and inflammation should not drink wolfberry tea.
Wolfberry tea has a high sugar content, so diabetic patients should drink it with caution.
Pregnant women can drink wolfberry tea, but should drink it in proper amount, not too much.