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Goji Juice & Goji Berries


1 lb. bag of Goji Berries from Honolulu Chinatown shop only $5.00

Goji Juice is one of the latest health and marketing crazes in Hawaii, claiming to be a “Cure-All” product with a number of health benefits. It’s also claimed to be made of a specially harvested variety of Goji Berry from the Himalayas. It’s sold in ready-to-drink liquid form at $40 for 32 oz. with a Recommended dosage of 2-4 oz/day.

What many are NOT aware of, is that you can buy dried Goji Berries (unknown variety and origin) from several small shops right in Honolulu’s Chinatown for less than $5 a pound!

The dried Goji Berry is slightly sweet with a similar texture to a raisin, but more “berry-like” in flavor. It’s great if you add it with breakfast cereal or oatmeal, or eaten for a snack as is. It would probably also work well in cookies, although the heat might destroy some nutrients in it.

The researchers of Goji Juice say it has 4 polysaccharides (LB1, 2, 3 & 4) or “master molecules”, which serve as “directors” of body cells.

Here are some of the health benefits Goji JUICE marketers claim:

• Prevent Cancer
• Lower Blood Pressure
• Lower Cholesterol
• Enhance Libido
• Lose Weight
• Reduce Arthritis Symptoms
• Improve Fertility
• Improve Kidney Health
• Treat PMS
• Manage Diabetes
• Improve Memory
• Strenghten Muscles and Bones
• Extend Your Life
• Increase Energy
• Look and Feel Younger

Goji Juice is mighty tasty, and I know several people who claim to reap some health benefits from it. Still, for some, $40 might be hard to swallow.

I occasionally eat Goji Berries as snacks and can’t immediately claim any health benefits myself (I’m healthy as is), but my wallet sure feels alot more “healthy”. :-)

11 thoughts on “Goji Juice & Goji Berries

  • June 23, 2006 at 6:18 pm
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    Pomai,

    Could you tell me which store in chinatown I’d be able to pick to goji berries from? I was thinking Wolfberries, but found out that they’re different. Does the label say goji berries? Thanks……..

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  • June 23, 2006 at 8:22 pm
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    Howzit Lance. Thanks for the compliments on the other comment!

    I don’t know the (Chinese) name, but it’s located next to that large open market right on King St, more towards River St. side of Chinatown. They even sell freshwater fish for aquarium. Go figure. lol

    They’re sold in UNMARKED clear plastic bags exactly as pictured above. There is a sign on the shelf that says GOJI BERRIES. The price seems to fluctuate between $3 to $5 per pound. A bargain at any of those rates!

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  • June 28, 2006 at 12:56 am
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    Pomai,

    Thanks for the directions. Sounds easy. Especially since they sell freshwater fishes. Good thing there’s a sign that says, goji berries. Bumby, I pick up and eat something else by mistake.

    Much Mahalos

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  • July 7, 2006 at 7:03 pm
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    Pomai,

    Found it!!!! The store had mounds of it. I sure will be eating it as a snack for it’s health benefits.

    Much Mahalos

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  • July 27, 2006 at 8:00 pm
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    wow brah…da buggah looks like dried rasperries…..

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