“Soaking wolfberry in a thermos cup” has become a sign for many people to start health care. Indeed, wolfberry, as a valuable Chinese herbal medicine with the same origin as medicine and food, has a long history and is well-known at home and abroad. Listed as a top-quality product as early as in the “Shen Nong’s Materia Medica”, wolfberry contains a variety of amino acids and special nutrients such as betaine, zeaxanthin, and acid berry red pigment. It has the functions of nourishing the kidneys, nourishing the liver, moistening the lungs, and improving eyesight. effect. However, wolfberry, which has health-preserving effects all year round, can easily cause side effects if eaten too casually. Today, please follow the pharmacist and enter the world of wolfberry.
Small size but big effect of wolfberry
Lycium barbarum, also known as wolfberry fruit and red earring, is the dry and mature fruit of Ningxia wolfberry, a plant in the Solanaceae family. “Shen Nong’s Materia Medica” records: “Lycium barbarum can strengthen bones and muscles, resist cold and heat, and make you light-hearted and immortal. It is the top grade of traditional Chinese medicine.” “Compendium of Materia Medica” records: “Lycium barbarum is sweet, flat and moist, and has nourishing properties…it can nourish the kidneys and moisturize. It helps the lungs, produces essence, and replenishes qi. This is a tonic medicine.”
Wolfberry has immune regulation, anti-aging, anti-tumor, anti-fatigue, anti-radiation damage, regulates blood lipids, lowers blood sugar, lowers blood pressure, protects the reproductive system, improves vision, improves respiratory disease resistance, beautifies the skin, moisturizes the skin, protects the liver and Enhance hematopoietic function.
This is the authentic production area of wolfberry
It should be noted that the pharmacopoeia records that “Ningxia wolfberry” is used as medicine. The main producing areas are Ningxia, Qinghai, Gansu, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, and Hebei, among which Zhongning in Ningxia is the authentic production area.
Here are a few ways to identify the pros and cons of wolfberry.
Judging from the color, the color of fresh wolfberry varies depending on the place of origin, but the color is very soft, shiny, and the meat is full; while the dyed wolfberry is mostly old goods from previous years, and the meat quality is poor from the sensory point of view. It is dull, but its appearance is very bright and attractive. Therefore, when buying wolfberry, be sure not to be greedy for “color”.
The tip and pedicle of normal wolfberry are mostly yellow or white, while the dyed wolfberry is entirely red, and even the small white spots on the pedicle of the wolfberry are red, while those baked with sulfur are bright red. It is recommended that when purchasing wolfberries, you can put a dozen wolfberries into the water. The normal color is orange (light yellow) with a small amount of floc floating. If the color does not fade, it means that the wolfberry was fumigated with sulfur, because sulfur is insoluble in water; if red appears, it means that pigments were used.
Judging from the characteristics, it is traditionally believed that wolfberry produced in Zhongning area of Ningxia is the best. Most of the fruits have small white spots on one end – fruit handle marks. The floating rate when placed in water is much higher than that of wolfberry from other origins. Zhongning’s wolfberry is not large in size and is not prone to moisture and clumps even in high humidity and heat, making it easy to store.
In some areas, wolfberry berries are large, have high sugar content, and are prone to clumping due to high humidity and heat. They will change color and be difficult to preserve if stored for a long time, which will cause the loss of nutrients. Therefore, when choosing wolfberry berries, do not be too big or too sweet.
To identify wolfberry that has been fumigated by sulfur, you only need to grab a handful and cover it with both hands for a while, then put it under your nose and smell it. If you can smell a pungent smell, you can definitely be fumigated by sulfur.
Judging from the taste, Ningxia wolfberry is sweet, but there is a trace of bitterness in the throat after eating, and the wolfberry in some places is a bit sweet. Wolfberries soaked in alum will have a bitter taste of alum when chewed, while wolfberries smoked with sulfur will taste sour, astringent and bitter.
Wolfberry has different tonic effects in all seasons
In spring, everything revives and the human body’s yang energy gradually rises. Lycium barbarum is sweet and tonic. It can be taken alone in spring, or it can be taken at the same time with sweet and slightly warm products such as astragalus to help people grow Yang Qi.
In summer, people always long for a pot of sweet and cool tea to eliminate the heat. Wolfberry is sweet. If combined with chrysanthemum, honeysuckle, green tea, etc., you will feel relaxed and happy after drinking it. Especially when combined with chrysanthemum, it can nourish yin, improve eyesight, and clear liver fire.
In autumn, the air is dry, and people always suffer from dry mouth, cracked lips, and flaky skin. It is difficult to resist the bleak autumn wind even with a lot of moisturizer. In this season, eating wolfberry requires nourishing foods, such as pear, Sichuan clam, lily, etc. You can also mix it with some acidic foods, such as hawthorn, to achieve the effect of “sour and sweet, transforming yin”.
In winter, wolfberry can replenish Yang Qi and should be taken every day, especially when combined with mutton, Cistanche deserticola, Morinda officinalis, Jingui Shenqi Pills, etc., which can help the growth of Yang Qi in the human body and resist the severe cold in nature.
Although wolfberry is “approachable”, there are many problems if you eat it incorrectly
People with yin deficiency are prone to getting angry when eating wolfberry in summer. People with yin deficiency should pay attention to the dosage of wolfberry. Because wolfberry is sweet and mild in nature, excessive use can cause internal heat. Especially when eating raw, the dosage should be reduced.
Excessive consumption may cause physical discomfort. Wolfberry contains betaine, amino acids, carotene, vitamins B1, B2, C, calcium, phosphorus, iron and other ingredients, which are beneficial to human health, but please pay attention to the dosage. Excessive consumption of wolfberry can cause people to suffer from internal heat, nosebleeds, and even red, swollen and uncomfortable eyes.
If you have these symptoms, it is best not to take it if you have external pathogenic heat, spleen deficiency, dampness, or diarrhea. Because it has a strong effect of warming the body, it is best not to eat it if you are suffering from a cold, fever, inflammation of the body, or diarrhea. Wolfberry is warm and has a strong warming effect on the body. People who are too impatient should not eat it.
There are contraindications for using wolfberry medicine
“Compendium of Materia Medica”: People with weak spleen and stomach and frequent diarrhea should not take this medicine.
“Compendium of Materia Medica”: People with cold phlegm and cold tendencies in the spleen and stomach should not take this medicine.
“Ben Jing Feng Yuan”: There is an ancient proverb that says, if you travel thousands of miles away from home, do not eat wolfberry. It is said that it can replenish essence and Qi. However, it should be used with caution by people with Yang Qi deficiency, Yin deficiency and slippery essence, as well as women with incoordination, fatigue, cough, steaming heat; it can benefit essence and blood, and if essence is strong, it will cause you to miss your partner. This is true. Text/Xing Shuang (Beijing Jishuitan Hospital)