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Molokai Health Talk Go-Ginji! Cranberry Lilikoi Sauce Recipe ©

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Making Spirits Bright with the warmth of Healthy Holiday flavors featuring:
 Go-Ginji!-Cranberry Lilikoi Sauce ©

Garden Fairy chef Dodi Rose of Dodi-Licous Healthy Living creates festive and tasty holiday dishes that will wow your tastebuds and do the same for your immune system!

Garden Fairy chef Dodi Rose of Dodi-Licous Healthy Living creates festive and tasty holiday dishes that will wow your tastebuds and do the same for your immune system!

Dodi-Rose has been a featured chef presenter at the 2009 Hawaii Healing Garden Festival on Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Big Island. Here she shares one of her favorite recipes for the holidays.
Dodi says "Ginger, cranberry, and cinnamon bring a bounty of healthy benefits along
with their familiar holiday flavors."


Gogin-ji Cranberry Sauce with Lilikoi and Mulberries


1 bar agar agar, broken into pieces, soaked in cold water
½ cup each goji berries and mulberries soaked in hot water to cover (save)
2 cups juice from fresh sweet tangerines
½ cup juice from fresh lilikoi (passion fruit) seeds removed
1 cup water
1 tablespoon arrowroot (kudzu) starch
4 cups cranberries
¼ cup crystallized ginger chopped fine and/or
1 teaspoon dried ginger  powder, or juice from 2” piece of fresh ginger root
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼  to ½ cup maple syrup

1. Soak agar in water until soft, and soak berries in hot water to cover
2. juice tangerines, lilikoi and add to pan along with water; bring to boil
3. add agar and simmer until dissolved
4. mix arrowroot with soaking juice, and add to simmering mixture, stirring to assure no lumps arise
5. add cranberries and fresh/crystallized ginger root and cook til all is thick
6. add goji berries, mulberries, lemon juice, cinnamon,ginger powder and maple syrup;
7. simmer and adjust sweetness.
8. pour into mold and let solidify (can refrigerate if desired)

Cranberries, Goji Berries, Ginger, Lilikoi and Mulberries have health benefits too. See nutrition note below.

(without compromising flavor!)


DId you know that Goji berry is known as the "longevity fruit.".

Goji Berry is a sweet-tasting, dark-red colored fruit, considered one of the world's most nutrient-dense food.

  •  increases stamina and endurance, it helps to eliminate fatigue, especially when recovering from illness.
  •  stimulates the secretion by the pituitary gland of hGH (human growth hormone), the youth hormone. The benefits of hGH includes; reduction of body fat, better sleep, improved memory, accelerated healing, restored libido and a more youthful appearance.
  • betaine and master molecule polysaccharides can restore and repair DNA damaged by exposure to chemicals, pollutants and free radicals.
  •  polysaccharides were shown to reduce body weight by enhancing the conversion of food into energy instead of fat.
  •  significantly increases testosterone level in the blood,
  •  Eyesight: reduces the time it takes for vision to adapt to darkness, and the carotenoids may also protect against macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Liver Protector: Goji's antioxidant and unique polysaccharides can prevent liver cancer because it exerts liver protection and stops the genetic mutations that can lead to cancer at the same time.
  • Has long been traditionally used as medicinal herbal tea with Chrysanthemum flowers in China.
  •  Superfood:! contains more vitamin C than oranges, more beta-carotene than carrots,and more iron than steak


Did you know that Cranberries... very high in Vitamin C?

1/2 cup of Cranberry Sauce contains 90 mg Vitamin C!

Cranberrys also:

  • ·   have potent anti-adhesion factors that help prevent bacteria and cholesterol from sticking to artery walls.
    ·   reduce oxidation of LDL-cholesterol (so-called “bad” cholesterol); research indicates may be important in maintaining a healthy heart (cranberry extract).
    ·   contain a factor in inhibiting the development of breast cancer cells in animals.
    ·   cause decreased production of cavity and plaque producing bacteria in your mouth
    ·   reduce the bacteria associated with peptic stomach ulcers.
  • Phytochemicals: act as antioxidants, compounds that help neutralize harmful free radicals and reduce oxidative damage to cells that can lead to cancer, heart disease, and other degenerative diseases.
  • Anthocyanins: compounds that give cranberries their red color, are powerful antioxidants that may be stronger than vitamin E.
  • Proanthocyanidins: inhibits bacteria from attaching to the wall of the urinary tract, limiting their ability to produce colonies and spread infection.
  • Flavonoids: help reduce the amount of bad cholesterol clogging the walls of your arteries while increasing the level of good cholesterol in your system.


What's up with Vitamin C?

In 1970, Dr. Linus Pauling broke through to the public with his book, Vitamin C and the Common Cold, and consumption of vitamin C rose by 300 percent and mortality from heart disease decreased by 30%.


Did you know that Mulberry is also known as morus fruits, are considered an important food remedy in Chinese medicine.?

  • Cancer Prevention - good source of resveratrol, a potent phytonutrient also found in grapes that researchers believe can prevent cancer and aid in the fight of existing cancers.
  • Life Extension -  may be a tool in extending one's life, as resveratrol has shown in several studies to extend the life of mice.
  • Blood Tonic – considered a blood tonic in Chinese medicine, they cleanse the blood and increase its production, strengthening the entire system.
  • Kidney Strengthener - in Chinese medicine, believed to strengthen the kidneys.
  • Liver Cleanser - believed to be effective in cleansing the liver in Chinese medicine.
  • Better Hearing and Vision - tea made with mulberry paste in China, is believed to strengthen one's hearing and vision.
  • Constipation Cure - in Turkey, a treatment for constipation is to eat white mulberries on an empty stomach with a glass of water.
  • Anemia Treatment - quite high in iron, used in the treatment of anemia.
  • Cold and Flu Treatment - in Turkey, mulberry molasses is used as a treatment for colds and flu, due to their high vitamin C content.( 51 mg/cup, 85% RDA)
  • Premature Gray Hair Remedy - in many countries, considered an effective remedy for prematurely gray hair.

(Total Omega-6 fatty acids 288 mg/cup; Vitamin K 10.9 mcg)

(It should be noted that many of these benefits have not been scientifically verified but are traditional folk remedies that have developed in countries where mulberries have been eaten for hundreds of years.)

DId you know that Ginger Root is considered a medicine chest in many cultures?
Here are 31 reasons to include ginger in your daily diet.

  • Inflammation: Ginger contains more than 12 anti-oxidants which work as anti-inflammatory agents, and help to neutralize free radicals in the body.
  • Cataracts: Daily doses of ginger will aid in the prevention of cataracts.
  • Heart Disease: The powerful anti-oxidants provided in ginger will help prevent artery-clogging plaque from being deposited on coronary artery walls.
  • Migraines: Ginger as an anti-inflammatory helps relieve the pain of migraines and head aches.
  • Stroke: For the same reason as no. 3 above.
  • Amenorrhea: Combined with other herbs and steeped as a tea to restore a normal menstrual cycle.
  • Angina: Because angina is caused by cholesterol -rich deposits called plaque causing the coronary arteries to narrow limiting blood flow to the heart and the resulting pain, ginger is effective in helping to relieve this health problem.
  • Ankylosing spondylitis: Ginger is high in proteolytic enzymes which play a role in controlling autoimmune diseases. These enzymes help to reduce the body’s blood levels of compounds known as immune complexes. These in high levels cause our immune system to attack us and lead to tissue damage. Ginger is one of nature’s richest sources of proteolytic enzymes, and is actually 180 times higher than the papaya plant.
  • Arthritis: Ginger aids in the pain and swelling associated with arthritis.
  • Athlete’s Foot: Add an ounce of chopped ginger to a cup of boiling water, allow to simmer for about 20 minutes. Apply the concoction with a cotton ball to the problem areas     twice a day. Ginger contains antifungal compounds.
  • Body Odor: Ginger contains 17 compounds known for their anti-bacterial properties, so Dr. Duke advices that a cloth soaked in ginger tea could be applied to the underarm area in a compress.
  • Bunions: Orally, ginger will aid in the inflammation and pain associated with bunions
  • Bursitis: Again, ginger has anti-inflammatory agents
  • Colds, Coughs: Ginger provides a natural decongestant, reduces pain and fever and is mildly relaxing to promote rest.
  • Dandruff/Seborrhea: Mix 1 or 2 tablespoons of ginger juice, 3 tablespoons of sesame oil and ½ teaspoon lemon juice, apply to the scalp 3 times a week.
  • Depression:Ginger tea has a long history of being used for the treatment of depression and anxiety.
  • Dizziness: When treated with scopolamine you may find yourself with side effects such as blurred vision, dry mouth, hallucinations, and heart palpitations. None of these side effects have been reported while using ginger, but participants in studies have reported good results.
  • Erectile dysfunctions: In an article published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine Saudi scientists asserted that ginger was effective at increasing sperm motility and quantity.
  • Hives: Canadian herbalist Terry Willard treated his own hives (from a food allergy) by boiling ½ pound of ginger in a gallon of water and then adding this to his bath. After soaking for a time, he sponged off with a chamomile tea mixture of 1 teaspoon chamomile to 1 cup boiled water.
  • Indigestion: Commission E approves of taking 2 grams of ginger for indigestion. Ginger contains chemicals that are known to soothe the stomach muscles and aid in digestion.
  • Infertility: There is a Chinese formula containing ginger which is prescribed for male infertility, however, it should be mixed by a Chinese herbalist.
  • Inhibited sexual desire (in women): While traveling in Peru, Dr. Duke saw vendors selling hot ginger to warm up “cold” women, but he does not vouch for it’s effectiveness.
  • Intermittent claudication: Ginger has been tested in studies for its anti clogging properties and has been shown to be as effective as aspirin and garlic in preventing blood clots
  • Laryngitis: Ginger contains cineole, which is an excellent expectorant
  • Liver Problems: Dr. Duke and Stephen Beckstrom-Sternberg, PhD discovered 8 compounds contained in ginger, which are known to protect the liver.
  • Morning sickness: Tests were conducted on pregnant women who were suffering from morning sickness. A high percentage was able to find relief from doses of ginger without worrying about the risks of harming their unborn babies.
  • Raynaud’s Disease: Because of its ability to aid in blood circulation, ginger brings relief to those suffering from Raynaud’s, and they have been able to feel the warmth return to their extremities.
  • Viral Infections: Contained in ginger is at least 10 anti-viral compounds, and many of the same are found in turmeric.
  • Worms: In one study ginger extract immobilized over 90 % of a certain larvae carried in fish within 4 hours and destroyed them within 16 hours.
  • Ovarian Cancer: Ginger has been shown to kill ovarian cancer cells in test tubes, but has not been tested on humans yet. It also protected tissue from radiation damage in tests conducted on rats.
  • Diabetes: In tests ginger has been shown to help control sugar levels in diabetic rats. (Courtesy of James A. Duke, PhD, author, The Green Pharmacy (1997))



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