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The goji berry is a shining red berry from a leafy shrub native to China, the Goji berry was first used in herbal treatment of disease by Chinese healers. Full of antioxidants, it is increasingly used in the United States. However, adequate research into the use and side effects of the Goji berry has not yet been performed. The most common name for the Goji berry is wolfberry.
What are the benefits of Goji Berries?
- Rich in vitamin A(beta-carotene). This powerful antioxidant promotes healthy eyesight, boosts immunity, and is essential for proper skin and bone development. It combats the oxidative stress that increases with ageing.
- Essential amino acids and iron aid the body on a cellular level. These are the building blocks of healthy cells that form blood haemoglobin to transfer oxygen from the blood stream to the rest of the body.
- Loaded with vitamin C. An antioxidant key to helping slow down the ageing process, keep the immune system healthy and fight inflammation.
- Contains zeaxanthin yet another antioxidant thought to be an aid to healthy eyesight.
- Used in ancient Chinese medicine as a remedy for sleep and digestive health.
- Natural blood thinner that may help lower blood sugar and combat high blood pressure.
What are Goji Berries?
Goji berry, the Himalayan superfood, has been utilised for over 2,000 years in parts of Asia for its medicinal properties.
Goji berry has also been known as the wolfberry. The scientific names of the plants are lycium barbarum and lycium chinense. A small red-orange berry, it is grown in the south of China and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous region. The plant is a fruit shrub, similar to a blueberry bush.
There is some debate as to whether it was Tibetan in origin and then brought to China or was used in China from the start. Nevertheless, it has been used for many centuries in that part of the world as an effective medicine and regular part of the diet. It is believed to help slow down the ageing process. The many antioxidants and vitamins assist immune system health, eyesight, mental well-being and calmness. It has also been used to help with sleep quality, diabetes, high blood pressure, weight loss and even athletic performance enhancement.
What is the Goji Berry used for?
Goji berry is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on earth. It is loaded with vitamin A and amino acids. High in vitamin C and containing 20 other trace minerals and vitamins. It has among others zinc, iron, phosphorus and riboflavin (vitamin B2).
The huge amount of vitamin A has several benefits. It is vital to maintaining good eye health and may help in the prevention of macular degeneration. Also known as beta-carotene, it is an important immune boosting ingredient. It may help ward off the flu or common cold and also help with cancer prevention. It prevents and combats existing inflammation. This can help the body to fight allergic reactions and possibly even Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease. It is essential for the building of new cells, from bones, to skin, and even healthy hair. Vitamin A is required to keep the skin healthy.
The various antioxidants, vitamins A and C, along with the amino acids and protein help aid the body to refurbish itself as it ages. They fight the free radicals that accumulate with age. They also help to ward off the oxidation process. This supplement is a convenient way to make sure the body has the required components to stay healthy as it ages.
This unique combination of amino acids, proteins found in the goji berry are great for the body in other ways as well. Traditional Asian medicine has used it as a digestive aid, to help in the control of high blood pressure and high blood sugar. The goji has been utilized to reduce blood sugar by increasing glucose responsiveness. It has been used as a calming influence and anti-depressant and to boost energy levels and metabolism. It also helps regenerate the mucous membranes to fight off infection.
Recent research has also shown that it may be helpful as a cancer fighter and preventer.
How do Goji Berries work?
Components of the berry may cause blood pressure and sugar levels to drop. Additionally, Goji berries contain zeaxanthin, a plant pigment. This carotenoid may keep the retinas of eyes healthy. For this reason, doctors recommend its use for eye health, especially in the prevention of macular degeneration.
In addition to being a powerful antioxidant the Goji berry potentially lowers blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Additionally, Goji berry products are said to increase sexual health in both sexes, especially increasing sperm count and lessening or preventing erectile dysfunction (ED). However, this claim has not been researched enough to be reliable. Other possible benefits include liver protection, cholesterol reduction, and cancer prevention.
Who should use Goji Berries?
Goji berry seems to be especially helpful as one ages to slow down the process. The antioxidant properties and minerals are good for those who want to keep a high activity level as they age. The eyesight boosting ingredients also highly recommend the product.
Goji berry is a good supplement to boost the immune system.
It also is a useful supplement as a digestive aid and can have mental calming effects.
Because the goji berry can have blood thinning effects it shouldn't be used by anyone already on those types of medications. The same also goes for a person taking diabetes drugs and blood pressure medications.
Consult your physician before taking goji berry if you are currently taking a blood thinner, diabetes medication, or blood pressure medications.
The supplement should be taken every day to produce the benefits. One 500 mg supplement tablet is roughly equivalent to a daily one ounce serving of dried goji berries.
How to take Goji Berries?
No standard dosage is available, and dosing varies based on how old an individual is and her state of wellness, among other factors. Consult doctors or medical staff before determining your dosage. Generally it is recommeneded to take one-two 500mg tablets daily, preferably with food.
What studies have been conducted on Goji Berries?
Several modern medical studies that have been performed to confirm the positive effects of the goji.
Here are the results of a few:
The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has said that their research indicates possible cancer treatment and prevention but also that more human research is needed before it is declared definite.
Another study demonstrated that a group of participants showed higher energy, better mental function, reduced fatigue and stress and more regular digestive activity after taking goji juice when measured against a group that took a placebo.
This study tested the effects of goji berry on eye health for a group of patients versus a control. The goji berry was effective in preventing macular degeneration in the patients but the researchers weren't sure exactly how the zeaxanthin and antioxidants specifically worked.
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