Goji berries, also called wolfberries, are the fruits of the Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinense plants. they are native to southeastern Europe and Asia.Traditional Chinese medicine was perhaps the first healing system to understand and utilize the berries for medicinal purposes, though their reputation continues to grow in the West, where many researchers regard them as "superfruits."
Over time, people have used goji berries to try to treat many common health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, fever, and age-related eye problems. Goji berries are high in vitamin C and fiber, and low in calories. They are also a good source of iron and vitamin A. They help guard the body from degenerative diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and most types of cancer.
Health benefits of goji berries:
- Contains anti-cancer agents
- Helps to lower cholesterol levels
- Helps to prevent impotence and prostate enlargement
- Protects the eyes
- Reduces the risk of vision loss
- Enhances memory
- Encourages muscle growth
- Improves the quality and quantity of sperm
- Protects against fatty liver disease
- Benefits blood pressure, heart and menstruation problems
- Regulates the release of sexual hormones
- Contain Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents
- Boosts the immune system.
- Also found to be effective in treating leukemia, cancer and hepatitis B.
Some studies using goji berry juice found potential benefits that included a feeling of well-being and calmness, better athletic performance and quality of sleep, and weight loss. These preliminary studies need to be repeated before conclusions can be drawn.
Goji berries may interact with some drugs. If you take warfarin (a blood thinner), you may want to avoid goji berries. Goji berries may also interact with diabetes drugs and blood pressure drugs, so talk with your doctor before eating goji berries.
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