Goji Berries

Overview:

Goji berries, also known as wolf-berries, are originated in China. This bright orange-red berry is thought to be a power antioxidant that can benefit your overall well being.

 

Benefits:

Goji berries are thought of as the “Fountain of Youth”, in the sense that they have possible benefits in relation to age-related eye problems. These small berries are rich in nutrients and can help you have a better quality of sleep, enhance weight¬†loss,¬†as well as give you an overall sense of physical and mental well being.

As mentioned above, these berries are great for managing your weight because they are packed with fiber to keep you full. Their higher fiber content can also help to keep you bowel movements regular, preventing the need for laxatives. Not only are they high in fiber, but they also are low in calories.

Beta-carotene is also found in goji berries in high concentrations. This antioxidant has known benefits of promoting healthy skin; it can reduce the risk of sunburn in individuals that are susceptible to it. It can help to prevent macular degeneration as well.

They are also an excellent source of vitamin C. Since vitamin C can help boost the immune system, these berries can be useful when fighting cold symptoms as they can help to reduce them.

There is not enough scientific evidence to support whether or not this berry is superior to other berries; however, all berries are nutritious so adding goji berries to your diet would only be beneficial, not harmful.

 

Side Effects:

Goji berries may not be the best source of antioxidants for some people. If you are taking blood thinners, such as Warfarin, diabetic drugs, or blood pressure medications, goji berries may not be safe for consumption. These medications may interact negatively with the berries. If this is the case for you, please consult with your physician before eating goji berries. Other individuals that are not taking these medications should experience no side effects.

 

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca

Research done by Jessica L. Silvestri

 

 

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