A super fruit from the East brings its health properties West.
Goji berries are one of the latest darlings of the super fruits. For more than 6,000 years, goji berries have been used by the Chinese and Tibetans to treat a variety of health conditions from promoting liver health to strengthening bones and the immune system and to improve eye sight.
Recently the West has caught on as word has quickly spread on how healthy these tiny berries are. These small tart and sweet berries contain a host of antioxidants. One such antioxidant that the goji berry contains has been shown to protect the eye against macular degeneration. Goji extract has also been demonstrated to prevent the growth of cancer cells and lower cholesterol.
Most of the goji berries that are available in Western grocery stores are dried and resemble small reddish raisins in size and texture. Online sellers and local health food stores sell dried goji berries, goji berry juice, extracts and other creations like goji berry trail mix.
- Goji contains potential cancer-fighting and eye-protecting antioxidants
- Goji berries are now available in the U.S.
- Can be eaten in a variety of ways such as a tea, extract, juice or as a dried fruit
- Extract, juice and tea forms of goji may not contain the same health properties as the whole fruit
- Goji products may make false health claims
- May interact with blood-thinning drugs
- No connection between eating goji berries and losing weight
Goji berry products will vary in their content. Some juices may include other juices or sweeteners while dried goji berries typically just contain the berry itself. Read packaging for added sugars or other ingredients that may take a way from the whole fruit nutrients.ADMINISTRATION
It is important to follow the dosage instructions on products that contain goji berry extract. For snack foods like dried goji berries and trail mix, you can eat it like you would any snack, bearing in mind that moderation is always key.DIET and EXERCISE
So far, there is no relation between goji berries and weight loss. Therefore be cautious of any product that makes such a claim. The research that has been done on goji berries shows promise that it is a food that can help prevent cancer cell growth, improve eye sight and promote overall wellness and healthCONCLUSION
Goji berries have been used for thousands of years to promote overall wellness in Asian countries. Now, they are available to anyone who wishes to sample the health benefits of this tiny red berry. Even though only a few research studies have been done on goji berries, they have yielded positive results largely due to the berries’ high antioxidant content. But if you take a blood thinning drug, it is important to speak with your doctor before consuming goji berries as they have been shown to have an anti-coagulant effect.Common Misspellings
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