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Goji Berries: Small Packets Of Big Health Benefits

posted on 8/18/2016 Facebook Facebook

While the use of goji berries dates back to early days of Chinese medicine, they have recently gained much attention by the scientists owing to their huge health benefits galore.

According to nutritional experts the health benefits of these tiny fruits are boundless. Considered both a fruit and herb, these fruits belong to the nightshade family, which contains other common veggies like potato, tomato, eggplant, pepper etc. Also known as wolfberries, these orange-red shriveled fruits are alleged to boost brain and immune system along with protecting from heart troubles and cancer.

Goji Berries: A Bounty Of Health
Goji berries hold a treasure when it comes to its health benefits. They are known to contain 18 different amino acids, 21 minerals and other useful compounds required for cell communication and growth. The most distinguishing property of these berries is their ability to fend free radical damage. One serving of about four ounces of goji berries provides nearly 10 percent of the suggested amount of dietary protein, a surprising amount for a fruit. High in vitamin C, fiber, iron and beta-carotene these fruits are low in calories and can thus be a great weight loss food to snack on. But besides all this, goji berries boast a long list of health benefits:

1. Immune System
This little super fruit is loaded with natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal compounds which improve the body’s ability to fight infection and thus keep diseases away. The immunity boosting properties of goji berries can also be attributed to its antioxidant content which protects cells from oxidative stress. Here’s a guide to strengthen your immunity naturally.

2. Arthritis
While there is no consistent evidence, some people with arthritis claim that eating goji berries regularly helped reduce their pain. The anti-inflammatory compounds present in goji berries may help soothe the inflamed joints and thereby reduce pain. Alternatively you can also eat these five foods to fight arthritis inflammation.

3. Anti-aging
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, goji berries are renowned for increasing longevity and strength. The antioxidant content of these berries also piles on its antiaging effects by protecting the cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. They can also help guard from degenerative diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s and even cancer.

4.Eyesight
Zeaxanthin, a type of antioxidant present in goji berries can protect the eyes from high energy light such as the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Studies suggest that this antioxidant can decrease the likelihood of cataracts and age related macular degeneration along with improving eyesight.  

References:
1. Bucheli P, Gao Q, Redgwell R, et al. Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects of Chinese Wolfberry. In: Benzie IFF, Wachtel-Galor S, editors. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2011. Chapter 14. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92756/

2. Bucheli P, Vidal K, Shen L, Gu Z, Zhang C, Miller LE, Wang J. Goji berry effects on macular characteristics and plasma antioxidant levels. Optom Vis Sci. 2011 Feb;88(2):257-62. doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e318205a18f. PubMed PMID: 21169874.

3. Amagase H, Nance DM. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical study of the general effects of a standardized Lycium barbarum (Goji) Juice, GoChi. J Altern Complement Med. 2008 May;14(4):403-12. doi: 10.1089/acm.2008.0004. PubMed PMID: 18447631.

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