Health Benefits of Goji Berries

Health Benefits of Goji Berries Blog

Goji Berries

Wolfberry, or goji berry, has been long used as a medicinal food revered today for its support of a positive mood and energy. A double blind, placebo-controlled clinical study was performed to study the general effectiveness of goji berry juice over a 15-day period. The results showed a significant increase in the participants’ energy level, athletic performance, mental acuity and improved regularity of gastrointestinal function.

Goji berries have been used to bring balance to blood sugar levels and blood pressure but high consumption of Goji berries could interact with prescription medications like blood thinners, diabetes medications and blood pressure drugs, so talk with your doctor first before adding these berries to your diet if you are dealing with these disorders.

All berries are good but it doesn’t mean all berries are good for you! Goji is touted as a berry that is both a fruit and an herb. Herbs can be just as powerful as drugs. It is recommended that goji berries be enjoyed in moderation.

Antioxidants 

Goji berries are great for eye health because they contain significant quantities of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are antioxidants that have vision enhancing effects. It is also a great source ofbeta-carotene, which is a form of vitamin A touted to protect our eyes and promote healthy skin.

Did you know that most Goji berries sold in stores are usually grown in China?  Did you know you could also grow them here in Canada?  Why not grow your own food when you can.  You can enjoy fresh healthy, antioxidant rich berries right from your backyard.

 

Click here to see some of my favorite ways to use the Incredible Edibles® Goji Berries

 


Deana Steele, RHN  Digestion Specialist

Deana Steele is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Digestion Specialist trained by the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She believes that optimum health begins with a properly functioning digestive system. Her philosophy is to empower her clients with the knowledge to improve their overall health through optimum digestive function, lifestyle and superior nutrition. Find more great digestive support at www.deanasteele.com


This information is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult with your trusted healthcare practitioner prior to making any changes.
References:

J Nutr. 2012 Aug;142(8):1596-602. doi: 10.3945/jn.112.159467. Epub 2012 Jun 27.
Amagase, H., & Nance, D. M. (2008). A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical study of the general effects of a standardized Lycium barbarum (goji) juice, GoChi™. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine14(4), 403-412.

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