Have you ever heard of goji berries?
Goji berries (Lycium barbarum) belong to the Solanaceae family that includes potatoes and tomatoes. Goji berries are found in the northwest regions of China. They have bright orange-red colour with a sweet, slightly-sour flavor. It is a 1-2 cm long berry. The daily dosage of goji berries is in the range of 6-18 g. Goji berries are known as a “superfruit” because of their health benefits. Goji berries are a good source of vitamins and minerals that increase longevity.
What do goji berries contain?
Goji berries support the immune system and they are rich in vitamins and minerals:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
Health benefits of goji berries
Goji berries protect your eyes
Goji berries contain high level of antioxidants, the most common zeaxanthin and luteolin, which can improve vision. They are responsible for the characteristic bright orange to red colour. Studies have reported that goji berries protect from glaucoma, a condition that can cause blindness. The antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by:
- Oxidative stress
- Free radicals
Goji benefits for diabetes
Diabetes mellitus is characterized by high levels of blood glucose, known as hyperglycaemia. Goji berries have a hypoglycaemic effect, respectively, show reduction in blood glucose level. Goji berries can reduce insulin resistance. They also contain chromium, a mineral that appears to help reduce insulin resistance.
Anticancer, Immunostimulatory effects
Goji berries have been utilised in traditional Chinese medicine to stop the progression of cancer because they are an excellent source of antioxidants that can help to destroy free radicals and boost the immune system. High levels of vitamins A and C can be found in goji berries. They are necessary for immune function and prevent systemic infections. According to studies, antioxidants in goji berries have the ability to slow down the growth of cancer cells and reduce inflammation.
Goji berries give you energy and antiaging effects
Drinking goji berry tea and juice can help increase your energy and mood. Also, can reduce stress, fatigue, depression and anxiety. Goji berries contain enough antioxidants, betain (a natural amino-acid) to protect from skin aging. Betaine can be used to reduce the appereance of wrinkles, collagen damage and skin irritation.