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4 Health Benefits of Goji Berries [Infographic]

Goji Berry
Goji berries, which look and taste like raisins, have been consumed by humans for more than 2,000 years. Modern research has found that it helps slowing down the damage to cells caused by age-induced oxidation. As it has a slightly sweet flavor, goji berry can be easily added to tea blends for a healthy concoction.
What is goji berry?
Goji berry is considered to be one of the major herbs in traditional Chinese medicine and it was traditionally believed to promote longevity. Legend has it that the goji berry was discovered by a doctor who traveled to a remote region of the Himalayas to study. He found the people there were extraordinarily healthy, some of them living to more than 100 years. Eventually, he discovered they were drinking water from wells where goji berries fell into as they ripened. Today, goji berries and roots have a wide range of medicinal uses and are being researched for their effect against age-related degeneration.
Botanical name: Lycium barbarum
Other names: Wolfberry, lycii
Description: A deciduous shrub with delicate leaves, small purple flowers, and bright orange-red berries
Habitat: Native to China and is cultivated throughout central and northern China
Properties*: Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, antioxidant, antiviral, immunomodulatory, neuroprotective
The health benefits of goji berry according to research
1. Anti-Aging
In traditional Chinese medicine, goji berries were often combined with other herbs as a tonic to increase longevity due to potential anti-aging properties. Goji berry is gradually being endorsed by research due to its combined effects that protect immune, liver, cardiovascular, and brain function from deterioration. Scientists believe it may contain compounds such as polysaccharides that have anti-aging and antioxidant properties
In a study published in 2005 in the academic journal Experimental Gerontology, natural extracts from goji berries were found to have neuroprotective effects against toxins in age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. In a subsequent study published in 2007, compounds found in goji berries were found to reduce the damage to cells caused by age-induced oxidation.
2. Fitness & Strength
In a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, goji berries were reported to have numerous benefits, including increased ratings for energy levels, athletic performance, mental acuity, and significantly reduced fatigue. In another study conducted in 2009, polysaccharides found in goji berries had a noticeable anti-athletic fatigue effect in animal studies. In another study, these polysaccharides were found to significantly decrease the oxidative stress induced by strenuous exercise.
3. Immunity and Overall Health
Research conducted over the past three decades indicates that consumption of goji berries support immune function by countering the reduction of white blood cells and by inhibiting the development of infectious diseases such as influenza. The berries also appear to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anticarcinogenic (anti-cancer) activity, with a recent study published in 2015 pointing to its potential therapeutic value against breast cancer and liver cancer.
4. Stress & Mood Support
Several studies point to the positive effects of goji berries on general health and well-being. One particular study reported that consumption of goji berries resulted in increased ratings for energy level, athletic performance, quality of sleep, ease of awakening, ability to focus on activities, mental clarity, calmness, and feelings of contentment.

Disclaimer

* These are some of the pharmacological actions that have been observed or are under study in various evidence-based research studies. Herb may have other properties not listed here.
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