Brimming with vitamins and minerals, the Goji berry is often labeled as a “superfruit” thanks to its health-promoting properties.
In traditional Chinese medicine, the Goji berry has been widely used for more than 2,000 years. Also known as the ‘Wolfberry’, it is a bright orange-red berry with a sweet and slightly sour taste. Its native to Asia, primarily in north-central and western areas of China.
This superfruit is frequently added to salads and soups, eaten raw, cooked, or even dried (since the fruit is easily damaged during harvest). It’s also be consumed as juice, wine, and herbal tea. Nowadays, all kinds of Goji berry products are out on the market. Some are in the form of juice, dried fruit, tablet, creams, soaps, and many more.
How does the Goji berry promote a person’s well-being? Check out our list of eight health and cosmetic benefits of this fruit.
1. Strengthens Immune System
Goji berries contain carotenoid beta-carotene, cystine (an amino acid), zinc, and vitamins A and C. These nutrients strengthen the immune system, and aids in the prevention of untreatable viral infections such as the common colds. The polysaccharide content of Goji berries also invigorates the immune function.
2. Prevents Heart Disease
The antioxidant property of the fruit has the capability to protect red blood cells from deterioration of lipids that may lead to cell damage and may cause heart problem.
3. Blood Sugar Management
Based on clinical studies, goji berries have hypoglycemic properties that limit the release of sugar in the bloodstream, which helps in the management of blood sugar levels in individuals with diabetes.
4. Protects the Brain
Thanks to high levels of B vitamins and calcium in Goji berries, this fruit has the potential to help protect the brain from degenerative diseases.
The antioxidant contents of Goji berries protect the Deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA from the biological waste by-product which is referred to as the “free-radicals”. Amino acids and mineral of Goji berries help in the regeneration and rejuvenation of cells thus, decelerates the aging process.
6. Protects the Eyes
Goji berries contain zeaxanthin, which has the potential to prevent damages from free radicals, subjection to UV light, and other factors that may contribute to age-related eye damages like macular degeneration – the main cause of blindness in person over 65 years of age.
7. Adjuvant to Cancer Treatment
Goji berries increase the abilities of some medicines to alter the growth of cancer cells. Scientific studies demonstrated significant control the growth of human cancer cells after the administration of Goji berry extract in the cell.
8. Aids in Weight Management
Goji berries’ high fiber content, makes someone feel fuller for a longer time, therefore reducing the calories intake. Fibers also facilitate proper digestion.
Goji berry offers numerous health benefits that might entice you to include this fruit in your diet. But before doing so, you must consult your doctor or pharmacist about possible interactions especially when taking medications and if you have food allergies.
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