Benefits And Side Effects of Goji Berries
Originated from China, goji berries are gaining more popularity in recent years due to its high nutritional value and anti-aging properties. It is already approved by various experiments that it is rich in a variety of nutrients including vitamin c, betamethasone-carotene, vitamins B1 and B2, vitamin a, iron, amino acids and a bunch of antioxidants. It is helpful to clean up the free radicals in human body and slow down the aging process.
Chinese people have used goji berries as food and herbal medicine for hundreds of years. Modern science also shown that they are helpful for treatment on various diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The great amount of vitamin and antioxidant content contained in them can help prevent cancer, heart disease, liver disease and age-related macular degeneration. Regular consumption of them can maintain the functionality of the immune system and slow down the aging process. They can also relieve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s brain diseases.
In recent years, more and more scientific studies have approve the effects of goji berries in treatment of cancer. A clinical study performed on 2004 confirms that the good cholesterol (HDL) levels of diabetic rats increased significantly after the intake of goji extract for a few days. It also shown that the overall level of cholesterol and blood sugar reduced back to the normal level as well. Although this result is not fully tested on human body, we can imagine a positive outcome in the future.
It is a truth that goji berries are beneficial for our health especially for patients suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure. However, they should not be taken along with corresponding medicines because there is a high risk of interactions between food and medicine. In addition, people who are allergic to pollen should avoid these berries for safety concerns. Generally, the recommended amount of daily intake should not exceed 10-30 grams.
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