What’s the deal with goji berries? Well, this tiny berry is packed with some powerful health benefits! So powerful in fact, goji berries are being studied as a potential natural antioxidant medicine (2).
The Goji Berry Background
Goji berries have already been used for thousands of years as a traditional Chinese medicinal herb and food supplement to take advantage of their properties (3). Their bright red colour indicates that they are rich in antioxidant phytochemicals that are important for several mechanisms in the body (2).
These chemicals are important to protect our body from oxidative stress that can cause damage to our cells and DNA (2). Oxidative stress can act in several ways in the body, which is why goji berries have such a wide range of positive effects in our bodies.
The Amazing Benefits of Gojis:
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In addition to the list above, goji berries can improve mental health, sleep, and blood sugar levels (1). Goji berries are a great addition to a healthy lifestyle, however those who are on medication for blood thinners, blood pressure, diabetes or have other berry allergies should consult their doctor prior to adding goji berries to their diet (1, 2).
Written by: Devon Philpott
Edited by: Ev Wong
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Ma, Zheng Feei, Zhang, Hongxia, Teh, Sue Siang, Wang, Chee Woon, Zhang, Yutong, Hayford, Frank, Wang, Liuyi, Ma, Tong, Dong, Zihan, Zhang, Yan, & Zhu, Yifan. (2019). Goji Berries as a Potential Natural Antioxidant Medicine: An Insight into Their Molecular Mechanisms of Action. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, 2019, 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/2437397
- Ye, X., & Jiang, Y. (2020). Phytochemicals in goji berries : applications in functional foods / edited by Xingqian Ye, Yueming Jiang. (First edition.). CRC Press.