Gogi berries come from the vine of a plant in the same family as potatoes, tomatoes and chili peppers. The plant is native to southern Europe and Asia and has been used as an ingredient in preparation in traditional Chinese medicine. However, you should seek the advice of a medical professional before trying to prevent, treat or cure any condition with goji berry.
Gogi berries are important in Chinese medicine since they have immunity boosting properties, according to a study published in 2010 in “Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences.” Goji berry juice was found to protect the skin of hairless mice. After being exposed to simulated UV rays, mice that consumed goji berry juice had less sunburn damage than mice that did not receive the gogi berry juice. Therefore, the researchers suspect that goji berry juice may help protect humans from sun damage.
Goji berry juice may help improve eye health. A study of elderly adults published in February 2001 in “Optometry and Vision Science” found that goji berry juice protected the macula from damage. The macula is the yellow-pigmented area of the retina of the eye. The participants supplemented with goji berry juice for 90 days.
Goji berry may help men with prostate cancer. Prostate cancer can also spread to other areas of the body. A study published in September 2009 in the “Journal of Medicinal Food” found that goji berry led to apoptosis, or the death of human prostate cancer cells. In mice, goji berry was found to reduce the weight of prostate cancer tumors.
A study published in April 2008 in the “FASEB Journal” assessed the safety of goji berry juice using a rat model. The researchers assessed toxicity after a 14 day period of goji berry consumption and did not find any adverse effects. Specifically, they did not find any tissue damage to organs. Also, none of the rats in the study died even with a maximum dosage. Therefore, the researchers concluded that goji berry juice is safe for ingestion.
- Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences; ”Mice Drinking Goji Berry Juice (Lycium barbarum) are Protected from UV Radiation-Induced Skin Damage Via Antioxidant Pathways;" Vivienne E. Reeve, Munif Allanson, Sondur Jayappa Arun et al.; 2010
- Optometry & Vision Science: "Goji Berry Effects on Macular Characteristics and Plasma Antioxidant Levels;" Peter Bucheli, Karine Vidal, Lisong Shen et al.; February 2011
- Journal of Medicinal Food: "Lycium barbarum Polysaccharides Induce Apoptosis in Human Prostate Cancer Cells and Inhibits Prostate Cancer Growth in a Xenograft Mouse Model of Human Prostate Cancer;" Qiong Luo, Zhuoneng Li, Jun Yan, et al.; September 2009
- The FASEB Journal: "General Toxicity and Histological Analysis from Acute Toxicological Study of a Standardized Lycium barbarum (Goji) juice (GoChiTM) in Rodents;" Harunobu Amagase; April 2008
- goji berry image by lefebvre_jonathan from Fotolia.com
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