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Goji Berries and Anti Aging

Can Goji Berries Make You Younger?


Updated May 05, 2009

Goji Berry

Goji Berry

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The goji berry is a Chinese berry that has been getting attention as an anti aging wonder. Goji berries (also called wolfberries) are used in a wide variety of traditional Chinese medicine preparations. Goji berries have high levels of antioxidants, making them a popular superfruit, and opening the potential of health and anti aging benefits. They also (like most fruit) contain a wide variety of healthy vitamins and minerals. You’ll see goji berries added to everything from chocolate bars to energy drinks.

Personally, I’m not sure what goji berries taste like. I’ve had them in chocolate bars and energy bars and they taste something like a dried cranberry – but mostly because they are small, red and chewy. According to the package labels, there are all sorts of health benefits to goji berries (see below).

Goji Berry Health Claims

In traditional Chinese medicine, goji berries are often made into a tea that is said to work on the liver and other areas of the bodies. In food products, goji berries are often dried and mixed in with the other ingredients. Marketers of goji berries have made the following health claims:
  • improve the immune system
  • increase sperm production
  • improve circulation
  • reduce inflammation
  • improve vision including macular degeneration
  • But the real truth is that there is very little evidence of any of these health benefits to drinking goji berry juice or eating foods with goji berries in them. In fact, I was looking for sources for this article and I really couldn’t find any – just the labels on the foods and goji berry websites.

    Should I Eat Things With Goji Berries?

    The way I see it, goji berries are just another fruit. Fruit is good for you. You should probably eat more fruit. If goji berries are interesting to you and you like how they taste, then eat more of them. But if you want to stick to apples and bananas, that’s OK too. Goji berries alone aren't going to make you younger or prevent aging. Try instead to get as wide a variety of fruits in your diet and for 3-4 servings of fruit every day.

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    Source: Seeram NP. Berry fruits: compositional elements, biochemical activities, and the impact of their intake on human health, performance, and disease. J Agric Food Chem. 2008 Feb 13;56(3):627-9.

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