WOLFBERRY FOR HEALTH?
Did you know that goji berry has uncountable health benefits that promote longevity, such as inhibition of cancer growth, anti-inflammatory effects, improving liver functions, prevention of vessel impairment, immune function improvement?
The goji berry, also called wolfberry, has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine. It also goes by the names Lycium barbarum, gou qi zi or fructus lycii. The goji berry, a valuable nourishing tonic, has been used historically as an antipyretic, anti-inflammatory and anti-senile agent for thousands of years.
Modern pharmacological experiments have proven that these berries have numerous age-delaying properties.
The review of Mingliang Jin published in 2013 in International Journal of Biological Macromolecules describes health benefits of polysaccharides from goji berries. It has been demonstrated that they have various important biological activities, including antioxidant, immunomodulation, antitumor, neuroprotection, radioprotection, anti-diabetes, hepatoprotection, anti-osteoporosis and antifatigue.
In addition, Lycium barbarum polysaccharides have some other interesting pharmacological activities in the context of age-related diseases like atherosclerosis and diabetes. As to the root bark, several compounds have demonstrated a hepatoprotective action as well as inhibitory effects on the rennin/angiotensin system, which may support the traditional use for the treatment of hypertension. These effects are summarized in the review article of Olivier Potterat from the University of Basel from Switzerland.
Kukoamines containing in goji berries have been shown to lower blood pressure and suppress inflammatory processes. The goji berries’ ingredient betaine prevents blood vessel damage and protects from fatty liver pathologies.
The study of George Wong research group published in Nutrition and cancer in 2009 demonstrates the goji berries can prevent human breast cancer cells by favorably altering estradiol metabolism.
Thus, in view of the available pharmacological data and the long tradition of use in the traditional Chinese medicine, goji berries certainly deserve further investigation. However, clinical evidences and rigorous procedures for quality control are indispensable before any recommendation of use can be made for Goji products.