What are Goji berries? (Lycium Barbarum Linn)
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What are Goji berries? (Lycium Barbarum Linn)
The Goji berry is an oval-shaped fruit that grows on a native Chinese shrub, the Lycium Barbarum linn. The colour can vary from deep orange to red and does not exceed 2 cm. Centuries ago, the beneficial effect on health of the Goji berry was already discovered and is indispensable in Chinese culture. Goji berries are used to treat common ailments such as diabetes, high blood pressure, fever and age-related eye conditions. These berries also have immune-enhancing properties. Because of these and many other beneficial properties, the Goji berries are, according to the Chinese, indispensable in a diet for a long and healthy life. Below we will take a closer look at this little miracle from nature.
Why are Goji berries so good for the eyes?
Goji berries are very good for healthy eyesight. They contain many antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. In addition to vitamins A, C and E, the antioxidants Lutein and zeaxanthin are particularly important for the eyes. The fruit also contains beta-carotene and zinc. These nutrients protect the eyes against free radicals and age-related eye complaints. They should therefore not be missing from the diet of people with macular degeneration and cataract. These nutrients are also indispensable for other eye conditions such as glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa. Eye problems can occur at different ages, especially from the age of 55, the degeneration of the eye begins, but with all the screen time nowadays, the eyes are more heavily strained, and these figures may change in the future. This little miracle from nature is full of the nutrients the eye needs and is therefore definitely recommended if you have eye problems. And if you want to prevent eye problems! It is better giving the eyes all the nutrients it needs so you can delay or prevent the degeneration of the eye! In short, the goji berry (Lycium Barbarum linn) is a gift from nature for healthy eyes!
What are the health benefits of goji berries?
The goji berry contains 18 types of amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids and 21 minerals!They are rich in: Antioxidants, Beta-Carotene, Protein, Zinc, Iron, Calcium, Selenium, Germanium, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C and E.
The high nutritional value of this fruit can have many positive effects on the human body. Earlier, we extensively covered how good the goji berry is for the eyes and how it improves eyesight.
In addition to the positive effect on the eyes, the Lycium barbarum linn has even more health benefits:
– it may have a positive influence on blood pressure and has a strengthening effect on the heart
Animal studies have shown that the extract of the goji berry can help to lower the total cholesterol and triglyceride levels and to increase the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.
– it can protect against aging
A mice study shows that goji berry extract inhibits glycation, a process that ages the skin.
– it gives energy
Researchers think that extract of goji berry can stimulate the production of glycogen in the muscles and liver. Glycogen is a storage form of glucose that, as an energy supply, helps you with physical efforts.
It can also help remove blood urea from the body, a waste product that your body produces after strenuous exercise.
– it may reduce depression and anxiety
Research from 2016 with rats has shown that goji berries can reduce depression symptoms and anxiety.
– it strengthens the immune system
Goji berries contain large amounts of vitamins A and C, which are essential for strengthening your immune system and preventing diseases.
– Healthy skin
Goji berries contain beta-carotene, an essential phytochemical plant. Beta-carotene contributes to promoting healthy skin.
– it has a high antioxidant content
Research shows that goji berries have a high antioxidant content. Antioxidants protect body cells against damage if they are exposed to, for example, smoke or radiation (which contains free radicals). In addition, foods rich in antioxidants often contain a lot of dietary fibres and few unhealthy fats.
# It can regulate blood sugar level
Goji berries can help regulate the release of sugar into the blood.
Animal studies have shown that goji berry extracts can have a positive effect on blood sugar levels.
# It can help prevent liver damage
Goji berries have been used in Chinese medicine for centuries to treat liver disorders.
Animal studies have shown that goji berries can contribute to good liver health and the prevention of liver fat from alcohol.
It is important to note that most of the above health benefits have been tested with goji berry extracts. These contain considerably higher levels of antioxidants than you would get from fresh or dried goji berries.
What are the side effects of goji berries?
Like almost all dried fruits, goji berries contain natural sugars in small quantities. So, portion control is important for people with diabetes or blood thinners. It is safe for most people to eat goji berries in moderation.
Goji berries can interact with certain medications, including blood thinners, medicines for high blood pressure and medicines for diabetes.
There are many ways to consume the goji berry, for example, you can use it to make a tasty, healthy tea. These berries are available in various supermarkets and health stores. However, the health benefits stated above have been tested with goji berry extracts, which contain considerably higher levels of antioxidants than the dried berry from the shop.
Naturally, based on the information above, the main ingredient of our self-developed dietary supplement Retina complex is of course the Goji berry. If you are interested, take a look at our homepage or order directly!