Goji (Wolf) Berries
Berries like the goji berry are filled with powerful antioxidants and other compounds that may help prevent cancer and other illnesses, including heart disease.
Eating foods high in antioxidants may slow the aging process. It does this by minimizing damage to your cells from free radicals that injure cells and damage DNA. When a cell's DNA changes, the cell grows abnormally. Antioxidants can take away the destructive power of free radicals. By doing so, antioxidants help reduce the risk of some serious diseases.
Goji berries also have compounds rich in vitamin A that may have anti-aging benefits. These special compounds help boost immune function, protect vision, and may help prevent heart disease.
Some research suggests that goji berry extracts may boost brain health and may protect against age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's.
Constituents: Goji berries contain beta-carotene, lutein, zeazanthin, lycopene, polysaccharides, fatty acids, peptidoglycans and vitamins C and E. Goji also contains many nutrients: calcium, iron, potassium, riboflavin, zinc and selenium. Other constituents include volatile compounds, glycosides, alkaloids, as well as flavonoids, peptides and phenolic amides.
Possible side effects and warnings: There may be some possible herb-drug interactions with goji berries. If you take warfarin (a blood thinner), you may want to avoid goji berries. Goji berries may also interact with diabetes and blood pressure medicines.
Also, if you have pollen allergies, you may want to stay away from this fruit. However, when eaten in moderation, goji berries appear to be safe.
Dosage: They can be eaten as snacks, added to trail mix, juices, fruit salads or breakfast cereals, eaten raw or cooked. About a dessertspoonful daily is an average amount, but a little more won't do any harm. However, be careful not to eat massive quantities, as occasionally dizziness has been caused by overdoing it! (Too much of a good thing!)