The Health Benefits of the Goji Berry

Тhе Gојі bеrrу hаs bееn ассlаіmеd а nаturаl hеаlth еlіхіr bу hеаlth ехреrts аll оvеr. The medicinal properties of the humble berry are a secret confined to the Himalayan regions of Asia – Mongolia, China, and Tibet. For thousands of years, traditional medicine in these areas has included this ingredient in the treatment of various diseases and also as a garnish in food. Recent studies and research by western experts have pointed out various health benefits of this wonder fruit.

With any discovery, plenty of exaggerated claims are made, and this fruit is no exception. It has been claimed to cure pretty much everything – from boosting the immune system to protecting against hear disease and even hailed as a cure for cancer. Though many such unsupported claims exist, they should not be permitted to blemish its reputation, that has been used in medicine for thousands of years. Here are a few proven health benefits of the natural wonder.

Nutrient Content

Goji berries have a very high nutritional content. A normal daily serving of the berry has more vitamin C than an equivalent serving of orange, it’s also a fantastic source of the B vitamins, higher levels of betacarotene than an equivalent serving of carrots and higher iron content than an equivalent serving of beef. They also have been shown to be antioxidant-rich – it’s hard to miss the word “free radicals” nowadays; those dangerous substances damage useful portions of the human body. Antioxidants have been found to be the best combatants of free radicals. Along with all this, they are also great sources of polysaccharides that have been proven to strengthen the functioning of the human immune system.  They are also rich in potassium, аnd hаvе аs mаnу аs еіghtееn dіffеrеnt tуреs оf аmіnо асіds nееdеd bу thе bоdу. So, in a nutshell, this berry is a nutritional supplement mine, with enough nutritious content to take care of the immune system, keep skin healthy and shining and aid in the maintenance of a healthy heart.

Cancer Cure?

Now let us take a look at that cancer curing claim. What they’ve been proven to do is battle cancer because of their very high antioxidant content. Also, they’ve been found to contain Germanium, which has been proven to possess anti-cancer properties. Studies conducted in Japan have demonstrated that this substance is efficacious in the treatment of cancers of the lung, cervix, liver, testicles, and uterus. Another interesting point to note is the finding that these berries can increase production of g-interferon in the body. Research has proved that this substance is effective at destroying cancerous cells in the body.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. There are countless researches and clinical trials going on to test the efficacy of the Goji berry’s extract in the treatment of various ailments. One thing is for certain though; it certainly won’t hurt to include a small serving of the super-fruit every day at breakfast!