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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Goji Berry - 'Lycium barbarum' - fam:Solanaceae



This Goji berry, of Asia, is also known as the 'Wolfberry' and is the fruit of either, the 'Lycium barbarum', or 'Lycium chinense', two closely related species of 'Boxthorn' in the nightshade family, Solanaceae. (The family also includes the potato, tomato, eggplant, belladonna, chili pepper, and tobacco). 1


Low in calories, fat-free, a good source of fiber, and a high-antioxidant food, the Goji berry benefits include, the ability to help you fight disease, effectively manage your weight, and experience better digestion. Usually eaten raw, dried, or in liquid, or powder form, versatile Goji berries contain a wide range of phytonutrients, vitamins, and trace minerals, giving them the name “superfood berries” by many health experts. 2 Some claim that the Goji berry is a fountain of youth.




NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:


Goji berries are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including:

  • vitamin C
  • fiber
  • iron
  • vitamin A
  • zinc
  • antioxidants


These berries contain all 8 essential amino acids. A single 4 ounce serving provides nearly 10 percent of your daily value for protein. For fruit, this is a surprising amount of protein.

The carbohydrates in Goji berries are also complex carbs. This means your blood sugar will raise slowly, reducing your risk of a sugar crash afterwards.


SIDE EFFECTS:

Always talk to your doctor before you begin eating Goji berries. Some companies may say they have less side effects than medications. But Goji berries can interact with any medications you’re currently taking.

You should avoid adding Goji berries to your diet if you: 3

  • have low blood sugar
  • are using blood thinners such as warfarin
  • have low or high blood pressure
  • are breastfeeding or pregnant (can cause miscarriage)
  • are allergic to the fruit


REFERENCE: Wikipedia 1, Draxe.com 2, and Healthline 3

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