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Goji Berry (Lycium barbarum)

Goji Berry (Lycium barbarum)

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Goji (Lycium chinense; Lycium barbarum) is a shrub. The berries, berry juice, and root bark have been used for many purposes, but with little evidence.

Goji grows in the Mediterranean region and parts of Asia. It contains chemicals that might help lower blood pressure and blood sugar. It might also help stimulate the immune system and protect organs.

Goji is used for many conditions including diabetes, weight loss, improving quality of life, and as a tonic.

Traditionally used for

Lowering blood sugar levels.
Lowering bad cholesterol levels (LDL- low-density lipoprotein).
Boosting the immune system.
Antioxidant properties.
Protecting the retina in the eye.
Anti-aging properties.
Liver protection.
Anti-microbial properties.


By Mouth:

Up to 15 grams of goji fruit daily has been used safely for up to 4 months.

Possible Side Effects

Side effects of goji berry may be seen if you eat it in excess or are allergic to it. Excess consumption or allergic reaction may cause:

Urticaria (rashes and swelling on skin) on the hand, palms and lips.

Oedema (swelling caused by trapped fluid).

Rhinitis (runny nose).

Dyspneoa (shortness of breath).

Pruritis (itching of the skin).

Dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing).

Special Precautions & Warnings

The following precautions must be taken before consuming goji berries:

Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should be cautious before consuming goji berries.

People who are allergic to goji berries should refrain from having them. People allergic to tomato, nuts, peach or tobacco may also be allergic to goji berries.

It is advised to consult your doctor before consuming goji berries if you have any pre-existing diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure and you are taking medicines for the same.

Goji berries may interact with the following drugs:

Goji berry may interact with warfarin (a drug used to prevent blood clots).

Goji berry may interact with Flecainide (a drug used to manage irregular heart rhythm).

Goji berries may interact with hypertensives (medications used to lower high blood pressure).

It may also interact with medicines used for diabetes.

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