Goji Scientific Research - Bogus Health Claims or Real Science?

By: Vanessa Simpkins

The first natural healers in Asia prized its health secrets 4,000 years ago. But does the Goji Berry have any scientific standing?

Ancient medical texts declared Goji to be superior for tonifying and maintaining the health of the entire body. Today more than 80 scientific research studies have been published on its health-maintenance properties. They can be found at Pubmed, type in "Lycium Barbarum" (Goji's latin name) into the search field.

Many prestigious journals around the world such as the British Journal of Nutrition, International Immunopharmacology, European Journal of Pharmacology, Chinese Oncology Magazine, China Pharmacology and Toxicology, Cell Biology International, Journal of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Nature Reviews Drug Discovery and the Physiology Academic Journal amongst others list the healing properties of the infamous Goji Berry.

It seems as if this sleeping giant breakthrough in health has hit the western world by storm. The Chinese have known about for ages and only now western science has uncovered that the Goji Berry contains a unique blend of "polysaccharides". Called LB1, LB2, LB3, LB4 and LB5, these polysaccharides are responsible for helping in the healing process of the whole immune system, hence the numerous health benefits claimed by ingesting the berry. Furthermore, Goji's polysaccharides command and control many of the body's most important biochemical systems. And thanks to its legendary ability to promote cheerfulness and improve mood, Goji has been dubbed the "happy berry".

The worlds leading authority on wellness endorses it. International media like Time Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and NBC's today show praise the Goji Berry. New Woman magazine says that Goji is the latest Superfruit to take Hollywood by storm. . With so much to offer it's no wonder that it has become a favorite food supplement for celebrities alike.

Extensive scientific research into the healing effects of the Goji Berry present numerous health benefits including; increased positive moods, a healthy libido, healthy blood pressure, healthy blood sugar levels, increased energy levels, helps anti-inflammatory processes, supports cardiovascular health, a greater resistance to fatigue, healthy liver function, improved memory, healthy immune system function, supports healthy aging and eye health.

Another interesting tid bit of information on the berry is its above average ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) score. An orac measurement is a standardized test adopted by the U.S Department of Agriculture to measure the total antioxidant potency of foods and nutritional supplements. The Goji Berry has the highest score of 25,300 with the prune fruit 5,700 lagging way behind. Antioxidants can help support and protect cells against free radical damage.

The latest Goji Scientific research is promising. After 4000 yrs something as ancient as the Goji Berry is still creating headlines around the world.

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