Goji berries, a fruit that comes from the Chinese Lycium barbarum plant, have been used as a traditional medicine for general health, and recent studies suggest there is real evidence for its purported benefits. Many types of berries offer beneficial antioxidants that protect the body against chronic disease, and goji berries may contain additional properties to improve eye health.
IMPROVED FEELINGS OF WELL-BEING
According to a study published in May 2008 in the “Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine,” drinking juice derived from goji berries has a positive effect on overall well-being. Study participants drank goji berry juice daily for a period of 15 days, reporting perceived levels of energy, quality of sleep and feelings of happiness. After 15 days, both the goji berry group and the placebo group reported higher levels of happiness, but the goji berry group also reported improved energy levels, lower fatigue, lower stress and improved digestive function. While these measures are subjective, the findings are statistically significant.
Small, fleshy berries like the goji berry contain antioxidant compounds known as polyphenols that could protect against the development of cancer. These antioxidants fight against, diminish and repair cell damage that results from inflammation and oxidative stress from free radicals, preventing the likelihood of cancerous tumor development. Antioxidants like those in goji berries may also improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy by weakening tumor cells, reports a study published in 2008 in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.”