Monday, March 16, 2009

Goji Berries and Juice

It has been passed down in Asian cultures for centuries that goji berries prevent certain eye conditions, but there have not been enough significant scientific proof to confirm this. There have also been unsubstantiated claims that goji berries can prevent or treat cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and gastrointestinal problems. Currently, there are not enough scientific evidence to support any of these claims.

Also, goji berries or juice may interfere with certain medications (prescription and over the counter). Be sure to ask your doctor first if you are considering goji berries or juice. There may be very serious consequences if you don’t. If your doctor is not familiar with goji, go to a doctor who is or just don’t take it.

Despite lack of scientific support for the touted benefits, goji does contain plenty of vitamins and antioxidants, but so does other fruits.

Personally, I do eat goji berries from time to time when I am not taking any medication, including over the counter medication. (I conveniently get them from my mother.) However, I would not use them for the purpose of treating any conditions.

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