These pretty orange-red berries are packed with antioxidants, polyphenols, fibers and have little-known virtues, to protect eyesight and boost the immune system.
Goji berries: allies to prepare for seasonal changes
Goji berries come from a shrub native to China and also called Lycium barbarie ( Lycium barbarum ). We can use their virtues when entering the winter to prepare the body to fight external aggressions. In prevention, it will be used in particular in combination with echinacea and pelargonium.
Goji berries strengthen the immune system
It is also thanks to their richness in antioxidants and polyphenols that goji berries have an immunostimulating power. They are therefore interesting to consume in cures when the immune defenses are weakened. We can then integrate them into the diet at the rate of two to three tablespoons per day, or in juice (2 glasses of 10cl per day). Also to boost immunity, they can be associated with echinacea and propolis .
They protect the respiratory tract
The use of goji berries for its health benefits comes from Chinese medicine, which uses it among other things to protect the liver and kidneys. But they also have an antiviral activity which justifies their use (in association with the bark and the root) in case of infection of the respiratory tract. Be careful however, if you are on anticoagulants, it is better to talk to your doctor, because they could interact with the medication.
Goji berries are invigorating
Their richness in vitamin C, carotenoids and trace elements explains their effectiveness in the event of fatigue, and promotes general well-being. To tone the body, they will be combined with royal jelly . Like other dried fruits, they also contain a large amount of fiber, welcome to facilitate lazy transits.
Goji berry: they protect the eyes
Among the antioxidant components of goji berries is zeaxanthin, a carotenoid responsible for the beautiful color of the berry. However, this pigment, like lutein (found in carrots, corn, spinach, sorrel, etc.) helps maintain good vision and protect the retina. It is therefore recommended to prevent AMD (age-related macular degeneration) . In case of eyestrain, it is combined with marigold, blueberry and gingko.
They are rich in antioxidants
All berries have a high antioxidant content, which gives them their anti-free radical activity. This is what is at the origin of their many benefits: reduction of inflammation, slowing of aging (of the skin and eyes among others), strengthening of the immune system … Goji berries additionally contain 18 amino acids including the 8 essentials (those that the body cannot synthesize on its own), minerals, and vitamins (B1, B2, C and E).
Goji berries: what’s the right dosage?
Be careful, these berries are rich in fructose, the sugar of fruit: it is better not to abuse it. And check that you digest them well.
Sources: Healing with the forces of nature , by Pr Andreas Michalsen (ed. Albin Michel); Summary of phyto-aromatherapy , Dr Danielle Roux and Dr Daniel Sciméca (ed. Alpen); Take control of your health , Dr Rangan Chatterjee (ed. Belfond); Natural and effortless health , Dr Joseph Mercola (ed. Hugo et cie).