Monday, January 16, 2012

Goji Berries Health Benefits

In general, you will find profusely goji berries in natural food stores such as goji-laced chocolate bars, whole dried goji berries able to replace your raisins, and goji juice. The goji berry was most widely known as Chinese matrimony vine, Chinese boxthorn, or Chinese wolfberry before its exploding market of marketing hype. In the past decade, the name goji was not ever used for the plant or its fruit until eventually it became popular in the American market.

Almost all studies on the goji berries health benefits are mainly from foreign countries.
A number of clinical studies are already published. One publicized recently took into consideration for the effect of antioxidant in Fifty healthy Chinese volunteers by measuring antioxidant indicators in the blood through a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. The volunteers obtained approximately four ounces of goji berries juice on a daily basis for 30 days. Soon after 30 days, the authors measured the blood for antioxidant indicators, and then they recommended that continued using for further than
30 days can help to produce an effect of antioxidant by reducing conditions in connection with the rapid growth of free-radicals. Likewise, taking four-ounce glass of red wine each day at on the same price will certainly lead to similar benefits.

This follows the first double-blind, placebo-controlled study on the effects of goji berries standardized juice conducted outside of China. The treatment group (16 individuals) received about four ounces of goji berries juice a day for 14 days. The placebo group had 18 volunteers. Volunteers were examined by subjective self-questionnaires, along with measures of blood pressure, pulse rate, visual acuity, body weight and body mass index (before and after treatment).

The authors concluded that there were significant differences for the treatment group compared with the placebo group, including increased ratings for energy level, athletic performance, ability to focus, sleep quality, calmness, mental acuity, and feelings of happiness, contentment, and health. In addition, the treatment group had improved regularity of gastrointestinal function and reduced stress and fatigue.