Goji Berry


Ingredient Type: Botanical

Also Known As: Lycium barbarum, Chinese boxthorn, Chinese wolfberry, Common matrimony-vine, Duke of Argyll's teaplant, Duke of Argyll's teatree, Himalayan goji, wolfberry

Goji berries, or wolfberries, are the fruit that grows on small trees in Asia, mostly in China, where they have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years.  This super fruit is often shaken from the trees when ripe, and then dried, like raisins.

In Asia, goji berries have been eaten for generations in the hope of living longer.  They have been shown to have possible benefits that included a feeling of well being and calmness, improved athletic performance and quality of sleep, and weight management.

Goji berries are used in supplements today to provide antioxidants, iron, protein, fiber and carbohydrates and are thought to increase the body's available energy.



In the meantime see the MedlinePlus entry for goji, the Michigan Medicine Health Library entry for goji berry, the WebMD entry for goji, or the entry for goji berry for more information.