Goji berries (often called wolfberries) originated from China, where they are used for their sweet taste and numerous benefits. Most of the time they can be found in stores in dried form, but there are also goji-based teas or granola bars.
They are have powerful antioxidant properties and are a very good source of vitamin C, iron and vitamin A. A very important fact for vegans is that they provide about 10% of the recommended daily amount of protein! The ideal daily dosage
is about 10-30 g each day, depending on the individual and health conditions.
Some of their advantages are:
- Blood boosting
- Increase energy levels
- Inflammatory conditions (arthritis)
- Cancer management (along with other cancer medication)
- Reduce cancer risk
- Promote heart health
- Gastric disorders
- High blood pressure
- Infertility (male)
- Improve immunity
- Liver protection
- Sexual dysfunction
- Weight loss
- Eye disorders
It is very important to consult a doctor if you want to integrate goji berries in your daily routine because, along with some medication, they can have side effects.
Some of the medication that might interfere with wolfberries are:
- Warfarin – used for treating blood clots;
- Diabetes Medication
Some side effects:
- Allergies (for those with pollen allergies)
- Sleep disturbance (they should mostly be eaten during the day)
- Excessive energy
- Increased blood flow
- High Selenium levels (not recommended for pregnant women)
- Digestive Disorders
There are many goji-based recipes like:
As long as the recommended daily dosage of goji berries is respected, no side-effects should be expected. But if you know you have medical conditions it is highly recommended to discuss with a doctor before incorporating them into your diet.