The bright orange Goji berries are the more popular commercial name for Wolfberries
that belong to the Lycium labarum species of berry-bruit plants. Native to Chinese,
Tibetan and southeastern European regions, they are now marketed worldwide and mostly
available in containers and packages in dried desiccated form for public consumption
but rarely in their natural form.
Since the start of the 21st century, the Goji berry has attracted worldwide attention
for its nutritive and antioxidant health-giving properties that have led to its rapid
commercialization as a superfruit that figures in the health food’s multi-billion
How Does Goji Berry Work For Weight Loss?
Weight loss seldom happens with some form of calorie intake reduction or fat-burning
exercise regimen or both. Here are some of the actions that Goji berries can do to
help you lose weight:
• Goji berries contain B1(Thiamin) essential in converting carbs to energy that a
healthy thyroid gland should be doing. A weak thyroid gland promotes weight gain.
• They contain high fiber nutrients and chromium that aid in regulating blood sugar
• They contain L-arginine and L-glutamine amino acids that stimulate growth hormones
and heighten the production of lean muscles.
• Goji berries are adaptogens the help increase stamina, strength the heart, improve
blood circulation and reduce stress from physical exertion allowing you to sustain
your exercise regimen longer and more rigorously to burn unwanted stored fat.
• They contain polysaccharides that help reduce lactic acid accumulating in the muscles
during exercise and thus, reduce muscle soreness. So you can meet higher exercise
• They contain antioxidants that reduceblood glucose and lower cholesterol levels
in the body.
Is Goji Berry Safe?
While there have been clinical trials on the Goji berries in a Chinese study published
in the Chinese Journal of Oncology back in 1994, this is to confirm its efficacy
as an aid to 79 cancer patients that respond better with traditional treatment.But
that doesn’t give it anti-carcinogenic properties. In the other health concerns like
obesity and weight loss, Goji berries have not benefited from any clinical trials
to confirm any dieting benefit or determine if there are side effects.
Goji berries are mostly available in Chinese herbal shops and online. But they are
among the most expensive food supplements around. Little is known about their side
effects though reports have been documented that some users suffered some blood-related
ailments that ceased after discontinuing taking Goji berry tea. As a prudent action
before taking, it’s best to consult with your doctor.