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Goji Berry - Lycium Barbarum

Goji Berry

The little red fruits known as goji berries are also called wolfberries. These little fruits are beautiful, flavorful, and packed with powerful antioxidants and medications. They come in two different forms – powdered and dry. They give health to a variety of supplements and juice concoctions.

Lycium barbarum is their scientific name. Asian-native goji berries taste sweet and tart only a little bit. Since the beginning of time, they have been a part of traditional cures and regarded as a superfood. They are necessary to keep the eyes healthy and delay the effects of aging. They also support the health of your lungs, liver, and kidneys.

Synonyms of Goji Berry

  • Wolfberry
  • Boxthorn
  • Matrimony vine
  • Lycium Barbarum

Nutritional Facts of Goji Berry

30 grams of dried goji berries pack contains:-


Calories: 98
Protein: 4 grams
Fat: 0.1 grams
Carbs: 21.6 grams
Fiber: 3.6 grams
Sugar: 21.8 grams

Phytochemical Constituents of Goji Berry

  • Caffeic acid 
  • Caffeoylquinic acid 
  • Chlorogenic acid 
  • P-coumaric acid
  • Quercetin-diglucoside 
  • Kaempferol-3-O-rutinoside
  • Rutin 

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Therapeutic Uses of Goji Berry

  • Improves Depression, Anxiety, and Sleep Quality

Goji berries can treat disorders linked to depression and anxiety. A daily cup of Goji berry juice can also improve digestion, mood, and energy levels. Additionally, a study found that it had a good impact on both athletic performance and attentiveness.


  • Reduces Skin Infection and Maintain Skin Health

Skin damage and even skin cancer can result from exposure to UV light. Consuming Goji berries can lower this risk. Due to their antioxidant characteristics, studies have shown that Goji berries significantly reduce skin infections and immunological suppression.


  •  Weight Loss

Goji berries can fit into your diet plan for losing weight because they are low in calories and high in nutrients. Additionally, because goji berries have a low glycemic index, ingesting them can help with weight loss by reducing cravings for sweet foods. According to reports, eating foods low in sugar helps hasten weight loss.


  • Boost Vision Health

Zeaxanthin, an antioxidant with outstanding eye effects, is particularly abundant in goji berries. They are frequently regarded as a safe, all-natural cure for age-related macular degeneration. The antioxidant zeaxanthin found in berries shields the eyes from UV rays, free radicals, and other types of oxidative damage.


  • Treat Acne

Goji berries help lessen and prevent acne outbreaks in addition to treating skin inflammation. The juice can be consumed to alleviate internal inflammation, which may be a factor in your acne breakouts.


  • Improves kidney functioning

Antioxidants included in Goji berries aid in the body’s detoxification process and enhance kidney performance. Any disruption of the kidney will undoubtedly cause toxins to build up in the body. By removing free radicals and harmful waste from the body, the berries lessen the burden on the kidney.

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Home Remedies of Goji Berry

  • Treats Inflammatory Skin Conditions

Strong anti-inflammatory effects can be found in goji berries. They work well for minimizing inflammation of any kind, including that caused by inflammatory skin diseases including rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema. Goji berries might help to calm redness and lessen inflammation if your acne is inflamed.


  • Detoxify the Liver 

You should include goji berries in your diet to safeguard and cleanse your liver.

Goji berries can aid in a speedy recovery for sick persons when added to soups and cereal recipes.


  • Reduces Inflammation 

Goji berries are helpful in lowering skin inflammation, including that caused by rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis. Including goji berries in your diet will reduce redness if you have inflamed acne.

Ayurvedic Aspects of Goji Berry

If taken in conjunction with a healthy diet and according to your Dosha (unique mind/body type), goji berries have a very strong healing effect and can be used as a cure for many diseases.

Side Effects of Goji Berry

  •  Dizziness

Goji berries can cause issues like dizziness, eye irritation, blurred vision, and hallucinations if consumed in excess. Atropine, a poisonous chemical in goji berries, is mostly to blame for this side effect.


  • Allergies

Anaphylaxis, a state in which the body becomes hypersensitive, can be brought on by goji berries. 

Hives, breathing blockage, gastrointestinal problems, and shock are all signs of anaphylaxis. Goji berries should not be consumed by people at risk for food allergies until they have permission from their health experts.


  • Miscarriage

Betaine is found in goji berries. Betaine may also be used to trigger abortion or menstruation. The berries also imitate the effects of estrogen. Therefore, they should not be taken by women who are pregnant, nursing, or who have conditions where estrogen is sensitive.


  • Patterns of Sleep Are Interrupted

Goji juice can sharpen focus as one of its benefits. Avoid consuming goji juice in the late afternoon or right before bed. Instead, sip it in the morning. Goji juice taken in excess can disrupt your regular sleep cycle.


  1. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173032/nutrients
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6343173/

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist

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