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Goji berries: small fruits with thousands benefits

Goji berries: small fruits with thousands benefits

Goji berries are small red fruits, rich in beneficial properties. However, they also have side effects: let’s fin out everything about this food!

Nowadays we oftean hear about Goji berries, but what are they? They are small red fruits from a wild Tibetan shrub belonging to the Solanaceae family.

These berries have many properties which turned them into one of the main ingredients of Chinese medicine. However, their introduction in the West is recent, both in the food and in the herbal medicine sectors.

Goji berries: properties

These fruits have immunostimulant and antioxidant properties, they prevent allergies and protect eye movements. Moreover, they enhance concentration and fight constipation.

Goji berries are rich in proteins, essential amino acids, unsaturated fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6). They do not contain cholesterol and, thanks to their plant sterols, help lowering cholesterol levels and prevent cardiovascular disorders.

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Finally, they are a great source of vitamins (A, C, B2 and E) and mineral salts (calcium, iron, potassium, zinc and selenium). They are a perfect natural supplement!

Goji berries: side effects

These fruits also have contraindications. In some cases, they can provoke allergic reaction, nausea, vomit and intestinal problems. Pregnant and breasfeeding women should not eat them, because they contain betaine, which interferes with the synthesis of DNA, and selenium, which can be dangerous in large quantities.

Moreover, Goji berries interfere with blood thinners, anti-hypertension and hypoglycaemic medicines. Among the most common side effects there are bleadings and petechia, due to the alteration of blood coagulation, low pressure and glycemia.

Goji berries: how to eat them

In Eastern cuisine, these fruit are used to make soups and season meat. In the West, instead, they are sold dried, in juice and in powder.

You can eat them on their own or you can rehydrate them in water or yogurt. Instead, if you’ve bought the powder, you should dissolve it in water, while you can dilute the juice or drink it on its own.

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