Food in China

The benefits of Goji Berry (Wolfberry)

[translated from] Goji Berry(枸杞), also known as Wolfberry, according to traditional Chinese medicine, has tonifying the liver and kidney and nourishing blood for improving eyesight, anti-aging rejuvenation and other effects. Modern medical research found that Goji also has liver and functional in preventing fatty liver. Goji contains an active ingredient theophylline, it is effective in the treatment of liver disease. Pharmacological experiments have shown that theophylline may inhibit the deposition of fat in the liver cells and promote regeneration of liver cells.


For liver patients, Goji Berry can prevent the storage of excess fat in liver, prevention and treatment of fatty liver. The chlorophyll in leaves of Goji Berry plant can also help liver detoxification, while also improving liver function. Therefore, in patients with chronic liver disease, especially in patients with fatty liver, may often like to eat.

How to eat

The berry can be added to tea, porridge, soups, and other no oil based dishes. In Spring add together with Astragalus and boiling water to drink as tea; in Summer add honeysuckle, chrysanthemum and with sugar water to drink, commonly used to eliminate eye fatigue; Autumn, soup made from longans, jujube, Chinese Yam.

Recipe Examples

1, black tea 3 g, wolfberry 20 grams, add boiling water, steep, to make wolfberry tea.

2, 20 pieces wolfberry, 5 flowers dried chrysanthemums and add boiling water to brew.

3, 15 grams of white fungus, wolfberries 25 grams, plus adequate water, simmer, add honey 20 g.

In General, healthy adults eat 20 grams of lycium barbarum is appropriate. Drinking water or soup made with Goji Berry will not pass on the full benefits, because under the influence of factors such as water temperature, immersion time, only some of the nutrients can be released into the soup, for better results, it is best to eat soup together with the Goji Berry.

Food taboos

Due to the warm body effect of lycium, so people who are suffering from fever, inflammation, diarrhea had better not eat, in addition, higher sugar content of wolfberry, contains sugars 19.3 g per 100 g, and should be used with caution in patients with diabetes, and consumption should not be excessive.

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