Dr Jess says:
Goji berries, also known as wolfberries or, in traditional Chinese medicine, as Go Qi Zi, are well known for their health benefits. These bright, red-orange coloured berries are often sold dried, or in pre-made juices (these can contain a lot of sugar, so be aware).
The Chinese view goji berries as a secret to longevity and it is believed they can treat a wide range of health issues, including high blood pressure, diabetes and can help aid weight loss. Traditional Chinese medicine uses goji berries as a nourishing and strengthening tonic, thought to be particularly good for optimal eye health, due to their high antioxidants and zeaxanthin levels.1 They are also naturally high in vitamin C, and contain iron, fibre and vitamin A. Research shows that they may help prevent age-related mental acuity, by helping to improve memory and cognitive function.2
Some people can be allergic to goji berries, so please speak to your medical practitioner if you have any concerns before adding goji berries to your diet. Allergic symptoms are more common in people who have allergies to peaches, tobacco, tomatoes and nuts.3 Signs of an allergic reaction include rash, fever and nausea and dizziness.
You can cook with goji berries, add a…