Goji, goji berry, or wolfberry, is the fruit of either Lycium barbarum or Lycium chinense, two closely related species of boxthorn in the nightshade family, Solanaceae. L. barbarum and L. chinense fruits are similar but can be distinguished by differences in taste and sugar content.
Goji, also known as wolfberry, is a fruit that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It is known for its high antioxidant content, including carotenoids, flavonoids, and vitamin C. These antioxidants help to protect the body from free radical damage, which can contribute to aging and disease.
Goji berries have also been shown to improve immune function and reduce inflammation. They contain polysaccharides that stimulate the production of immune cells, helping to strengthen the body’s defense against infections.
Additionally, goji berries may benefit eye health, as they contain high levels of zeaxanthin and lutein, two carotenoids that are important for maintaining healthy vision.
Goji can be consumed in various forms, such as dried berries, juice, or supplements. Its many health benefits make it a great addition to a balanced and healthy diet.