Goji Berry

Also indexed as:Lycium barbarum, Lycium chinense
Goji Berry: Main Image
Botanical names:
Lycium barbarum, Lycium chinense

Parts Used & Where Grown

Goji berries are the fruit of a shrub native to China.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Macular Degeneration
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
As a rich source of zeaxanthin, goji berries may be beneficial.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Goji berry use has been described in traditional Chinese medicine since the first century A.D. They are often combined with other herbs as a tonic to increase longevity.1 Other uses attributed to goji berries include enhancing immune function, improving circulation and eyesight, protecting the liver, and increasing sperm production.2, 3

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