There is a great controversy surrounding the consumption of Goji berries regarding their benefits and their contraindications or possible side effects.
The controversy becomes, of course, as a cause of this second point and it has increased even more after a study carried out in Spain by the OCU (Organization of Consumers and Users), determined that the vast majority of these berries had a high content of dangerous pesticides.
To know better what are goji berries, what are its true properties, what are its side effects and more, today we provide you with all the information about the benefits and contraindications.
What are goji berries
Goji berries are the fruit of the Lycium barbarum, a species of flowering plant or shrub that typically grows in China. In various parts of the Asian continent these berries are believed to have the power to rejuvenate and even prolong life. As a consequence and as you can imagine, they have been consumed and used in a large number of dishes for hundreds and hundreds of years.
On the other hand and after the passage of time, the Goji berries began to be taken into account to treat different diseases and health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, fever, and vision problems.
Its consumption is carried out like that of a dry fruit in which units, juices and infusions such as tea are dehydrated, through fermentation in wines or in medicines, among others.
Goji Berries Benefits
Several studies have shown that different berries such as blueberries, acai, strawberries or cherries, among others, have various properties and benefits well defined in the body and something similar happens with Goji berries.
They have several agents high antioxidant content that can help prevent cancer and diseases that affect the heart, in addition to strengthen the immune system and lower cholesterol levels.
In the same way, foods with antioxidant properties have the fundamental characteristic of keeping the body younger and slow down the aging process.
On the other hand, Goji berries are also rich in vitamin A, which promotes rejuvenation. The union of all these essential properties gives berries the ability to stimulate immune functions, protect eyesight and improve the functioning of the respiratory system, especially the heart.
Other factors to highlight is that the extract of Goji berries and other medications made from these fruits include the ability to improve brain health and thus avoid problems such as Alzheimer's.
Goji berries problems and contraindications
As we have seen so far, everything seemed fantastic but there are certain problems with the consumption of goji berries that we should consider before seeking its benefits.
There is a strong possibility that properties of goji berries produce a reaction or interact with the use of other herbs and medications. An example are anticoagulants; While a person is taking an anticoagulant they should avoid consuming these berries.
Something similar occurs with some medications that are used to treat diabetes and with most of the medications that are used to control blood pressure.
Nor is the consumption of these recommended in patients suffering from allergies to pollen or a similar type and as always, it is best to consult a specialist first.
Finally, there are also certain studies in which a high content of pesticides in goji berries from various markets in Spain and other parts of the world and these high contents exceed the levels up to which it is considered safe for the body.
Even the consumption of berries loses its meaning to the extent that its benefits are sought since several of the contents in its pesticides end up eliminating its properties.
Eating Goji berries to improve our health can not only be in vain but also harmful to the body if they come from a market without the correct certification.