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Goji Claims Real and False - What are the risks?

Just what are the claims made by the ancient Tibetans, Chinese and Mongolians? What are they based upon? Fact or fiction? Are there any risks of using these products?

Real Claims:

Goji can reduce macular degeneration
Goji can Inhibit the body's production of LDL (lower cholesterol)
Goji can Improve the body's ability to fight off arthritis
Goji has been shown to reverse infertility in women
Goji has been shown to increase virility in men
Goji has been shown to reduce chronic fatigue
Goji is a free radical antioxidant (helps with anti-aging)
Goji contains as much vitamin C as lemons
Goji can reverse or reduce some neurological disease
Goji has natural anti inflammatory properties
Goji has cancer preventative properties. It is a tumor inhibitor
Goji combined with LAK and IL-2 was shown to improve malignant melanoma regression
Goji was shown to improve lung cancer regression

Note:

Read the research abstracts here (search on wolfberry)
And extracts from other research here

Goji is the only fruit know to contain Omega 3 oils. These are the oils that lower cholesterol and promote healthy arteries.

False Claims:

Claim:

"The Mongolian Institute of Traditional Medicine reported that Goji has been used in the treatment of atrophic gastritis, weakened digestion due to reduced stomach activity. Patients consumed 10 grams of the whole fruits each time, three times daily before meals for two months and longer with excellent results."

Note:

As best we can tell, The Mongolian Institute of Traditional Medicine does not exist. Atrophic gastritis chronic irritation of the stomach lining. Causes the stomach lining and glands to wither away. Improving digestion is not a documented attribute of Goji, juice or berry.

Claim:

The Goji berry of the Solanaceae family has also been tested as an anti-obesity drug. Patients were given 30 grams each morning and each afternoon, made into a tea. Results were excellent with most patients losing significant weight. Goji Juice is a wonderful and delicious tonic which have traditionally been used as a blood tonic, used to nurture the heart, to relieve heart palpitation, insomnia, forgetfulness and anxiety associated with blood and chi deficiency, especially when combined with chi tonics.

Note:

Tea made from the plant leaves, not the berries is not the same. The leaves contain different minerals and have different properties than the berries. Chi is the Chinese definition of "life force". It has been proposed that more or less oxygen in the blood may correspond to "chi".

Claim:

More Protein than even Whole Wheat

Note:

Protein = 0

Risks Associated with the Practice of Chinese Herbal Medicine

Any system of pharmacologically active agents that has the capacity to change physiological function may have adverse effects. This is equally true for herbal products and pharmaceutical drugs.

The concept that naturalness is a guarantee of harmlessness is simplistic and untrue. The `natural' nature of these products, and their ready availability should be considered as poor an index of safety as it is of efficacy.


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