Wolfberry, commercially called goji berry, is the common name for the fruit of two very closely related species: Lycium barbarum and L. chinense, two species of boxthorn in the family Solanaceae (which also includes the potato, tomato, eggplant, deadly nightshade, chili pepper, and tobacco). It is native to southeastern Europe and Asia. China, the main supplier of wolfberry products in the world, this production derived from 82,000 hectares farmed nationwide, yielding 95,000 tons of wolfberries.ebiochem.com
Wolfberry is a traditional Chinese medicine used to support a long, healthy life.
Wolfberry is benefit to eyes. Wolfberries are a source of the plant pigment, or carotenoid, known as zeaxanthin. Increasing your consumption of zeaxanthin may help improve the health of your eyes because this carotenoid may protect a part of your eye called the retina. Health professionals with the University of Michigan Health System say that this effect of wolfberry may be particularly beneficial for people at risk for macular degeneration, a common age-related eye condition that often results in severe vision difficulties or blindness.ebiochem.com
Wolfberry is used in treatment for cancer. In 2001, Wei Sheng Yan Jiu found that the effect and the mechanism of Wolfberry polysaccharide on inhibiting the growth of human leukemia HL-60 cells were examined. Wolfberry could inhibit the growth of HL-60 cells in dose-dependent manner and decrease the membrane fluidity of the cell. Agarose gel electrophoresis of DNA from the cells treated with wolfberry revealed a “DNA ladder” and positive TUNEL test. The results showed that the apoptosis of HL-60 cells induced by wolberry maybe its important mechanism on anti-tumorgenesis.ebiochem.com
Wolfberry can work to combat the signs of fatigue through its ability to help energy production in the body. It helps to hasten the metabolism, resulting in balanced energy levels throughout the day.ebiochem.com
Wolfberry remains an extremely popular herbal remedy throughout the world.ebiochem.com