8 Healthy Facts About the Goji Berry

What’s a goji berry?

You might have heard of goji berries and their health benefits. Their history as a medicinal plant has roots in ancient China. Many people use goji berries to treat eye, liver, and kidney issues.

Also known as wolfberries, these festive red berries have a sweet, slightly sour taste. They often come in dried form, like raisins.

But do they live up their health claims?

If you’re looking to add more nutrition to your diet, read on to decide if goji berries are right for you.

Nutritional information

Goji berries are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including:

  • vitamin C
  • fiber
  • iron
  • vitamin A
  • zinc
  • antioxidants

These berries contain all eight essential amino acids. A 1-ounce serving provides nearly 10 percent of your daily value for protein. For fruit, this is a surprising amount of protein.

Due to the higher fiber content or complex carbs in goji berries, your blood sugar will raise more slowly, reducing your risk for a sugar crash afterward.

Before you add goji berries to your diet

Always talk to your doctor before you begin eating goji berries. Some companies may say they have less side effects than medications. But goji berries can interact with any medications you’re currently taking.

Avoid adding goji berries to your diet if you:

  • are using certain medications, such as blood thinners, diabetes drugs, and blood pressure drugs
  • you’re allergic to fruit

Not enough evidence has shown if pregnant women can safely consume goji berries. There’s some concern they might cause the uterus to contract.

If you’re pregnant, err on the side of caution and avoid goji berries. It’s best to speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about consuming goji berries if pregnant.

One-fourth cup of goji berries also fulfills 340 percent of your intake for vitamin A. You may want to limit how much you eat to reduce the risk of vitamin A toxicity.