[Functional Food] Goji Berry (part 1)

April 21, 2022

Goji Berry, a famous functional food in Asia that leaves a popular impression of being good to both liver and eyesight. In recent years, it also appears in ‘medicinal soup base’ of mixian and hotpot. What is more, ‘goji berry tea’ has become very normal nowadays on the office desk, especially for the office ladies. You may wonder, “What makes goji berry so special in terms of nutrition?”. In this issue of “Functional Food”, we will analyze for you the nutritional benefits and some fun facts of goji berry.

Nutritional benefits of Goji Berry

  1. Liver-cleansing
    Animal study have found that the intake of goji berry could prevent alcohol-induced fatty liver; In the research of human liver cancer cells, goji berry could inhibit tumor growth.
  2. Eyes-brightening
    According to a study by the University of Hong Kong, goji berry could protect retinal nerves, prevent glaucoma, and reduce retinal edema.

How much goji berry is recommended daily?

So Kwok Fai, a professor in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong, suggested that “a daily intake of 20-40 goji berries,” and he continued saying “goji berry contains both water-soluble and water-insoluble nutrients. If you want to get all the nutrients, you must also eat the berries (after boiling/brewing in hot water, instead of discarding the “leftover”).”


American Academy of Optometry Vol.88 No.2 P.257-262, Journal of Medicinal Food, Mudanjiang Medical University, Science