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Goji berries: super fruit or super hype?

Time Magazine named the Himalayan Goji berry as the breakout superfruit of the year!

It’s promoted to

  • protect the liver
  • help eyesight
  • improve sexual function and fertility
  • strengthen the legs
  • boost immune function
  • improve circulation
  • promote longevity

Wow! That’s enough for me..

…to look for evidenced-based support.

The usual cost of a bottle of Himalayan Goji Juice is $50. If you act now, you can get it for $34.95.

Is it worth the money?

Probably not, based on the scientific data, of which, there is little.

  • In 66 Chinese with stable asthma, including Lycium chinense in a mixture of 7 herbs resulted in improved breathing after 10 weeks of treatment
  • In 70 Chinese patients with various cancers, combining Lycium barbarum with interleukin-2 (IL-2) plus lymphokine-activated killer (LAK) cells resulted in a better response rate and remissions in patients taking Lycium barbarum

Sounds good, except both studies are more than 10 years old and the outcomes have never been confirmed.

That’s it.

Green tea is cheaper and probably just as good — at least.

9/2/06 21:34 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.