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In the last couple of years, goji berries have risen from obscurity to become the new "it" superfood. The latest issue of Time Magazine includes an article calling Himalayan goji berries the "breakout superfruit of the year". Luxury chocolatier Vosges Haut-Chocolat has jumped on the goji bandwagon with the Goji bar, which blends Tibetan goji berries and pink Himalayan salt with milk chocolate for a mere $7 a bar. Goji berries even made the Today Show's Style List of what's hot and what's cool:
"Goji berries have been bottled into a juice that is chock-full of the fruit that Tibetans believe fights depression and cancer and even prevents signs of aging"
But despite all these claims about the wonders of goji berries, there are actually very few published studies about the health effects of goji berries in humans....What are Goji Berries?
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July 31, 2006 at 4:08 pm
(1) Joan Hobbs says:

Finally, information on Goji.
Now waiting for Mangosteen. Noni also would be good to know about.
What’s this about having to give all information to sign up for the alt. med. newsletter? Dates should not be necessary. Why can’t I get the newsletter by just letting you know where to send it? Why is all that other information *necessary*?

August 1, 2006 at 11:55 am
(2) dsRon says:

I was treated for an unusual cancer early in ’05. I took goji, mangosgteen and noni before and after treatment. They all seemed to greatly enhance my energy levels and feel better prepared for the ordeal of treatment. I would not recommend them during treatment as antioxidants can (the oncologists say) counter the effect of radiation and chemotherapy. Good article. More needs to be found out about these super fruits.

August 1, 2006 at 2:57 pm
(3) Angela Bratrud says:

As we dawn on a new era of health & wellness, It’s great to see that the alternative medicine community is taking a role in research and providing information about all these “anti-aging” and “longevity” products. There are so many of them, most of which have unfounded claims and they all seem to promote similar health effects. I see the wellness industry booming with these products. I just wonder how many of them actually work. I don’t doubt the products but I do doubt the potency factors in each bottle. I’m weary of the industry because a lot of these products are placebo or not even proven to work. I wish consumers would do more research before going with one wonder drug. There are a lot of them out there. Only a few that actually work.

February 25, 2007 at 10:23 am
(4) Beth says:

Be careful what you wish for in regards to alternative medicine,it is very tricky. If we, the people, wanted herbal remedies researched, it would require big pharama to get involved, however, big pharma can’t patend herbs so it doesn’t “pay” for them to do the research. The more the government gets involved then comes the FDA. The FDA would love to get their hands on herbal supplements only to slow it down in red tape. We own a compounding pharmacy, we have been in operation for 7 years and we literally had to sue the FDA just to have them obey the law, see Midland Coalition, we won, of course not for money, but just to be able to compound medicine’s that doctors and patients feel they need and/or want without the FDA harrassing us. The DEA is fun too, they are saying we should not fill doctor scripts, for various hormones, without making sure the patient medically needs it…… does that not strike you as odd? You wouldn’t believe what compounding pharmacist have to put up with just to stay in business. Unlike big pharma, we can use herbs in medicine’s we make for an individuals needs. So if any of you are interested in plant-based medicines, contact your doctor, one who is educated about alternative medicines, then have your prescription filled at any compounding pharmacy.

June 15, 2007 at 12:52 pm
(5) Donna says:

My entire family and many friends have been getting tremendous results with Himalayan Goji Juice. I have been researching and studying cancer in the body for 12 years, and have learned much about the importance of oxygen, alkalinity, and sugars in the blood. This has saved the life of my father, who was given a 10% chance of living 2 years….10 years ago…and has been cancer-free since. Within 8 months of stopping chemotherapy, and continuing alternative therapies (at home!) he became cancer-free, though stopping chemo at a time when 2 of his 3 tumors on his liver were still the size of golf balls(which were metasticized from colon cancer)

Therefore, as I said, an entire tree of people are now taking Goji juice that I know personally, and are getting tremendous results from everything from chronic pain, to reduction of effects from diabetes. So please do the research, as there IS much more than these year-old articles show.

There are over 80 clinical studies on the botanical name of “lycium barbarum” on pubmed.gov…and more continuing.

I just want to continue to help people live. Yes, live!

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