Neuroprotective Goji Berry Offers New Hope in Preventing and Treating Alzheimer’s Disease

Goji Berry1st October 2013

By  Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for  Wake Up World

Promising research on goji berry (Lycium barbarum) has shown a positive correlation between consumption of the fruit and neuroprotective benefits that minimize the ravaging effects of Alzheimer’s.

These findings give a ray of hope to the over 4.5 million Americans who suffer from the disease. A staple in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), goji is an exceptional superfood that safeguards the health of both body and mind.

Not your average berry

Packed with important nutrients like ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, polysaccharides, lutein, zeaxanthin, B and E vitamins along with trace minerals such as zinc, copper, calcium and selenium, it’s no wonder goji has been used by TCM for over 2,000 years.

Traditionally consumed to heal kidney complaints, cleanse the blood and improve sexual stamina, goji berries have a rich healing history. With a high oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) rating and brimming with antioxidants, the berries have been shown to improve vision, protect against cancer and increase immune response. And now researchers suspect goji may insulate the brain from toxic beta amyloid proteins.

Neuroprotective superstar

A study at the  University of Hong Kong  found aqueous extracts of goji disrupt the neurotoxic qualities of proteins within the brain which are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. According to  Advanced Natural Medicine:

… preliminary research has discovered that goji guards against the formation of specific compounds typically found in the brains of  Alzheimer’s  patients. Using a laboratory model of Alzheimer’s, scientists found that goji protected brain cells from the harmful effects of beta amyloid peptides, damaging agents that are linked to the pathological changes seen in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. These findings suggest that goji just might help prevent this memory-robbing disease.

The researcher’s believe  goji berry  extract may play a pivotal role in creating future treatments for Alzheimer’s. In the meantime, consuming goji on a daily basis is a smart protective habit. Whether straight-up raw, juiced, brewed as tea or in tincture form, this small bright red berry offers a wealth of health enhancing nutrition.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.rubygoji.com/download/pdf/library-029.pdf

http://www.gojitrees.com

http://www.advancednaturalmedicine.com

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca

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About the author:

Carolanne WrightCarolanne enthusiastically believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, Carolanne has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of organic living, gratefulness and joyful orientation for over 13 years

Through her website Thrive-Living.net she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people from around the world who share a similar vision. Follow Carolanne on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Please note: this article was first published on Natural News.

 


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