Sunday, December 23, 2007

Is Wolfberry Extract Probiotic?

Throughout China, the Wolfberry has been used in traditional medicine. Its benefits have been felt since the time of the Tang Dynasty. But is the wolfberry extract a probiotic, and if so what are the benefits of taking wolfberry extract?

In Chinese medicine the wolfberry was believed to nourish the “Yin”, which was considered the physical, material part of the body. As opposed to the “Yang” that is related to the internal energy functions of the body.

It was believed taking wolfberry extract would improve overall health by strengthening the liver and the kidneys, plus it was also thought to be beneficial for eyesight. And in a similar way to other traditional Chinese medicines, it was believed to nourish the blood.

The wolfberry fruit, also known as the Goji Berry, is used in many herbal preparations and supplements to help maintain good health. Most commonly it is used to treat the following health problems:

Fatigue and Insomnia
Dizziness and headaches
Vision problems and ringing in the ears
Liver disease
High blood pressure

There are a number of preparations that are available, but traditionally wolfberry fruit was added to soups, stews, teas and even wine to create a healthy tonic.

Also the dried fruit of the wolfberry is often eaten much like raisins.

In China, there has been considerable research into the health benefits of the wolfberry fruit to establish its medicinal properties and nutritional value.

These more modern research studies have gone a long way to confirming that the traditional uses of the wolfberry were by and large correct.

In addition to the other health benefits, the wolfberry has been shown to offer a boost to the immune system, and help improve eyesight. Also, there have been good results with maintaining a healthy liver and helping regulate the blood sugar and blood pressure levels.

Wolfberry is also though to have antioxidant and anti-aging properties, as well as Antibacterial, Anticholesterolemic, Antipyretic properties.

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The fruit of the wolfberry is sweet to the taste, and contains Lycium Barbarum Polysaccharide (LBP). It also contains 19 different amino acids and 21 trace minerals. And amazingly, the wolfberry contains more beta carotene than a carrot and nearly as much vitamin C as a ripe orange.

So, although the wolfberry extract probiotic link is not strong, the benefits of the wolfberry are clear in many other areas.

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