Thursday, 19 February 2015

Side effects of the Goji Berry juice

Goji berries are native to Himalayas, Tibet and china. The berries taste slightly bitter but the juice tastes slightly sweet and sour.

What are the benefits of consuming goji berry juice?
Goji berries are believed to have several medicinal benefits. Research has shown that they contain plenty of antioxidants, anticoagulants and vitamin C. Some of these researches have shown that goji berries may increase immunity, improve circulation, provide anti – aging benefits and also heighten alertness.

What are the side effects that can be expected by the goji berry juice?           
Although goji berries and their juice have been used for centuries both as a refreshing drink and as well as a health tonic, it has only recently stepped into the modern world. One of the common questions that continue to be asked is regarding the side effects of the goji berry juice. While the research regarding the risks as well as benefits is still going on, there are however certain side effects that you should be aware of.

Drug interactions
Goji berry juice acts as a anticoagulant and hence should not be consumed by those who also consume blood thinners. Blood thinners, as the name suggests thin the blood and prevent blood clots. Adding goji berry juice may cause excessive bleeding. Anybody who is on medication for blood pressure or diabetes should check with their doctors before deciding to add goji berry to the diet.

Disruption in the sleep pattern
Goji berry juice causes increased alertness. Hence it is put in the same category as ginseng or caffeine. Drink goji berry juice during the day when you could use some alertness but refrain from drinking it at night or evening.

Pollen allergies
Although inconclusive, goji berry juice may heighten the allergy symptoms. People who are already allergic to pollen may be more susceptible to allergies due to the consumption of the goji berry juice.

Pregnant or breast feeding women
Goji berries contain very high quantity of selenium in them. Although there are no solid proofs, it has been suggested that the high percentage of selenium might cause birth defects. If you are trying to conceive or have already conceived, check with your doctor before consuming goji berries or the goji berry juice. Pregnant women also are suggested to refrain from it.

What should be kept in mind while buying goji berry juice?
Goji berry juice can be a little expensive. Before you go ahead and buy it, here are some things you should keep in mind.

Serving size
If you are worried about the side effects, begin with adding just one single serving per day. One serving equals to eight ounces or roughly one cup.

Before buying goji berry juice do some research of your own regarding which brand offers the best nutrition quality of goji berry juice or juice blends.

Health claims
Sometimes manufacturers get carried away while mentioning the health benefits. Do not expect the goji berry juice to miraculously cure you of all sorts of disease.

Goji berry juice can be a very healthy and refreshing addition to your regular diet. They contain several vitamins and nutrients in them and hence are very beneficial to the body. The fact that it tastes good and is refreshing is just an added bonus. Drink goji berry juice in moderation and do keep the above mentioned side effects in mind.

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