#2. Goji Berry (Chinese Wolfberry)
One of the most highly regarded berries in Asia, goji berry has been a staple of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years. It ranks among the top 120 medicinal herbs in the world, and research shows that it’s helpful in providing strength and extending lifespan. Goji berry acts upon both the liver and kidney channels to provide nourishment and detoxification. Its dense lineup of polysaccharides and glycoconjugates show unique antioxidant, immunomodulatory, and antitumoral properties.
Known scientifically as Lycium barbarum, goji berry has been extensively researched with regards to cancer, where it’s shown high immunoactivity. Human trials involving the use of Lycium barbarum polysaccharide, or LBP, as a cancer treatment have led to positive outcomes in tumor regression. Administration of polysaccharide protein complexes derived from goji berry have shown benefits in stopping the growth and spread of cancer cells.
Polish researchers published a paper earlier this year in the journal Natural Product Research revealing how goji berry demonstrates effectiveness against cancer. They found it targets the T47D human breast cancer cell line, inducing apoptosis (cell suicide) while preventing these cells from proliferating.