A pill for your blood pressure. Another for blood sugar. And yet one more for your cholesterol. You name it, and conventional medicine has got a drug for it. Heck, they have hundreds.
And odds are, your doctor is trying to get you on ALL of them.
Well, friend, there’s another option out there that’s pretty much the size and shape of those pills. But that, in some ways, just might beat all of them.
The latest research even backs this “non-pill” as a potential game-changer for cardiovascular health.
It’s called the Lycium barbarum. And if you’re a fan of old monster movies, you might even recognize that first part of the name. It translates to wolf, making it the “wolfberry.”
But the wolfberry has another even stranger name. Although it might also sound a little familiar if you’ve ever wandered down the health-food aisle.
It’s the goji berry.
GO for the GOJI for better blood vessels
Goji berries have been a common feature in natural medicine for a few years now. And the new study shows why many folks are so excited about the healing possibilities of this odd little berry.
Now wolfberries aren’t going to turn you into a werewolf, of course. But in a very real way, they CAN pull off a transformation of their own. And this is one you’re going to like.
Goji berries essentially turn back the hands of time in your blood vessels. They, in effect, can help make your blood vessels younger.
Over 16 weeks, volunteers given about half an ounce of goji berries a day reversed the damage of nearly 2 years of aging. That amounts to what you might munch on for a quick afternoon snack.
Tests found that the transformation was working on two levels.
- First, the berries raised nitrate concentrations, which your blood vessels rely on to stay open.
- Second, the goji reduced levels of endothelin-1, which is what closes up those same blood vessels.
The result? A smooth wide highway for the blood to rush through, bringing with it the oxygen and nutrients needed by every part of your body.
More wolfberry benefits
That alone is an impressive feat for a humble berry. But like I said earlier, goji berries aren’t just good for your heart health. The wolfberry has a few other life-transforming benefits up its sleeve.
Studies show goji can help with the body’s insulin response to balance out blood sugar levels… increase “good” HDL cholesterol… and reduce blood pressure.
Plus, these potent little berries could also help fight cancer, enhance immune function, protect the liver, and even improve sleep.
There are several ways to try goji berries out of you’re interested, starting with the dried berries used in the new study. If you enjoy their tart taste as I do, wolfberries are great to munch on for a snack or to toss into a salad, smoothie, or trail mix with nuts and coconut flakes.
Goji berry tea made it into our Top 7 tummy trimming teas list back in 2017.
Plus, supplements are also available. You’ll find them under the name goji berry as well as wolfberry. And if you’re interested in some of the specific benefits seen in the study, they may be the best way to assure you get a consistent dose of the berries every day.
As always, check in with your doc before you start taking a supplement just to be sure
it doesn’t interfere with any meds you’re already taking.