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A Review of Composition and Health Effects of Lycium barbarum

Lycium barbarum has a radical place in traditional Chinese medicine, also draws attention due to the potential health benefits in recent years. The antioxidant effects of Lycium barbarum have been studied in many aspects: as an anti-aging agent, for general health protection, against tumor growth, for the development of the immune system regulatory, to develop vision, and to protect against cancer and diabetes. High amounts of polysaccharide and carotenoid content are the main components of the antioxidant activity. The structure also contains a high percentage of B group vitamins, such as B1, B2, B6, and minerals, such as Fe, Zn, and Cu. Although it is natively grown in China and other Asian countries, it’s also cultivated in the Mediterranean countries, North America, and Australia. In this study, the components of Lycium barbarum, their properties, and its positive and negative effects on human health are presented.

Lycium barbarum, Lycium barbarum Polysaccharide, Nutrition, Health Effect

Emine Kocyigit, Nevin Sanlier. (2017). A Review of Composition and Health Effects of Lycium barbarum. International Journal of Chinese Medicine, 1(1), 1-9.

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