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Why Do People Use Wolfberry?
Oral preparations of Lycium Barbarum (Wolfberry), like wolfberry powder, are used for hypertension, diabetes, malaria, fever and cancer. Wolfberry powder is also used to improve circulation, for dizziness, tinnitus, erectile dysfunction, macular degeneration, as an eye tonic for blurred vision and other ophthalmic disorders. It is also used orally to strengthen bones and muscles; as a blood, kidney and liver tonic; and to reduce fever, irritability, sweating, nosebleeds, thirst, cough, hemoptysis and wheezing.
In Foods - Berries of Lycium Barbarum are often eaten raw and also used for cooking purposes too.
Is It Safe To Use?
Possibly Safe - Oral and for appropriate time period consumption (short-term) of wolfberry powder is thought to be safe. In a clinical study, juice of wolfberry has been safely utilized at a dose of 120 mL every day for 14 days with no significant reported side effects.
Likely Unsafe Pregnancy and Lactation - Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should avoid oral consumption of wolfberry because it contains betaine, which is an abortifacient and emmenagogue.
How Effective Is Wolfberry?
Due to lack of the reliable and information, we are unable to rate the effectiveness of wolfberry in following condition:
• Quality of Life
How Wolfberry Works?
The most effective parts of Lycium Barbarum are the root bark and berries. Both contain beta-sitosterol, which can cause a decrease in cholesterol levels by decreasing cholesterol retention in the gastrointestinal tract. The root bark also consists kukoamine, which may also has cholesterol lowering and antihypertensive impacts. Root bark of wolfberry also appears to have hypoglycemic impacts. The blood lowering effects of wolfberry powder start 3-4 hours after the administration of the powder and last for 7-8 hours. Root bark of wolfberry is also thought to have antipyretic, antibacterial and antihypersensitive properties. Both the berry and root bark contain betaine, which has uterine stimulant properties. Wolfberry also contain zeaxanthin, carotenoids, beta-carotene, ascorbic acid, p-coumaric acid, pyridoxine, niacin and various minerals.
What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Wolfberry?
Oral consumption of dried root bark can result in vomiting and nausea.
How Wolfberry Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?
Supplements & Herbs with Hypoglycemic Potential - Oral consumption of wolfberry powder may have hypoglycemic effects in user. Consumption of supplements and herbs that lessen the blood glucose levels may enhance the potential risks of hypoglycemia. Products in this category include ginger, bitter melon, fenugreek, goat's rue, willow bark, kudzu and others as well.
Supplements & Herbs with Hypotensive Effects - Oral consumption of Lycium chinense may have antihypertensive effects. Concurrent use of root bark wolfberry with different supplements and herbs that lessen the blood pressure may enhance the potential risk of hypotension. Some of these products include andrographis, cat's claw, casein peptides, fish oil, coenzyme Q-10, wolfberry, L-arginine, theanine, stinging nettle and others.
How Wolfberry Interacts With Drugs?
Antidiabetes Drugs - Interaction rating between wolfberry and anti-diabetes drugs is moderate, so be careful about taking this mixture. Wolfberry root bark may have hypoglycemic effects. Such drugs used for diabetes may increase the risk of hypoglycemia and increase the blood glucose lowering effects. Blood glucose levels of such patients should be monitored closely. Some antidiabetes drugs include glyburide (Glynase PresTab, Diabeta, Micronase), rosiglitazone (Avandia), glimepiride (Amaryl), pioglitazone (Actos), insulin and others as well.
Antihypertensive Drugs - Interaction rating between wolfberry powder and antihypertensive drugs is moderate, so be careful about taking this mixture as root bark of wolfberry may have hypotensive effects of its own too. Concomitant use with antihypertensive drug may increase the risk of hypotension.
Cytochrome P450 2C9 (CYP2C9) Substrates - Interaction rating between wolfberry powder and drugs metabolized by CYP2C9 is moderate, so be careful about taking this mixture. There are some confirmations that wolfberry can inhibit CYP2C9. Be careful about the increase in the drugs levels metabolized by CYP2C9 in patients using wolfberry. Some drugs metabolized by CYP2C9 include diazepam (Valium), amitriptyline (Elavil), tacrine (Cognex), estradiol (Estrace), zileuton (Zyflo), warfarin (Coumadin), verapamil (Calan) and others.
Warfarin (Coumadin) - Interaction rating between wolfberry powder and warfarin is moderate, so be careful about taking this mixture. There are some reports that wolfberry can enhance the effects of warfarin and likely enhance the bleeding risks. There are two case reports of increased international normalized ratio (INR) in individuals stabilized on warfarin who begin taking wolfberry. Researchers think that wolfberry may inhibits cytochrome P450 2C9 (CYP2C9) metabolism of warfarin and enhance the warfarin levels.
How Wolfberry Interacts With Foods?
No interaction found.
How Wolfberry Interacts With Lab Tests?
Blood Glucose - Root bark of wolfberry may lessen the blood glucose levels in some patients.
White Blood Cell Count (WBC) - Daily consumption of wolfberry may enhance the lymphocyte and leukocyte counts in some patients.
How Wolfberry Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?
Diabetes - Root bark of wolfberry may have hypoglycemic effects. Such consumption in patients treated with antidiabetes medications may increase the risk of hypoglycemia. Therefore, glucose level of such patients should be monitored carefully.
Hypertension - According to clinical research root bark of wolfberry may have hypotensive effects. Concomitant use in patients treated with anti-hypertensive drugs may have additive effects on blood pressure and potentially enhance the hypotension risk.
Hypotension - Root bark of wolfberry may have hypotensive impacts. Consumption in people suffering from existing low blood pressure may increase the hypotension and possibly result in syncope.
What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Wolfberry?
ORAL People use wolfberry normally in the form of a tea. Typical dosage is one or more cups of tea every day; however the strength of the tea can be changed according to the condition being treated. Such tea is made by boiling 20 grams of root bark and berries each in three cups of water and boiled until the quantity of water is reduced up to two cups. In order to treat fever, one cup of tea is consumed daily.
For malaria treatment, normally 30 grams of the root bark is normally boiled and utilized as a tea.
For diabetic patients, normally 6-12 grams of rook bark of wolfberry is boiled and utilized as a tea.
For hypertension treatment, root bark is normally taken as 30 grams of the bark boiled in mixture of 100 mL of water.
In order to improve the quality of life, particular standardized juice (GoChi, Freelife International LLC) is taken in a dosage of 120 mL every day.
General Certificate of Analysis (COA)
Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.