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For instance, Chinese Wolfberries are supposed to contain more beta-carotene, a type of antioxidant, than carrots. Antioxidants may have anti-aging and cancer-fighting effects.
Chinese Wolfberries are used in TCM remedies to improve eyesight. Inspired by the traditional use of these berries, scientists are studying the fruit and its potential to lower retina damage from type-2 diabetes.
Often cultivated in valleys, Chinese Wolfberry plants can grow up to 3m tall. The Ningxia region is said to produce the best Chinese Wolfberries in the world.
In TCM, the berries are believed to promote youthful-looking skin by nourishing yin and improving blood production.
While the berries are generally safe in moderation, studies have suggested that the berries may interact with blood thinning medication such as warfarin.
In TCM, the berries are used to reinforce the Liver, invigorate the Kidneys and replenish vital essence, or jing.
In Chinese cuisine and medicine, the berries are used in numerous dishes such as porridge, meat and vegetable dishes, soups and teas. In the West they are often eaten in their dried, uncooked form.
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