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New study out of the University of California, Davis

‘A handful of goji berries a day keeps the optometrist away’

According to a new study out of the University of California, Davis, dried goji berries may help healthy middle-aged people combat the causes of eye degeneration. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Nutrients in December 2021, found that various nutrients in goji berries can help slow age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of vision loss, estimated to affect 170 million people globally.

Lead study author Li Xiang, a doctoral candidate in the Nutritional Biology program at the university, said she wanted to pursue the study because she and had heard of these particular qualities of goji berries, growing up in northern China.

The study compared the results when healthy people ate 28g of dried goji berries for 90 days versus when people took synthetic products that tried to replicate the superfood. The researchers found that consuming the actual berries makes a big difference.

While the California study finds that goji berries can help prevent AMD, the study was not designed to figure out if it could reverse the process if it had already started.


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