• Goji Berry Can Help Protect BPA Damage In Vital Male Reproductive Organs

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    The goji berry is also called the wolfberry. It is a bright orange-red berry that comes from a shrub that's native to China. In Asia, goji berries have been eaten for generations in the hopes of living longer.

    by Eleni Roumeliotou

    BPA is an endocrine disrupter that mimics estrogen. In numerous animal studies, it is associated with hormone disruption, obesity, neurological damage and cancer. Despite the consistent evidence, it is still considered a safe chemical to be used in food cans, plastic beverage and water bottles and food packaging, which are the main sources for BPA exposure in humans.

    A main concern regarding the endocrine disrupting properties of BPA is the harmful effects on male reproductive organs, especially when exposure occurs during the intrauterine life. A 2005 study published in the journal “PNAS” found that exposing male foetuses in BPA levels below the range of exposure by pregnant women (10 ?g/kg), resulted in malformations of the male reproductive organs and disrupted the development of the prostate.  In a different study published in 2006 in the journal “Cancer Research” the same low grade exposure to BPA in rats was shown to …

    Goji berries (Lycium barbarum) are the most nutritionally dense fruit on Earth. They are a member of the nightshade family (Solonaceae), which contains many other common vegetables such as potato, sweet potato, tomato, eggplant, and pepper, as well as some poisonous plants like belladonna and deadly nightshade. Native to the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Mongolia, the goji berry is now grown in many other countries as well. Unique among fruits because they contain all essential amino acids, goji berries also have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. They are also loaded with vitamin C, contain more carotenoids than any other food, have twenty-one trace minerals, and are high in fiber. Boasting 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium and many other important trace minerals, there is no doubt that the humble goji berry is a nutritional powerhouse.

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