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Why Wolfberry Extract Is Good For You

In case you hadn’t heard the news - superfoods are in – and wolfberry extract is one of them.

You might be more familiar with one of wolfberry’s other names - goji berry, Chinese or Tibetan wolfberry, or even ‘happy berries’. Whatever you choose to call it, there’s no disputing that this berry is a health superstar.

If you’re curious to know where ‘wolfberry’ comes from, you don’t need to look much further than the fruit’s botanical name: lycium barbaru. Lycium means it is part of the nightshade family, (all of which grow berries), and ‘lykos’ is Greek for wolf.

It’s a fierce name for a small berry, but don’t be deceived, wolfberry packs a powerful punch when it comes to your health.

This fruit has been held in high regard in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries, thought of as a nourishing addition to your daily diet that can promote longevity, vitality and wellbeing.

Why Wolfberry Is A True Superfood

Wolfberries exploded onto the health scene in the last 10 years or so – commonly called goji berries when stacked on the shelves of health food stores.

The berries originate from China and the majority of commercially produced goji still come from there.

Once ripe, the berry bruises easily when handled, so instead of being hand picked it needs to be gently shaken from the tree. Again, seems delicate for something with ‘wolf’ in its name! But there’s a good reason to sit up and take notice of these berries.

Chinese often use them for general nutritional insurance and to bolster their immune system. Further, (and these health claims await additional scientific research), most evidence supports wolfberry as boosting feelings of wellbeing, promoting eye health, aiding weakness and debility, soothing aches and pains, as a potential immune-enhancer and anti-cancer agent, helping with balance and coordination problems, sexual dysfunction, and longevity.

Which seems like a lot – but if you look more closely at what wolfberries contain – it starts to add up. In fact they contain many bioactive compounds that support human health.

Let’s start with beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant and precursor to vitamin A, which is particularly bioavailable in wolfberries.

They also contain zeaxanthin, a carotenoid that helps filter harmful blue light waves and protect the cells of the eye. It’s important to get zeaxanthin from dietary sources, as the body can’t manufacture it.

They contain an alternative type of vitamin C, which is stable in conditions of increased heat and acidity. And they have LBPs (Lycium Barbarum Polysaccharides) which may support immune function and are credited with the wolfberry’s anti-cancer effects.

How Wolfberry Benefits Your Body

Thanks to being packed with so many bioactive compounds, wolfberry can benefit your body in many ways.

It can support the immune system – protecting cells from oxidative stress and perhaps even enhancing immunity. It protects against free-radical damage, which can aid longevity. It also exhibits high antioxidant and antitumor effects.

Woflberry may support macular health, thanks to its high zeaxanthin content, along with antioxidant activity, and it’s believed it might support the brain too, perhaps even preventing amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide neurotoxicity, implicated in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

For the heart, wolfberry reduces homocysteine, an amino acid and product of protein metabolism, which may increase risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Finally – remember that other name – ‘happy berries’? Wolfberry gets this name thanks to people reporting increased feelings of wellbeing after a few weeks of taking it.

The Best Way To Include Wolfberry In Your Diet

Wolfberry is not common for most people’s diets and you might have to go out of your way to find it. It’s sometimes used in dried form, the berries providing tart, tangy bites of flavor to foods like baked goods and muesli.

Sure, you could snack on goji berries all day, but if you’re like most of us, and hoping to get the full benefits in a quick hit, you can enjoy the extracted form in our Athletic Greens mix.

We’ve included it for all the reasons previously listed, but also because it plays very nicely with other ingredients; like bilberry and grape seed extract to improve eye health; and zinc, selenium, astragalus, reishi mushroom, shiitake mushroom and vitamins A & C, all of which combined help to improve your overall immune system.

While dosages of wolfberry aren’t yet supported by evidence, 10-30 mg of wolfberry extract is usually recommended, with no upper limit. In its long and illustrious career, wolfberry has few reported adverse effects.

A couple of things to note:
· The betaine content can induce menstruation and miscarriage, so wolfberry should be avoided by pregnant women
· There is a study suggesting a negative interaction between goji berries and the blood thinning drug, Warfarin. While this is certainly something to be aware of, the levels in Athletic Greens are low enough that it is unlikely to cause any issues.
· Wolfberry may have a slight estrogen-mimicking effect and should therefore be avoided by people with estrogen-sensitive conditions and cancers.
· As well as the possible interactions with Warfarin, other medications metabolized by the cytochrome P450 pathway could be affected, so proceed with some level of caution if these are in concurrent use.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Nothing. Wolfberry, goji berry, Chinese wolfberry, Tibetan wolfberry, happy berries. Same same no different.


You can snack on wolfberries all day if it takes your fancy. But they’re not always easy to find. Plus, taking Athletic Greens with wolfberry extract gives you all the benefits in one quick, easy dose.


There sure are. Aside from being a health hero in its own right, wolfberry marries very nicely with bilberry and grape seed extract to improve eye health; and with zinc, selenium, astragalus, reishi mushroom, shiitake mushroom and vitamins A & C, which combined help to improve your overall immune system.


It’s difficult. While dosages of wolfberry aren’t yet supported by evidence, 10-30 mg of wolfberry extract is usually recommended, with no upper limit. Very few adverse effects have been reported.


The betaine content can induce menstruation and miscarriage, so wolfberry should be avoided by pregnant women.

Pregnant or nursing women are always advised to consult their physician prior to taking any supplement or making a change in their diet.