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Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.
Goji berry may aid diabetes
Lycium barbarum, commonly known as Goji berry, has been reported to decrease blood sugar levels. In this study the effects of Goji berry on insulin resistance and blood fats was studied in rats that are used in diabetes research. The rats doomed to develop diabetes were fed a high fat diet and were treated with the antibiotic streptozotocin; an antibiotic that quickly causes non-insulin dependent diabetes. Giving a group of the diabetic rats Goji berry extract for 3 weeks resulted in a significant decrease in plasma triglyceride levels and weight. The Goji berry markedly decreased plasma cholesterol levels and fasting plasma insulin levels. Goji berry also markedly decreased postprandial glucose during an oral glucose tolerance test while significantly improving insulin sensitivity. The study was performed at the Department of Biological Engineering at Yanshan University, and is published in the December 2005 issue of the Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan.