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Lycium Barbarum

* A powerful antioxidant * Also known as Wolfberry or Goji Berry * Please see TIA’s post on Goji Juice: The Ultimate Antioxidant Food

Previously seen in juices and marketed as Goji juice or Wolfberry juice, Lycium Barbarum is now seen as an ingredient used in beauty products and cosmetics thanks to its powerful antioxidant properties. Its oxygen radical absorption capacity is 25,000 (compared to blueberries' 2,500) and it is also rich in calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, selenium, Vitamin B and Vitamin C. In a study done in China in 1991, it was shown that Lycium Barbarum's phytochemicals helped to prevent the oxidation of DNA and helped to restore damaged DNA (Source). This indicates that it would be an ideal ingredient in anti-aging products; however, no conclusive testing on Lycium Barbarum's effectiveness has been done outside of Asia and many of its claims are derived from traditional herbal uses.

* A powerful antioxidant

* Also known as Wolfberry or Goji Berry

* Please see TIA’s post on Goji Juice: The Ultimate Antioxidant Food

Functions:

Previously seen in juices and marketed as Goji juice or Wolfberry juice, Lycium Barbarum is now seen as an ingredient used in beauty products and cosmetics thanks to its powerful antioxidant properties. Its oxygen radical absorption capacity is 25,000 (compared to blueberries' 2,500) and it is also rich in calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, selenium, Vitamin B and Vitamin C. In a study done in China in 1991, it was shown that Lycium Barbarum's phytochemicals helped to prevent the oxidation of DNA and helped to restore damaged DNA (Source). This indicates that it would be an ideal ingredient in anti-aging products; however, no conclusive testing on Lycium Barbarum's effectiveness has been done outside of Asia and many of its claims are derived from traditional herbal uses.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

According to the Environmental Working Group, Lycium Barbarum is considered a safe ingredient, although it has not been approved by the FDA or CIR for use in cosmetics. No studies have been found to show any negative side effects of Lycium Barbarum, although ingesting it in high doses may be dangerous. Atropine, a known toxin, occurs naturally in Lycium Barbarum, but only in low doses (Wikipedia).

Recommended Products w/ Lycium Barbarum:

Murad Firm and Tone Serum for Cellulite, Tarte Recreate Wrinkle Rewind Technology SPF 15, Pangea Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai Goji Berry, SirCuit Skin Cool Lychee Wa Mask, Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder, Grassroots Research Pomegranate Super Antioxidant Cream
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