Nutrition Corner

While goji berries have become increasingly popular in this country because of their anti-aging properties, high antioxidant content and vitamin C levels, they are also commonly used in Chinese herbal formulas for the treatment of both female and male infertility.

Chinese medicine has two primary uses for goji berries, also known as Gou Qi Zi, when treating female infertility. The herb’s first use is to help strengthen follicular quality. Its second is to stimulate the uterus lining to thicken, which is important for embryo implantation.

As for male infertility, Chinese clinical studies have found goji berries to be effective in improving both motility and sperm count after one to two months of consistent consumption as a food (as opposed to being cooked for an herbal tea).

Goji berries are one of many food-grade herbs that are regularly used in Chinese medicine. While there is no one way to consume them to gain their benefits, incorporating goji berries into your daily routine may prove to be a positive addition to an already healthy meal plan. Try adding them to your oatmeal  in the morning, or add them to a nourishing bone broth soup as it cooks.