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  • jada135

    where can i find them for cheap i cant find it any cheaper than goji berries.Thanks

    • Michael Greger M.D.

      Where do you live? I’ve found that most major cities have an Asian grocery store–that’s where I’ve had the most luck finding them at a reasonable price.

      • GeorgeI

        It works the same way with shitake mushrooms too. In health food stores and co-ops you can pay several dollars for just 2-3 shitake mushrooms. Several dollars in an Asian grocery store will get you a huge sack of shitake mushrooms.

  • VeganMaven

    While they are cheaper in Asian Markets, they contain preservatives. I buy them in the bulk section at Whole Foods and I believe they are the Sunfood brand if I remember correctly. Whatever brand it is, I checked their website and it said they’re preservative-free.

    • Michael Greger M.D.

      I’m surprised you found some with preservatives (which I believe by law have to be listed on the package). The “lycium” (goji) berries one finds so inexpensively in Asian markets may not be organic, though, but I haven’t found any studies that have looked at goji pesticide levels. If anyone finds any such studies please send them my way. My direct email address is You know, I wish I liked the taste of goji berries better. I know they’re so good for me but I’ve grown addicted to these monukka raisins (they have seeds!) that I discovered at a co-op in Charlottesville, VA last weekend that my poor gojis have recently lain fallow.

      • Thrivalista

         Love all the info, thanks! We’ve found that soaking goji berries mellows their somewhat funky flavor, and makes them easier to chew and to digest. We use the soaking water, too, so no nutrients are lost.

  • LXB

    it seems that at least the cheap gojis will be really full of pesticides. And many of those sellers saying they are organic or from wild harvesting will contain so many pesticides that they can only be grown industrially. so i guess it is not a good tip to recommend buying them in the asian shops for cheap. i did not find real studies but some result of examinations in German language.

    try these links with google translator :

    Baden Württemberg/Germany authorities with 4 entries to the topic “goji”:

    last year the food and drug authorities of Baden Württemberg (a German province) tested 14 different goji packs and in 13 of them they found irregularities. Especially the remnants of a pesticide called ‘Acetamiprid’ were higher than allowed but not yet doubtful for the health. Now in 2010 the European Community has changed the limit value from 0,01 to 0,1 mg/kg for acetamiprid and that is the only reason why all gojis now are under the limit value :-(

    In one single sample they found up to 19 different pesticides. the authorities recommend now that you let the seller show you the laboratory examination valuesfor their imports…

  • dwoodrufff

    Is it possible that Goji caused me to have rather severe abdominal cramps and pain along with diarrhea? It started a couple of days after I started eating them and seemed to get better when I stopped. I am fine now.

    • Sam

      I get the same abdominal ‘cramping’ type pain after consuming goji berries. For me, it began about a month after consuming them regularly. It’s been almost a year since it first happened, at which point I stopped consuming them (after trying from different retailers). But I can no longer eat them without that severe pain. I’ve been very curious of the cause. Any science out there?

      • antonio.ribeiro

        I have the same symptoms – severe abdominal pain after consuming small portion of goji berries. Pain may last for 24h.

      • Miguel

        I had similar issues. At the end of my first packet of goji berries, I started to feel cramps, but at first I didn’t realize what it was about. I bought another packet from the same brand, and the stomach aches, sometimes followed by diarrhea, started to get progressively worse, even with very small amounts.
        Both were from the same brand, which is a fairly reputable brand of dietetic products and I never had problems with any other products from them.

      • Stacey Stokes

        I have absolutely no stomach issues but after snacking on goji berries as if they were raisins, I had the most violent attack of vomiting, to the point where I strained something in my throat. It seems so impossible to me that I would have a reaction to anything that I tried it again . Same result . Some people have very violent reactions to them. Never eat more than 10 at a time.

    • gojihater

      I also have this exact problem. The first couple weeks of eating them were fine then even just a handful on a random day causes a day of stomach pain and camping out on the toilet

  • Michael Greger M.D.
  • Michelle

    After learning
    about the health benefits of Goji berries, I recently purchased some
    from a local Asian food store. When I looked more closely at the
    package, I saw that they contained sulfur dioxide and the label
    “contains chemicals known by the state of CA to cause caner.” It also
    had directions to wash them before eating. I’m now worried that I
    shouldn’t eat them. Can you explain this labeling?

    • Shellsrose

      It’s called Prop 65 in California. It’s a law to protect people from hazardous materials, chemicals and polluted water. But in some instances in really goes too far over board. If any product has any trace of any toxic chemical then the product must be labeled, even if that product is a naturally occurring substance. In the case of Goji berries, there is a very minuscule amount of lead in the berry which is natural. Most fruits and vegetables have some lead in them. It’s naturally in our soil. You just came across a Prop 65 label. They can be very daunting until you do some research. I hope I answered your question.

  • Leslie Stanick

    I wouldn’t eat anything grown in China with their toxic rivers, air pollution coming down as acid rain, and toxic soil, unless the food is grown on high hills/mountains, so no toxic river water, and industrial pollution, and is certified organic.

  • Swengen

    I have extreme sleep apnea. My CPAP machine is very helpful and I do drink tart cherry juice. I also have goji berries on hand but didn’t know they had melatonin. How many do you suggest I eat before bedtime? Thanks, Wayne Halford

  • Laurie Masters

    I’m seeing references online to lycium fruit being synonymous with lychee/litchi. Here’s just one:
    Litchi – Also called Litchi chinensis and Lycium chinense.
    Litchi also goes by the names Lycium, lychee and Chinese wolfberry,
    among many others.

    Can anyone confirm this? I wonder if eating fresh lychee (one of my favorite exotics) would have the same benefits, or if dehydrating and concentrating them is required to get “enough” … ??

    • Abe Gold

      Not the same. Sorry.

  • Betseyb

    Every morning I have a smoothies in which I alway make sure to include berries. I used to use fresh berries but because my household is large (there are 6 of us) it became quite expensive. Now I buy frozen berries from Costco because it is much less expensive, and ensures I am able to include them in my diet daily. However, now i read there is a concern that most berries have lots of pesticides and one should only buy. Should I only buy organic, meaning I will have to cut down on how often I include berries in my diet? Might be rather silly question, but I would appreciate any advice. Thanks.

    • Thea

      Betseyb: It is a very good question.

      Dr. Greger has a great blog post where he puts pesticide consumption into perspective. :

      “A new study calculated that if half the U.S. population ate just one more serving of conventional fruits and vegetables, 20,000 cases of cancer could be prevented. At the same time the added pesticide consumption could cause up to 10 extra cancer cases. So by eating conventional produce we may get a tiny bump in cancer risk, but that’s more than compensated by the dramatic drop in risk that accompanies whole food plant consumption. Even if all we had to eat was the most contaminated produce the benefits would far outweigh any risks.”

      I translate this bit of info into: Eat organic when you can, but don’t stress about it when you can’t. I’m not a doctor, but I would say that eating a smoothie’s worth of berries every day is great, even if you have to eat non-organic.

  • Neo

    China China special on Goji? You sure Doc? what about the spray used on these berries from China? but I suppose pesticide laden berries are better than no berries…

  • L Galina

    Goji berries don’t taste good? REALLY? Doesn’t that tell me all I need to know? China, a country in which the law does not prevail? Strike Two! I will not wait for Strike Three and instead just say No now. Clean up the rest of my diet and I will not need a wantabe-miracle-cure berry which we’ve successfully evolved without for hundreds of millions of years.

  • Derrek

    I live in Appleton, WI and can’t find any lycium berries at Asian markets.

  • Derrek

    Where can I find amala gooseberry for a reasonable price?

    • greenlifedad

      go to an Indian store and check the frozen section. Amla berries are in season and fresh stock should have arrived. (However, i know that sometimes these frozen food packs are held up in customs for months)…
      If the amla berries are yellow/orange, then they are too ripe/not best anymore. The freshest ones are light green/green.
      However, i always wash and take a bite to see if they are tart enough.

      Do let us know if you find other sources !

  • Tenille

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  • Celia

    Yes, that’s what I noticed – the huge price difference. The Chinese on the package shown from Asian markets actually reads “goji”, nothing else! Also, there’s a kind of goji from a certain part of China that’s considered the best – goji from Ningxia (ref. In Western super markets such as Whole Foods, their goji berries are labeled as being from the Himalayans. i wonder whether it’s really from the Himalayans, or just from China.

    Another thing i’d like to mention: i haven’t heard from Westerners about when it’s not good to have goji. In Chinese medicine, when one has apparent symptoms of inflammation, including coughing, it’s not good to take goji, since it would intensify the inflammation. Correct me if i’m wrong: Western nutritional research seems to just look into the the chemical elements of foods, whereas in Chinese medicine, there are properties such as “warming” or “cooling”. Goji is warming, and should not be used if one already has too much “internal heat”. It’s a herbal fruit, and has its herbal uses. Is my observation correct, or am i missing something?

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      Good questions. I suggest asking the manufacturers for clarification. If going by the standards of Chinese medicine (which I only know so much about) and goji berries are indeed “warming” then your observation may be correct. I’ve heard about mangos doing the same thing but I would be reluctant to say don’t eat mangos or goji berries due to their “warming” effect because I have not seen any research to confirm this. Perhaps someone more familiar with Chinese medicine can weigh-in here?

  • Abe Gold

    Wolfberries are native goji berries that grow in the west in mild climate areas. They naturally grow in poor soil. Here in Tucson we have at least 6 varieties. Some fruit in spring while others in late summer and still others autumn. If I eat 10 can feel an energy lift, unlike any other food but coffee. Pea sized, reddish orange either round or football shaped. Tomato family plant.

  • Angel

    Grow your own. I live in Seattle, just planted 2 Goji berry trees, have 2 more I am trying to gift to a friend. They are only 6 inches high now… will be up to 10 foot. This should be interesting.

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  • Farmer Goji

    we grow goji in Tibetan, no industry in this area,wild place, so no pollution, organic certification and pesticides free, hope its interest people who interest goji.