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1. Support healthy immune system:
7 Many studies have shown wolfberry fruits increase the lymphocyte transformation rate and improve the macrophage phagocytic function in animals. LBP assists spleen lymphocyte transformation induced by Concavalin A5. LBP increases the antibody reaction to T cell-dependant antigen (SRBC) which means that LBP selectively strengthen the T cell immune response6. LBP enhances the T cell immune response by increasing the number of E receptors on the surface of T cells or increasing the numbers of T cells directly.
7 LBP also can be used to reduce lead toxicity because LBP inhibits the reduction of T cells and delayed allergy activity induced by lead.
7 One study was done on seniors in China. This study showed after taking wolfberry, lysozyme, IgG and IgA in serum increased in all participants. The activities of interleukin 2 (IL-2) were found to increase 2.26 fold in two-thirds of the participants.
7 Wolfberry fruit functions to maintain normal cell growth and improve DNA restoration and repair. LBP also has the function of anti-peroxidation of free radicals, therefore changing the electrical parameters of cell membranes to the normal range7.
7 In one study in China, a 48% increase of Super Oxide Dismutase and a 12% increase of hemoglobin were found in serum for all senior participants. A 65% decrease of LPO in serum was found in the same study. This indicates wolfberry fruit may be a potent anti-oxidant, which may slow the aging process.
3. Cancer prevention:
7 Other studies from China show the acetone extract from wolfberry fruit inhibits the gene mutation induced by TA98 and TA1008. Some scientists believe that wolfberry fruit may be a very good supplement to prevent liver cancer because it exerts liver protection and anticancer effects at the same time.
7 Seventy-nine advanced cancer patients in a clinical trial in China were treated with LAK/IL-2 combined with LBP9. Initial results of the treatment from 75 available patients indicate that objective regression of cancer was achieved in patients with malignant melanoma, renal cell carcinoma, colorectal carcinoma, lung cancer, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, and malignant hydrothorax. The response rate of patients treated with LAK/IL-2 plus LBP was 40.9% while that of patients treated with LAK/IL-2 alone was 16.1% (P<0.05) . LAK/IL-2 plus LBP treatment led to a more marked increase in NK and LAK cell activity than LAK/IL-2 alone. The mean remission in patients treated with LAK/IL-2 plus LBP also lasted significantly longer. The results indicate that LBP may be used as an adjuvant in the biotherapy of cancer.
7 Another study from China showed LBP increased the sensitivity to radiation therapy10 and enhanced the immune system for cancer patients.
7 Japanese researchers reported wolfberry fruits could inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
4. Liver protection:
7 wolfberry helps counteract carbon tetrachloride induced hepatotoxicity11.
7 to repair liver cell injury induced by CCl4 and facilitates recovery from hepatic necrosis13.
5. Hemopoiesis promoter:
7 A study in China showed it facilitated stem cell proliferation and increased the number of monocytes in bone marrow14.
6. Vision improvement:
7 Wolfberry fruits were very popular for their vision improvement properties in ancient China. Modern Chinese scientists found wolfberry fruits reduce dark adapting time and improve vision under subdued light.
7 Lutein and zeaxanthin are sister pigments. They protect the retina by neutralizing the free radicals from sunlight that may damage eye tissue. There are very few foods rich in zeaxanthin. Wolfberry is one of them.
7 Physiologic scotoma decreased and vitamin A increased in patients after taking wolfberry fruits. Many scientists believe wolfberry contains more beta-carotene than carrots, which may attribute to this fact.
How does it works
wolfberry's exceptionally dense concentration of polysaccharides (complex carbohydrates) bolsters the body's ability to fight disease by activating proteins in the immune system.
Its antioxidant carotenoids and flavonoids protect the body from free-radical damage, which can cause disease and aging. Carotenoids--especially beta carotene, a vitamin A precursor--also improve vision.
In addition, the fruit has significant amounts of vitamins [B. sub.1] (thiamin) and [B. sub.2] (riboflavin) , which are essential to the body's production of energy. Its high vitamin C content-about 73 mg per 100 g (or three handfuls) of dried lycium fruit--promotes immunity. Lycium fruit also contains betaine, an alkaloid that helps produce choline, a compound that strengthens the liver.
Trace minerals present in the fruit, such as iron, zinc, and selenium, also work to enhance immunity. Iron combats anemia by stimulating red blood cell production; zinc helps reproduce and repair cells; and selenium works with vitamin E to prevent free radical damage to cells.