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Is Goji Safe?

Goji supplements are claimed to be beneficial for numerous conditions, but is goji safe? Since dietary supplements are not as closely regulated as medications, it is important to find a product from a reputable manufacturer. You should also talk to your healthcare provider before consuming goji if you have diabetes, low blood pressure, any chronic or severe medical condition, or any allergies.

Goji Safety: An Overview

Goji is a popular dietary supplement, claimed to be beneficial for a variety of different uses. You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking it if you have:
  • Diabetes
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Any chronic or severe medical condition
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
You should also be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Goji Warnings and Precautions

Warnings and precautions to be aware of concerning the safety of goji include the following:
  • Theoretically, goji could increase the risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in people with diabetes. Blood sugar-lowering effects have been reported with goji root bark. It is not clear if the same effects are possible with goji berries or juice.
  • Theoretically, this product could lower blood pressure. While this may be a beneficial effect in many people, it could cause problems in people who already have low blood pressure. Watch for signs of low blood pressure, such as dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting. This effect has been reported with goji root bark; it is not clear if goji juice or berries have similar effects.
  • As dietary supplements or food products, goji products are not as closely regulated as prescription and non-prescription drugs. They can be marketed without any proof that they are either safe or effective. Do not assume that just because a product is sold or advertised in the United States that it is safe or effective. Be sure to look for goji products from a reputable manufacturer. Your pharmacist is a good resource for information about which manufacturers are most reputable
  • If you have a chronic or severe medical condition, it is always a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before taking any medication or supplement, including goji.
  • Goji may interact with a few different medications (see Goji Drug Interactions).
  • It is not clear if goji is safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women (see Goji and Pregnancy and Goji and Breastfeeding).
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