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What Is Wolfberry Used for Today?
Wolfberry is a nutritious food, containing relatively high levels of numerous vitamins and minerals. However, other proposed uses of wolfberry have no meaningful supporting evidence.
For example, while wolfberry is widely marketed as a life extension aid, there is no scientific evidence that it offers this benefit. In fact, even within the framework of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, the herb's action is far more complex and it would not be expected to prolong life per se. Much the same can said regarding the proposed uses of wolfberry to enhance male or female sexual function.
Weak evidence from test tube studies , far too preliminary to rely upon at all, hints at potential liver protective , 1 2 anti- Alzheimer's Disease, 3 anti-cancer , 4 and cholesterol - and blood-sugar -lowering 5 effects.
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