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Can Kids Eat Goji Berries?

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author image Julie Boehlke
Julie is an avid outdoor enthusiast who loves to camp with friends and family. Julie spends her free time writing, working on her novel and brewing up new recipes of wine—her newest hobby. She enjoys scouring junk shops and antique boutiques in search of rare finds and one of-a-kind treasures. She collects vintage dishes and antiquarian books. Julie spends her days being followed around aimlessly by her most adoring fan—Mushu the pug. She ventures out on weekends to the remote trails and deep north woods of Michigan. Julie also enjoys exploring out of the way nooks and crannies along the great lakes shoreline.
Can Kids Eat Goji Berries?
Goji berries on and around a spoon. Photo Credit: Yuliya_M/iStock/Getty Images

The goji berry is native to China. The use of goji berries in eastern Asian medicine for their reported natural health benefits.dates back thousands of years. Goji berries are slowly being introduced in the United States and other countries as a superfood -- an all-natural way to get the most out of the berries' health benefits and antioxidant properties. Goji berry consumption is relatively safe for kids, unless they have an allergy to the berries or take certain types of medication.

Drug Interactions

Even though goji berries are all natural, there are some medications that may adversely interact with them. If your child is taking a blood thinner or anticoagulant medication, goji berries may increase his risk for bleeding. If your child is taking medications to help control blood glucose levels related to Type 1 diabetes, goji berry juice may interact adversely, and dosage levels may need to be readjusted. Speak with your child's pediatrician prior to introducing dried goji berries or juice into your child's diet, to prevent any possible drug interactions or side effects.

Health Benefits

A 16-ounce serving of dried goji berries is around 100 calories and contains no fat or cholesterol. Goji berries may provide a boost to the immune system -- especially beneficial for kids who are exposed to an array of illnesses at daycare and school. Goji berries may also help to improve eyesight, which can be beneficial when your child is in school and when he is focusing on homework. Goji berries may also improve circulation and strength -- benefits that can improve performance in physical education classes and sporting activities.

Antioxidants

Goji berries contain antioxidants -- in particular, polyphenols and carotenoids -- explains Dole.com. Polyphenols play an important role in preventing cardiovascular disease, certain types of degenerative diseases and certain types of cancers. Carotenoids make up a group of more than 700 fat-soluble nutrients. Overall, they carry an array of health benefits, such as maintaining eye and skin health and promoting healthy linings of the urinary, intestinal and respiratory tracts.

Availability

The sweet, tart taste of the goji berry may or may not appeal to young children. Goji juice, which is sold in specialty stores, may contain natural or artificial sweeteners to help make the drink more appealing. Finding goji berries or goji juice can be challenging, because it is not always readily available in local grocery stores. Dried goji berries can also be pricey. Goji juice combined with other juices such as acai, pomegranate or blueberry may be a more cost-effective alternative.

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