Wolfberry Side Effects

Wolfberry Side Effects 
Here are the key points about potential side effects of wolfberry (goji berries):
  • Wolfberry is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken appropriately by mouth in the short-term, but can cause some side effects such as nausea and vomiting.
  • It may cause urticaria (rashes and swelling on skin) on the hands, palms and lips, oedema (swelling), rhinitis (runny nose), dyspnea (shortness of breath), pruritis (itching on the skin) and dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing).
  • Side effects are more likely if you eat wolfberry in excess or are allergic to it. Consult a doctor if you experience any side effects after consuming wolfberry.
  • Wolfberry contains betaine, which is a known liver protectant, but can also be used to induce menstruation and abortion, so its use should be avoided by pregnant women.
  • Chinese herbalists suggest abstaining from using wolfberry during times of cold and flu.
  • Wolfberry has an estrogen-mimicking effect, so it should not be used by people who are pregnant or have diseases that are sensitive to estrogen.
  • Wolfberry may interact with anti-diabetes drugs, antihypertensive drugs, warfarin, diclofenac, piroxicam and other medications. Consult a doctor before adding wolfberry to your diet if you are under treatment.

While wolfberry is generally safe, it can cause allergic reactions in some people and may interact with certain medications. Consult your doctor before consuming wolfberry, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or are taking medications.

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