Superfood not for everyone: never combine goji berries with blood thinners
Goji berries have been booming for years. The small red fruits are called "superfood" because of the numerous minerals and vitamins they contain. But not all people should eat them. If certain medications are taken at the same time, there are health risks.
Goji berries are rich in minerals and vitamins
For some years now there has been increasing talk of so-called superfoods, which not only have a positive effect on our figure and mood, but are also said to be particularly good for health. Goji berries in particular have experienced a boom here. They contain a lot of minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium and vitamins A, C and E. However, for some people the berries can also be dangerous. For those who take certain medications.
Interaction of foods and medicines
The interaction of food and medication can sometimes be dangerous. So also with goji berries. According to the German Society for Nutrition (DGE), people taking blood-thinning medication should avoid them for safety reasons.
The small red fruits have long been suspected of blocking the breakdown of blood-thinning active ingredients such as phenprocoumon and warfarin. According to the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM), this could lead to bleeding in patients.
Strengthening the immune system and the heart
"The berries have long been used in Chinese cuisine and traditional Chinese medicine - due to the promised healing and health-promoting powers, such as strengthening the immune system, the heart, lowering blood fat levels and inhibiting the aging process," writes the BfArM.
They are also marketed in Europe with such arguments, for example as tablets, tea, juice or in jam.
Pollutants in superfoods
In the past, however, the DGE and other experts have warned against excessive expectations from superfoods such as goji berries and the like. Local vegetables are often just as good for health as exotic foods.
In addition, they are often contaminated with chemicals. For example, the consumer magazine “Öko-Test” found substances that were harmful in almost all products, such as pesticide residues, in an investigation of various superfoods in the spring. (ad)