A study in 2000 showed that polysaccharides in goji berries can increase athletic performance. The study was performed on mice, however the results are likely to be duplicated for human subjects, due to the similar physiological responses.

The findings of the study showed a remarkable adaptability to exercise load, enhanced resistance to fatigue, accelerated elimination of fatigue, enhanced storage of muscle and liver glycogen, and accelerated removal of blood urea nitrogen after exercise.

Based on the findings of the study, the consumption of goji berries are likely to provide athletes with improved endurance and athletic performance during strenuous exercise. The high antioxidant levels in goji berries also help neutralise free radicals that are produced during physical exercise.

This study is contained in the United States of America, National Library of Medicine (refer below).

Medical research on goji berries enhancing athletic performance:

1. Isolation and purification of Lycium barbarum polysaccharides and its antifatigue effect, published by Department of Hygiene, Hubei Medical University, Wuhan 430071, China.

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