Last update Sept. 6, 2021

Barbary Wolfberry

Likely Compatibility

Fairly safe. Mild or unlikely adverse effects. Compatible under certain circumstances. Follow-up recommended. Read Commentary.

A naturally grew fruit out of the Tibetan plant, which is used in the traditional Chinese Medicine. Constituents are polysaccharides, beta-sytosterol, rutin ,estrogenic flavonoids and vitamins B and C (, Gao 2017, Giner 2010).

At the date of the last update we did not find any published data on its excretion in breast milk.

It has a number of properties that are not well proven for health (Kwok 2019, Giner 1010). It can interfere with anticoagulant medications (Rivera 2012) and cause allergic reactions (Larramendi 2012, Monzón 2011).

The Organization of Consumers and Users of Spain detected in 2013 contamination with heavy metals (cadmium, lead, copper) and pesticides (OCU 2013).

Plant widely used since ancient times in China (Gao 2017). Given its lack of toxicity at correct doses, moderate consumption would be compatible with breastfeeding.

Precautions when taking plant preparations:
1. Make sure they are from a reliable source: poisonings have occurred due to confusion of one plant with another with toxic properties, poisonings due to containing heavy metals extracted from the soil and food poisoning due to contamination with bacteria or fungi (Anderson 2017).
2. Do not take in excess; follow the recommendations of professional experts in herbal medicine. “Natural” products are not good in any quantity: plants contain active substances from which a large part of our traditional pharmacopoeia has been obtained and can cause poisoning or act as endocrine disruptors because they contain phytoestrogens (Powers 2015) if they are consumed in an exaggerated quantity or time.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

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Other names

Barbary Wolfberry is also known as Goji Berries. Here it is a list of alternative known names::

Barbary Wolfberry in other languages or writings:


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Main tradenames from several countries containing Barbary Wolfberry in its composition:


  1. Kwok SS, Bu Y, Lo AC, Chan TC, So KF, Lai JS, Shih KC. A Systematic Review of Potential Therapeutic Use of Lycium Barbarum Polysaccharides in Disease. Biomed Res Int. 2019 Feb 12;2019:4615745. Abstract
  2. Anderson PO. Herbal Use During Breastfeeding. Breastfeed Med. 2017 Abstract
  3. Gao Y, Wei Y, Wang Y, Gao F, Chen Z. Lycium Barbarum: A Traditional Chinese Herb and A Promising Anti-Aging Agent. Aging Dis. 2017 Dec 1;8(6):778-791. Abstract
  4. Powers CN, Setzer WN. A molecular docking study of phytochemical estrogen mimics from dietary herbal supplements. In Silico Pharmacol. 2015 Mar 22;3:4. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  5. Ulbricht C, Bryan JK, Costa D, Culwell S, Giese N, Isaac R, Nummy K, Pham T, Rapp C, Rusie E, Weissner W, Windsor RC, Woods J, Zhou S. An Evidence-Based Systematic Review of Goji (Lycium spp.) by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration. J Diet Suppl. 2015 Jun;12(2):184-240. Abstract
  6. Las bayas de goji pueden ser tóxicas OCU 2013 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  7. Larramendi CH, García-Abujeta JL, Vicario S, García-Endrino A, López-Matas MA, García-Sedeño MD, Carnés J. Goji berries (Lycium barbarum): risk of allergic reactions in individuals with food allergy. J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol. 2012 Abstract
  8. Rivera CA, Ferro CL, Bursua AJ, Gerber BS. Probable Interaction Between Lycium barbarum (Goji) and Warfarin. Pharmacotherapy. 2012 Abstract
  9. Monzón Ballarín S, López-Matas MA, Sáenz Abad D, Pérez-Cinto N, Carnés J. Anaphylaxis associated with the ingestion of Goji berries (Lycium barbarum). J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol. 2011 Abstract

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