Licium Barbarum cultivated in Italy: Chemical characterization and nutritional evaluation

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Maria Rachele Ceccarini
Michela Codini
Samuela Cataldi
Bernard Fioretti
Gabriele Brecchia
Elisabetta Albi
Tommaso Beccari


Goji berries, Licium barbarum spp, bioactive compounds, antioxidant properties, anticancer activities


Goji berries are the most cultivated fruit crop in Asian countries as they contain many nutrients and health-promoting bioactive compounds. These health-promoting properties have recently stimulated the interest of food and nutraceutical industries in Europe, so this crop has spread within Italy, which has become the largest European producer. Several works on the chemical composition and biological activities of Chinese goji berries are available. In this review, the chemical and the nutritional profile of goji berries from Licium barbarum spp. cultivated in Italy are reported.

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