Job’s Tears, also known as adlay and coix, is a member of the grass family and popular in Asian cultures as a food source. The plant has been used for centuries in folk medicine to treat dozens of conditions from arthritis to smallpox. Scientific research investigating Job’s Tears hasn’t been conducted much outside China and Korea, but results from those studies are discovering properties in the plant that may have potent health benefits.
The beneficial effects of Job’s tears are decreasing liver fat accumulation, safeguarding from tumor stimulating compounds, protecting against viral infection, decreasing allergic reaction, decreasing coronary artery disease as well as arthrosclerosis and decreasing osteoporosis (Chang et al. 2003; Hung and Change 2003; Chun et al. 2004; Yu et al. 2011).