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From Ancient Medicine to Modern Superfood: The Story of Ningxia Wolfberries

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What is the Ningxia Wolfberry?

The Ningxia wolfberry is a bright red fruit of the wolfberry plant, which is found in China’s Ningxia region. The wolfberry is also known as the “goji” by the native Chinese and has a 5,000 year history of use in Chinese medicine for strengthening and restoring the eyes, liver and kidneys as well as fortifying chi (vital energy) amongst many other benefits.

Of the eighty different species of wolfberries worldwide, the Lycium barbarum is the most medicinal of them all, and only comes from Ningxia, China. This is the variety used in Ningxia Red. The Yellow River which originates in the Himalayan Mountains flows through the Ningxia region and creates a mineral-rich, super fertile silt water flood plain found nowhere else on earth. It is the unique geographical conditions that produces incomparable wolfberries and earned the region the name of “China’s herbal medicine valley”.

Ningxia wolfberries are considered a national treasure in China and have been reported as being “far superior to ordinary Chinese wolfberry in both tonic effects and economic results.” The Chinese national census once reported that the number of Ningxia residents living more than one hundred years exceeds the national average by 400 percent.

“The wisdom of the ancients is a priceless inheritance. It is accumulated experience and knowledge of our forefathers, passed down from generation to generation. It has survived the test of time because it is based on principles that are timeless.”

Over 2,000 years before Hippocrates became the father of Western medicine,
China’s legendary First Emperor and father of agriculture, Shen Nung (c. 2800 B.C), was said to have tasted hundreds of herbs in one day. More than 70 herbs were found suitable as remedies. The knowledge was handed down by oral tradition for centuries. They were finally recorded in a book (475–221 B.C.) named after the Emperor, known today as Shen Nung Ben Tsao (神农本草经). It notes that wolfberry benefits range from replenishing vital essences to strengthening and restoring major organs.

The physician’s handbook Ben Cao Gang Mu (本草纲目) is a monumental Chinese medical text that contains detailed information about over 11,000 medicinal substances. It was written by the Ming dynasty physician Li Shizhen (1368–1644 A.D.) and completed in 1578, after over 27 years of research and compilation. He was regarded by many as the greatest herbalist of all time.

The book reports, “Taking in Chinese wolfberries regularly may regulate the flow of vital energy and strengthen the physique, which can lead to longevity.” It is still widely used as a reference book by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine today, and it has been translated into many different languages to make its insights accessible to people around the world.

 

“Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it.”

– Heather Morgan

 

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What is Ningxia Red?

Ningxia Red is no ordinary health drink. It’s a premium superfruit juice supplement that harnesses the power of the rare and highly sought-after wolfberry (Lycium barbarum), grown in the Ningxia region of China – one of the world’s most nutrient dense foods and one of the earliest known superfruits.

The puree (skin, juice and pulp) of this long-revered superfruit is the drink’s core ingredient. Ningxia Red captures the full nutritional potential of the wolfberry, ensuring that you get all the nutritional goodness found in the whole fruit. The Ningxia wolfberry has unusually high levels of fibre and protein, the highest naturally occurring antioxidative activity (10x that of the blueberry), an unmatched mineral profile and balance found in the plant kingdom, the richest known wholefood source of B1 and potassium, and carotenoids like zeaxanthin and lutein to support healthy eye function. The polysaccharides found in this fruit are a unique and powerful compound (known as Lycium barbarum polysaccharide or LBP)** that helps modulate the immune system, reduce oxidative stress and slow down the aging process.

NingXia Red is also formulated with a blend of blueberry, plum, cherry, aronia, and pomegranate concentrates, plus grape seed extract. These fruits have powerful compounds, phytonutrients, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals that support your full-body wellness.

Another unique feature of NingXia Red is its blend of four citrus essential oils: Orange, Tangerine, Lemon, and rare Yuzu. Not only do essential oils increase the absorption rate, these oils in particular were specially selected for their high limonene content – a powerful antioxidant that boosts immunity, cleanses toxins from the body, supports circulation and digestive health and stimulates lymphatic drainage. Yuzu is known to support nerve and brain health.

Essentially, Ningxia Red is a whole-body dense nutrient infusion that will support you in your day to day life, no matter what demands come your way.

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”

– François de la Rochefoucauld

What makes this superfruit juice supplement more important now than ever before?

Given what we know now about the Ningxia wolfberry and the carefully selected ingredients that have been blended with the wolfberry puree, it is an effortless way to get a potent dose of antioxidants into the body to help protect our cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.

Free radicals are produced in our bodies every single moment a cell uses oxygen. Free radicals are also created as a result of increased metabolism, constant stress, radiation, poor nutrition, pollution, and disease. A little oxidative stress is manageable, but when there is too much of it, we have a problem. DNA starts getting attacked, leading to mutation and chronic disease.

Further to this, there is evidence that the nutritional quality of whole foods has declined over time due to factors such as modern farming practices, synthetic fertilisers, depleted soil nutrients, and other factors like storage or transportation. It is no secret that key nutrients in fruits and vegetables have declined considerably over the past several decades.

The health benefits of Ningxia wolfberries have been reported in medical literature for thousands of years. Living healthily to a ripe old age in the Ningxia region has been attributed partly to the high consumption of Ningxia wolfberries. When you reduce the free radical damage and you slow down the signs of aging.

Today, it’s been clinically shown to significantly reduce daily stress, improve mental well-being, increase physical energy levels, improve sleep quality, support immune health and maintain a healthy, strong respiratory system.

 

Ningxia Red clinical study:
https://www.youngliving.com/us/en/company/media/announcements/young-living-ningxia-red-study-found-to-improve-sleep-stress-and-physical-health

Did you know that one shot (30ml) of Ningxia Red has the antioxidant equivalent to eating 8 whole oranges or 4 pounds (1.8kg) of carrots?

Being a busy mother and running my own business for the past 8 years, I have made it a point to take 30-60ml of Ningxia Red daily. If I’m firing on all cylinders or traveling, I take more. The difference is obvious. I have energy reserves to power through those demanding days or weeks, and my immunity is functioning at its peak. How much you drink will depend on your diet, how active you are and your overall lifestyle. The research and data on Ningxia Red is undeniable though and supporting a healthy body and healthy organ function has never been easier.

Learn more about this superfruit juice here-

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**I encourage you to research the benefits of the Lycium barbarum Polysaccharide (LBP). Enjoy!

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”

– Thomas Edison

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