The People Who Revere The Wolfberry
103 Year-Old Doctor Hikes Three Miles Before Seeing His Patients
In the stillness of early morning, Dr. Shengyuan Lei finishes his daily three-mile trek. He will next spend an hour in meditation and yoga before he begins to see his patients.
Dr. Lei is 103 years old.
As remarkable as this is, Dr. Lei is not unusual here. Many people in his town live productive lives well beyond 100 years old.
It is believed by these people that though there are other contributing factors, their daily consumption of wolfberries is the single most important factor contributing to their exceptional health and longevity.
It is Not Uncommon in Ningxia, to find People Living Productive Lives Well Beyond 100 Years
Ma Wangshi is 121 years old. She enjoys working in her garden daily and prefers to go up stairs unassisted. This boy is her great-great-grandson!
The Hongzhangs are both 110 years old. Their eyesight is still excellent, they have all their teeth, and they have not seen a doctor in years. None of their favorite activities is going to the market.
The History of the Wolfberry
Called "Goji" by Native Chinese, Wolfberries Have Been Used in Traditional Folk Medicine for Over 5,000 Years
The wolfberry legends found in ancient Chinese medicine reach back over 5,000 years through the mists of time.
Called "goji" by native Chinese, wolfberries have a long tradition in folk medicine. According to Ancient Chinese texts, wolfberries:
- Nourish the yin
- Support the blood
- Help support the kidneys and liver
- Strengthen the eyes
- Fortify the muscles and bones
- Enhance the "chi" or life force
The physician's handbook, Ben Cao Gang Mu, written during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.) reported, "taking in Chinese wolfberry regularly may regulate the flow of vital energy and strengthen the physique, which can lead to longevity."
Wolfberries Are a Chinese National Treasure
In ancient times, the Chinese people were said to have three cherished tonics for health. They were ginseng, ling tzi, and wolfberries.
D. Gary Young Re-Discovers Ancient Longevity Secret
Gary Meets Dr. Chao
In 1993, Gary Young was introduced by Cyrus McKell, a professor of Botany at Weber State University, to a Chinese scientist who was visiting the United States.
Dr. Chao Shares Research
This Chinese scientist, Dr. Songqiao Chao, told Gary about a simple, delicious-tasting berry with amazing health benefits. He said that Chinese wolfberries had been used for thousands of years in China to treat a wide variety of ailments. What's more, Dr. Chao related that the people who consumed them on a regular basis lived remarkably healthy lives for 100-plus years.
This information led Gary on an inspiring odyssey to the Ningxia region of China located on the Inner Mongolian plateau.
In Ningxia, Gary investigated the tiny red fruit known as the Ningxia wolfberry. He agreed that this small berry was the remarkable source of the vibrant health and long lives of the Chinese people of the region.
Gary Young First to Import Wolfberries into United States in Commercial Quantities
Gary Young-through Young Living Essential Oils- was the first to import Ningxia wolfberries into the United States on a commercial basis.
Dr. Chao's daughter, Sue Chao, assisted Gary Young in bringing the Ningxia wolfberry to the United States.
In 1996, when Gary Young first attempted to import large quantities of the Ningxia wolfberry powder, it was quarantined by U.S. Customs as an unknown "peculiar" substance. Customs agents said that it had never before been imported to the U.S. in commercial quantities.
Currently, Young Living remains the largest importer of Chinese Ningxia wolfberries in the world.
The Hometown of the Wolfberry
The Superior Ningxia Wolfberry
The Xinhaua News Agency reported that the Ningxia variety of Lycium Barbarum "is far superior to ordinary Chinese wolfberry in both tonic effects and economic results."
Due to their superior quality, some of the medical studies done on wolfberry have specified the use of Ningxia wolfberries.
As with other plants, the Chinese wolfberry has a number of species or varieties. Of the 80 different species of wolfberries worldwide, the Lycium barbarum from Ningxia has by far the highest levels of immune-stimulating polysaccharides.
Ningxia's Perfect Geology for Wolfberries
The Huang He (Yellow) River originates in the Himalayan Mountains and flows through the Ningxia Province. This river creates a unique, mineral-rich, super fertile silt-water flood plain found nowhere else on earth, producing incomparable wolfberries.
The beautiful Ningxia region is called "China's herbal medicine valley" and is renowned for meeting all of the stringent rules to be awarded the prestigious "Green Certificate", the equivalent of the USDA' Organic Certification.
Ningxia Wolfberries Win Prestigious Awards
The Ningxia Wolfberry Group takes great pride in the nine national and international gold prizes won by its famous wolfberry. The Ningxia wolfberry has won three gold prizes in the China Agricultural Fair and a gold prize in the Malaysia International Food Fair.
The Ningxia Province celebrates its famous red wolfberries with a gala two-week festival. There is even a statue honoring the young women who harvest wolfberries.
The Chinese people believe wolfberries replenish the body's "vital essence."
Free Radicals - The Enemy
Research Finds Free Radicals to be Responsible for Many of Today's Ailments, and Antioxidants to be the Body's Best Defense
Our bodies are bombarded daily by the damaging effects of free radicals that are created through normal metabolic functions. In fact, Dr. Bruce Ames of the University of California at Berkeley estimates that the DNA of each of our cells is attacked by free radicals over 10,000 times per day. Add to that the pollutants we involuntarily ingest in our food and water, and inhale in the air we breathe, and the scope of the problem begins to become clear.
Uninterrupted, free radicals can wreak havoc with DNA, enzymes, and cells. Many chronic conditionsincluding agingare believed to result from accumulated damage caused by free radicals. Fortunately, antioxidants have proven an effective weapon against them. Antioxidants help neutralize the effects of free radicals, allowing the body to restore itself to the proper balance that leads to health and well-being.
Antioxidants literally help preserve cell integrity by protecting against attacks by free radicals. Most of the ailments associated with aging are a result of free radical damage.
Scientists Rate Ningxia Wolfberries as #1 Antioxidant Food
How one little berry can be packed with so much nutrition has intrigued modern scientists. Beyond the abundance of essential vitamins and minerals found in the Ningxia wolfberry, recent scientific studies have shown that the antioxidant capability of the Ningxia wolfberry is the highest of any fruit or vegetable.
A new laboratory test known as ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) was developed by USDA researchers at Tufts University to rate the antioxidant levels of fruits and vegetables. It ranks the Ningxia wolfberry as the best antioxidant food in the world.
Scientists Find Ningxia Wolfberries Powerful Immune-Supporting Agent
In addition to being the best antioxidant food available, the Ningxia wolfberry has powerful immune-supporting agents, as verified by modern scientists. Ningxia wolfberries have been found to have extremely high levels of immune-stimulating polysaccharides.
Treasured for longevity and energy in China, wolfberries became the focus of recent intense medical research when scientists discovered that wolfberries contain an abundance of health-promoting constituents including:
- 18 amino acids
- 21 trace minerals
- 6 essential fatty acids
- vitamins B1, B2, B6
- vitamin E
- more beta carotene than carrots
- more vitamin C than oranges
- MORE ANTIOXIDANT POWER THAN ANY OTHER FOOD!
Ningxia wolfberries are also an astonishing 16 to 17 percent protein by weight.
Introducing NingXia Red™
NingXia Red™ Has Captured Longevity and Vitality in a Bottle
Using the power of natural synergy, Young Living created a patent-pending combination of the world's most powerful health-promoting juices:
- Whole Wolfberry puree from the choicest Ningxia berries
- Apricot juices favored by the long-living Hunza people
- Raspberry and blueberry juices, known as especially rich sources of the powerful antioxidants polyphenol and anthocyanidins
- Pomegranate juice with three times the antioxidant activity of green tea
- Also included are: Organic Blue Agave, Grape (Seed, Skin, and Stem), and Ascorbic Acid(Vitamin C)
Essential oils have also been found through ORAC testing to have very powerful antioxidant properties. NingXia Red™ contains lemon and orange essential oils.
Benefits of NingXia Red™
Offers the highest protection against the dangerous superoxide free radical as tested by Brunswick Laboratories' S-ORAC test.
Contains the power of the whole NingXia wolfberry and is packed full of polysaccharide-rich NingXia wolfberry puree, with all of the health-giving wolfberry benefits(vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals) captured by a patented process.
Formulated to maintain and support normal immune function*.
Contains five of the richest sources of free-radical-fighting antioxidants: wolfberry puree, blueberry, pomegranate, apricot, and raspberry juices.
Includes the essential oils of lemon and orange, which contain the phytochemical d-limonene to promote normal cell life cycles*.
Has polysaccharides that support proper cell communication and will not spike blood sugar levels (NingXia Red's glycemic index score is 10.6; glycemic index score of table sugar is 83).
NingXia Red™the Most Powerful Antioxidant DrinkAlso Tastes Great
Wonderfully flavored with agave syrup and lemon and orange essential oils, NingXia Red™ delivers amazing health benefits and delectable taste in one delightful beverage. Yes, it tastes great!
NingXia Red™ is packed with the nutritional abundance of wolfberries: powerful polysaccharides, 18 amino acids, 21 trace minerals, 6 essential fatty acids,vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, and E, protein, and beta-carotene. Blueberry, raspberry, pomegranate, and apricot juices work synergistically with the wolfberry puree to protect eye health and support pancreatic and liver function while supporting the immune system*.
Treat your body to an energizing tonic that will delight your taste buds.
Young Living has captured the power of whole fruit in new NingXia Red™,
bringing you longevity and vitality in a delicious drink!