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Infused with Lemon, Orange, Yuzu, and Tangerine essential oils, NingXia Red® is a delicious daily supplement that includes juices and extracts from superfruits such as aronia, plum, blueberry, pomegranate, and—best of all—exotic Ningxia wolfberries.
This powerful little berry gets its name from the Ningxia region of China, where Young Living Founder and Chairman of the Board D. Gary Young first learned of its unparalleled nutritional profile. There, it’s known by locals as the wolfberry. In the West, however, many know it as the goji berry.
This delicious supplement packs a big punch, offering benefits that include support for normal eye health, cellular function, and energy levels. By enjoying just 2 delicious ounces twice daily, you can make NingXia Red a vital part of your journey to transformed wellness.
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The information contained in this online class is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Information provided in this class is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own health care and dietary decisions based upon your own research.
The information in this class has been taken from the book "Ningxia Wolfberry: The Ultimate Superfood" by Gary Young.
What Is Ningxia Red?
Ningxia Red is a whole food drink infused with the worlds GREATEST essential oils. Super tasty - sweet and tangy, and features the Ningxia Wolfberry, which we’re going to learn all about, throughout this class!
We use a purée of the fruit including leaf, stem, peel and fruit to maximize the nutrient benefits. It contains orange, tangerine, lemon, and yuzu essential oils. Also featuring plum, aronia, cherry, blueberry, and pomegranate juices and extracts, Ningxia Red is packed with superfoods to support overall wellness.
1–2 ounces a day is all you need and it is great for the whole family.
Check out the product information page for Ningxia Red here
Origins of Ningxia
Now that we know what NingXia Red is... let's talk about why Gary Young formulated it! Gary took a look at people living in the NingXia region of China, who have an extraordinary longevity.
He found that their everyday diets included not only the NingXia wolfberry, which is native to the region, but many other vitamins, nutrients, minerals & antioxidants which are not common in the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.? yes it is 😢). Based on what they were consuming but we typically lacked, he formulated NingXia Red. It is literally a whole-food, living supplement that energizes & fortifies your body.
The NingXia region of China is in the northern region, close to Mongolia. This region is called "China's Herbal Medicine Valley." The NingXia wolfberry has been included in a number of Chinese herbal pharmacopoeias and is still prescribed for patients with a wide array of health issues. The Yellow River flood plain where the NingXia wolfberry crop grows, derives its water from the Himalayan mountains. The water from these mountains is charged with an unprecedented assortment of minerals and organic nutrients!
The wolfberry is so famous for its healing properties, that a two-week Chinese festival is centered around the wolfberry. Additionally, the Chinese often view the wolfberry as their "secret weapon" for bringing home medals in the Olympic Games!
Nutritional Overview of Ningxia Red
Have a look at this chart of the nutrients in wolfberries compared to other foods on the list. 100 grams is the serving size used for this analysis….which is about 3.5 oz… about ⅔ cup of berries, or 1 medium size banana, just to give you a point of reference.
✭ A “virtual vitamin capsule in the form of a fruit”, the Wolfberry contains over 21 essential minerals, 18 amino acids and extraordinarily high levels of thiamin (B1), niacin (B3) and vitamin C. It is the highest known food source of B1, and contains 2x the daily recommendation of vitamin C in 100 g of berries.
✭Within the plant kingdom, the Ningxia wolfberry’s mineral profile and mineral balance are unparalleled. Minerals (calcium, zinc, copper, chromium, magnesium, potassium and manganese) are important for many bodily functions, but they must be properly balanced. The Ningxia wolfberry contains ideal mineral proportions: almost 1:1 magnesium to calcium, 2:1 zinc to copper, and 8:1 potassium to magnesium ratios.
✭With a total of 15.6% protein by weight, the Ningxia wolfberry has more protein than bee pollen.
✭ “It is rich in amino acids L-arginine and L-glutamine. The wolfberry contains 1.4% of the branched chain amino acid L-leucine as well as significant amounts of tyrosine which is a key building block for dopamine production. Dopamine is an essential neurotransmitter in the brain that decreases with age.” (Young, 37)
✭ 21% fiber by weight, which means it has one of the highest percentages of fiber of any whole food.
✭ The Glycemic Index is 29, compared to brown rice (66), millet (72), buckwheat (54).
Pomegranates for Circulation
Like the Ningxia Wolfberry, Pomegranate is a powerful antioxidant - so it destroys free radicals. But there are other special things pomegranate is bringing to the table!
It can also reduce the oxidation of cholesterol. There are two types of cholesterol - HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol). LDL Cholesterol is naturally occuring in the body (and isn't a bad thing!) But the bad stuff (LDL), you get from animal food products. The cholesterol that we hear about building up in our arteries, called plaque, is oxidized LDL cholesterol. This is the stuff that causes heart disease. The process of oxidation is a normal body process, but when your arteries have buildup, of this LDL, it's really hard for your blood to circulate. On top of that, oxidized cholesterol causes inflammation inside the artery wall, causing your arteries to become even smaller, and your blood circulation to be even less efficient. If one of these blockages, or clots, breaks off the artery wall it can cause a stroke or heart attack.
So, it’s safe to say that if you’re eating animal products (LDL), you want to be doing your best to keep the oxidation of cholesterol to a minimum. We want our blood circulating through the body smoothly for as long as we can! As our liver can predict our life expectancy, it is said we are as old as our arteries.
Did you know? They can tell how long you are going to live, by your liver? Liver health is one of the most reliable predictors of life expectancy. We all want to have a healthy liver!
The liver has the job of detoxifying all the things that pass through your body. There are multiple antioxidants concentrated in the liver to help control the massive burden of free radicals generated from the detoxification process. The antioxidants that help scavenge these free radicals tend to decline with age. We need to do what we can to support the liver and keep antioxidant levels up.
Another liver benefit from wolfberry... the essential oils in this super juice increase glutathione in the body. Glutathione is one of the most important powerful antioxidants in the body. It neutralizes free radicals, enhances the immune system and detoxifies the liver.
With the Ningxia wolfberry being so rich in antioxidants, and we know that drinking Ningxia Red and using our other wolfberry products we are helping to support the proper function of the liver.
Who wants gorgeous, clear skin? Everybody right? Your body is always renewing itself. Your skin is continually growing, dying and shedding. Typically, whatever you have going on INSIDE the body, will reflect itself on the outside - through your skin.
Now that we've learned a little bit about how incredible wolfberry is for our Liver (the organ that filters toxins for our body) you can see how crucial liver health is for our skin.
Now to understand how the Wolfberry helps combat accelerated aging, we should first understand what causes it. It would be fair to say that a good part of aging is a result of continuous free radical attack on the cells of the body. The constant battering of cell membranes and cell DNA by free radicals creates damage that the body cannot repair fast enough. Our cells become overwhelmed by the toxic load and start to self destruct. DNA damage is a major contributor to aging.
I think it's safe to say that the Ningxia Wolfberry is the secret to longevity! Wolfberry eye cream anyone? Yep. Our fav! Once again, The power of the Wolfberry!
Age-related Macular Degeneration affects more than 10 million Americans; and an increasing prevalence of nutritional deficiencies surrounding eye health has created earlier onset of this disease.
Two carotenoids found in wolfberries, zeaxanthin and lutein, are absolutely essential for maintaining and supporting eye health. I love research!!! So check out this research article which reviews studies regarding zeaxanthin and lutein and their impacts on eye health.
So what are some food sources of these incredible nutrients? From the article: “Lutein and zeaxanthin are the most common xanthophylls in green leafy vegetables (e.g., kale, spinach, broccoli, peas and lettuce) and egg yolks  (Table 1).”
KALE-YEH - this awesome leafy green contains 8198 micrograms of lutein and zeaxanthin, per 100 grams!!!!Spinach - 12198 micrograms per 100 grams!!!!
And the Ningxia wolfberries????
Wait for it…..
Ningxia wolfberries contain a WHOPPING 27,800 micrograms of zeaxanthin per 100 grams of food!!!! TWENTY SEVEN THOUSAND. YES. You read that right.
Ok guys… Heart Disease is THE leading cause of death in Canada, USA & Australia. We all know that it plays the BIGGEST role in this. This does NOT have to be the leading cause of death. Or the cause of any deaths. A plant based diet has been proven to completely reverse heart disease. Unfortunately, as simple as that sounds, not everyone is willing or ready to make this kind of a change right now, and there are also many other heart conditions, not induced by diet, that affect many, many adults and children, everyday. Heart health is SOOO important!
SO… Ningxia Red supports the maintaining of healthy blood sugar levels as well as healthy cholesterol. The Ningxia wolfberry oxygenates the blood cells beautifully. Minerals are vitally important for heart health and the cardiovascular system. “Soft” waters which many people use in their homes lack potassium, magnesium, and chromium. These minerals play an important part in heart health. So guess what fruit is replete with these minerals?
YUUUPPPP The Ningxia wolfberry! It’s important to note that this is specific to the NINGXIA wolfberry - the wolfberry that comes from this region in China. It specifically receives these trace minerals from soil it is grown in, that receives glacial runoff that has a pretty amazing trace mineral profile. “With 18 trace minerals and the highest known potassium content of any food, the Ningxia wolfberry’s mineral content makes it a powerful [food for heart health]” (110.)
Alright, so let’s talk about potassium! We all know we get potassium from bananas, but the amount cowers in comparison to the amount of potassium in the Ningxia wolfberry. As we age, the levels of potassium and magnesium in the body decreases. Furthermore, a lack of magnesium in the body, can lead to a huge decline of potassium. “Involved in over 300 enzyme reactions in the body, magnesium is a pivotal part of almost every biological process, including the synthesis of protein, the electrical stability of the cells, the metabolism of glucose, the creation of cellular energy, and maintain cell membrane integrity. Consumption of magnesium-rich foods such as Ningxia Wolfberry can replenish the declining magnesium levels in that occur with age” (116).
Lastly, we want to chat about L-arginine in Ningxia Wolfberry. L-arginine is an amino acid and Ningxia Red is super rich in it. L-arginine is a precursor of nitric oxide which is vital in it’s role in supporting the cardiovascular, immune, and nervous systems. L-arginine is a strong antioxidant which also supports our arteries.
Take care of your heart, everyday!
Citrus for Cellular Health
Ningxia Red is infused with citrus oils. Citrus is so very important for cellular health. Many of us probably know that lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, and all the citrus fruits are good for us, right? Many of us remark at how great they are for delivering Vitamin C to the body., but in regards to supporting our immune systems did you know the most beneficial part of citrus fruits is actually not in the juice or the pulp? It’s actually in the rind! Mhmm! How many of you are actually eating lemon or orange rind daily? I can’t imagine many of you!! But guess what? Did you know that our citrus oils are cold pressed from the rind of the fruit? So we get all the amazing benefits from the rind in our citrus essential oils. Our citrus oils are full of Limonene, a monoterpene that does some AMAZING things for our cells. Just do a brief google search on the benefits of Limonene and you will get a clue very quickly.
Remember above when we spoke about antioxidants and free radicals? Well limonene gives a lot of love to those cells and supports those that are getting attacked by free radicals. Meaning our citrus oils play a very critical part in supporting our overall wellness from toxins and stressors in the body.
Ningxia Red has other fruit in it besides the wolfberry and EACH of these other ingredients pack a crazy nutritional punch too! Yes!! A very important ingredient in the Ningxia Red blend is Aronia Juice Concentrate.
Here are a few fun facts about the aronia berries:
- The super berries contain a large amount of carotene (AHEM - carotenoids!), which protects cells from damage and the eyes from cataract formation.
- Aronia is rich in antioxidants, it has a very high ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity - a measure of an antioxidant's power to neutralize free radicals) - it rates a 16,000 on the ORAC scale!
- Aronia is a nutraceutical fruit crop that offers an extremely high amount of healthy elements in the form of antioxidants (duh), vitamins, minerals and nutrients. While there is still much research to be carried out on the fruit and its benefits, it is currently ranked as one of the top eight in the super fruits category.
Blueberries for Brain Health
Alright, so we’ve all heard about blueberries amazing level of antioxidants. Their particular profile contains a unique composition of polyphenols that do a great deal of that antioxidative work.
Studies in 1999 and 2006 by National Institute on Aging explored how blueberries contribute to healthy aging. https://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/clinical-trials/effect-blueberries-cognition-and-body-composition-elderly-mild-cognitive
Blueberries have been supporting brain health, liver health and heart health. They keep red blood cells strong in the face of oxidative damage. A 2000 study at the Veterans Affairs Medical Centre in Denver showed how blueberries support mental function, “blueberry fed animals were able to run faster and displayed better learning ability than control animals. Moreover, the blueberry-fed group performed on the level approaching that of much younger animals” (Young, 210).
How awesome is that?
Healthy Blood Sugar
The Sweet Truth
Q: How much does smoking a pack a day shorten the life of a 40-year-old? A: Seven years
Q: How much does high blood sugar shorten the life of a 40-year-old diabetic?A: Ten years.
Over your lifetime, the lower you maintain your serum glucose, the longer you will live. It's that simple. Even if you aren't diagnosed as "diabetic," poor blood sugar control and a diet centered on lots of saturated fat and refined carbohydrates, can have just as devastating an impact on health & life expectancy.
Having said all of this, while I believe eating high glycemic WHOLE foods are ok, I know that some people are easily affected with blood sugar spikes from these higher glycemic foods. The Ningxia Wolfberry has one of the lowest glycemic indexes of any food. This means that when it is consumed, it exerts only a minimal impact on blood sugar levels.
Recent clinical studies also suggest that the wolfberry contains bioactive components that can benefit those who need to support healthy glucose levels. But how can the wolfberry have such a low glycemic index despite the fact that it has almost 45% sugar by weight? The answer is simple--not all "sugars" are created equal.
Much of the so-called sugar in the wolfberry is chemically joined in a way that make them behave like a slowly digested fiber, not a high-octane sugar. This make wolfberries the ideal low-glycemic food for those who wish to take control of those blood sugar spikes.
OK.. Who has tried a Ningxia shot with added oils??! You can try one of the recipes below added to 2oz. Ningxia Red, or make it up as you go and share the recipe in the comments, but be sure to tell us what kind of shot you had!!
'Pep in Your Step'
1 drop Lime Vitality essential oil
1 drop Endoflex Vitality essential oil
'Hot and Fresh'
1 toothpick swirl Clove Vitality essential oil
2 drops Citrus Fresh Vitality essential oil
1 drop Lime Plus essential oil
1 drop Basil Plus essential oil
'After Dinner Mint'
1 drop Peppermint Vitality essential oil
'Blast of Fresh'
2 drops Orange Plus essential oil
1 drop Spearmint Plus essential oil
1 drop Ginger Plus essential oil
2 drops Lemon Plus essential oil
'It’s a Sunshine Day!'
1 drop of Citrus Plus essential oil
1 drop Lemon Plus essential oil
'Good Morning, Wellness!'
1 drop Frankincense Plus essential oil
2 drops Orange Plus essential oil
1 drop Cinnamon Plus essential oil
1 drop Peppermint Plus essential oil
Other YL Products with Wolfberry Goodness
You can get the wolfberry powers in these following products:
- Sulfurzyme - a supplement that combines Wolfberries with MSM for amazing body function support.
- Wolfberry Eye Cream - For that sensitive eye area (antioxidant POWER!)
- Dried Wolfberries - for sprinkling on oatmeal, cereal, trail mix, in smoothies or in tea!
- NingXia Zyng - This is your alternative to those horrible energy drinks, that NOBODY should be drinking! 35 calories, naturally occurring caffeine (white tea extract), no added sugar, no artificial flavors or colors, no preservatives. So much better! A sparkling drink that hydrates and gives you energy, Zyng has NingXia Wolfberry Puree as well as Lime and Black Pepper essential oils. If you are somebody who does the energy drinks, seriously do yourself a favour and switch to Ningxia Zing!
- Ningxia Nitro - This is power in a little packet. A super punch of energy and the perfect pick me up. All with naturally occurring caffeine (Yerba Mate oil, Green tea), essential oils, botanical extracts and Korean ginseng. Nitro helps support alertness as well as cognitive and physical wellness. So not only are you getting that much needed pick-me-up, it's helping you focus on the task at hand. Is this something that speaks to you??
Who Can Drink Ningxia?
Anyone and EVERYONE. Basically if it has cells, they should be drinking Ningxia. We drink it, our husbands drink it and our kids do too!
When we drink our Ningxia everyday, we feel a DRASTIC difference in our wellness, in comparison to when we’re not. You can drink it straight or in a smoothie. Try freezing the packets, the kids will love it!
*Often asked, is Ningxia safe to drink while pregnant/ nursing? A resounding YES! It is food. Plant-based nutrition. If you consider it safe to eat your fruits and veggies, then I say guzzle it down.
Here's what some Mamas Say:
"I drink 4oz a day and have since Oliver was 4 months old. I'm currently 3 months shy of giving birth again, I STILL drink it daily, and breastfeed still. It's a powerhouse drink I'm telling you!"
"After five pregnancies without it and one with it, I will be always screaming from the rooftops for mommies to drink their RED! It was a complete game changer for me. The more I drank, the better I felt. I've been pregnant or nursing the entire three years I've been drinking it"
Love to all you pregnant/nursing mommies! ♥♥♥
Essential Rewards, The Best Way to Purchase
Think about all you have learned about this amazing super juice and the Ningxia wolfberry. When you consider the nutrient-packed goodness compared to what you can get at your juice place or local natural foods store, Ningxia Red makes perfect sense. It comes right to your house and you get it at a 24% discount if you’re already a wholesale member.
It’s honestly a NO BRAINER for my family, and I would sacrifice whatever I needed to, to make sure we all got our Ningxia.
Let’s explore the different ways to bring this powerhouse drink into your home. As with most things, if you buy in “bulk”, you can get a better value! The 2-pack is your least economical option, while the Ningxia Red Essential Rewards Kit is by far the best bang-for-your-buck.