Chinese wolfberry facts

Antioxidants versus Free Radicals

Hundreds of years ago, Spanish Explorer Ponce de Leon set out on a quest for a magical fountain of water that was said to offer rejuvenation and immortality to all who drank from it. Traveling through the New World, he uncovered numerous legends regarding the water, and yet, he never located the enchanted spring...

Antioxidant researcher, D. Gary Young

D. Gary Young, founder and president of Young Living Essential Oils, embarked on a similar odyssey in 1973, following a devastating logging accident. From a wheelchair, he vowed not only to walk again, but to find health, vitality, and longevity. For nearly 30 years, he single-mindedly continued his pursuit.

Then, in 1994 Gary was approached by a Chinese scientist who was visiting the United States on a fact-gathering assignment. Dr. Songqiao Zhao, senior researcher at the Chinese Science Academy, told Gary about a simple, delicious-tasting berry with amazing health benefits.

He said that Chinese wolfberries had been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of illnesses. What's more, the people who consumed them on a regular basis lived remarkably healthy lives for 100-plus years.

Intrigued by the story, Gary began an investigation that eventually led to the creation of some of the most exciting health products in the world.

Superfood: Chinese Wolfberries

Chinese wolfberries grow in a remote area of central China near Inner Mongolia. Considered a treasure by the local people, they have been studied by Chinese physicians for thousands of years.

One Chinese Medica dating back 2,000 years cites their use in treatments ranging from replenishing vital essences to strengthening and restoring major organs.(1,2)

More recently, comprehensive analyses have found that wolfberries contain 18 types of amino acids, 21 trace minerals, 29 fatty acids, vitamins B1, B2, B6, E, more beta carotene than carrots, more Vitamin C than oranges, and as much protein as bee pollen.

What's more, they are a source of superoxide dismutase and phenylpropanoids. Numerous studies by the Chinese government have shown that Chinese wolfberries are extremely useful for boosting the immune system, protecting the liver, improving the quality of blood, and improving vision.(3,4,5,6)

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Encouraged by the prospect of an all-natural, good-tasting substance that could be so helpful in improving health, Gary determined to find ways to share the benefits of the wolfberry with people everywhere. Young Living Essential Oils, the largest importer of wolfberries in the world, now offers the power of wolfberries as a delicious, refreshing beverage.

1. Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine) Chinese medical textbook dating to the Qin and Han periods (221 B.C.-220 A.D.). Tianjin Scientific Technology Publishing Press, 1986. Chinese version translated by research scientist Sue Chao.

2. Shen Nung Ben Tsao (25-220 A.D.)

3. Ben Cao Gang Mu (Ming Dynasty 1368-1644 A.D.) People's Health Publishing Press, 1982, Chinese version translated by Sue Chao.

4. State Scientific and Technological Commission of China, Pharmacological Experiment on Lycium, Register No. 870303.

5. State Scientific and Technological Commission of China, Clinical Experiment on Lycium, Register No. 870306.

6. Lycium barbarum Medical Effects, improves eyesight, Ningxia Scientific and Technological Commission, July 1982-Jan. 1984.

Antioxidants vs. Free Radicals

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. Added to that is the polluted environment we inhabit in today's world, which increases the scope of the problem.

Uninterrupted, free radicals can wreak havoc with DNA, enzymes and cells. Many chronic conditions—including aging—are believed to result from accumulated damage caused by free radicals. Fortunately, antioxidants have proven an effective weapon against them.

"Young and middle-aged people may be able to reduce risk of disease by adding high ORAC foods to their diets," states Floyd P. Horn, Administrator of the Agricultural Research Service, the chief scientific agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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.

To help you combat the damaging effects of free radicals, simply take a single serving (one ounce) of Berry Young Juice, which supplies 267 percent of the Daily Value of the antioxidant vitamin C, along with a host of other nutrients. What a delicious way to protect your health!

Drinking a single ounce of Berry Young Juice every day will do more for your health than you can imagine!

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