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
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.
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)
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
Berry Young Juice™
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.
Antioxidants vs. Free Radicals
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
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.
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!