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Ningxia wolfberry: what is it?

Ningxia wolfberry: what is it?

Ningxia. It’s a pretty big deal in the Young Living world. It’s been such an amazing health support supplement for me and my family and I have to share some special details about it with you. 

I drink Ningxia Red ever day, and so does my 5 year old. I make my husband drink it when I know he’s getting sick (he’s not health-minded and a little stubborn lol!).

I was feeling the wonderful benefits of NR before I knew anything about it. Young Living generously gives you two packets in your Premium Starter Kit and for good reason, you need to know how amazing it is!

I grabbed all of this information from the best book everrr

Ningxia Wolfberry: the Ultimate Superfood by Gary Young ND, Ronald Lawrence MD, PhD, Marc Shreuder.

So, it deserves all of the credit. 

Let’s jump right in!

What is the Ningxia wolfberry?


Ningxia is actually a providence (or town for us) in China. Native to Ningxia Hue Autonomous region of northern China, Lyciumbarbarum L is a small red medicinal berry that is know as Fructus licii or wolfberry in the West and Di gu zi, Kei Tze and Gou qi zi (Goji) throughout Asia.

Technical name - Lyciumbarbarum L

Asian name - Goji

Western name - Wolfberry


Now that we know what it is and where it’s from, let’s see what’s so special about it. 

In the mid 1980’s when biochemists at the Ningxia Institute of Nutrition analyzed the Ningxia wolfberry they found that it was a virtual vitamin capsule in the form of a fruit. 

Over 15 percent protein by weight, the wolfberry contains over 21 essential minerals, 18 amino acids, and substantial amounts of chromium.


The Ningxia wolfberry is the richest known whole food source of natural B1 or thiamin. Thiamin is essential for proper energy production, carbohydrate metabolism, and thyroid function. 

The wolfberry also has 100 times the niacin (vitamin B3) as oat bran. Over two decades of research document the ability of niacin to support the heart. 

It has triple the vitamin C of raw oranges. 


Wolfberries are also rich in potassium and magnesium, containing quadruple the amount of bananas. 

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Potassium is the single most important mineral to human health and longevity, being essential for normal electrolyte and pH balance within the cell. 

When excess sodium begins to accumulate in conjunction with a potassium deficit, this can result in hypertension (high blood pressure) and high blood sugar. 


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With a total of 15.6% protein by weight, the Ningxia wolfberry has more protein than bee pollen. It is rich in the amino acids L-arginine and L-glutamine. It also contains significant amounts of tyrosine which is a key building block for dopamine production, an essential neurotransmitter in the brain that decreases with age. 

A healthy thymus gland is vital for optimum cell-mediated immunity since it acts as a training camp to physically condition and train SWAT teams of T-lymphocytes to recognize and wipe out disease-causing infections or growth-crazed cancer cells.

Our T-cells are very important for our sustained health.


The Ningxia wolfberry has one of the highest percentages of fiber of any whole food, and a high intake of fiber is directly related with:

  • Lower risk of cancer

  • Better control of blood sugars

  • Lower risk of heart disease

Plant fiber has been repeatedly shown to be very effective in controlling blood sugar levels in diabetics. 

In one study, 20 diabetic men were switched from a high-fat, western-type diet. In less than 17 days, 55 percent of these men were able to discontinue insulin injections, and the majority of the rest dramatically reduced their insulin dosage. Even more noteworthy, along with the drop in blood sugar levels, the men experienced a plunge in average cholesterol levels — from 208 to 147. 


A recent study published in June 2006 found that consuming Ningxia wolfberry polysaccharides was able to almost completely reverse the DNA and oxidative damage caused by diabetes. 


According to the ORAC results, dried Ningxia wolfberries had:

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5X the antioxidant power of prunes

10X the antioxidant power of oranges

12X the antioxidant power of raisins 

55X the antioxidant power of cauliflower

In fact, according to the published ORAC data, the dried Ningxia wolfberry had the highest known score of ANY whole food. As the most powerful antioxidant value, the Ningxia wolfberry can aggressively block free radical damage that leads to cellular mutation and cancer. 


The most common diseases of blindness — AMD (age-related macular degeneration), cataracts, diabetic retinopathy — are defects caused by free radicals or chronically high blood sugar levels. 

These disease become more prevalent with age as the cumulative damage of free radicals and excess blood sugar builds up. As the highest known antioxidant food and the richest source of some of the most valuable eye nutrients knowns, the Ningxia wolfberry can become more than just food for the eyes; it can become a sight saver. 

The Ningxia wolfberry provides some beautiful nutrients to support our eyes such as taurine, polyphenols, zinc, zeaxanthin, carotenoids, and lutein.  


Cancer & Tumor

In the first systematic clinical experiments on the Ningxia wolfberry between 1982 and 1985 researchers showed that the fruit inhibited 42% of solid tumors in mice, slowing the growth of two different types of human cancer. 

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A human clinical trial at the Second Military Medical University in Shanghai used Ningxia wolfberry polysaccharide in the treatment of 79 advanced cancer patients suffering from a variety of cancers including malignant melanoma, renal cell carcinoma, colorectal carcinoma, lung cancer, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, and malignant hydrothorax.

One group of patients was treated with a special immune booster known as lymphocyte-activated cytokine (LAK) and interleukin-2 (IL-2) therapy. This is designed to supercharge the immune system to better ward off the invasion of cancer cells. The second group of patients received both the immune therapy plus Ningxia wolfberry polysaccharide. 

Only 16% of the patients who received the immune therapy showed an improvement against their cancers. However 40.9% of the patented treated with both the immune therapy and the wolfberry polysaccharides improved. In effect, adding the wolfberry to their treatment protocol more than doubled its effectiveness, resulting in a 2.5 times better response rate. 

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This is a lot of information, I know. But I’ve only just given you some points related to the wonderfulness of the Ningxia wolfberry. The book holds so much more information vital to our health education about the Ningxia wolfberry.

What’s even better is that we have access to it; in a whole food pureed juice called Ningxia Red.

All that information above talks about the wolfberry, but Young Living has added even more to the drink Ningxia Red!

Ningxia Red includes:

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Which are superfoods in themselves!

PLUS the essential oils of:





It even has its own website https://ningxiared.com/benefits/

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And you can also join Young Living with the Ningxia Red Premium Starter Kit! If you have any interest in staying above the wellness line and living a full, free, active, and healthy life, Ningxia Red is THE supplement for you! 

I am just excited that this is something my 5 year old enjoys and that I am able to supply him with this amazing nutrition each day. 

If you are looking for ALL of the details, specifics for Ningxia & the heart, the liver, obesity, skin, diabetes, immunity, cancer, arthritis & inflammation, brain, cellular repair, depression, and circulation, check out the book because it’s all in there!

Hope you found this information useful! Drop a comment if you have questions!

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