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Closeup of wolfberries near Wuzhong, Zhongning County, Ningxia, China (Wikimedia Commons)

I’ve made references in the past to wolfberries and Ningxia Red (the beverage made from wolfberries),
but nonetheless this is a long-overdue post. Because if I had to credit the one thing that has done
the most to improve my health and wellbeing over the last few years, it would have to be the
Ningxia Wolfberry (Lycium Barbarum). Do you have poor eyesight, suffer high cholesterol or diabetes?
Do you want to improve your overall health and longevity? If your answer is YES, then I think you’ll
find the information in this article interesting.

When I first heard of the Ningxia wolfberries in 2003, there were some pretty amazing claims put forward; that the people from the region of China where these berries originate live in good health to well past 100 years of age, in large part a result of their consumption of this food source. I didn’t believe it  at the time, so I did some research and sure enough there had been studies done in China which showed that this food source definitely had some amazing benefits.

 

That was 2003. I’ve been using Ningxia Red, the beverage that Young Living make out of the wolfberries

Ningxia Province in China (Created by User:PhiLiP, Wikimedia Commons

(more on that later), since then. I can honestly say I experience far less colds and flus, and when I
do get them they don’t last very long. In addition, my eyesight improved. I am short-sighted and many years ago I obtained prescription glasses to handle this. Well, I can’t even remember the last time I used those glasses or feeling the need for them. I visited the optometrist for an eye check-up earlier in the year and he did confirm, that my eyesight had in fact improved. So I’m definitely not going mad.

So what’s in the wolfberries that makes them so potent and what can they be useful for?

Health Properties of the Ningxia Wolfberry

There are at least 21 essential minerals, 16 different amino acids and significant amounts of Vitamins
B1 (thiamin), B3 (niacin) and C. In fact Wolfberries are the richest known food source for Vitamin B1,
which you need to metabolise carbohydrate and for the proper functioning of your thyroid. It’s also very high in Protein.

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Dorado Azul (Guayofolis officionalis) is another essential oil from Ecuador, that works quite well to provide respiratory support.
Gary Young came across the plant, while he was searching for suitable land to grow plants for essential oil production. It was the aroma given off by the plant that drew Gary’s attention and led to him doing research on it. Until Gary’s discovery the plant had been officially regarded as a weed (It’s also known as Goldenweed).  The indigenous population have been using it for hundreds, possibly thousands of years in the following ways  :
  • Facilitate wound healing
  • Assist people with arthritis and asthma
  • A daily beverage
  • Against Cancer
The tree itself grows very quickly. to a height of around 14 feet and yields up to 8 tons of plant per acre.
The essential oil is high in eucalyptol and includes the following medical properties: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial and respiratory stimulant.