Dried wolfberries. Delicious but also nutritious. Photo from wstefano, Wikimedia Commons

In our last post, I included some testimonials showing how different people had benefited from drinking Ningxia Red. Gary Young, has also incorporated the wolfberry into numerous nutritional supplements and meal replacement formulae.

Ningxia wolfberries are also found in these other nutritional products:

Balance Complete™ Vanilla Cream Meal  Replacement

This is quite yummy. I have it for breakfast in the mornings (alternate it with powermeal – see below). You can make some great shakes with it. We typically add fruit like apples, bananas, strawberries and blueberries (when in season) as well as Ningxia Red juice and some coconut milk. Occasionally I will add an egg to it as well. It keeps me going till about lunch-time. If you find you’re still feeling hungry, add an extra scoop or add an egg. Balance Complete is high in fiber and protein, along with good fats, enzymes, vitamins and minerals.  It’s designed to be a powerful energizer, immune system booster and cleanser.
Along with the high antioxidant benefits from Ningxia wolfberry powder you’re getting these healthy ingredients:
brown rice bran, barley grass, aloe vera, cinnamon powder and a whey protein blend.

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In my last post I mentioned Ningxia Red as the beverage made from the Ningxia wolfberry. This delicious juice contains pureed Ningxia wolfberries (the skin, seeds and pulp), and 4 other high antioxidant fruit juices. It’s sweetened with a low GI nectar from a cactus called “Agave” (pronounced Ah-gar-vay) and contains essential oils that assist the body in assimilating the nutrients from the juice.  The 4 other antioxidant super foods are: blueberries, raspberries, pomegranates and apricots.

  • Blueberries are high in vitamins A, B complex, C and E, copper, selenium, zinc and iron. It’s rich in the antioxidants anthocyanins, flavonoids and carotenoids. Studies have shown anthocyanins to be great for eye health and healthy neurological function. [1]
  • Raspberries are rich in Vitamins B and C, manganese, folate, riboflavin, magnesium, niacin, potassium, copper and ellagic acid. Ellagic acid works against free radicals. Raspberries are a great source of dietary fibre.
  • Pomegranates have higher antioxidant levels than red wine or green tea [2] and research suggests they are beneficial to cardovascular health.
  • Apricots contain Vitamins A,C and E, potassium, iron, beta-carotene and are very high in fibre. They’re also high in antioxidants, specifically lycopene.

The essential oils in Ningxia Red are Lemon and Orange. Gary Young pioneered the use of essential oils in foods and food supplements. Essential oils work to assist the transport of nutrients to the body’s cells. So in the case of Ningxia Red, they work synergistically with the wolfberries and other fruits. Lemon and Orange essential oils are also both very high in the antioxidant d-Limonene, which is known to support immune function and is anti-cancer. Ningxia Red is likely to be one of the most potent antioxidant juices you will find.
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Discovery of the ultimate superfood

I began using Ningxia Red, the beverage which is made up from the Ningxia Wolfberry, some 7 years ago. And I credit it not just with the improvement in my health and eyesight, but that of my family. When Gary Young first began investigating the Ningxia wolfberry in the early 90s there were claims that people in the Ningxia region were living healthy lives of more than 100 years. Further research has shown this berry to be one of the most potent foods known to Man – in fact, of all foods it has the highest antioxidant capacity. This book presents some pretty impressive evidence and information concerning the Ningxia Wolfberry and other foods such as the pomegranate. If you’re interested in not just a long life, but a healthy one, I highly recommend this book.  You can read more about Ningxia Red here.

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Essential Oils for the Skin – Part Two

Ok I promised in my last post on this subject, that I would highlight some skin care products that utilise essential oils, safely and effectively.

So what you have here is a list of products, with brief descriptions and uses, followed by some testimonials of other people who have used them.

1.  A.R.T. (Age Refining Technology) Skin Care System

Consists of a Day Activator, Night Reconstructor and Gentle Foaming Cleanser.  Use the Foaming Cleanser in the morning. Then apply the Day Activator for your day time skincare. Use the Gentle Foaming Cleanser again in the evening, prior to bedtime, and immediately apply the Night Reconstructor.  This will help hydrate your skin while you sleep. The enzymes in both the Day Activator and Night Reconstructor help activate the body’s natural ability to revitalise its DNA.

Both the Day Activator and Night Reconstructor  include wolfberry seed oil, German Chamomile, Sandalwood and Frankincense essential oils, plant extracts of  aloe vera, green tea, lecithin, grape seed, mugwort and shea butter. The foaming cleanser includes Sandalwood, Frankincense and Lemon essential oils, along with plant extracts of aloe vera, melissa leaf, gingko leaf, camellia oleifera leaf and lavender.


Sandy Fox 
Mountain Home, AR, United States
2008  A.R.T. Skin Care helped with skin irregularities Read the full testimonial or send a question

 Ysha Oakes   
Gainesville, FL, United States
2005  A.R.T. Skin Care Reversing Skin Spots  Read the full testimonial or send a question 

Debbie Baronian   
Okato, Taranaki, New Zealand
2008,  ART Skincare is amazing!  Read the full testimonial or send a question

2.  Boswellia Wrinkle Cream

This is a collagen builder and if used daily, can help minimize wrinkles. It includes Frankincense, Sandalwood, Myrrh, Geranium and Ylang Ylang essential oils. It also includes MSM, Wolfberry Seed oil, lecithin, and extracts of calendula, chamomile, rosebud, orange blossom, St John’s Wort, Kelp, Gingko Biloba and Grape Seed.


Michelle O   
Wayne, NJ, United States
2005, Young Living Facial   Read the full testimonial or send a question

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Welcome to the world of Essential oils


Over the coming weeks some of the topics we’ll be visiting include:

  • Cheap essential oils – Do they exist?
  • Allergic reactions to essential oils
  • Essential oils for spiritual development
  • Swine flu and other menaces
  • Essential oils for ante-natal and neo-natal
  • Essential oils for the brain

If you’re totally new to essential oils, I urge you to check out the short 4 minute video on my post – Essential Oils – A brief history. On the same post you’ll also find The Missing Link. This is an excellent intro to how and why essential oils work.

What’s my background in essential oils? My journey began in 2003, when I came across a juice made of wolfberries from the NingXia region in China and developed by a man named Gary Young. There were some amazing claims put forward regarding the longevity of people in the NingXia region, attributed to the wolfberries.

Doing my own investigation, I uncovered research showing that the wolfberry had in fact the highest level of antioxidants in any food known to Man. So I bought my first bottle of this juice, now known as NingXia Red. And I’ve been using it ever since.

Furthermore, I came  to learn that Gary Young was something of an authority in the world of Essential oils, devising his own means to safely and effectively distill essential oils. His company Young Living produce and sell not only the Ningxia red juice, but a multitude of essential oils, oil blends, and essential oil products (food supplements, personal and beauty care and cleaning).

I began experimenting with and using Young Living’s essential oils and I haven’t looked back.  If I had a tummy ache, I would apply peppermint oil and in less than a minute start to feel better. With headaches I could apply either peppermint oil or lavender and do away with headache tablets for good. Oil blends such as Abundance and Joy would lift my spirits, as well as make a healthy alternative to after shaves.  And my health and wellbeing have improved immeasurably. Flu’s and colds that would sometimes last weeks are a thing of the past.