Ningxia Red is an organic whole foods nutritional drink from Y. Living. The foundation of Ningxia Red is the Ningxia Wolfberry (Lycium barbarum L.), a fruit grown in the Ningxia Provence of China. This superfruit grown in a very fertile area in the base of the Himalyan mountains. The Ningxia Wolfberry is so valuable that the Chinese hold a 2 week festival to honor this super nutritious food. The wolfberries grown in this region are packed with nutrients including more vitamin C than kiwi, more vitamin A than raw carrots, and more protein than raw walnuts! It is packed with amino acids, minerals and is the richest known whole food source of natural vitamin B1 or Thiamine. The Ningxia wolfberry is even included in some Chinese Pharmacopoeias and is still used to support healthy liver, kidney, blood sugar and vision. The Ningxia Wolfberry has been used by Chinese athletes to enhance their performance.
The Ningxia region is called “China’s herbal medicine valley” and wolfberries originating from the local farms are accompanied by a “Green Certificate” equivalent to the USDA’s organic certification. The Ningxia wolfberry is superior to fruits grown in surrounding areas that typically have levels of lead and other heavy metals commonly found in industrialized areas. Only three of the 10 existing species of Lycium are listed in “World Economic Plants”, the leading resource for herbs and plants in world commerce: Lycium barbarum L. , Lycium chinese Miller & Lycium ferocissimum. YL has been importing the Ningxia Wolfberry (Lycium barbarum L.) from the Ningxia Provence since 1996. The Ningxia Wolfberry is the foundation of YL’s Ningxia Red , an organic whole foods nutritional drink. Goji berries grow all over the world, with varying nutrient content, Tibetan goji berries have a similar nutritional profile to the Ningxia wolf berries.
I like to eat the Ningxia wolfberries as an energy packed snack. I also use it on salads, Wolfberry coleslaw and baked goods or in other places you would use dried fruits like cranberries in these Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Scones. Because the Ningxia wolfberries are 15% protein by weight and packed with minerals and nutrients they offer balanced nutrition. YL uses the Ningxia wolfberry in many of their nutritional products like their snack bars and many of their vitamins and supplements to enhance nutritional absorption. Ningxia wolfberries would make a great addition to trail mix with soaked nuts and other dried fruits. They’re portable and also make an excellent snack for plane, train or car travel. Would you like to learn more about essential oils and SuperFoods like the Wolfberry? Head over to the Pure Home and Body Facebook Page and hit LIKE to get quick tips and super useful information!