Called "Goji" by Native Chinese, Wolfberries Have Been Used in
Traditional Folk Medicine for Over 5,000 Years The wolfberry legends found in
ancient Chinese medicine reach back over 5,000 years.
Wolfberries Are a Chinese National Treasure
The good health
and vitality of the Ningxia elderly has long been attributed to
wolfberries. To the people of the province, a bowl of fresh wolfberries a
day is part of life. Its health supporting properties have been extolled for
generations. In fact even today, the Ningxia wolfberry is considered a
In ancient times, the Chinese people were said to have three cherished
foods for supporting health. They were ginseng, ling tzi, and wolfberries.
D. Gary Young Re-Discovers Ancient Longevity Secret
Young has made it his life's mission to search the world for the secrets
of long life, health, energy, and vitality. In 1993, Gary Young was
introduced by Cyrus McKell, a professor of Botany at Weber State
University, to a Chinese scientist who was visiting the United States.
This Chinese scientist, Dr. Songqiao Chao, told Gary about a simple,
delicious-tasting berry with amazing health supporting benefits. He said that Chinese
wolfberries had been used for thousands of years in China. What's more, Dr. Chao related that the people who
consumed them on a regular basis lived remarkably healthy lives. This information led Gary on an inspiring odyssey to the
Ningxia region of China located on the Inner Mongolian plateau. In Ningxia,
Gary investigated the tiny red fruit known as the Ningxia wolfberry. He
agreed that this small berry was the remarkable source of the vibrant
health and long lives of the Chinese people of the region.
Gary Young First to Import Wolfberries into US in Commercial
Gary Young - through Young Living Essential Oils - was the
first to import Ningxia wolfberries into the United States on a commercial
basis. Dr. Chao's daughter, Sue Chao, assisted Gary Young in bringing the
Ningxia wolfberry to the United States. In 1996, when Gary Young first
attempted to import large quantities of the Ningxia wolfberry powder, it
was quarantined by U.S. Customs as an unknown "peculiar" substance.
Customs agents said that it had never before been imported to the U. S. in
The Hometown of the Wolfberry
The Xinhaua News Agency
reported that the Ningxia variety of Lycium barbarum "is far
superior to ordinary Chinese wolfberry in both health supporting effects and
economic results." Due to their superior quality, some of the
studies done on wolfberry have specified the use of the
Ningxia wolfberries. As with other plants, the Chinese wolfberry has
a number of species or varieties. Of the 80 different species of
wolfberries worldwide, the Lycium barbarum from Ningxia has by far
the highest levels of polysaccharides.
Ningxia's Perfect Geography for Wolfberries
The Huang He
(Yellow) River originates in the Himalayan Mountains and flows
through the Ningxia Province. This river creates a unique,
mineral-rich, super fertile silt-water flood plain found nowhere
else on earth, producing incomparable wolfberries. The beautiful
Ningxia region is called "China's herbal medicine valley" and is
renowned for meeting all of the stringent rules to be awarded the
prestigious "Green Certificate", the equivalent of the USDA's
Ningxia Wolfberries Win Prestigious Awards
Wolfberry Group takes great pride in the nine national and international
gold prizes won by its famous wolfberry. The Ningxia wolfberry has won
three gold prizes in the China Agricultural Fair and a gold prize in the
Malaysia International Food Fair.