NingXia Wolfberry Story
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 national treasure.
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
D. Gary 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 Quantities
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 commercial quantities.
The Goji Girl statue was erected to salute the young women who help harvest the wolfberries.
|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
Ningxia Wolfberries Win Prestigious Awards
The Ningxia 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.