Today, I want to talk to you about a daily routine that I integrated in my life a year ago and I can truly see and feel the many benefits that I get from that delicious juice.
When I became a Young Living member, I got 2 sachets (60ml) of Ningxia red juice with my Premium Starter kit. I drank them, thought they were very good, but also thought they were expensive for a juice and never really thought about them again… until 1 year ago.
Last year, I started to be more curious about the antioxidant properties of the ingredients involves in the making of Ningxia red and wanted to know more. I started to read about each fruits, I wanted to know what was the deal about Ningxia red. I spoke to many people who have been using Ningxia for many years and everybody were urging me to consider integrating it into my life. So I did a 30 days challenge a year ago and never stopped using my Ninja juice ever since. Actually, I need my daily dose now and my husband too apparently. lol! It’s my go to drink when I need a pick me up in the afternoon. It kicks you right back in the game.
I wrote this article today because I want to share with you the many information that I found regarding the Ningxia red juice. I hope to help you understand why this juice is a staple in our house and perhaps it could become one in yours too.
As Hippocrates said: ”Let food be thy medicine.” Well lets just say that I really want Ningxia red to be my medicine.
What is Ningxia red?
Pronounce (Neen-shah Red), but I call it my Ninja juice, it was formulated by Gary Young in order to offer a super power juice that would help you stay healthy and maintain your health.
This is not a normal juice. In fact, Ningxia is made of wolfberry puree which allow to keep all the beneficial fibers and have very low impact on the glycemix index. Also, the Puree retains more of the health-supporting benefits during bottling.
His decision to use Wolfberry from the area of Ningxia was based on his encounter with Dr. Songqiao Chao who told him about the many health benefit that were attributed to the Goji berry. Some legends report that goji berries were eaten by monks in the Himalayan Mountains thousands of years ago and steeped in hot water to help aid meditation and obtain greater health, vitality, longevity, energy and stamina.
Ningxia red is made of balance ingredient for whole body health and wellness. It’s a macro nutrients supplements that provides energy support. It contains powerful ingredients that are involved in antioxidant processes, help to prevent oxidative stress and help support normal eye health. It’s that good that everyone should be on it. Men, Women, Kids, Pregnant, Nursing even your Pets, …
It contains all essential amino acids. It is one of the most proteins dense fruits, it has a very high protein content (13 to 16%).
Ningxia red contains a lots of fibers, because it is made of purée and not juice.
The recommended daily intake of fiber per day
according to health Canada is between 21 to 25 grams per day for women and 30 to 38 grams per day for men.
Children between ages 1 and 18 should eat 14 to 31 grams of fiber per day.
Highest potassium source of any food out there.
Potassium is a mineral and electrolyte that plays a significant role in metabolism, water, and chemical balance in the body. It is needed in muscle contractions, nerve impulses and regulation of heartbeat. It counteracts the effect of sodium and help with stabilizing blood sugar levels and blood pressure. It regularize body pH and maintains optimal fluid balance.
Ningxia red also contains great levels Zinc. Zinc is a co-factor that is involve in hundreds of different reaction in your body. It is needed for the body’s defensive (immune) system to properly work. It plays a role in cell division, cell growth, wound healing, and the breakdown of carbohydrates.
The advantage is has to be a juice/liquid is that you absorb it faster, because the body doesn’t have to break it down. It’s basically pre-digested, and it’s easier on your gut. The delivery system is quicker, you can use the nutrients that are in there faster. It’s a very concentrated food in the form of a drink… I find it especially useful when my kids are sick and they don’t want to eat anything. I can give them 1 oz of Ningxia red, diluted with water. It gives them energy, nutrients, hydration, vit C.
1 oz of Ningxia red is equivalent to
- 59 heads of broccoli
- or 100 Oranges or
- or 22,814 almonds
- or 73 Strawberries
- or 130 tomatoes
- or 93 green apples
- or 814 blueberries
- or 34 red onions
Which one will you choose?
The optimal doses recommended is up to 4 ounces a day to have the most beneficial effect. I like to take 2 oz in the morning and 2 oz in the afternoon.
2 oz of Ningxia red contain 4g of sugar. It’s OK for diabetics to drink this juice/puree. Ningxia red studies show no important rise in blood sugar.
4 oz of juice cost: $7.20 and it delivers you most of the nutrients your body need to function properly. How much would it cost you for 100 oranges? Don’t over think this and invest in your health.
If you combine Ningxia red and master formula, you get all the nutrients that you need to maintain your health.
Say no toxic chemicals…
It’s as important what Ningxia red has in it, has what it doesn’t not have in it. It doesn’t contain artificial flavours, dye, synthetic preservative, no added sugars, no caramel, no GMO.
Ningxia red contains some Sodium benzoate. There is 00025% of sodium benzoate in Ningxia red. Sodium benzoate is a naturally occuring perservatives in fruits, vegetable, spices and herbs. You can naturally find it in cranberry, prunes, cinnamon, clove, apple.
You can also find it in the synthetic form. According to the FDA, sodium benzoate has been determined safe (GRAS) for use in foods in amounts of up to 0.1 percent by weight.
Ningxia Red is not pasteurized and is Kosher and Halal
What are the ingredients in the Ningxia red?
Ningxia Wolfberry whole fruit puree – ORAC Value: 3290 μ mol TE/100g.
Wolfberry are similar to the the Goji berry, they come from the same family ( Lycium barbarum), but they grow in different area of China. They are rich in immune-stimulating polysaccharides, ellagic acid, cerebrosides and other phyto chemicals.
This superfruit has one of the highest percentages of fiber of any whole food and contains zeaxanthin—a carotenoid important to maintaining healthy vision.
The Ningxia berries that are used to produce the Ningxia red are sourced from a YL partner farm in China, they are certified as organic.
They also source the water above area of dense population to avoid polluant and get better quality water to create the Ningxia red juice.
Blueberry juice concentrate – ORAC Value: 4669 μ mol TE/100g.
It helps reduces oxidized cholesterol by 40% and support a healthy immune system.
Blueberries are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese and potassium.
It’s the polyphenols anthocyanins that gives blueberries their color.
Pomegranate juice concentrate – ORAC Value: 4479 μ mol TE/100g.
It is 3 to 4 times higher in antioxidant then blueberry and has 3 times the antioxidants activity of green tea and red wine.
Study says that pomegranate supports a healthy cardiovascular system and help fights heart disease.
Pomegranate juice contains more than 100 phytochemicals.
Pomegranate juice can reduce inflammation in the gut and improve digestion. It may be beneficial for people with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other inflammatory bowel diseases.
A recent study suggest that it may help prevent certain type of cancer and stop the progression of other.
Aronia juice concentrate – ORAC Value: 16062 μ mol TE/100g.
Aronia or Chokeberry is traditionally known to support a healthy inflammatory response.
High levels of ellagic acid and cyanidin-3-glucoside, rich source of phenolic anthocyanins, vitamins, trace minerals and antioxidants.
Aronia helps with weight lost
Cherry juice concentrate – ORAC Value: 2370 μ mol TE/100g.
Cherry juice was added for its preferred sweet flavor and potential support for already healthy joints and muscles. Also of course because it is rich in antioxidants.
Research shows that the antioxidants in tart cherry juice can reduce pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis
According to a small 2010 study. The results suggest that tart cherry juice has similar effects as insomnia medications like valerian or melatonin on older adults.
Plum juice concentrate – ORAC Value: 6100 μ mol TE/100g.
Plums are high in antioxidants and has a high level of Vitamin C and is a great source of iron
Grape seed extract (GSE): Orac: 108130 μ mol TE/100g.
The addition of patented grape seed extract (GSE) increased S-ORAC levels by 50 percent and improved the polyphenolic content.
Grapes contain flavonoids that are very powerful antioxidants and resveratrol which has been shown to increase expression of three genes all related to longevity.
Pure vanila extract:
The vanillin found in vanilla extract may have cholesterol-lowering benefits, according to a study published in 2013 in the “Indian Journal of Experimental Biology.”
100% Pure , YLTG essential oils (Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, Yuzu EO)/ Young Living + essential oils (dietary eo)
Orac: 600 μ mol TE/100g.
Contains esters and aldehydes that are calming. Rich in d-limonene it helps to maintain a healthy lifestyle regimen.
Orac: 1890 μ mol TE/100g.
Also has calming effects and may be used for feelings of peace.
D-limonene is a compound sourced from citrus-fruit peels. Sold in dietary supplement form, d-limonene is said to offer a variety of health benefits. According to the WebMd, limonene is used to promote weight loss, prevent cancer, treat cancer, and treat bronchitis. In order to be compliant, I won’t be talking about the many benefit that D-limonene provides, but I highly invite you to make your research and read the many studies available on pub med and on internet on that subject.
The highest amount of Zeaxanthin is found in Ningxia berry.
Lutein is necessary for peripheral vision, Zeaxanthin is crucial for direct vision.
Zeaxanthin is the most important nutrient for vision health and to help prevent macular degeneration. You can find it in red pepper, raw egg yolk and in tiny amount in spinach.
According to the USDA, Turfs University study; Zeaxanthin is able to cross the blood brain barrier and reverse the cognitive decline.
SO ACCORDING TO ALL THESE INFORMATIONS, I GUESS IT’S OK TO SAY THAT NINGXIA RED BENEFITS ARE*:
MAY IMPROVE LONGEVITY
MAY IMPROVE EYES HEALTH
MAY SUPPORT BRAIN HEALTH
MAY PROMOTE HEALTHY SKIN
MAY IMPROVE BLOOD CIRCULATION
ACT AS AN ANTIOXIDANT
HIGH IN D-LIMONENE
MAY IMPROVE LIVER DETOXIFICATION
MAY ASSIST IN DNA PROTECTION
MAY SUPPORT GASTRIC PROTECTION (AGAINST ULCER)
EXCELLENT FOR ENERGY AND MOOD
MAY HELP WITH WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
MAY HELP STABILIZE BLOOD SUGAR
*THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION.
THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.
Juice doesn’t always have to be Green to be healthy.
Why should we take Antioxidant?
Before we talk about antioxidant, I want to explain to you why we need antioxidant in our diet.
Have you ever heard of free radicals? Free radicals are the by product from normal body activity. Each cells in your body creates free radicals every single day, every single seconds. It’s a normal result of your cell functioning process.
You have: 37.2 trillions cells in your body and they all created free radicals. 37 200 000 000 000 cells
That’s a whole lot of free radicals and they must exit your body otherwise they cause damage and premature aging for your cells. Imagine the free radicals as your car exhaust fumes. They must get out of the car otherwise it will become toxic. How do you get rid of free radicals? With the help of antioxidant.
Antioxidant bind to free radicals and carry them out of your body. You want to get enough antioxidant all the time and in order to do that, you must have them in your diet. They help boost the immune system and protect the body from high levels of inflammation since they fight free radical damage.
Here’s a fun recipe that your kids will love
Ningxia Red Ice Pops
- ½ cup of water
- 1 cup of Ningxia red
- 2 drops of Orange +
- 2 Drops of Lime +
You can also substitute water for Orange juice.
Ningxia red for our Pet? Yes why not
I personally give some Ningxia red to my very old cat Chanel (19 yrs old) and my old brown lab Diva (14 years old) I usually add a few drops in their food (with a little bit of sulfurzyme). I really saw an improvement with their hips. They both walk and climb the stairs much better and I have the feeling that they have less pain.
For Cats: ½ teaspoon max spread out throughout the day.
For Dogs: ½ to 1 ounce (large dogs) per day.
For Horses: 1 ounce to 3 ounces per day
Remember amounts depend on the health of animal. Chronic conditions will lend itself to more NingXia!
Note about animals: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats especially if the quality of the oil is not pure. Citrus products and oils in particular when not therapeutic grade. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet or giving an essential oil supplement to your pet.
I hope you found this article interesting.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I like to have feedback from my readers.
Have a great day
Isabelle – Votre Amie Essentielle