Ningxia Wolfberries
Ningxia wolfberry – Lycium barbarum – grown & harvested organically in the province of Ningxia.  More specifically, it comes from Ningji Yi Hao County where the best berries are documented to grow.  No fertilizers or pesticides have been used, nor sulfur, no dyes nor irradi-ation. There are no heavy metals (lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium) in Ningxia wolfberries.

The Yellow River flood plain, where the Ningxia wolfberry crop is concentrated, derives its water from the Himalayan Mountains.  As the water flows through the mountain snowpack and lower Himalayan foothills, it becomes charged with an unprecedented assortment of minerals and organic nutrients.  By the time it reaches the Ningxia province, it is mineral-rich, super fertile silt water, the likes of which is found nowhere else on earth.

EXCERPT FROM Hugo Rodier, M.D (Just The FAQS)
(This is a great little booklet available through Sound Concepts) 
 
“Today, Ningxia Wolfberry is regarded as an important Chinese medicinal plant by the Institute of Genetics at the Academia Sinica in Beijing.  Olympic coaches consider the Wolfberry their “secret weapon.”
 
While wolfberry can grow anywhere, it is important to understand that the research conducted on Wolfberry has used Lycium barbarum, which originated in Ningxia, not Tibet.  In fact, Wolfberry dates back to 25-220 AD.  There are legends about it dating back 5,000 years.  The great healer Shen Nung included Wolfberry in the world’s first pharmacopoeia printed about 475 BC.  A physician’s handbook, Ben Zao Gen Mo, from the Ming dynasty also documents the use of Wolfberry.”

Ningxia wolfberries contain ellagic acid and polyphenols in the highest of any food tested. The anti-cancer & detoxifying properties of ellagic acid are well researched. In 1998, Korean researchers discovered special compounds, pyrroles and cerobrosides, in wolfberries that afford powerful protection for the liver, against chemical-induced and hepatic damage.  

Ningxia Wolfberry and Intestinal Flora                               
the high polysaccharide and fiber content promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal system.  Beneficial bacteria may block cancer by producing fatty acids in the colon, which acidify the terrain.  This reduced pH in the colon is strongly associated with lower cancer risk.  (Am. Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1984)
 
Research On The Ningxia Wolfberry
In the mid-1980’s, biochemists at the Ningxia Institute of Nutrition analyzed the Ningxia Wolfberry and they found that it was a virtual capsule in the form of a fruit.  Over 15% protein by weight (more protein than bee pollen), the wolfberry contains 21 essential minerals, 18 amino acids, and substantial amounts of chromium.
 
An independent lab in the US also confirmed that Ningxia wolfberries contain:
·         67 times the thiamin (vitamin B1) of brown rice.  Thiamin is essential for proper energy production, carbohydrate metabolism, and thyroid function.
·         2 times the niacin (vitamin B3) of baker’s yeast
·         3 times the vitamin C of raw oranges
·         5 times the calcium of cauliflower
·         2 times the beta carotene of raw spinach
 
Minerals must be properly balanced when consumed.  An excess of one mineral may cause a deficiency of another.  Zinc consumed in excess of 300mg per day, for example, not only suppresses immunity but also contributes to copper depletion and anemia.  (Am. Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1997)
 
Both the mineral profile and the mineral balance of the Ningxia wolfberry are without equal in the plant kingdom.    They are rich in magnesium and potassium. Potassium is the single most important mineral to human health and longevity.
 
Ningxia Wolfberries contain more arginine than any other food.  L-arginine has been shown to reduce blood pressure stimulating growth hormones, and improving circulation to combat diabetes and to boost immunity.
 
Ningxia Wolfberries are rich in soluble fiber.  Numerous studies have linked a high intake of soluble fiber with:  lowered blood pressure, lowered risk of heart disease; better control of blood sugar levels and lowered risk of cancer. (Journal of American College of Nutrition, 1998.)
 
Ningxia wolfberries are the highest known source of zeaxanthin and lutein, which have been shown to protect against skin cancer and protect the eyes against such disease as macular degeneration.