Amazing Antioxidant Power of Wolfberries and Essential Oils
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by David Stewart, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education
The secret to long, disease-free life may be to eat lots of fresh berries. Here is why. The aging process is now largely understood to be the action of free oxygen radicals that arise in our bodies through normal metabolism and cell function as well as from external environmental sources. Most free radicals contain electrically unbalanced oxygen atoms.
Free radicals can be thought of as partial molecules frantically looking for their missing parts. This makes them hungry and aggressive, ready to grab a chunk from whatever tissue is available (namely a piece of our bodies). Hence, they can cause disease by disrupting normal function at a cellular level. As long as our bodies can keep these radicals in check by dissipating them harmlessly, we stay youthful and healthy.
When we suffer an immune deficiency or experience excess stress from environmental factors such as ambient radiation, impurities in our air or water, toxins in our foods, etc., free radicals can be formed in our bodies at a rate faster than we can handle. These radicals aggressively attack our own tissues causing unhealthy mutations and irreversible damage. The consequences of this include accelerated aging, cancer, and a host of other maladies.
There are foods and substances that absorb free radicals (containing antioxidants) and the more you partake of these, the more youthful and disease-free you will remain. Scientists at Tufts University have developed a scale for the U.S. Department of Agriculture called the ORAC test. (ORAC = Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) The higher the ORAC score, the more capable that particular food is of destroying free radicals, thus retarding the ageing process and preventing cancers and other diseases.
One of the most revolutionary products released by Young Living Essential Oils was NingXia Red Juice. The scientists at Tufts University have determined that NingXia Red Juice has the highest ORAC score of any food on the market and guess what: It is available only to Young Living Members.
The top natural antioxidant foods as determined by Tufts University so far are as follows:
FOOD ORAC SCORE*
Chinese Wolfberries 25,300
* based on a 3.5 oz. sample (100 ml)
Cherries, Cranberries, Apricots, Elderberries, Pomegranates and Huckleberries also score very high, but no fruit or vegetable even comes close to wolfberries.
Wolfberry (Lyceum barbarum) is the food that keeps the people of Ningxia Province, China, living to ages of 120-150 and more. They live that long simply because they never get sick. And they never get sick because their isolated existence in the high desert is pollution free and they eat only organic, natural foods high in antioxidants every day, including wolfberries.
Where can you get wolfberries?
There is only one place outside of China where wolfberries are grown and that is on the Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO) Farm where more than 100,000 bushes are under cultivation.
Besides NingXia Red Juice, Young Living has a variety of products containing wolfberries. Editor’s Note: To find the latest offering of products containing wolfberries, goto the product catalog, click on the search button and search for the term “berry”.
NingXia Red Juice is a concentrate of the highest scoring antioxidant foods in the world. Containing 80% wolfberry juice, it also contains blueberry, pomegranate, apricot and raspberry juices. And it¹s delicious.
The power of two tablespoons of NingXia Red Juice daily is shown in the following table:
TWO TABLESPOONS OF NINGXIA RED JUICE
Have the Antioxidant Power of . . .
4 pounds of carrots
2 quarts of carrot juice
1 pint of orange juice
2 pounds of beets
2 cups of beet juice
3 cups of raspberries
2 cups of blueberries
NingXia Red Juice may seem expensive since the wholesale price for two tablespoons is about a dollar. However, compare with the equivalents above and you will see that for the same antioxidant benefit, NingXia Red Juice is actually less expensive than any of the alternatives above.
ESSENTIAL OILS HAVE THE HIGHEST ORAC SCORES
Essential oils have the highest ORAC scores of any known substance. According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 2nd Ed., they are as follows:
|ESSENTIAL OIL BOTANICAL NAME||ORAC SCORE|
|Sandalwood (Santalum album)||1,655|
|Roman Camomile (Camaemelum nobile)||2,446|
|Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma)||2,517|
|Rosemary (Rosmarianus officianalis)||3,309|
|Lavender (Lavendula augustifolia)||3,669|
|Spearmint (Mentha spicata)||5,398|
|Helichrysm (Helichrysm italicum)||17,420|
|Lemongrass (Cymbopogen flexuosus)||17,765|
|Orange (Citrus aurantium)||18,898|
|Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)||24,157|
|Rose of Sharon (Cistus ladanifer)||38,648|
|Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamamum verum)||103,448|
|Mountain Savory (Satureja montana)||113,071|
|Oregano (Origanum compactum)||153,007|
|Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)||159,590|
|Clove (Syzigium aromaticum)||10,786,875|
Compare these numbers with the berries and you can see how potent essential oils really are. The last six oils on this chart are even more powerful than wolfberries. Clove is the champion of all with an ORAC score over 10 million!! That means a drop of Clove contains 400 times more antioxidant per unit volume than wolfberries, the most powerful of all known fruits.
A 15 ml bottle of Clove Oil (Code #3524) has the antioxidant capacity of 150 lbs of carrots, 40 quarts of blueberries or 16 gallons of beet juice.
TWO DROPS OF ESSENTIAL OIL OF CLOVE
Have the Antioxidant Power of . . .
2.5 tablespoons of NingXia Red Juice
5 pounds of carrots
2.5 quarts of carrot juice
20 ounces of orange juice
2.5 pounds of beets
1 pint of beet juice
4 cups of raspberries
2.5 cups of blueberries
This means a drop of clove in your drinking water or a drop of any edible essential oil in anything you eat, is good for long, healthy living and you don¹t have to eat a dozen oranges or drink a quart of beet juice every day to do it. A couple of spoonfuls of NingXia Red Juice will do it, too.
The bottom line is this: Young Living essential oils and YLEO products are good for you! To learn more about them, contact a friend that is a Young Living Distributor, and/or go to the Young Living website