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.

The yearly two-week festival in Ningxia celebrates the wolfberry and its amazing health benefits.

Ancient Chinese medical texts extolled wolfberries for strengthening the eyes, liver, and kidneys as well as fortifying the “qi” (chi) or life force. An early medical work, Shen Nung Ben Tsao (475-221 B.C.), noted wolfberry benefits ranging from replenishing vital essences to strengthening and restoring major organs. The physician’s handbook, Ben Cao Gang Mu, written during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.) reported, “taking in Chinese wolfberry regularly may regulate the flow of vital energy and strengthen the physique, which can lead to longevity.”

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 benefits 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 tonics for health. They were ginseng, ling tzi, and wolfberries.

According to ancient Chinese texts, wolfberries:

  • Nourish the yin
  • Support the blood
  • Help support the kidneys and liver
  • Strengthen the eyes
  • Fortify the muscles and bones
  • Enhance the “chi” or life force

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 benefits. He said that Chinese wolfberries had been used for thousands of years in China to treat a wide variety of ailments. What’s more, Dr. Chao related that the people who consumed them on a regular basis lived remarkably healthy lives for 100-plus years. 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 tonic effects and economic results.” Due to their superior quality, some of the medical 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 immune-stimulating 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 Organic Certification.

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.