What is the fuss about Ningxia Red? It is a drink filled with the most powerful antioxidant in the world, Chinese wolfberries. One ounce of this drink has the same antioxidants of 100 oranges!! What are antioxidants and why do we need them? Basically think of it as anti aging, energy boosting superfood. Our body makes antioxidants, but less and less the older we get, and we need to replace those with food. These things are way better than any sugar, chemical filled energy drink on the market. If you have purchased a Premium Starter kit, under your oils you should have gotten two packets of Ningxia Red. Throw them in the fridge, they taste better cold I think. If you want to get really sciency read below all about antioxidants and their anti aging properties. I have incredible life-changing testimonies from people that have taken this on a regular basis.
I hear about antioxidants all the time, but never really understood why we need them. Well, have no fear I’ve found some great information for us. It’s about to get sciency in here (pretty sure that is not a word). This one is long, but worth the read. Think age-defying, natural energy, improved mood, memory!! Oh and an easy shortcut for getting antioxidants into your body with Ningxia wolfberries!
Antioxidants are a type of molecule that inhibits the oxidation of another molecule. Antioxidants are made by your body and also by what you eat. They basically fight free radicals in your body. As we age our body produces less and less antioxidants and these free radicals run more rampant and cause aging. Sounds like antioxidants are the fountain of youth 😉! We also need more and more antioxidants to fight all the new toxins we are being introduced to.
‘Free radicals are a type of a highly reactive metabolite that is naturally produced by your body as a result of normal metabolism and energy production. They are your natural biological response to environmental toxins like cigarette smoke, sunlight, chemicals, cosmic and manmade radiation, and are even a key feature of pharmaceutical drugs.
Your body also produces free radicals when you exercise and when you have inflammation anywhere in your body.
Free radical molecules are missing one or more electrons, and this missing electron is responsible for biological oxidation. The incomplete molecules aggressively attack other molecules in order to replace their missing parts. These reactions are called “oxidation” reactions. Oxidation is called “biological rusting,” an effect caused by too much oxygen in your tissues.
Free radicals steal electrons from the proteins in your body, which badly damages your DNA and other cell structures. They can create a “snowballing effect” – as molecules steal from one another, each one becomes a new free radical, leaving a trail of biological carnage. Free radicals tend to collect in cell membranes (lipid peroxidation), which makes the cell lipids prone to oxidative damage. When this happens, the cell membrane becomes brittle and leaky, causing the cell to eventually fall apart and die.
Free radicals can severely affect your DNA by disrupting the duplication of DNA, interfering with DNA maintenance and breaking open or altering its structure by reacting with the DNA bases. Free radicals are linked to over 60 different diseases, including: Cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Cataracts
If your body does not get adequate protection, free radicals can become rampant, causing your cells to perform poorly. This can lead to tissue degradation and put you at risk of diseases.
This is where antioxidants come in.
Antioxidants are electron donors. They can break the free radical chain reaction by sacrificing their own electrons to feed free radicals, but without turning into free radicals themselves.
Antioxidants are nature’s way of providing your cells with adequate defense against attack by reactive oxygen species (ROS). As long as you have these important micronutrients, your body will be able to resist aging caused by your everyday exposure to pollutants. If you don’t have an adequate supply of antioxidants to help squelch free radicals, then you can be at risk of oxidative stress, which leads to accelerated tissue and organ damage.
Numerous studies have confirmed the benefits of antioxidants and the role they play in maintaining good health and reducing your risk of heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cancer eye problems, memory problems, mood disorders, and immune system issues.
Antioxidants also help slow down the aging process, which can have immense effects on your skin health.
Other important benefits of antioxidants include:
Repairing damaged molecules – Some unique types of antioxidants can repair damaged molecules by donating a hydrogen atom. This is very important when the molecule is a critical one, like your DNA.
Blocking metal radical production – Some antioxidants have a chelating effect – they can grab toxic metals like mercury and arsenic, which can cause free radical formation, and “hug” them so strongly to prevent any chemical reaction from taking place. Water-soluble chelating agents can also escort toxic metals out of your body through your urine.
Stimulating gene expression and endogenous antioxidant production – Some antioxidants can stimulate your body’s genes and increase your natural defenses.
Providing a “shield effect” – Antioxidants, such as flavonoids, can act as a virtual shield by attaching to your DNA to protect it from free radicals attacks.
Promoting cancer cells to “commit suicide” – Some antioxidants can provide anti-cancer chemicals that halt cancer growth and force some cancer cells to self-destruct (apoptosis).
Increasing one’s antioxidant intake is essential for optimum health, especially in today’s polluted world. Because the body just can’t keep up with antioxidant production, a good amount of these vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and enzymes must come from one’s daily diet. Boosting your antioxidant intake can help provide added protection for the body against:
Energy loss can also be traced to free radicals. These are the “bad guys” that damage cells and DNA. Free radicals are actually oxygen molecules that can be produced by the body, but there are also external sources such as air pollution, pesticides, food additives and cigarette smoke. As we get older these toxic oxidants build up in the body. If left unchecked free radicals will create a “perfect storm” within our bodies that accelerates the aging process and leads to a steep decline in energy levels.”
Ok, so how do we add antioxidants to the body?! Well as usual..by eating fruits and vegetables. Sound familiar? If you have been around Young Living for even a bit, I am sure you have heard of Ningxia. Let me tell you after reading this I have a new found respect for this little powerhouse of a drink that YL has. It has often been marketed as an energy drink, but I didn’t really understand how, because pretty much every energy drink on the market contains caffeine, and this one does not. Ningxia is an all natural drink made with wolfberries, as well as plum, aronia, cherry, blueberry, and pomegranate juices and extracts. Well, these Ningxia wolfberries are the highest sources of antioxidants you can find in the world. So, just one or two ounces a day will give you a huge boost in antioxidants. This will cause your body to give a natural energy by attacking free radicals in the body that are sucking your energy…you can also benefit with healthy skin, improved memory, healthy immune system, better eye health, heart health…you get my drift. It comes in a liquid form, not a synthetic powder. I like knowing it is real food. I put it in the kids’ smoothies, take it by itself, you can make popsicles with it, and I even made a sparkling drink the other day with it. 1 oz is equivalent to eating 22 carrots or 814 blueberries or 10 lbs of spinach! That’s crazy!