What are antioxidants?

What are antioxidants?
I remember first hearing about goji berries a few years back. They were being touted for their health benefits, and that's about all I recall. But I had no idea WHY they were called such a superfood, and I definitely did not know that it truly matters WHERE they are grown.

Over the years, I've done more research and learned so much about goji berries. And it's true that they have INCREDIBLE health benefits. From all I've been able to find, they are actually the highest source of antioxidants found in food today!

If you don't know what antioxidants are, sit tight for one second. Here's a super quick science lesson...
Free radicals are unstable atoms within the body that are missing an electron in their outer shell. Because of that, they are looking for something to grab onto to fill that electron need, and therefore they react quickly with other substances.

While the process of free radicals forming is normal, we also accelerate the process by our lifestyle - smoking, drinking alcohol, eating processed/fried foods, and being exposed to environmental toxins (which are largely unavoidable in today's society).

Additionally, as the body ages, it loses its ability to fight the effects of free radicals. Once formed, free radicals can start a chain of damaging chemical reactions. The result is more free radicals, more oxidative stress, and more damage to cells, which leads to degenerative processes, as well as "normal" aging.

Various studies and theories have connected oxidative stress due to free radicals to:

*central nervous system diseases, such as Alzheimer's and other dementias

*cardiovascular disease due to clogged arteries

*autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and cancer

*cataracts and age-related vision decline

*age-related changes in appearance, such as loss of skin elasticity, wrinkles, graying hair, hair loss, and changes in hair texture

*diabetes

*genetic degenerative diseases, such as Huntington's disease or Parkinson's

So free radicals can obviously do some pretty intense damage to the body.

BUT....
Here is where antioxidants enter the scene!! They are here to save the day, and help your body naturally fight the process of damage caused by free radicals.

Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged.

They are basically superheroes within your body!

While there ARE artificial supplements created to give antioxidant value to the body, it is widely known that food is the absolute best source, and THAT is exactly why we're talking about goji berries!

*Science lesson complete*

We choose to purchase our goji berries and products made from those berries from Young Living, because their goji berries have been shown to have 3x the antioxidant value of all other goji berries.

Why are they so much higher on the antioxidant scale?

Well, like realty...it's all about...LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION.

Young Living's goji berries (sometimes called wolfberries)  come from a province in China called the Ningxia province. It sits right at the bottom of the Yellow River, which is known for its extremely high mineral content because it collects all those minerals as it runs down the mountains.

There are a handful of food and drink products available from Young Living that are made with these Ningxia wolfberries, and you can easily get yours by adding them to your next Essential Rewards order!

Organic Dried Wolfberries
Ningxia Berry Syrup
Wolfberry Crisp Bars
Ningxia Red
Ningxia Nitro
Ningxia Zyng

Search for these in your Virtual Office and try them all!

Curious about this, but not yet a Young Living member? You can actually get started with a Ningxia Premium Starter Kit!

It comes with a 60-day supply of Ningxia Red (a delicious puree drink made primarily with Ningxia wolfberries) and a box of 14 Ningxia Nitros! (I like to call the Nitro our "natural 5-hour energy drink" because it provides sustained, even energy levels for close to 5 hours...and without the caffeine jolt!)

The starter kit also comes with a bottle of Stress Away essential oil, a member favorite (that I think smells like a tropical vacation) that is sure to be a favorite in your home.

You can grab yours RIGHT HERE if you're ready to get started! 

Plus, as soon as you grab your kit, you'll ALSO have access to all our online team resources, education, classes AND a 24% discount on all other products you ever purchase from Young Living! It's like a win-win-win-win-win-etc.!

If you'd like to do more research on what makes the Young Living Ningxia berries unique, you can hop on over to NingxiaRed.com and read about the history and the products. We can't wait to hear your Ningxia success story!

Standards Far Beyond the Standard

Standards Far Beyond the Standard
This week we are headed to the 2018 Young Living International Grand Convention. While we are there, we will be visiting our Mona, Utah farm.

Melissa  | Mona, UT
I've been to this particular farm three times already, and it is truly the most peaceful place I have ever been.

One of the things that REALLY sets Young Living apart is our farms. We own about a dozen farms right now and we partner very closely with several more to bring the world the absolutely purest, highest quality of essential oils.

Young Living farm | Mona, UT

Young Livings offers full transparency by allowing anyone - Young Living member or not - to visit any of our farms.

This is INCREDIBLE and completely unheard of for a company of its size!

Lavender  | Mona, UT

Millions of people around the world have discovered the benefits of pure essential oils, derived naturally from plants, and Young Living is committed to establishing and maintaining the ultimate, industry-leading standard in essential oil products. In this company, the non-negotiable benchmarks for delivering a product that customers can feel great about are multifaceted and exacting. 

Young Living is proud to offer an extensive line of essential oils and essential oil-infused, plant-based products that represent the best of nature—through the standards of their Seed to Seal program.

Clary Sage | Mona, UT

Young Living embraces a rigorous quality control standard to help ensure our products meet strict specifications. Seed to Seal is their set of standards that helps ensure that with every pure essential oil and Young Living product your family uses, you’re enjoying the benefits of our global resources, industry leadership, and over two decades of innovation. 

The result is a pristine final product that you know has been created with conscientious Sourcing, Science, and Standards—the three pillars of Seed to Seal.

As the leader of the essential oils movement, Young Living is paving the way for every other essential oil company to improve processes that protect our planet and ensure the highest quality standards.

I have personally witnessed the process and have even been involved in it myself! 

Planting at the Mona, UT farm | June 2017

It's truly an incredible honor to be allowed to help plant the starts that will eventually grow, be distilled, and bottle as our precious essential oils! If you'd like to read more about the extensive Seed to Seal process, the three pillars (Sourcing, Science, and Standards), our testing processes, and more, visit THIS LINK.

Young Living Distillery | Mona, UT

Not a Young Living member yet? There's no better time to join! We would love to welcome you to our team and support you along your journey! To become a member and get started on your own journey with Young Living, click here.

We'll see you on the other side!
 
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