There has been a question about one of the ingredients in NINGXIA RED – sodium benzoate, which occurs in a very minute amount as a preservative. Gary Young was faced with a choice of producing a live superfood with fully active enzymes to which a small amount of preservative was added or to fully pasteurize the juice without any preservative. The alternative to one of these was to risk our receiving “Wolfberry Vinegar”, which was really not an option.
Gary Young finally decided upon having a juice that was full of the complete set of nutrients that the NingXia wolfberry has – and then he had to find a company that could harvest the wolfberries at the optimal time, mash them into a puree, and transport them to the US to be assembled with the other nutrients found in NingXia Red. Only one company was able to do this in a manner that satisfied Gary’s demanding specifications. However, it makes it possible for us to enjoy the full health benefits of the NingXia wolfberry without the long pasteurization process through which other “health juices” go, which destroys virtually all of the enzymes and many of the other nutrients.
This has been sent out before, but there are many who are new to Young Living products and to my blog. Therefore, I feel it is important to share it again. Many thanks to Dr. Joan Barice in Florida for sending me this info along with her comments. – Frances
From Joan Barice MD
Recently a great deal of attention has been focused on high levels of benzene in common vitamin C-supplemented soft drinks. In recent years independent analyses performed by laboratories in New York, found benzene levels in carbonated beverages at two-and-a-half-times and five times above the World Health Organization limit for drinking water (10 parts per billion). In many cases these levels exceeded 85 parts per billion.
Dr. Glen Lawrence, a chemist who conducted extensive benzene testing for the FDA, confirmed that sodium benzoate and ascorbic acid may react under certain conditions to form benzene. This occurs commonly in soft drinks.
He found that ascorbic acid readily oxidizes in the presence of carbonic acid, heat, and transition metals, such as iron or copper, to create ‘free radical’ hydroxyl particles. These hydroxyl radicals attack benzoic acid, stripping away a carbon dioxide molecule. Benzene is thereby created. It is important to note that this reaction occurs in the presence of either heat or carbonic acid, conditions common to almost all carbonated beverages.
In sum, Dr. Lawrence made it very clear that in order for benzene to be created in a liquid beverage, a benzoate must be combined with:
1. Vitamin C
2. Carbonic Acid
3. Low antioxidant environment
4. Heat
In the NingXia Red, it is important to note that only two out of these four conditions are present. And regarding heat for pasteurization, only minimal heat is used in the low-temperature flash pasteurization of the NingXia Red.
According to Dr. Lawrence, benzene is created only where an abundance of free radicals exists in solution, usually created by a combination of heat and or carbonic acid.
In contrast to the poor antioxidant levels of most soft drinks, NingXia Red is one of the most potent antioxidant liquid supplements ever tested. This unequaled antioxidant profile prevents the creation of benzene in the NingXia Red juice. Moreover, the absence of carbonic acid further protects the vitamin C in NingXia Red from forming free radicals.
The proof is clear: Independent laboratory tests of NingXia Red for benzene found that it is lower than both the limits of the World Health Organization limit for drinking water (10 parts per billion) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking water safety standard (five parts per billion). In fact, the benzene levels in NingXia Red are so low that one medium raw egg (61 grams) has over 1000 times the benzene compared to a one-ounce serving of NingXia Red.
As a side note, it would be nearly impossible to entirely eliminate benzene from the diet. Trace amounts of benzene are a nearly ubiquitous component of many foods including, red beans, leeks, parsley, soybean milk, cocoa, apples, oranges, cranberries, bilberries, strawberries and more.
However, by using high antioxidant dietary additions, it is possible to minimize any of its negative effects on the body. And NingXia Red is one of the most powerful known antioxidants with a number of documented health benefits.
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