Dear Young Living Family:

Recently there have been a number of questions regarding the use of Sodium Benzoate as a preservative in the new NingXia Red. Many of these questions stem from past news reports regarding benzene levels in certain carbonated soft drinks. The reports say that it’s possible that when ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and sodium benzoate are in the same liquid formula that under certain circumstances benzene may form in these soft drinks. Because NingXia Red contains sodium benzoate a few people have called with questions and we at Young Living feel like this is a great opportunity to illustrate once again how healthy, clean and natural NingXia Red is. We remain supremely confident that everyone can, and should, benefit by drinking NingXia Red every day of their life.

It is important to note that benzene is derived from petroleum and cannot be obtained solely from sodium benzoate. Sodium benzoate, on the other hand, is created through the natural reaction of benzoic acid and a base material. Benzoic acid, in turn, is originally derived from the resin of the Styrax benzoin plant (also called Onycha in Young Living’s 12 Oils of Ancient Scripture Collection).

While it is true that, according to reports, under certain conditions added ascorbic acid (vitamin C) can possibly react with sodium benzoate to create benzene, it is important to note that NingXia Red does not contain additional added ascorbic acid. Thereby eliminating the concern for benzene in NingXia Red.

It is also important to note that sodium benzoate is a necessary preservation agent to ensure the safety and freshness of NingXia Red. Since NingXia Red is consumed around the world, it is vital that the product utilize a safe preservative that will ensure the highest quality product possible when it reaches its many destinations. Many countries around the world have tested and consider the preservative safe at levels up to 0.1% in juice products. However, to doubly ensure the safety and efficacy of NingXia Red, Gary Young and Young Living scientists have added significantly lower quantities of sodium benzoate to ensure the safety of the product (about half the amount deemed safe for use by most countries). This amount ensures the quality and safety of the product regardless of where it is sold throughout the world.

According to the World Health Organization’s Concise International Chemical Assessment Document (CICAD), “After oral uptake, benzoic acid and sodium benzoate are rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and metabolized in the liver by conjugation with glycine, resulting in the formation of hippuric acid, which is rapidly excreted via the urine.” Thus, sodium benzoate does not linger in the body, but is removed in the urine very quickly.

Finally, NingXia Red combines the extraordinary wolfberry superfruit with other high-antioxidant fruits and 100% pure essential oils in a powerful, whole-body nutrient infusion. Young Living’s Quality Labs ensures the safety and efficacy of NingXia Red so you can rest assured that you are getting the highest quality product each and every time you purchase NingXia Red.

We trust that this statement addresses any concerns you may have about the use of sodium benzoate to preserve the taste and freshness of NingXia Red. Please feel free to pass along this information to members in your organization who may have the same concern. Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Customer Care Department at +65 6391 0170 for drop us an e-mail at

Yours in Wellness, Purpose and Abundance.

Young Living Singapore