What’s Red and Now Contains Grape Seed Extract?

1 May 28, 2013 - Archive

Answer: NingXia Red!

Since NingXia Red® is one of our most popular products, I would like to discuss one of the exciting ingredients in its revolutionary formula: grape seed extract, or GSE. During the reformulation process, Young Living researchers discovered this powerful ingredient, which increases overall health benefits and allows for Halal/Kosher certification, two of their top goals.

Let’s start with the science: GSE is derived from whole grape seeds and is one of the largest natural depositories of polyphenols. In fact, two-thirds of a grape’s phenol count is found in the seed, as opposed to the skin. Unlike other GSEs on the market, NingXia Red’s premium GSE is standardized to a minimum 90 percent total polyphenols and is shown in studies to be superior at supporting against oxidation.

This structurally unique, water-soluble GSE has been selectively extracted to include a higher percentage of lower molecular weight polyphenols, which improves absorption and bioavailability. Its patented,water-based extraction process ensures the final ingredient remains chemical free.

By replacing grape pomace with a powerhouse GSE, we were able to boost NingXia Red’sORAC score, add additional lower molecular weight polyphenols, and allow for Kosher and Halal certification. When combined with essential oils and the wolfberry superfruit, GSE plays an important role in NingXia Red’s promise to deliver a delicious, whole-body nutrient infusion for everyone to enjoy.

—Ryan Seely, YL Product Marketing Manager



  • AromaLisa January 17, 2014 - 8:04 am Reply

    Can you tell me how much Sodium Benzoate is in this product?

    • stacie February 27, 2014 - 7:24 am Reply

      Has anyone received a reply about sodium benzoate?

  • Henry O'Quinn May 30, 2013 - 9:57 am Reply

    I notice my comments on sodium benzoate in Ningxia Red has been removed or maybe I just don’t know how to retrieve it on this PC driven blog enabler. I am a YL co-distributor and my information is relative. We just want to know why YL is using a deadly substance as a mold inhibitor in Ningxia Red. We need Ningxia Red to be free of such health endangering synthetic chemicals.

    • Hope November 6, 2015 - 10:56 am Reply

      Did you ever find out about why sodium benzoate is being added to the Ningxia Red?

      • Young Living November 9, 2015 - 1:50 pm Reply

        Great question, Hope. Because NingXia Red® uses only the finest whole wolfberries, the benefit of these berries is in the use of all the viable parts– the juice, peel, seeds, and fruit in a naturally beneficial juice puree. Using a safe and effective preservative allows us to extend Red’s shelf life while keeping it free of naturally occurring microorganisms. Sodium benzoate is a universal preservative that has been used for decades and at very low levels is completely safe. The amount of this preservative meets all safety standards. We hope this information is helpful! Thanks for stopping by.

        • Sofia March 24, 2017 - 2:08 pm Reply

          Is young living researching more on the substitute for sodium benzoate or how to stabilise ningxia red without it?

          And would you be able to inform how much sodium benzoate in a bottle of 750ml of ningxia red?


          • Young Living March 27, 2017 - 2:10 pm

            Hi Sofia, We appreciate your feedback about using a substitute for sodium benzoate. Currently sodium benzoate has less than 600 ppm. This is less than 1% of the formulation. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Karen Westbrook May 30, 2013 - 7:20 am Reply

    I would like to see some recipes to make this palatable to children. I couldn’t get my kids to even taste it after they smelled it. And I didn’t care for the taste either. So any suggestions that do not involve adding sugar or milk?

    • Jennifer May 30, 2013 - 9:02 am Reply

      Adding a drop of lemon oil cuts the bite to it.

    • Name May 30, 2013 - 9:09 am Reply

      Karen, I make smoothies and add the NingXia to them. Having one now with a frozen bannana, spoon full of nutella, greek yogurt and almond milk. YUMMMM I also put my balance complete in the smoothies and what ever oils I desire.

  • Michele Tollette May 30, 2013 - 6:35 am Reply

    I love this product.

  • Melinda Helwick May 29, 2013 - 9:29 am Reply

    I have a question that I know some client is going to ask me who does their research on healthy foods. I see that the ningxia has sodium benzonate/potassium sorbate and those combined with citrus supposedly can create benzene which is carcinogenic. What do I tell them?

    • Dina Siano May 30, 2013 - 6:02 am Reply

      I was wondering the same thing! Thanks for asking- looking forward to learning the answer.

    • Sky May 30, 2013 - 6:48 am Reply

      It’s required in the most minimal amount by the FDA as far as I know, and the ningxia red FAQ says this “NingXia Red uses whole wolfberries—juice, peel, seeds, and fruit—in a naturally beneficial juice puree. Using these safe and effective preservatives allows us to extend NingXia Red’s shelf life, maintain product integrity, and protect the wolfberry benefits, all while keeping it free of naturally occurring microorganisms.”

    • Sigrun Hardardottir May 30, 2013 - 6:49 am Reply

      I have also asked Young Living about this, but not had a satisfactory answer yet.

  • Dianne Tzouras May 29, 2013 - 7:44 am Reply

    Dear Young Living,

    Every morning I drink the new NingXia Red super juice with Power Meal and my day is off to a great start. I’m planning to use the bottles to serve NingXia Red coctails at my home gatherings. What is the improved ORAC score?

    When can we expect to see an updated video highlighting this wonderfully nutritious super juice?


    Dianne Tzouras


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