They are perhaps the most nutritionally dense fruit on the planet.
They contain 18 kinds of amino acids (six times higher than bee pollen) and contain all 8 essential amino acids (such as isoleucine and tryptophan).
They contain up to 21 trace minerals (the main ones being zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus) and are the richest source of carotenoids, including beta-carotene (more beta carotene than carrots), of all known foods or plants on earth!
They contain 500 times the amount of vitamin C, by weight, than oranges making them second only to camu camu berries as the richest vitamin C source on earth. They also contain vitamins B1, B2, B6, vitamin E. and polysaccharides which fortify the immune system.
A polysaccharide found in this fruit has been found to be a powerful secretagogue (A substance that stimulates the secretion of rejuvenative human growth hormone by the pituitary gland).
The longest living human beings studied have been inhabitants of the Ningxia province in China and Hunzaland in Pakistan.
After intensively examining the dietary habits of these cultures, he found one common denominator: A mineral-rich diet exceptionally rich in antioxidant foods, such as wolfberries and apricots."
In one of Dr. Young's testimonies, he
interviewed a lady in Hunzaland who was approaching 140 years of age.
She was still very active and even chopped wood everyday. Her main diet
consisted of raw almonds and apricots. There were woman in the village
who were still having babies into their 80's. People who were eating
the potassium-rich apricots were living to reach 110-120 years of age.
In China he found that they particularly consumed an indigenous fruit
called the Ningxia-Wolfberry.
In his book, Longevity Secrets, Dr. Young documents the scientific reasons why these factors may prevent them people from aging, contrary to the rate we are aging in our culture. "A high content of vital minerals such as magnesium and potassium may be responsible. Also a high content of potent natural antioxidants and consumption of mineral rich glacial water may also be contributing factors. Research indicates that foods high in antioxidants, such as wolfberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and spinach can dramatically increase glutathione levels and actually reverse the signs of aging.