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Give Your Body the Nutrition it Needs

The Body is amazing!  Given the right tools, it can heal itself in most cases!  The more and more info I see and read about Moringa Oleifera,  it is truly an amazing super-food!  It can actually help the body to heal itself in many ways.  Do something good for your body, eat plenty of dark, leafy greens…. make sure to hydrate!  Water is so important to your system. Also… get off the couch and get some exercise!  Even if it is just walking around your neighborhood.  And, add Moringa Oleifera to your daily routine…why wouldn’t you?!  Do your own research.  This is a great article on Moringa!!

For many centuries Moringa Oleifera was used in traditional medicine, such as the “Ayurveda”, as a treatment Arthritis and Gout. It was believed that Moringa Leaf Powder reduce inflammations and pain caused by these conditions.
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In 2008 the Faculty of Medicine Health Sciences of the Putra University in Malaysia, published a research aimed to test if Moringa poses any Antinociceptive and Anti-Inflammatory activities, the same activities achieved by the drugs used in modern medicine such as NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). The research found that the Moringa leaves posses substances that have antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory activitie; in fact they found that it has high quantities of these substances. This means that Moringa Oleifera use in Indian traditional medicine as a treatment for Arthritis and Gout.
 
The effects of the Moringa is suppressing the COX-2 enzyme. This enzyme is responsible for inflammation processes and pain. Usually the drugs used to suppress this enzyme are NSAID such as Voltaren, Nksin, Adoil, ARCOXIA, Kaspo etc. The side effects of these products include risk for stroke, kidney problems, blood vessels problems, stomach problems and the list goes on.
 
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Blood pressure tends to rise with age. Following a healthy lifestyle helps some people delay or prevent this rise in blood pressure.  Click here to read more!
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Guess What this is Describing?!?!

If you guessed Moringa Oleifera, you guessed correctly!

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(NaturalNews) Moringa oleifera is a tree that is native to the Himalayan mountains of northern India. Though it is not well-known in the United States, the tree is treasured in many parts of the world (especially Africa and South America) due to the healing properties of its leaves. In fact, moringa‘s small, light green leaves are so nutrient-dense that the tree has been nicknamed ‘The Tree of Immortality’ and ‘The Miracle Tree’ by the inhabitants of the countries in which it is cultivated. Let’s find out whether these nicknames are deserved.

Moringa‘s health benefits

Rich in antioxidants – Analysis has shown that dried and powdered moringa leaves (which is how moringa is usually sold and consumed) contain 46 antioxidant types, including carotenoids, zinc, selenium, chromium, and all the vitamins (even vitamin B and vitamin K). Moringa leaves also contain 36 anti-inflammatory compounds, including calcium, copper, chlorophyll, omega-3, omega-6, omega-9, and sulfur. All of these antioxidants and compounds occur naturally in the plant, and work together to maximize absorption. For example, the magnesium found in moringa helps us to absorb its calcium.

Nutrient concentrations – Like most superfoods, moringa contains a lot of nutrients. What really sets it apart from others, though, are the concentrations of those nutrients. For example, ounce-per-ounce, dried moringa leaves contain three times more potassium than bananas, 2,500 times more amino acids than green tea, three times more iron than spinach or roast beef, three times more calcium than milk, and 10 times the recommended daily amount of vitamin E.

A complete proteinMoringa leaves are between 30 and 40 percent protein, and contain 18 amino acids. Of these, nine (valine, lysine, leucine, histidine, isoleucine, methionine, threonine, phenylalanine, and tryptophan) are essential amino acids. This makes moringa a ‘complete’ protein source – something seldom found in the plant world. We need protein, of course, to build bones, skin, blood, and cartilage, and to produce hormones and enzymes. Without it, our bodies would biochemically dismantle.

Makes a great oil – Though the moringa tree is best-known for its nutritious leaves, its seeds also have a use: The matured pods can be processed into ‘ben oil,’ a clear, sweet oil that rivals olive oil in antioxidant activity. Ben oil is extremely durable and doesn’t spoil, and has been used for centuries as a perfume base, cooking lubricant, and salad dressing.

Given moringa‘s healthiness, it is unsurprising that regular consumption of its leaves – in cooked or dried states – has been linked to reduced blood pressure, weight loss, improved mood and digestion, healthier skin (some Western cosmetic companies are now adding moringa extracts to their skincare products), and much more. In fact, Ayurvedic medicine claims that over 300 diseases can be treated by consuming moringa leaves. So why not try it out?

Sources for this article include:

http://www.tfljournal.org/article.php/20051201124931586

http://www.veria.com

http://www.moringatreeoflife.com/About_Moringa.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_oil

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/041264_moringa_oleifera_protein_tree_of_life.html##ixzz3G3fmAP3F

The Moringa that is found online and in health food stores is either powder capsules or powders meant to mix with smoothies and other foods.

They are comprised of using dried and crushed leaves. While this is still better than nothing. Getting the complete nutritional benefit of Moringa comes from more than just the leaf.

Zija International has gone to great lengths to ensure that their proprietary blend uses the leaf, the seed cake, and the seed pod. All of these provide different core nutrients.

In addition to using various parts of the plant, Zija also shade dries their raw materials. This ensures that none of the components lose their enzymatic activity or bio-availability.

Zija also uses various age groups of the plant. Juvenile, adolescent, and mature plants. They discovered that the nutrient profiles were different at the various age groups.

Last but not least they studied the 58 species of Moringa from various countries and regions around the world. They found that the most nutrient dense hailed from India at the best of the Himalayas.

Given the nutritional profile of Zija’s Moringa the daily cost of this complete daily nutritional supplement is just about $3.00 a day.

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The Secret Asian Superfood Way More People Should Be Eating

 

With all the hype that can build up the latest and greatest “superfoods,” it’s easy to forget that there are plenty of edible plants out there that deliver more than an average nutritional punch. Usually they’re not the ones with all the PR hype — watercress, for example, is one of the most nutritious greens around, yet gets no street cred.

So don’t blame yourself if you haven’t heard of moringa, also known as “drumstick tree.” Native to the Himalayas and grown widely across Africa and Asia, moringa has more nutrition hiding in its leaves and pods than there is in virtually every other plant, and it’s easy to grow on top of it all. Forget the kale, this is your new favorite super-plant. Here’s why.

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Moringa has serious medicinal value
Moringa is good for far more than just giving other superfoods a run for their money, or for taking money out of your pocket. It can help lower cholesterol, has loads of antioxidants (those are good!), and is anti pretty much every bad thing that can happen inside your body.

Click here to read more!  Thank you Huffington Post for this great information!

Also, check out this video on Moringa Oleifera!

Not all Moringa is created equal!

Just one packet of Zija Smartmix has 32 GRAMS of enzymatically alive, shade dried, organic Moringa Oleifera.  Double that for SuperMix.

Why Zija….

It took Russ Bianchi 143 tries to create the Zija Smart Drink in order to keep it enzymatically alive, and thus fully bio-available. This keeps all of the nutrients alive and recognized by your body.

There is another tremendous difference between Zija Moringa products and others on the market. You can purchase Moringa leaf powder capsules or other Moringa capsules through various health stores, online stores and the like. The difference between them and us comes down to two primary things:

– There are 58 varietals of Moringa Oleifera in the world. Remember high school biology of “family – genus – species…”? The varietal of Moringa Oleifera that Zija uses in all of our products is the most efficacious variety that is grown in the hot arid regions of India. The other companies, it is unknown which varietal and where it is grown, grown in certain regions these trees only obtain as few as 30 nutrients (as in the Philippines due to the amount of rainfall) as opposed to the verified 90+ nutrients in regions located within 10 degrees either side of the equator.

– We use the entire botanical in our products, not just the leaf. What this means is that each portion of the Moringa Oleifera botanical has been medically studied and documented to help or treat certain conditions. The leaf, seed, seeds cake & pods and more have tremendous health benefits. If you are just taking a moringa leaf pill or powder chances are you are not getting a good quality product, you will need to take extremely high doses of them to get half the nutrition and benefit you can get from Zija products and are wasting your money.

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I believe Moringa oleifera will end the nutritional famine we are living in.

However, not all Moringa is created equal. I analyzed 7 samples from the internet, and except for Zija, all were not using true Moringa Oleifera.

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Ephedra nevadensis: What is it, and is it okay to consume?

FACTS & FINDINGS WITH DR. PLANT: EPHEDRA NEVADENSIS 

Dr. Plant helps us better understand Ephedra nevadensis: What is it, and is it okay to consume?

When we hear Ephedra we think back to about 15 years ago when the media and government spoke about its dangers. I want to explain a little bit about Ephedra nevadensis and how this is completely different than the Ephedra that was banned ~15 years ago.

When news agencies spoke about Ephedra 15 years ago, they were referring to a compound called “Ephedra Alkaloids” (see picture). That compound is found in a botanical called Ma Huang. Thus the compound Ephedra was mentioned because it was the active ingredient, but the actual name of the botanical it is found in is called Ma Huang.

Ephedra nevadensis on the other hand is a botanical name, and isn’t referring to the compounds. In fact, numerous studies have shown that Ephedra nevadensis does not contain any Ephedra Alkaloids, and is therefore both safe and legal to sell. It just happens to have the unfortunate circumstance of having a name similar to that which was found to be a buzz word 15 years ago. It is like the unfortunate circumstance of people who have the name Katrina or Andrew, and then a hurricane is given the same name.

In short, Ephedra nevadensis is safe and legal to consume. It in no way contains Ephedra alkaloids, the compound found in the botanical Ma Huang.

A little highlight on the botanical: It grows in the deserts of the western U.S., and has been consumed for hundreds/thousands of years to help remove the buildup of mucus in our airways. Thus by supplementing with Ephedra nevadensis individuals may often feel an increase of energy because they are more effectively able to get the oxygen their body needs by clearing the congestion/pollution that has built up in their airway, which limits oxygen intake. You can find Ephedra nevadensis in products like Zija’s XM+ Energy Mix and XM3 Energy Drink.

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Battle the Dreaded Acid Reflux!!!

You Don’t Need a Drug to Banish Acid Reflux

The answer to gastric problems like ulcers and acid indigestion is to restore your natural gastric balance and function. Not only is it useful for optimal gut function but it is crucial for your long-term health, as your gut flora can increase your absorption of nutrients, and play a significant role in mental and physical health. It is very clear from reviewing the literature that you can’t be healthy until your gut flora is optimized. That is one of the ways eating sugars harm you—they push your gut flora balance in the wrong direction.

Switching from processed foods to whole foods is therefore step number one. To further optimize your gut health, you’ll want to make sure you’re consuming enough good bacteria from traditionally fermented foods, such as fermented vegetables, or in a probiotic supplement. This will help balance your bowel flora, which can help eliminate Helicobacter bacteria naturally. If you have heartburn, acid reflux, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease, or any acid-related condition, the strategies listed above may also offer relief.  Read more

Make sure to take a good Probiotic supplement….

Probiotic or beneficial (“good”) intestinal bacteria promote health, discourage the growth of disease-causing (“bad”) bacteria and pathogenic fungi, and improve the balance of microbes which normally inhabit our intestines. Many beneficial bacteria transform naturally occurring sugars, especially lactose, into lactic acid, promoting a more balanced and stable intestinal environment. As one of the most abundant sources of lactose is milk, these beneficial bacteria have been used for thousands of years to produce yogurt, cheese, and fermented milks. Both science and folklore support healthful roles for these foods. GNLD’s supplement of beneficial bacteria, Acidophilus Plus, combines potency with technology to guarantee that live organisms survive the stomach acid and reach the intestines to deliver five billion viable organisms capable of supporting optimal digestive tract function.

Intestinal lactobacilli aid normal digestive functions and promote healthy immune system responses.*
Broad spectrum: Provides beneficial probiotic lactobacilli in the forms of L. acidophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. casei, B. bifidum and S. thermophilus.

Targeted-Delivery Technology: Exclusive Gel-Gard protection system assures that bacteria are protected from stomach acid and the maximum number are delivered to the intestines where they’re needed.

Potency guaranteed: 5 billion organisms sealed in every capsule.

Whole-food-based: Contains beneficial bacteria isolated from cultured dairy foods.

Concentrated: As many beneficial bacteria as 10 servings of yogurt or 5 servings of acidophilus milk.

Risk-free for the lactose intolerant.

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Also…Prebiotics are very important!  What’s the difference??

Question: What are probiotics and prebiotics? How can I benefit from consuming them?

Answer: Probiotics are “good” bacteria that help keep your digestive system healthy by controlling growth of harmful bacteria. Prebiotics are carbohydrates that cannot be digested by the human body. They are food for probiotics. The primary benefit of probiotics and prebiotics appears to be helping you maintain a healthy digestive system.

Question: What foods are good sources of probiotics?

Answer: One of the best sources of probiotics is yogurt. It has good bacteria like lactobacillus or bifidobacteria. Look for “live or active cultures” on the label to be sure your favorite brand of yogurt is a rich source of probiotics. Other good food sources are sauerkraut, miso soup, fermented, soft cheeses (like Gouda), and even sourdough bread. The common feature of all these foods is fermentation, a process that produces probiotics.

Question: What foods are good sources of prebiotics?

Answer: To help maintain healthy level of prebiotics, you can feed them with the foods you eat. Foods rich in prebiotics include asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, bananas, oatmeal, and legumes.

Question: What foods, if any, have both prebiotics and probiotics in them?

Answer: The types of foods that contain probiotics and prebiotics are very different. Therefore, there is no food that contains both. However, you can find supplements that contain probiotics and prebiotics.

Question: Can consuming probiotics help prevent yeast infections?

Answer: There is some evidence that eating yogurt may help prevent vaginal yeast infections. Some doctors recommend this to help prevent infections in women who have them frequently.

Question: Can adding prebiotics to my diet replace the meds I have to take for my Crohn’s disease?

Answer: No, probiotics or prebiotics are not an appropriate replacement for your medications. You should not stop taking your medications without talking to your doctor. This could lead to an increase in symptoms and complications. There is some evidence that probiotics may be helpful for people with Crohn’s disease, but the research is very preliminary. Plus, some medical evidence questions their usefulness. If you’re interested in trying probiotics or prebiotics, talk to your doctor about how to safely incorporate them into your diet.

I love Zia’s SmartMix…not only does it contain Prebiotics, but has Moringa to boot!!

SMARTMIX Shake things up with Zija’s SmartMix. Add this easy-to-open packet to water for a dose of Moringa nutrition and prebiotic benefits. It’s easier than ever to Drink Life In—even on the go! With the evolution of the modern diet, it has become more and more difficult to consume the nutrients that we need to thrive. Our body is full of toxins and our digestion has been affected by an overabundance of processed foods and beverages. Our health is dependent not only on the nutrition that we consume overall, but also on the amount that our gut flora receives. This flora is comprised of many different microbes, each with its own unique environment, depending on what it is exposed to. Our flora is critical in strengthening our immune system, digesting foods efficiently, increasing nutrient absorption, maintaining a healthy weight, and obtaining increased energy levels. Prebiotics are an important tool in helping regulate our body’s flora. Supplementing a diet with prebiotics has been shown to increase the level of certain microbes, which in turn regulates metabolism and allows for better communication between different organs. The end result is enhanced system-wide health. In addition to its strong Moringa foundation, SmartMix also delivers prebiotics and other benefits through the following natural botanicals: Chicory Root Extract Derived from the herbaceous chicory plant, chicory root contains inulin, a prebiotic that stimulates healthy digestive function. Chicory root also provides a feeling of fullness without adding extra calories. Similar to Moringa itself, chicory root helps maintain blood sugar levels. FoTi Root Extract This botanical has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to increase vitality and mood. It also helps remove toxins from the body. Additionally, FoTi root is often used in hair and skin beauty products. SmartMix Suggested Use Add one serving (1 packet) of SmartMix to 8-18 ounces of cold water, shake well, and Drink Life In every day.

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The Tree of Life!!

I know I have posted on Moringa Oleifera before, but it is so worth repeating! This amazing botanical superfood has more benefits than you even know!  I am so glad that I have made Moringa a part of my daily health routine!  And, I am so glad to have those that I love including it in theirs!

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The moringa tree is often referred to by its advocates as the ‘tree of life’ due to its seemingly miraculous nutritional benefits and sheer versatility. This unassuming, curiously shaped tree is grown as a landscape tree and food source in many parts of the world – although its use as a type of vegetable and nutritive food first developed in countries such as Africa, the Himalayas, China, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. This hardy plant grows in a wide variety of soils ranging from sandy, loamy, and even clayish soils and is resistant to drought and is fast-growing. Due to its hardiness, moringa can be found growing in different climates, and with its adaptability (with the exception that it does not tolerate frost very well), the trees are easily grown and cultivated with very little to no maintenance required. – See more at: http://www.herbs-info.com/moringa.html#sthash.QtMXiNdY.dpuf

However, not all Moringa is created equal….

Thank you Dr. Plant for all of your caring and knowledge!

There are five key points that are critical in ensuring the highest possible quality of Moringa.
1) Species:
There are 13 different species of the Moringa genus, each specie differs widely in it’s nutritional content and value. Moringa oleifera, is claimed to be the most nutritiously dense through numerous scientific publications.
2) Sourcing:
Additionally to Moringa oleifera being the most nutritiously dense of all the Moringa genus, Moringa oleifera’s nutritional value also depends on where it is grown, and when it is harvested. Several studies, including thesis work from prominent universities has shown this. Look for a company that sources their Moringa oleifera from India near the base of the Himalayas, numerous data points to this as the ideal location for maximizing Moringa’s nutritional impact.
3) Preparation:
There are several ways in preparing Moringa oleifera for consumption. The most nutritiously advantageous way is to shade dry the moringa leaves, this helps to naturally preserve and enrich for Moringa’s inherent nutrition. The second, and much more common way, is to dry the moringa in the sun. Though cheaper and quicker the ultra-violet radiation from the sun can crosslink the nutrients rendering them inert for physiological benefit.
4) Blend:
Moringa oleifera is a tree, and with that the nutritional power of the Moringa’s nutrition is found in different parts of the tree. For example, the leaves are enriched in amino acids, while the seeds are enriched in the essential fatty acids, and finally the fruit contains the powerful minerals critical for cell to cell communication. To maximize the nutritional power of Moringa oleifera, one must look to these three components.
5) Manufacturing:
Manufacturing can create havoc on natural products. It is often in this step that many natural botanicals loose their effectiveness. To overcome these challenges one must look to a company whose manufacturing is NSF certified, thereby giving greater confidence that they are adhering to practices that allow for quality found throughout the manufacturing process.

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Enjoy this short YouTube documentary on Moringa Oleifera!

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When I became a part of Améo Essential Oils, never in my wildest dreams, did I think I would find such an amazing botanical superfood in addition to all of the wonderful Clinical Grade essential oils!  Thank you Zija/Améo/Ripstix!

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45 Uses For Lemons That Will Blow Your Socks Off

Maybe you grab for the lemon when you are eating fish….or adding it to a recipe.  I drink lemon water every day!!  But did you ever think about using lemons like or for this… Click here for some awesome ways to use lemon!  

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However, what happens when you don’t have access to fresh lemons???  Don’t despair Améo Essential Oil is here!

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Do something good for your body!

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The 10 Most Functional Foods In The World Which Destroy Cancer Cells

Do you include any of these foods in your diet? Check out this link! 

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Oranges…Who Knew!!!

Ahhhh… the scent, the taste, there’s nothing better than an orange!  Did you know that you can get all of the wonderful benefits of an orange in an essential oil too?!?!

Orange oil has a wide variety of domestic and medicinal benefits. It can be used to freshen the air around you and repel insects naturally and effectively. Orange oil is used to add natural, sweet flavoring to various foods and beverages. It can also help relieve stress, aid in digestion, and encourage metabolic detoxification. Orange oil is rich in antioxidants, which protect cells from damaging free radicals.

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