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VALUABLE, CONVENIENT, NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE ELDERLY

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Dr. Monica Marcu is noted worldwide for her expertise on Moringa, as she has decades of experience in studying a variety of plants. Her study and research of Moringa is incorporated in her book Miracle Tree, a long-time favorite of Zija Independent Distributors. As a member of the Zija Product Advisory Council, she will be sharing her expertise and findings on Moringa. Below she explains how Moringa is valuable, convenient, and provides nutritional support to the elderly.

There are many metabolic and endocrine changes in our bodies when we grow old, and most health challenges associated with advanced age are linked to these changes. But being old (and wise!) does not mean one has to endure these challenges. Populations around the globe, who kept a natural, active way of life and wholesome, nutritious diet have proven that longevity and health can be achieved together. Actually, I believe it is very difficult to fall sick when one has all minerals, nutrients and vitamins necessary, in a good balance. But that is very rare; studies have shown that the majority of population, even in the developed world, lacks many essential nutrients.

The US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has recently reported on underconsumed nutrients—most vitamins (C, A, B, D, E) and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, with 45%, 50% and 97%, respectively, of population not being at required levels! Therefore, supplementation with nutrients is of the essence. Even if their diet would be rich and diverse, most elderly do not eat enough (gum and mastication problems), and digest and absorb nutrients poorly (insufficient intestinal enzymes). The best solution is a nutrient rich, diverse, easily absorbable food. Very few plants qualify.

A plant-based diet is a must, this can provide a majority of necessary minerals, vitamins, as well as antiaging and antiinflamatory substances. Moringa is the best plant/ food/supplement that is wholesome, nutrient dense, amenable to cooking (fresh), preservation (dried), easy transportation (light), with a rather neutral flavor that can complement sweet (smoothies, juices) or diverse salty dishes. It can accommodate any taste. Can you think of anything better?

I like the convenience of moringa, especially dried leaves as well as the awesome seed oil. One plant does it all- food, cosmetic care, multivitamin supplement. The high content of vitamin C – important for collagen (protein vital for the tissue structure) and skin – assures moringa is excellent not only against wrinkles, but also for cartilage and gum maintenance. As a high source of calcium, magnesium and phosphor, moringa brings minerals for bone and teeth density maintenance. Old age is associated with bone demineralization, and this is also due to insufficient proteins, but moringa contains all essential building blocks (amino acids) of proteins, useful for any tissues. Moringa, if grown properly, contains most, if not all minerals necessary for strong bones. Potassium is badly needed in most of us, as we tend to over-eat sodium rich foods.

These two minerals should be in a good balance, rarely found in elderly. Potassium supports a well-working heart and general metabolic health. Every cell needs and benefits from a proper potassium – sodium balance for energy production and communication. As we age, our tissues have more difficulties maintaining the normal minerals-, acidity/alkalinity and water balances. Moringa provides rich amounts of potassium, way better than the famous bananas, as well as magnesium – which works in balance with calcium.

Vitamins E and A are insufficient in over 90% and, respectively 40% of people older than 50! Moringa has large amounts of these vitamins. Both are powerful antioxidants, but also vital for healing, immune support, eye, brain and muscle function. Together with numerous antioxidant compounds present in dietary plants, these vitamins can support healthy immune and anti-inflammatory reactions. Again, a diverse plant-based diet is paramount for healthy aging.

 

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Why do people feel so much younger from consuming true Moringa oleifera? This is a big reason why.

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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.

**Through a promo the company is having, I have been issued some special Access Codes to share. You can try out the products that we use for ONLY $40 (which includes your enrollment fee AND shipping). The enrollment fee is for a wholesale membership, good for a year. Gives you 25% off of everything.

These are all natural, plant based products.

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4 packs of Zija’s Supermix (Moringa Oleifera)

4 packs of Zija’s new all plant based protein (chocolate)

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4 Premium teas for detoxing the body

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Meet Moringa Oleifera!

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Moringa Documentary

MORINGA SUPPORT

The powerful benefits of Zija have been validated with hundreds of thousands of positive individual experiences. To maximize Moringa’s remarkable health benefits, Zija enlisted the help of Dr. Joshua Plant, Biomedical Scientist. Moringa is changing lives every day, and we are positioned to deliver it to the world like never before!

While modern science is just now discovering the many benefits of Moringa, its uses and benefits date back thousands of years. Ancient Indian writings as far back as 150 BC refer to the Moringa tree and its healthful uses. Early Romans, Greeks and Egyptians prized its therapeutic properties and used it to protect skin, make perfume, and purify water for drinking.

Moringa has most recently been recognized by the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, the United Nations World Food Program, and more.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research, has also started to pay attention to Moringa. In March of 2008, it was featured in their “Mystery Plant Challenge”. The following are some highlights from that article:

This year’s mystery plant has important medicinal properties. Perhaps like no other single species, it has the potential to help reverse multiple major environmental problems and provide for many unmet human needs.
Unlike the plants in previous contests that came from Africa, it originally came from Tamil Nadu. It is now grown in many tropical areas of the world. It can easily be grown in drought, on poor, damaged soils and can also help to reclaim them. Its seeds also contain oil that can be used as a source of renewable energy.
All parts of this plant can be eaten. Its high-quality oil can be used in cooking and its leaves can be consumed as a tea or as a nutritious substitute for milk. The leaves are an excellent source of protein and iron, which cannot be found in many other plants.
It contains many vitamins and minerals, literally from A to zinc, and all of the essential amino acids.
It is grown in all countries of the world that experience malnourishment. It could save millions of lives. It can be used to purify polluted water, working as both a coagulant (for removal of turbidity) and as an anti-microbial. Extracts from its seeds can be used on a small or large scale as a low-cost, locally available alternative for water treatment chemicals.
It is known by over 100 names in different languages around the world.

Source: “What is IT? NIH Celebrates Earth Day 2008.” NIH Record 2008. Web.These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Zija’s products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

ZIJA’S MORINGA

By Dr. Joshua Plant

Over the last 50 years we have observed the widespread commoditization of food. While it is cheaper and more readily available than ever before, the low-cost manufacturing and harvesting practices used to produce food have compromised its nutritional value. For example, 100 years ago the average person consumed around 200 grams of fiber daily; today that number is closer to 15 grams. The result is a worldwide nutritional famine.

The beneficial properties of Moringa are unparalleled and highly unique. Moringa is enriched with both water and fat-soluble vitamins, it is an excellent source of the amino acids that our body craves, and it has rare phytocompounds that aid in promoting a healthier body.

Recognizing that the nutrition in Moringa is not immune to harsh harvesting and manufacturing practices, Zija has gone above and beyond industry standards to deliver the most nutritious Moringa possible. From tree to mouth, Zija scrutinizes each step to ensure that nutrition is at the forefront of all decisions in the growing, harvesting, and manufacturing processes. I will address just a few of the steps that Zija takes to ensure that the nutrition of our products is never compromised; after all, Moringa without its nutrition becomes just another plant.

MORINGA FARMS

Not all Moringa is created equal. In fact, depending on where Moringa trees are grown, their nutritional content can vary significantly. Knowing this, Zija has vetted several different locations and farms where our Moringa trees will have the highest nutrient content available, even if it comes at a premium cost.

DRYING PROCESS

We work tirelessly to ensure that Moringa’s nutritional properties are conserved as much as possible during its harvesting and preparation. While shade drying is a much longer and more costly process than drying in the sun, it also prevents harmful UV rays from crosslinking vitamins and minerals, which would render them inert. This once again demonstrates Zija’s commitment to delivering the most nutritious Moringa possible.

MORINGA BLEND

Zija has created a proprietary blend that incorporates several different efficacious parts of the Moringa tree. This blend has allowed us to achieve a complementary nutritional profile. For example, even though Moringa leaves contain a lot of Vitamin C, the pods contain even more. By combining Moringa leaves, seeds, and fruit, we can maximize Moringa nutrition in products such as SmartMix, SuperMix, XMprotein, XMburn, XM+ Energy Mix, XM3 Energy Drink, XMam, and XMpm.

PRODUCT MANUFACTURING

As a leader in manufacturing technology, Zija uses state of the art machinery for each and every one of our products. Understanding that nutrition can be compromised by exposure to sunlight, oxygen, and time, we quickly blend and assemble our products into airtight sachets that meet the highest standards of manufacturing.

Here at Zija, we are unwilling to compromise the nutritional value of Moringa. In doing so we are able to deliver a highly valuable product that helps address the nutritional void that is so prevalent in today’s diet.These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Zija’s products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
[Dr. Joshua Plant: Zija’s Biomedical Scientist]

DR. JOSHUA PLANT

Josh graduated first in his class from Harvard Medical School with a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences. He has done extensive research and been published himself on various health and nutrition topics. He works meticulously to ensure that the quality and nutritional value of Zija’s products is second to none.

Visit….www.lwalling.myzija.com…to learn more!

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For approximately $3.10 a day….WHY NOT!

Need I say more.

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BENEFITS OF A PLANT-BASED DIET & MORINGA’S PROTEINS

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BENEFITS OF A PLANT-BASED DIET & MORINGA’S PROTEINS

Dr. Monica Marcu is noted worldwide for her expertise on Moringa, as she has decades of experience in studying a variety of plants. Her study and research of Moringa is incorporated in her book Miracle Tree, a long-time favorite of Zija Independent Distributors. As a member of the Zija Product Advisory Council, she will be sharing her expertise and findings on Moringa. Below she shares information about the benefits of a plant-based diet and Moringa’s proteins:

More and more people in the Western world are embracing a vegetarian or even vegan diet. The medical science has proven in a number of studies and long-term research that a diet with less red meat is significantly healthier and may lead to less health problems. But you don’t have to be a “full time” vegetarian to understand the benefits of a plant-rich food, anybody can notice that by reducing the meat intake and upping the fruits, grains, nuts or veggies, one can feel better and have an improved health, obtain the desired weight loss. But the vegetarians, vegans, as well as all elderly have to pay attention and make sure they get enough proteins and their protein sources are complete.

A “complete protein” refers to the amino acids – the building blocks of proteins. There are twenty different amino acids that can form the proteins in our bodies, in all tissues. Nine of them are called “essential” since the body can’t produce them and have to be supplied by the food. In order to be a complete protein source, a food must contain all nine essential amino acids in roughly equal amounts. The truth is that this is not that easily found among most plants used in the diet today. Eggs and dairy are complete proteins – lucky for the vegetarians, but how about vegans?

Let’s remember that proteins are found in every cell and act as a fuel source for the body, are crucial for muscle growth and repair among others. Lentils, spirulina, nutritional yeast or brown rice are good sources of proteins, but there is an even better one – Moringa oleifera. Its leaves have the highest protein ratio of any plant described so far, while they are comparable in quality to that of soy (a protein-rich plant). Even more, moringa is grown naturally and not genetically modified, and also is not known to induce food allergies by comparison with soy. Moringa contains most of the twenty amino acids, including all nine of the essential ones. When compared to (cow) milk, for instance, which is a favored source of proteins, moringa leaf powder is shown to contain between 5 to 11 times more of each of the essential amino acids, truly remarkable. Tofu (a product of soy) contains all essential amino acids but in less amounts than moringa powder: four times less threonine and tryptophan, three times less leucine or methionine, two times less valine and so on. Moringa oleifera leaf powder is about 25% protein, unusually high for a plant, so one needs to take relatively small amounts of powder to obtain all essential amino acids. A baby needs about 1 g of protein per kg per day, so a baby under one year would need about 10 g proteins, which are found in 3 spoons of powder. To benefit from moringa leaf powder and its proteins add it to smoothies, soups, sauces, juices, and even bread and pastries. Enjoy!

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Where did Your Feet Take You Today?!

As I set out for a walk today by myself (usually I have a walking partner), I put in my ear buds and tuned into “Pontoon Radio” …. for a 2 to 3 mile walk!  Well…with songs like Sweet Home Alabama, On the Pontoon, Boot Scootin’ Boogie….etc… I  just kept on truckin’!  Next thing I knew was on at least a 5 mile or more!!  Did you know that even walking for 10-20 minutes a day, can improve your health!!

1. Walking improves circulation. It also wards off heart disease, brings up the heart rate, lowers blood pressure and strengthens the heart. Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Tennessee found that post-menopausal women who walked just one to two miles a day lowered blood pressure by nearly 11 points in 24 weeks. Women who walked 30 minutes a day reduced their risk of stroke by 20 percent – by 40 percent when they stepped up the pace, according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

2. Walking shores up your bones. It can stop the loss of bone mass for those with osteoporosis, according to Michael A. Schwartz, MD, of Plancher Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in New York. In fact, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, study of post-menopausal women found that 30 minutes of walking each day reduced their risk of hip fractures by 40 percent.

3. Walking leads to a longer life. Research out of the University of Michigan Medical School and the Veterans Administration Ann Arbor Healthcare System says those who exercise regularly in their fifties and sixties are 35 percent less likely to die over the next eight years than their non-walking counterparts. That number shoots up to 45 percent less likely for those who have underlying health conditions.

4. Walking lightens mood. A California State University, Long Beach, study showed that the more steps people took during the day, the better their moods were. Why? Walking releases natural pain­killing endorphins to the body – one of the emotional benefits of exercise.

5. Walking can lead to weight loss. A brisk 30-minute walk burns 200 calories. Over time, calories burned can lead to pounds dropped.

6. Walking strengthens muscles. It tones your leg and abdominal muscles – and even arm muscles if you pump them as you walk. This increases your range of motion, shifting the pressure and weight from your joints and muscles – which are meant to handle weight – helping to lessen arthritis pain

7. Walking improves sleep. A study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that women, ages 50 to 75, who took one-hour morning walks, were more likely to relieve insomnia than women who didn’t walk.

8. Walking supports your joints. The majority of joint cartilage has no direct blood supply. It gets its nutrition from synovial or joint fluid that circulates as we move. Impact that comes from movement or compression, such as walking, “squishes” the cartilage, bringing oxygen and nutrients into the area. If you don’t walk, joints are deprived of life-giving fluid, which can speed deterioration.

9. Walking improves your breath. When walking, your breathing rate increases, causing oxygen to travel faster through bloodstream, helping to eliminate waste products and improve your energy level and the ability to heal.

10. Walking slows mental decline. A study of 6,000 women, ages 65 and older, performed by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that age-related memory decline was lower in those who walked more. The women walking 2.5 miles per day had a 17-percent decline in memory, as opposed to a 25-percent decline in women who walked less than a half-mile per week.

11. Walking lowers Alzheimer’s risk. A study from the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville found that men between the ages of 71 and 93 who walked more than a quarter of a mile per day had half the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, compared to those who walked less.

12. Walking helps you do more, longer. Aerobic walking and resistance exercise programs may reduce the incidence of disability in the activities of daily living of people who are older than 65 and have symptomatic OA, shows a study published in the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management.

Read more at www.arthritis.org

Sooooo….what are you waiting for.  It costs you nothing!  Take some deep breaths, look at the beauty around you!  GET OFF THE COUCH! Get a partner…or, plug into some awesome music!  Food 4 Thought!

Let your feet take you to feeling better!  Your body is your best friend, do something for it daily!!

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Our Diet Impacts our Health & Vitality

Health surveys show that the incidence of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes is higher than ever before. This can be attributed largely to the state of our diets that are woefully inadequate in nutrient-rich whole foods. The reality is that most of us get too much of the wrong stuff, not enough of the right stuff!

  • 90% of us don’t eat the recommended 5-13 servings of fruits and vegetables
  • 70% of us admit to eating foods that actually contribute to poor health
  • Less than 1 serving of whole grains are consumed on a daily basis—many don’t even get that
  • Protective lipids and sterols have been stripped from whole grains to increase their shelf life
  • Many don’t eat fish due to concerns about the presence of heavy metals and contaminants
  • A majority of people are below the estimated average requirement for some basic, essential vitamins and minerals
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There’s A New Superfood In Town

Move over, kale salads and acai bowls. There’s a new superfood in town and it’s here to stay.

Called moringa – a.k.a. the “miracle tree” or “tree of life” – it’s a plant that grows exceptionally fast in hostile environments where most others can’t survive. Think dry, semi-arid places like Darfur and Senegal, in addition to tropical climates (the tree is native to North India).

Below is a breakdown of why moringa is the new superfood that you should definitely keep a lookout for:

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Click here to Read More amazing attributes of this botanical super-food!!  Thank you Elle for this info!

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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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