I was on the phone with a friend today, one I hadn’t spoken with in quite some time. She asked, “So what are you doing these days? Still with hospice?” I answered yes, that and teaching, but told her I’d recently become a distributor for a product that is so phenomenal that it continually astounds me. “What’s the product?” she asked, wary of a sales pitch. “Zija!” I responded, feeling that tingle I get when I get to teach another person all about this product and company. “Oh,” she said, “so it’s a network marketing thing.” “Yes, and the best I know of or have ever been involved with, and there have been a few,” I answered. Curious, she asked the million dollar question: “So what IS Zija?” And we were off to the races, as they say.
I told her the story of the Miracle Tree, as it’s otherwise known, and how the company Zija was formed. In 2008 our company founder, Ken Brailsford, was watching television one night and happened onto a program about the Moringa oleifera tree. The program extolled the virtues of the tree and how it has been used by shamans and healers in its native Tamil Nadu for healing all sorts of ailments.
In March of 2008 the National Institute of Health (NIH) declared the Moringa tree the plant of the year. It noted several facts: It is grown in many tropical areas of the world, it is drought-tolerant and survives in poor, damaged soils and also helps reclaim them. The article also notes that ALL parts of the amazing Moringa tree are edible. The oil can be used in cooking, the leaves can be consumed as tea and as a nutritious substitute for milk. They are also an excellent source of protein and iron. Comparisons with other foods: 7 x the vitamin C of oranges, 4 x the calcium of milk, and 2 x the protein of yogurt (without the fat!). It also contains many vitamins and minerals–literally from A to Z and ALL the essential amino acids. I’d like to repeat that: ALL the essential amino acids (astounding!).
The NIH article goes on to state that the tree can be grown in all countries of the world with malnourished populations. Therefore it could save MILLIONS OF LIVES due to its complete nutrient profile. Not only that, but extracts from the seeds of the tree can be used to purify polluted water. It also acts as an antimicrobial. Hence it could be used on large or small scales as a low-cost alternative to water purification chemicals.
The NIH reports that Moringa is also used medicinally by native peoples to prevent or treat over 300 diseases. Needless to say, Mr. Brailsford was intrigued. He began to look into the possibility of bringing this plant into the mainstream for further study of its claimed therapeutic and nutritional benefits.
We at Zija are so very grateful that he persevered, brought on board a first-rate team of experts to substantiate the claims made by the NIH, and to explore methods of bringing this miracle tree to the masses.
To Be Continued….
To Your Health!
Annie, RN, MSN