Discover Zija

Moringa – “The Miracle Tree”

Discovery Channel Documentary – 16:00 min

Zija is an all natural health drink that is derived from Moringa Oleifera also known as The Miracle Tree. Zija is formulated for bioavailability and easy absorption in the body. Just one serving of Zija per day provides you with vital antioxidants, minerals, omega oils, and essential amino acids.

Using science, not fiction, Russ Bianchi developed the proprietary Zija beverage to contain efficacious levels of 90 plus cell-ready nutrients. This patent pending formulation delivers multiple anti-aging and anti-inflammatory compounds that vitalize the mind and body.

The science and quality control that goes into making Zija is the reason we have the premier natural beverage in the wellness industry today. Zija provides you with a balanced, convenient, approach to your nutrition.

What is Moringa Oleifera?

Moringa Oleifera is a fast growing, aesthetically pleasing small tree adapted to arid, sandy conditions. The species is characterized by its long, drumstick shaped pods that contain its seeds. Within the first year of growth, Moringa has been shown to grow up to 4 meters and can bear fruit within the same first year (Folkard and Sutherland, 1996). Virtually every part of the tree is beneficial in some way, which is of great importance in areas where people have a direct dependence on trees, crops and animals for their livelihood.

The studies that have been performed on Moringa have taken place primarily in India and Africa, but it seems that there may be a growing interest in the cultivation possibilities in the more humid tropics, including Central and South America. Depending on the purpose and quantity desired, moringa can be grown in a nursery as a community project or on a smaller scale at the family level. It can function as windbreaks for erosion control, live fences, as an ornamental or inter cropped to provide semi-shade to species requiring less direct sunlight.

Roundtable discussion with Dr. Monica Marcu & Russ Bianchi about the numerous health benefits of Moringa Oleifera.

Part 1 of 2 – Running time: 15:00 min

Part 2 of 2 – Running time: 16:00 min


What Are The Health Benefits of Moringa Oleifera?

Juice from the leaves have been used to stabilize blood pressure, the flowers are used to reduce inflammations, the pods are used for joint pain, the roots are used to treat rheumatism, and the bark can be chewed as a digestive. These are just some of uses presented by Optima of Africa, Ltd. All of these are in Zija.

25 grams daily of Moringa Leaf Powder will give a child the following recommended daily allowances…

  • Protein 42%
  • Calcium 125%
  • Magnesium 61%
  • Potassium 41%
  • Iron 71%
  • Vitamin A 272%
  • Vitamin C 22%

Moringa Oleifera and Water Purification

Moringa Oleifera has been compared to alum in its effectiveness at removing suspended solids from turbid water, but with a major advantage. Because it can be produced locally, “using Moringa rather than alum would save foreign exchange and generate farm and employment income.” The potential for Moringa to create a new market for a community is there, and studies and projects are taking place examining this potential.

At the Thyolo Water Treatment Works in Malawi, Africa, two researchers, Drs. Geoff Folkard and John Sutherland from the University of Leicester, England, have worked on substituting Moringa seeds for alum to remove solids in water for drinking. Not only were the tests successful in removing as much solid material as alum, but the seeds used were “purchased from enthusiastic villagers in Nsanje Region in Malawi” (Folkard and Sutherland, 1996).

Science Advisory Board

Russ Bianchi – Scientist & Food Formulator

Russ Bianchi is a formulator of the Zija beverage and is one of Zija’s product development consultants. Mr. Bianchi is the founder and Managing Director of Adept Solutions, Inc., a global product development, formulation, creation, and existing brand conversion firm. He is an expert in nutritional bioavailability and a highly respected formulator of many recognized nutritional branded products worldwide. He is also an acclaimed speaker and author of food technology and nutritional articles, and has been extensively quoted in the media.

Dr. Monica G. Marcu – Scientist, Research & Author

Dr. Monica G. Marcu holds a Ph.D. (pharmacology), Pharm. D. (Doctor of Pharmacy), Nursing Degree, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Dr. Marcu is a highly respected researcher and clinical pharmacologist, and has been “in love with trees” as she puts it, ever since she can remember. This early love and fascination led her to study plants, particularly medicinal and healing plants, and her study and research of Moringa is incorporated in her book “Miracle Tree.” Dr. Marcu’s background as an expert on the nutrient-rich Moringa is impressive. She has worked in clinical pharmacies and in biomedical research laboratories at the University of Ottawa, the National Institute of Health, and the National Cancer Institute.

Lowell Fuglie – Scientist, Humanitarian & Author

Lowell Fuglie is known as one of the foremost experts on Moringa the world over. His many publications have been read and distributed around the globe. He has a bachelors degree in English and a Masters degree in International Administration. Lowell has become known as the Johnny Appleseed of the Moringa tree. For years now he has been spreading the news – and the seeds – of the remarkable Moringa tree.

This is a partial list of groups and organizations working to maximize the beneficial properties and use of the Moringa plant.

  • Peace Corps
  • National Geographic Society
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Mercy Ships
  • United Nations World Food Program
  • FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization – United Nations
  • UNESCO – United Nations
  • ECHO – Education Concerns for Hunger Organization, Inc.
  • Feed the Children
  • CWS – Church World Service
  • GoodWorks International LLC – Andrew Young Foundation
  • GIANT – Global Initiative for AIDS Nutritional Therapy
  • Agricultural Developments South America
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service – NFTA
  • Purdue University, Center for New Crops & Plants Products
  • National Science Foundation
  • World Water Forum
  • Wangari Maathai Foundation
  • Silva Forest Foundation
  • NANA – National Nutrition Agency
  • Rotary Club
  • Trees for Africa
  • Optima of Africa
  • International Eye Foundation
  • World Vision
  • ANAMED – Action for Natural Medicine, Germany
  • Missouri Botanical Gardens, Washington University
FAO Good Works NSF Missouri Botanical Gardens
Eye Foundation United Nations World Food National Geographic Peace Corps

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