I’ve heard a lot of buzz about the Zija weight management system because it uses Moringa. This exotic plant is supposedly full of nutrients and very healthy. But can it help you lose weight?
This is the first question that came to my mind when I heard about Zija. My research can help you find the answer to this and other questions you may have about the 5 Zija weight loss products.
Product #1: XM+ Mix
XM+ Mix combines these ingredients to create a nutrient-rich energy drink:
• Desert tea
• Green tea
• Fruit pectin
• Allium Sativum
Caffeine and green tea are the only ingredients clinically proven to increase energy and burn fat. Moringa’s weight loss properties have not been proven. However, Moringa is rich in antioxidants, minerals, proteins, and omega oils.
Eight people gave XM+ Mix 2.5/5 stars on Amazon.com. Low ratings were primarily given because people said XM+ Mix was overpriced or they were scammed into buying fake products.
Product #2: SmartMix
SmartMix contains pure Moringa. It is 100% natural and supposedly contains more than 90 nutrients. On Amazon.com, twelve people gave SmartMix 5/5 stars. They like the product, the results, and the reputable seller (Erika’s Health Store).
Product #3: XMam
Zija used to make a weight loss product called XM3. Recently, the company broke XM3 into two products; one with stimulants and one without. XMam uses stimulants. It contains:
• Dutch cocoa powder
Cocoa powder is proven to stimulate thermogenesis and prevent weight gain, but only in rats. So far, the only proven benefit for humans is reduced oxidative stress.
DMAA–a stimulant banned by the FDA in 2012–is made from geranium. I don’t know if XMam contains DMAA, but I’m a little uneasy about the inclusion of geranium.
Product #4: XMpm
XMpm is a non-stimulant option for dieters. It includes:
• Sea kelp
• Gynema sylvestre
Sea kelp contains iodine, which may improve metabolism. Ashwagandha may increase energy and lower blood sugar. Gynema sylvestre reduces blood sugar and suppresses cravings.
Product #5: Premium Tea
Premium Tea aids digestion and cleanses the body. It has laxative and diuretic properties. Here are the ingredients:
• Senna leaf
• Buckthorn frang bark
• Peppermint leaf
• Stevia leaf
• Uva ursi leaf
• Orange peel
• Rosehips fruit
• Althea root
• Chamomile flower
These ingredients do not promote weight loss, but most are effective cleansers and detoxifiers.
XMam, XMpm, and Premium Tea don’t have customer reviews online.
Safety and Side Effects
XM+ Mix contains stimulants. These are safe but may cause dizziness, headaches, jitteriness, and insomnia. I don’t know what dosages are used. However, if large dosages are used, the chance of side effects increases.
Sea kelp is an unreliable source of iodine because the actual amount it contains may vary. Sea kelp may cause hyperthyroidism or increase thyroid cancer risk.
The only reported Zija product side effects I found were linked to Premium Tea. It may cause diarrhea or digestive problems. Considering the ingredients Premium Tea uses, frequent trips to the bathroom are to be expected. However, severe side effects are not normal. You may need to stop taking Premium Tea if they occur.
How to Get the Best Results
SmartMix and XM+ Mix are good products to take in the morning. SmartMix provides nutrients and XM+ Mix provides energy.
XMam should be taken after breakfast. It is supposed to suppress hunger and boost mood.
SmartMix can be taken again in the afternoon to lessen cravings.
XMpm works best when taken 30 minutes before dinner. It stimulates fat burn and helps you relax.
Lastly, take Premium Tea before bedtime to jumpstart your body’s cleansing process.
Zija says the best weight loss results come when you use all five products. But some users are pleased with the results they get from just one product. For example, a few users said they only use SmartMix to supplement their diet with nutrients.
Facts About Zija
Zija is a multi-level marketing (MLM) company. Besides the weight management system, the company manufactures nutritional, energy, and skin care products.
Zija has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Here are a few reasons for this rating:
• Only 6 complaints have been filed
• The company resolved all complaints
• Zija has been in operation since May 2004
Zija may have a good standing with BBB, but I’m skeptical of MLM companies. They seem to focus more on recruiting new members, than producing good products. I’m also wary because I couldn’t find details about Zija memberships.
The initial enrollment fee is $39. After the first year, members are charged $25 annually. On top of this fee, you also have to buy the pricey products.
Where to Buy Zija Products
There are three ways to obtain Zija weight loss products. 1. Sign up for a Zija membership. 2. Buy from Zija with a guest account. 3. Purchase the products from third-party retailers.
Visit DrinkLifeIn.com to start a membership.
Visit Wellness4Life.MyZija.com to buy as a guest. Click “Buy Product” in the top right corner of the webpage. This may not be the cheapest way to obtain Zija products. For instance, a month supply of SmartMix ( 32 sachets) costs $105.
Amazon.com and eBay.com sell Zija products, but beware of scams. There are reports of retailers selling fake products or not sending the right products and amounts.
If your goal is weight loss, I think there are many better options than the Zija weight management system. Only a few proven weight loss ingredients are used and the main ingredient has not been proven for weight loss. Moringa may contain essential nutrients, but these products are expensive.
I recommend buying a top-rated diet pill instead of Zija’s products.
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