I’m not overly picky about what I review on this site…basically, if “tea” is mentioned in the title or ingredients anywhere, I’ll try it, and then give you my completely unbiased opinion on it. A little while back I was given a packet from a distributor of Zija with a sample of the company’s “Smart Mix Beverage” powder and a few bags of their “Miracle Tea”. As usual, a a review for the company and their products was not promised, but would be appreciated by the supplier if I got the chance.
I usually try not to review (or drink!) anything that promises a form of “weight loss” or “lots of energy” because I think we’re a lot safer getting our energy and nutrition from our food and diet. But I did my research, and after confirming that these products wouldn’t kill me or affect my body or behavior in any weird way (I’m very paranoid about energy drinks and products), I went for it.
I’d never heard of Zija International before receiving this packet, but apparently it’s a Utah-based company that sells a line of “nutritional”, “energy”, and “weight management” products, focusing mostly on their main ingredient moringa, an exotic and apparently nutritious plant known for its therapeutic properties and used widely in ancient cultures. The company uses distributors, newsletters, and sales systems to sell and market their product, and you can find much more information here.
All that being said, I don’t vouch for the health properties of the drink, and none of their information is FDA-approved as far as I can tell. I’m just here to give you a little background and let you know how it tastes. 🙂
The cold drink from Zija that I tried was the Moringa Smart Mix Powder…you add a .5 oz packet to 8-20 oz. of water (I know, wide range, right)? I added it to about 16 oz. of water and the result was pretty tasteless, so I would recommend not adding more than 12 oz. if you like for your drinks to have much of a taste. The first five ingredients for the smart mix all started with the word “moringa”; also listed were natural flavor, citric acid, agar, and fruit pectin. The drink has around 19 calories, and I think if it weren’t so diluted, it would actually taste pretty good. The company claims that the mix is “overflowing with cell-ready nutrients, antioxidants, and vital proteins”. I obviously can’t promise any of that, but it was a decent-tasting morning drink.
The other Zija drink I tried was their “Miracle Tea”, and I drank it hot both times. The company calls it part of their “Zija Weight Balance System”, but I wasn’t drinking it for that reason so I’ll leave that subject alone. It’s an herbal tea that purportedly aids in digestive cleaning, fat-metabolizing, and appetite-suppressing. I let it steep for the maximum recommended time (10 minutes), but it honestly didn’t really have a taste to me, so I don’t have much to review there. Seriously. I tried very hard to actually recognize some sort of taste to mention, but nothing doing.
Of the two drinks I tried, I came away thinking that these products don’t have much of a taste and you’re basically just consuming water with a few added calories. I haven’t tried all of the company’s products and can’t make a judgment on the rest of the system, obviously. Basically, I’d advise any of my readers to do plenty of research before trying any product for the purpose of energy or weight loss, especially a drink system with distributors and market quota.