What Are the Side Effects of Zija?

Zija moringa has a wide variety of possible side effects, including gastrointestinal, cardiac and neurological symptoms, according to HealthResearchFunding.org. Though the organization's zija moringa web page states it is used for health purposes, these side effects may be severe, and some can even be dangerous. In these cases, use should be discontinued.

Detoxification is one of the most common side effects of zija moringa, HealthResearchFunding.org notes. Detoxification creates symptoms of nausea, upset stomach and headache, the severity of which may be eased by reducing consumption. In addition, anxiety, cold symptoms, bloating, appetite loss and blurred vision are some of the most common side effects. Less-frequently reported effects include discolored urine, ringing in the ears, chest pain and ulcers. More serious side effects include irregular heartbeat, allergic reaction, muscle spasms, mood swings and low blood sugar.

Zija moringa leaves, fruit and seeds may be safe if taken by mouth, but they're not recommended for pregnant mothers due to the chemicals potentially making the uterus contract, causing a miscarriage, WebMD reports. Breastfeeding mothers should also avoid moringa, because the effects on babies are unknown. Moringa root, bark and flowers are thought to be unsafe, due to a toxic substance that can cause paralysis and death.