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Mariandina Nutritional Supplements Revitalising the body to fight a range of diseases

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Mariandina is a natural nutritional food supplement formula for the maintenance of good health in people of all ages and walks of life. It can be used by anyone who wants to maintain good health by supplementing the nutritional deficiencies found in any diet.

Who is Stephen Tamale Ssali?
Stephen Ssali is the Son of Professor Charles Ssali, founder of the Mariandina Research Foundation. He is currently working as a Sales and Marketing Director within Mariandina Research Foundation and is responsible for Promotional, logistical support and Distribution of Mariandina Nutritional Health Products. Stephen worked alongside Dr. Ssali for eight years to inform people about Professor Ssali’s research and the range of nutritional health products. Currently Stephen, his sisters Christine Kas, Grace Kiwanuka and his Mother Mrs. Margaret Ssali continue their father’s Legacy.

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Who and When did it start?

Professor Charles Ssali MBchb FRCS is the founder of the Mariandina research foundation which was set up in 1988 to focus on raising health awareness and providing nutritional solutions to health challenges that affect society. Professor Ssali in 1988 made a decision to undertake  research that eventually led to the discovery of the Mariandina Nutritional health Supplements which now helps support the treatment of diseases ranging from diabetes, asthma, lupus, Heart disease, arthritis and AIDS-related illness by nourishing the body and boosting the body’s immune system. The Mariandina range of food supplements was developed after 10 years of scientific research by Professor Ssali who was a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. Professor Ssali was a medical doctor and researcher in both western and traditional medicine.

During his research he treated 18,000 patients with various diseases using Mariandina achieving an 80% success rate within a period of five years. Professor Ssali was an Ear, Nose and throat specialist and worked in the NHS as a consultant.

At the core of Mariandina research foundation is a team that assists in providing assistance and a broad network of wholistic therapies and services.

What are the products that are manufactured by Mariandina and what are they made of?

Mariandina is a natural nutritional health supplement that consists of vitamins, minerals, herbs and trace elements.

Within the Mariandina range we have five products, Mariandina A, Mariandina B, Mariandina J, Mariandina Syrup and Mariandina Cream.

Mariandina products are rich in super anti-oxidants, which help remove impurities and toxins produced by the body called free radicals. The free radicals promote cell damage. Mariandina works by providing the cells with Vitamins, minerals, herbs and trace elements required for optimum cell function. Without these nutrients the cells would be destroyed by toxic substances that occur in the body.


The Mariandina range of products assist the body to heal from Asthma, diabetes, Eczema, Stress, Lupus, Heart disease, Loss of Libido, depression, arthritis, stroke, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, prostrate enlargement and many other diseases by creating optimum immune function.

Mariandina A is an advanced unique natural composition consisting of 28 natural herbs, vitamins, minerals and rare elements such as vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic acid, Citrus Bioflavanoids, Iodine, Niacin, Biotin, Calcium, Zinc, Iron, Selenium, Copper, Manganese and Ginseng plus many more, which boost the immune system, repair body cells and tissues, cleanse, provide stress relief and energise the body.

Mariandina B is an advanced natural composition consisting of 23 natural herbs and vitamins such as Siberian Ginseng Powder, Alfalfa leaf, Golden seal Root, Vitamin E, Gotu Kola, Betacarotene, Kola nut, Bee pollen, Liquorice root, Hawthorn Berry, Capsicum, Yellow Dock leaf, Echinacea, Purpurea, Gingko Biloba leaf, Garlic, Co-Enzyme Q-10, Vitamin C, Calcium phosphate and Guarana that increase blood circulation in the brain, sexual organs, glands and heart. Mariandina B revitalises and rejuvunates the glands and organs to function more efficiently and overcome stress.

Mariandina J Is a unique natural composition of 29 powerful herbs such as Calendula, Echinacea, Astragalus, St. John’s wort, Bed Straw, Mistletoe, Thyme, Camomile, Lecithin, Spirulina, Dandelion, Codonopsis, Osho root, Berberis, Aquifolium, Garlic and Calmus root plus many more that detoxify and cleanse the body cells and tissues.

Mariandina Syrup: is enriched with vitamins, minerals and herbal extracts, which help maintain health, energy and vitality for children.

Mariandina Herbal Cream: contains Tea Tree Oil, Neem Oil, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Zinc, which help heal skin disorders like Eczema, Acne, itchy scalp and Ringworm. Mariandina Cream is antifungal and antiseptic.

How safe is Mariandina?

Mariandina is safe because it is made from natural ingredients with no side effects.  Large doses are well tolerated especially if taken after meals. Mariandina works in harmony with the body by providing natural spare parts to replace lost nutrients and repair damaged cells and tissues. Mariandina can be taken alongside any other medication without interference. Mariandina will speed up the body’s recovery and boost the healing process.


When do you determine an AIDS patient needs to start medication?

The Mariandina Research foundation focuses on prevention and nutritional support for optimum wellbeing, an AIDS patient requires an immune system that is operating at an optimum level, hence we would recommend that the patient starts as soon as they are diagnosed. This provides the body with the necessary support and protects the body from being predisposed to opportunistic infections.

Mariandina can help anyone with HIV with or without AIDS. Those with HIV have been prevented from developing AIDS for as long as 7 years. Those with AIDS have had their immunity reconstructed to normal levels. There are patients that have improved from CD4 as low as 100 and even less. People on treatment with Mariandina have been known to remain symptom free for years despite having CD4 counts from 0 – 400.

Do I need a medical prescription to get Mariandina?

There is no need for a medical prescription to get Mariandina. Mariandina is available through a network of distributors.

Does the AIDS virus disappear from the body on this treatment?

Science today has revealed to us that once any virus has entered the body it can be reduced to undetectable levels and in some cases become dormant, however, it cannot be completely eliminated from the body. Our treatment has been effective at reducing the virus to undetectable levels. We know that from immunology, it is possible to slow down the replication of HIV in the body by using antioxidants.

During Professor Ssali’s research he treated 18,000 patients with an 80% success rate, some of the full blown HIV/AIDS patients were brought into his clinic unconscious, others came critically ill and unable to move, Professor Ssali using Mariandina was able to reverse and restore them to good health. A documentary of Professor Ssali’s method of treatment was shown on CNN news in 1995.  Some of the patients on testing after treatment have found their viral levels were undetectable.

There is a reduction of viral load when monitoring is done using PCR. Those who have the facility are advised to take Mariandina A, B & J in recommended doses. They should have an initial PCR done and repeated every 4 weeks. The values will indicate a reducing viral load. Even if one uses Mariandina A and B only, there will be a reduction of HIV RNA copies/ml. Mariandina J is specially designed to treat herpes simplex sores, herpes zoster and cases of viral Kaposi have shown good response.

We have heard claims that your products can cure AIDS/HIV, how do you substantiate it?

We do not make any claims that our products cure HIV/AIDS. Our patients an completing treatment have noticed that their signs, ailments and symptoms are no longer present and have claimed that they have been cured of the condition of HIV/AIDS. As stated earlier Science today has revealed to us that once any virus has entered the body it can be reduced to undetectable levels and in some cases become dormant, however, it cannot be completely eliminated from the body.

Your products are well received in the African Caribbean community, why is this?

We are all aware of the saying, ‘a prophet is never accepted by his own people.’ After Professor Ssali had treated 18,000 full blown HIV/AIDS patients with Mariandina over a five year period with an 80% success rate; Professor Ssali’s was stopped from practicing medicine in Uganda and the use of Mariandina natural health products was prohibited. This happened at the same time an anti-retroviral AZT was being launched in Uganda. Professor Ssali decided to take his research findings and introduce them into the United Kingdom. He was able to launch a health awareness campaign, which was well received by the African Caribbean community. When they used Professor Ssali’s products they found them useful and were able to reproduce the success he had achieved in Uganda for various diseases, since Mariandina focused on healing and restoring immune function. As a result of this the value and health benefits provided by Mariandina continued to spread to other communities who used Mariandina for General Health.

What has been the best success story of Mariandina?

Mariandina has several success stories. I truly believe the best stories are told by the patients themselves so I have included some of their personal testimonials for you.

A Testimonial from a patient at Mariandina Clinic in Uganda narrated by Professor Ssali:

In 1992, a young lady approached me with a child. She reported to me having symptoms related to AIDS together with a child of three years. The lady who was aged 24 was tested by ELISA and found to be sero reactive. The boy was also tested and found to be HIV positive. The mother who was in relatively good health complained of moderate loss of weight and lack of appetite, a skin rash and recurrent fever. Blood slide was sometimes positive for malaria according to her story from other doctors who had treated her for the past two years.

She was found to have a moderate candidiasis in the oral cavity. She had no signs of any infection on the chest. She only had a mild skin rash consistent with the AIDS. The total blood count showed a haemoglobin of 13gm and the white blood count was just over 3,500/cmm. At that time we did not have facilities for CD4 count and we had no idea of the level at which her immune system was. She was put on Mariandina treatment for a period of six months and the results were very encouraging. The fever disappeared and the skin eruption cleared. The fever that used to bother her stopped. She continued on Mariandina treatment for the next 12 months with not recurrence of any symptoms of AIDS.

The child who was aged 3 was found to be slightly underweight. He had slight tracheal bronchitis with a moderate cough and the Temperature was 37.5 *C and the tongue was coated but there was no evidence of candidiasis. His Elisa test was positive for HIV. The boy was put on anti-malarial treatment because there was scanty malarial parasite in the blood. This however, did not clear the temperature. Ampicilin was started for the tracheal bronchitis and the fever subsided after three days.

He was also put on Mariandina treatment, which was in syrup form because of his age. Within three months the boy had started to gain weight by 2Kgs and continued in good health for the next 12 months.  Both mother and child remained in good health from the end of the year treatment in 1992 up to 1995 when they stopped having treatment. I could not trace their whereabouts until 1997 when the mother reported back to my clinic with the story that she had gone to the United Kingdom for a visit that lasted 18 months.

During her stay in the UK, she took her son to a National Health Service general practitioner for an HIV test. To her amazement, the child was HIV negative. He was 7 years old.

Unfortunately, she did not gather enough courage to go for the same test herself for fear of being disappointed should it not be the same as her son.


I was diagnosed with Cervical cancer in 1986 at the New Cross hospital in the West Midlands. I have had regular biopsies and each time it was confirmed that I had Cervical Cancer in the early stages. In 1999, /I was advised to have a hysterectomy because the cancer could not be contained any more. I refused because I wanted to have a baby.

In 1999, I heard about the Mariandina Herbal supplements and started to take them. Since then, my general health improved and I suffered no side effects. I returned to my doctors in March 2000 for a biopsy which was negative so they couldn’t detect any cancer. The biopsy was repeated a further 3 times and all proved negative. In November 2000 I conceived and I now I am 5 months pregnant. I have taken no other medication other than Mariandina. Regular scans show that I am fine and my baby is fine.

Sophie, North London


I am aged 56 and have arthritis and asthma. Symptoms include being listless and breathless and weak in the morning, tired all the time. I was using pain killers and all sorts.

I started to take Mariandina and the result for my illness is wonderful. I cannot find words to describe. I also had a very painful right breast before taking Mariandina. Now I can rest and sleep at night without getting up to take pain killer tablets. I also told my GP, he noticed the change in my health.

Miss K. Lock


Ms. Florence Namukasa had been diagnosed HIV positive over four years ago. She had complained of recurrent Herpes Simplex sores for two years with no benefit from conventional medical treatment. She was advised to start using Mariandina J in combination with formulae A. Within six weeks this new treatment changed her health status from that of chronic genital sores to normal existence with no discomfort. Now she has been on maintenance doses for the past six months without any recurrence of the sores.


I was confirmed HIV positive at the federal medical laboratory in 1999. since then my health has been up and down. I came down severely with the symptoms of fever, severe weakness and herpes sores in my mouth and genital areas, among other symptoms. I was introduced to Dr Sam who placed me on Mariandina A,B,J herbal boaster after counselling me. I started the products and with a few days my symptoms disappeared. I was particular unhappy about the herpes rash on my lips which was a stigma that made me avoid work for many days. I have continued to take Mariandina products as prescribed by Dr Sam. and none of those symptoms have returned no new symptoms have started. I have since returned to work.


BREAST CANCER – Source – Peter Okyere, Distributor, Sunyani, Kumasi, Accra, Ghana

A lump was removed form my breast in 1998 at the Teaching Hospital in Kumasi and after radiotherapy, I was declared fit. In 2002 another lump started forming and after tests it was shown to be cancerous. I heard of Mariandina in June 2003.  After taking the combination of Mariandina A, B and J for 2 months my doctor reported of a reduction in the size and after another 3 months it is nowhere to be seen.                                               Grace B, Ghana.

Ugandan government claimed that the medicine is just a mere food supplement, and the National Chemotherapeutics Institute at Wandegeya accepts Mariandina as a food nutrient but not a cure for HIV/AIDS. What is your opinion on this?

We are grateful to the Uganda Government who have allowed Professor Ssali’s product Mariandina to be used in Uganda. Mariandina is registered by the food and drugs board of Uganda as a food supplement. The main purpose of Mariandina is to nourish and revitalise the body. Mariandina supports the body’s immune system. Mariandina is not a cure for HIV/AIDS.

The Late Professor Ssali discovered a method for the treatment of Laryngo Tracheo-bronchitis, do you still have product for this disease?

Laryngo Tracheobronchitis is a condition that affects children between the age of 2 to 5 years, causing respiratory obstruction caused by inflammation in the throat and nose and lungs. Original treatment involved tracheotomy to allow for continued breathing.

Professor Ssali’s research produced a new successful method of treatment without using tracheotomy. Professor Ssali used a surgical method which avoided permanent damage and scars to the child’s breathing passages.

Upon Professor Ssali’s publication, the treatment regime was changed implementing his methods, which are still the standard around the world today. (“The Child in the African Environment Growth Development and Survival.” Editors: R. Owor, V. L. Ongom, B. G. Kirya)

How can I obtain Mariandina?

  • Mariandina can be obtained from our network of distributors.
  • For further information:
  • Stephen Ssali: Mobile: 077659 61818
  • To order Mariandina please contact True Essence of Nature on Tel:07515 370 655

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