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The MonaVie Acai Berry Super Fruit Juice - Mona Vie Scam?

Published 12/30/08 (Modified 3/9/11)
By MoneyBlueBook

Review of MonaVie and The Acai Berry Fruit Juice Company's Health and Marketing Claims

MonaVie. Mona Vie. The word actually sounds like a spin off of some french phrase (mon ami), but when I hear the name, two things immediately come to mind - acai berry juice and multi level marketing pyramid scheme. The MLM business scheme or pyramid marketing concept usually elicits a series of red alert alarm bells in my brain's BS scam detector, however, I'm willing to take a closer look at MonaVie before rendering my personal critique and verdict. After having tried out and actually tasted the MonaVie acai berry fruit drink, I have to admit, it's a rather sweet and tasty beverage - sort of a crisp combination of grape juice, blue berries, black berries, and a hint of dark chocolate. There's not much negative commentary I can sling at the MonaVie product in terms of taste alone, but the outrageously expensive price tag and the rather suspicious marketing approach of the company leave much to be desired.

As an ordinary American consumer and a casual observer, I'm not sure what to make of this whole MonaVie acai berry fruit juice craze that seems to be sweeping the health and fitness world. The product's been featured on the Food Network and on daytime talk shows for women like the Rachel Ray show, and eagerly touted by popular television hosts like Oprah Winfrey as the ultimate nectar of the gods. At least several medical commentators have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show recently to promote the acai berry as an invaluable source of super food nutrients and as a magical method to promote youth and bodily rejuvenation. While most of the on-air health commentators were on the Oprah show to promote their individual books, even Oprah herself seemed to jump on the acai berry bandwagon, endorsing the nutritional claims of the tiny purple berry in her own boisterous way.

And it's not just celebrity women either (who in my sexist opinion tend to be very ultra health conscious). Even celebrity guys seem to be getting in on the acai super fruit craze as well. There are numerous photos floating around on the internet of well known celebrities (both male and female) photographed with���� their MonaVie acai juice bottles. I've seen hip hop stars and motor sport athletes on MTV's Cribs show opening up their refrigerator doors for the camera to proudly display their prized rows of ultra-expensive MonaVie branded acai juice bottles. To top it off, when the Boston Red Sox won the Major League Baseball World Series in 2007, you even had several pitchers and players publicly thanking the Mona Vie company and attributing their athletic success to the seemingly magical healing powers of the MonaVie acai berry drink. When professional athletes who have just won the most competitive pinnacle award of their profession celebrate their triumph by giving a ringing endorsement of a particular enhancement product, citing the competitive advantages it allegedly provided their bodies through the grueling eight month long baseball season, I definitely take notice. However at the same time, my curiosity is greatly tempered with a strong dose of skepticism and suspicion at the celebrity's personal motivations for such a resounding product recommendation - and I find myself wondering if the celebrity was partly motivated by financial considerations.

Without a doubt, MonaVie is a popular and highly promoted superfruit juice product, frequently mentioned in popular entertainment and athletic circles among the rich and trendy. It also has a strong growing presence online and on TV, but then again, so do many of the numerous get rich quick schemes and snake oil scams out there, featuring all types of facial cleaning products and useless weight loss shakes and pills. All such popular products have their own legion of compensated celebrities ready to help make the sales pitch and enthusiastically promote the product to the audience. Just because a product is heavily marketed and seems popular does not make it legit. Thus I wanted to take a more objective look into the MonaVie product itself, its health claims, and its marketing approach to decipher for myself the legitimacy of the brand. My primary goal is to answer these series of questions - Is MonaVie a scam? Does MonaVie acai juice berry drinks actually provide the health benefits re-soundly touted by its army of rabid distributors? And finally, is MonaVie a product I would actually purchase and consume for myself as an average, everyday mildly health conscious consumer?

The MonaVie Acai Berry Juice Product

MonaVie is a fruit juice drink made up of a blend of 19 different fruits. In a nut shell, it's like Odwalla or Naked branded smoothie drinks - except the drink is marketed as an acai berry product and it comes in a fancy looking wine bottle to give it allure. While the company refuses to disclose the actual numbers detailing individual juice makeup, it eagerly markets the fruit juice cocktail as some type of specially formulated super fruit juice, citing its composition of acai berries for its supposed magical ability to cure all sorts of physical and mental ailments. While the company does not expressly state that the MonaVie acai berry juice drink is capable of amazing healing properties, that is the marketing direction the company seems to strongly hint at. Obviously due to legality reasons, MonaVie can't officially claim its juice drink to be a health elixir, but it sure seems like it unofficially wants to based on the promotional dance it's constantly engaging in.

Inside of its fruit juice drinks, MonaVie lists as one of its primary ingredients - the acai berry (pronounced ah-sai-ee) - a small purple black fruit about an inch in size and produced from the acai palm tree in the Amazon of Brazil. Through its network of distributors, the MonaVie company promotes the message that its unique acai berry juice blend contains many of the antioxidant related health benefits associated with the acai berry and other special fruits. Supposedly, these super fruits are packed with powerful nutrients and antioxidant compounds that uniquely protect the body's cells from damage and disease, boost the immune system, and slow down the otherwise inevitable process of aging. However, much of the alleged health benefits of MonaVie and the extent of the nutritional value of acai have been called into constant debate and frequently questioned by naysayers that cast suspicion at what exactly is contained in MonaVie and the extent of its alleged nutritional value if any. Certainly, the company's reluctance to share detailed information about the specific acai berry concentration found in its bottles and its mysterious refusal to reveal detailed proportional make up of how the���� fruit juices in the MonaVie blend are made up continue to fuel discussions abut the health claims made by the product's distributors.

Monavie Acai Is Sold Exclusively Via A Questionable Multi Level Direct Sales Approach (AKA Pyramid Scheme)

Mona Vie acai juice drinks are not available in traditional supermarket chains or grocery stores like Safeway, Kroger, or Wegmans, and they're not even available via specialty health minded retailers like Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. You definitely won't find the company's products at discounters like Walmart or Costco - no, the MonaVie company shuns the traditional sales outlets in favor of a more personalized and almost cult like marketing approach.

MonaVie was launched in January 2005 by a long time direct sales marketing veteran and since then, the company has relied exclusively on a multi level marketing strategy to promote and sell its expensive juice drinks. For all intents and purposes, the company's more of a powerful marketing machine than a health food provider. Certainly there may be substantially better fruit juice products out there at much cheaper prices, but frankly, and somewhat commendably, MonaVie does a pretty powerful job of hyping and cleverly convincing health fanatics that they absolutely must drink this product everyday to live their lives to the fullest.

By tapping into a sales stream that takes advantage of trusted personal relationships to generate sales, the company has become wildly successful - at least on the sales side. Those unfamiliar with multi level marketing (MLM) may be more familiar with its common nickname - the pyramid scheme. A MLM or pyramid scheme relies on a direct sales technique based on a relationship referral business model whereby trusted people are the engine components that drive the commission based sales. Whenever a sale is made, a lofty commission is paid out, not only to you (the person who made the sale), but also to the person who referred you into the marketing program as well as to the person who referred your direct referrer - hence the pyramid nature of the arrangement. Because these multi level marketing programs are so potentially lucrative for those at the top of the pyramid (the upline), the system strongly encourages and incentivizes participants to zealously promote the product and heavily recruit new entrants into the program (the downline) to further earn sales and commissions for those on the up line.

Now, the one thing that must be made clear is that not all multi level marketing programs or pyramid schemes are inherently evil or illegal. Not all pyramid schemes are blatant scams or disreputable shell games the same way that Ponzi Schemes are. In fact, there are many otherwise thinly legitimate multi level marketing programs out there such as Amway, Avon, Mary Kay, Herbalife, Tupperware, and all sorts of online affiliate programs. However, many of these MLM based companies suffer from the same stigma and questionable scrutiny that MonaVie faces as well. While not outright frauds or scams like the way Nigerian 419 scams are for example, the same scammy concerns arise because many of these MLM programs really only benefit those at the top of the marketing pyramid and often encourage overzealous sales techniques that frequently lead to almost predatory recruiting tactics and pitches. Oftentimes as well, many of these MLM programs demand contractually obligated sales quotas that members must satisfy every month or face having to purchase the products themselves to meet the sales quota requirement. In the case of MonaVie's contractually obligated arrangement for wannabe new distributors into the program, new entrants are obligated to buy at least 4 bottles a month of the pricey acai berry juice. They don't come cheap and failure to sell enough bottles every month will require that the distributor contractually purchase the required quota for personal use.

As noted by an investigative news article from Newsweek, according to income disclosures, most of the million strong sales team of MonaVie appear to be really just drinking the juice themselves rather than selling them as originally intended. More than 90% of supposed distributors of MonaVie are actually considered wholesale customers, whose earnings were mostly discounts on sales to themselves. Remarkably according to the article, fewer than 1% of the MonaVie marketing pyramid's sales people qualified for commissions and of those, only 10% made more than $100 a week. The Newsweek article even goes on to state that according to a top MonaVie recruiter, while obviously not disclosed by the company, the MonaVie multi level marketing program's drop out rate's around 70%. It's certainly a fascinating tidbit to keep in mind as you ponder the question of whether MonaVie's a scam. While I personally don't think MonaVie is a scam as they do offer an otherwise legitimate fruit juice product, the acai juice company sure has rather unsavory fringe elements to it.

In regards to the secret world of direct sales and pyramid marketing, I had my first negative exposure to MLM programs when I was recruited by a company called Vector Marketing to sell Cutco branded knives back when I was just an 18 year old high school student. For some odd reason, many fellow high school students such as myself were targeted with elaborate marketing sales pitches by Vector Marketing recruiters to become trained in the art of tapping personal relationships to sell ridiculously and insanely overpriced Cutco steak knives to our friends and family members. Obviously, our recruiters were eager to train us into becoming their commission earning downline so that they could profit from our sales as our upline referrals. While the Cutco knives we lugged around and sold were of obvious high quality, they were no where even close to being worth the exorbitant price demanded of each individual cutlery. Quality is one thing, but they were and to this very day, are still vastly overpriced. While I was able to tap into my personal relationships and beg a few neighbors to shell out hundreds of dollars for a few knives out of pity, I remember always feeling extremely scammy and sleazy during my rehearsed sales pitches to supposed loved ones. As a mere 18 year old at the time, I wasn't too fond of���� having to take advantage of my close relationships for financial gain. There was nothing illegal or deliberately evil about the whole sales system, but the whole multi level marketing approach simply felt shady and rather manipulative to me.

Mova Vie Is Extremely Expensive and Overpriced Despite Its Alleged Acai Berry Health Properties

The MonaVie acai berry juice product is not cheap. In fact it's downright expensive - ridiculously overpriced at astronomically rip off levels if you ask me. A single MonaVie juice bottle will cost you $30-$40 per bottle, for a little more than 25 fluid ounces of the fruit berry mixture. According to the promotional material, to fully appreciate the nutritional benefits of acai berry juicing, you're supposed to drink at least 2 fluid ounces of the purple stuff in the morning, and another 1 ounce at night. At the rate suggested by the MonaVie company, a single bottle will last you about a week. At $30-40 a bottle, that comes out to $120-$160 a month, and $1,440-$1,920 a year. Unless you are swimming in money and flush with dollars like the professional athletes or financially well off���� like celebrities Oprah Winfrey or Rachel Ray, chances are, you're going to find regular consumption of this product to be well beyond your financial means. The lucrative price of each expensive bottle of Mona Vie can probably be traced back to the high cost of commission maintenance that must be paid out to the entire pyramid marketing chain upon each sale.

Because of the multi level marketing nature and aggressive direct sales promotional tactics of MonaVie distributors, a wide array of ridiculous health and nutritional claims seem to have blanketed the internet. Sometimes it's a little difficult figuring out which writer is trustworthy and which one is blatantly a sales guy. I have personal gut-feeling suspicions that sizable portions of these favorable web-based health comments and supposed online testimonials were made by MonaVie distributors and financially interested sales promoters trying to hype up the appeal of their pricey cash cow via fake product reviews. A quick browse of the internet quickly reveals all sorts of outlandish testimonies and anecdotal stories by random people - claims of how MonaVie acai juice drinking cured their heart disease, healed their arthritis, alleviated stress and depression, cured their acne, reversed their aging, repaired joint damage, got rid of joint and back pain, cured their cancer, treated their diabetes, made them more energetic, and even improved their sex life. The craziest claim I've seen was some gentlemen who claimed that his steady diet of Mona Vie acai berry juice made his special male anatomy organ larger and more virile. I've even read a few ridiculous claims by anonymous female commentators on various Mona Vie related blog posts touting how acai berry juicing grew their chests and helped make their breasts larger. The myriad of outlandish and totally unsubstantiated claims are quite abundantly available online - an unfortunate side effect that distorts the truth, whenever there is a lot of sales money to be had.

Now it's one thing for a product to be expensive and it's a whole different matter altogether if the product doesn't actually do what it says it is supposed to do. The literature and research on the amazing health benefits of drinking MonaVie and the supposed God-like healing properties of acai berry juice are still not entirely definitive. While there is little doubt that berries and fruits such as acai, blue berries, blackberries, and pomegranates common loads of nutritional vitamins and powerful compounds such as cell repairing antioxidants, the research is not yet entirely supportive that these are indeed super fruits that can cure all and heal all. There is scientific evidence that the acai fruit and other dark berries are uniquely high in Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC), a rating system that evaluates a food product's ability to fight harmful free radicals in the body, but that doesn't mean that a single fruit can potentially replace all other alternative sources of vital nutrients.

To be fair, the MonaVie company doesn't actually go out of its way to blatantly promote the MonaVie product as a magical berry elixir anymore. MonaVie does not actually make the health and nutritional claims itself. Due to stricter federal scrutiny of Mona Vie's official claims, the company has drastically cut back on its previous assertions of health benefits and healing properties. The company is now content with marketing the MonaVie drink as merely a high end fruit juice product, letting its legion of cult like Mona Vie acai berry drinkers and promoters hype the unbelievable health benefit innuendos on their own. After all, the motto of the MonaVie company is - "Drink It, Feel It, Share It" - which sounds more like a sales focused marketing directive of sorts to me.

Acai Berries Do Contain Lots Of Nutrients - They Just Don't Have Super Healing Powers As Suggested By Some Independent MonaVie Distributors

As a mild defense for the key heralded component of MonaVie's juice product - the acai berry does indeed contain abundant nutritional value. There is quite a bit of research touting the health benefits of acai berry as a good source of fiber, minerals, vitamins, polyphenols, and antioxidants for healthy bodily performance. The expensive acai fruit does indeed contain a wealth of nutritional benefits compressed into each little purple berry, but then again, much of the same health benefits can easily be found in large concentrations in other more common and cheaper fruits such as bananas, blue berries, and apples as well.

Despite my admitted fondness for the taste of acai, I'm extremely wary of buying into the whole MonaVie acai juice product because I simply do not know how much of acai can be found in each bottle. Because MonaVie refuses to disclose the actual composition of its juice drinks, we do not know for certain the exact breakdown of its juice cocktail and the exact amount of expensive acai berry concentrate in the blend. It's very important to keep in mind that the MonaVie juice mixture doesn't contain acai berries exclusively. It's comprised of an admitted blend of 19 fruits - including many common and cheap fruits like bananas and apples, easily found in your neighborhood grocery store. If you really buy into the claimed health benefits of juicing and nutritional potency of acai berries, there are much easier and cheaper ways to get your purple berry fix. Most grocery stores sell acai berry juice variations and even certain online stores sell similar acai berry laden juice drinks, acai powders, and acai capsules for much, much less.

The fact of the matter is that people are always looking for the easy way out and frequently are all too eager for a magic potion that will make take away the need to put in effort. There is plenty of research touting the overwhelming health benefits of a low fat, low sugar diet comprised of lots of fish and whole grain foods. There is also overwhelming evidence that smoking and excessive alcohol drinking wrecks havoc on physical and mental health, and that daily consistent exercise is absolutely essential to healthy living. Yet, we as humans seem to ignore those simple practices and remain perpetually enamored with the possibility that there are super fruits out there that can serve as magic silver bullets to our health problems and ailments. The reality is that there is no such thing as a one size fits all super fruit. Proper health and nutrition requires a good moderated balance of fruits, vegetables, and proper exercise - not the services of a single food product - especially not one that is so expensively priced.

How To Buy MonaVie Online And Test Out Acai Berry Juices For Yourself (Remember, It's Not Cheap and Its Health Claims Are Not Fully Substantiated Yet)

Recently, I purchased a few bottles of MonaVie online simply to test out and review the juice product for myself since I didn't know how else to try it out for free. While I have no intention of actually signing up as a distributor or getting myself locked into some multi level marketing contract, I think it's perfectly understandable if there are people out there who remain curious about the fruit juice blend. It's admittedly rather tasty, albeit extremely expensive and somewhat overrated. Personally, I don't buy the magical juice berry claims of the MonaVie supporters and chose to consume the drink on a one time limited basis as I would any new drink. If you really want to start juicing, buy a fruit juicer for yourself or buy pre-made fruit smoothies from the grocery store. Many of these pre-made blends contain acai berry and they're a much cheaper way to get exposed to the nutritional value of acai should you so choose to partake. If you really insist on joining the MonaVie acai berry craze, there are plenty of equally good generic acai berry brands out there as well - in various just-add-water powder products and pills.

In the event you are determined to test out MonaVie acai berry drinks or similar acai berry products based on curiosity, here are a few ways to buy them online. Remember, it's not an endorsement, and I'm just pointing the way for you if you insist:

  1. MonaVie Active Health Juice With Acai (Amazon) - 1 Bottle of the dark purple stuff.
  2. MonaVie Active Juice Bottles With Acai (Amazon) - 4 bottles - A way to buy MonaVie online without having to agree to some recurring sales contract.
  3. MonaVie Juice Bottles With Acai (eBay) - Cheapest method to buy MonaVie online without commiting to a distributorship agreement, but requires eBay auction bidding.
  4. Natrol - Acai Berries 1000mg Per Serving 60 Capsules (Amazon) - 60 capsules
  5. Organic Acai Fruit Capsules with Camu Camu (Amazon) - 60 capsules - The Brazilian acai berry in pill form.
  6. 100% Pure Acai Fruit Powder with Camu Camu (Amazon) - 90 grams - Just add water to make an acai powder juice drink.

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329 Responses to “The MonaVie Acai Berry Super Fruit Juice - Mona Vie Scam?” 

  1. Miguel iniguez says:

    Super economies always take advantage of third world countries and through this MONAVIE product I can see that history repeating again in Mexico where this product is hitting all sorts of social and economic levels.
    Some times declared scams sometimes deceiptfull advertisements but at the end the same result the rich get richer because they have the capital they invest in human weak minds. no doudt at the end the rightous will survive and the evil will perrish by terrestrial laws or mighty laws.
    enjoy the benefits of your scam while you can for at end the truth will prevail and the punishment will be inevitable. May you all have a nice 2010 year.

  2. Mike Steele says:

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  3. Cyberxion says:

    Monavie isn't the top beverage in the world, Mike. Far from it. Now if you're trying to imply that it sells well, even that's meaningless when you consider the MLM model means that everyone in the pyramid besides the folks on top have to buy this crap in order to sell it. It doesn't speak to the product's sell-through. If anything, it's sales simply speak to how successfully you folks are at suckering people into buying into your scam. It's sales stand as a gauge for how naive people are at best, and doesn't have anything to say at all about the quality of your product one way or the other.

  4. Mike Steele says:

    The product works for us. I know many people who are happy using Mona Vie. The business structure is better than all the other juice companies.

    I am sorry Cyberxion I had to stir the pot a little more. The last response before me was 11 days ago I needed the world to see this article. PING

  5. Cyberxion says:

    Mike, you're a distributor. Of course you want us to believe that it works for you. Your ability to sell this overpriced snake-oil depends on whether or not you can convince people that it has miraculous healing properties. It's not worth the asking-price otherwise.

    As for the near-mythic "happy Monavie user", all I can say is that I've not read one single testimonial written by someone who didn't also have an investment in the product as a distributor, Mike. Not a single one.

    Monavie is a multi-level-marketing scheme, Mike. The folks on the bottom of the food-chain work their asses off for the folks on the top. That's not a good business structure Mike.

  6. Food Tech in CA says:

    Thanks for stirring the pot, Mike. If you've read any of the previous posts, you'll see how we've pretty much wiped out any pro-MonaVie argument that's been presented.

    Just spouting off marketing nonsense isn't going to get you anywhere here. How about producing some good, solid facts?

  7. Cyberxion says:

    Cheryl, the difference is that when I work at a 9-5 job, I'm assured that I'll get a paycheck every two weeks. If I sell Monavie, all I'm doing is throwing away upwards of sixty hours a week to potentially make minimum-wage, and that's best-case. Chances are better that I'll do a ton of legwork and put in all those hours for nothing. So I'd work upwards of twenty hours a week more than your average citizen does to maybe, just maybe, make less than what folks who work at McDonalds make. I think that I'll stick to my 9-5 job, Cheryl.

    Cheryl, you talk about choices, but you seem to assume that people working 9-5 jobs were forced into them. I don't know how it's been for you in the course of your life, but I've chosen every job I've taken. Furthermore, you assume that working in a 9-5 job doesn't afford you any choices once you've taken it. I have the freedom to do just about anything I want at my job. I can go wherever I want within the company with but a bit of hard work and initiative, and I'm free to work at my own pace. Furthermore, my company values its employees and makes investments in that Monavie doesn't make in its distributors. I'm proud to work for the company I do, Cheryl, and there's nothing you could offer me that would lead me to trade my job for a job selling overpriced fruit-juice. Nothing.

    Cheryl, I'm very interested in my health, which is why I tend to scrutinize products that promise miraculous health benfits. If I'm going to pay a premium to keep myself healthy, then I want to be sure that what I'm paying for is worth it. Your product is not. It has very little nutritional value, so it doesn't even qualify as a dietary suppliment. I'm sorry Cheryl, but I'm not going to pay a lot for something of negligible value. If I need fruit juice in my diet, I'll go ahead and stick to Costco's juice, because chances are better that it'll actually have some nutritional value, even if they don't pay me to drink it. Monavie doesn't pay you either (It's the other way around...), but hey, you shills have never let little things like facts get in the way.

    #1 antioxidant? By who's estimation, Cheryl? Yours? You do know that scientific studies have been done that show that Monavie is actually lacking in antioxidants, right? Again we have an obfuscation of truth by a Monavie distributor.

    Cheryl, you're right. The words can't, won't, don't, and lazy do play a big role in my life. Because I've made it my goal recently to tell you folks that your fruit-juice CAN'T heal anybody, that this WON'T Stop being the truth no matter how hard you work to obscure the truth, that I DON'T appreciate how you shills don't seem to be at all worried that your lies may end up killing someone, and I think it's incredibly LAZY of you that you'd rather sell this crap than get an honest job.

    Cheryl, you've broken the FTC's rule about not sharing atypical testimonials. Furthermore, Monavie requires that you share your distibutor ID every time you post to the internet, and you've failed to do that. You can't even follow your cult-leader's rules, Cheryl, so the chances that you're being honest about any of what you've said are next to none. As for your estimation of myself Cheryl, folks like Food Tech and I have the truth on our side, so you can say whatever you want about me, and I trust that people will be smart enough to see through you. I doubt that your transparant deflection tactics are going to work. . I suggest you try a new s

  8. Cyberxion says:

    The issue Wykyd1, is that it's not obvious that anyone has had excellent results. All we have is a load of conveniently unverifiable anecdotal testimonials that fly in the face of science and common sense to go on. And for someone with an inquisitive mind, that should never, ever be enough. That's why folks like Food Tech and I demand more from distributors than that.

    It says volumes about the product that not one distributor to date has stepped up and given us the peer-reviewed scientific evidence that we've repeatedly requested. If the product is truly so great, then you'd think that Monavie would be intensely interested in having the studies done to prove it. I know that if I were sitting on a medical miracle and a potential goldmine, I'd want the world to know it. And yet years after they debuted the product, they still don't have a single study that proves that the juice is most definitely the magical cure-all that they say it is, even while scores of independent studies have been done in the meantime that prove that it's not. What's up with that Wykyd1?

    Now if you think you're going to get paid to drink Monavie, you're out of your mind. You pay Monavie for your supplies, which you can turn around and sell or take a bath in for all Monavie cares, but you'll never be paid to drink it. It just doesn't work that way. Look into MLM marketing and see for yourself.

    As for your blanket assumption that we're none of us getting the fruit that we need in our diets, it's been proven that Monavie has negligible value as a replacement for fruit. And being that it's astronomically more expensive than a single apple, which has nearly 2.5 times the ORAC value than an entire day's serving of Monavie, there's no reason whatsoever why folks should buy Monavie instead of just adding fruit to their diets.

    Frankly, if you aren't a distributor, or possibly Cheryl posting under an alternate screen-name, then it's mystifying to me how you could see all the evidence that disproves Monavie's claims, and read all the common sense that we've shared here, and not be the least bit skeptical, unless of course you're just too naive for your own good. If we give you the benefit of the doubt and accept that you're on the level, then you're exactly the sort of person that we write this stuff for the benefit of. You are why this isn't a waste of time. Monavie's lies might seem compelling on the surface, but they don't hold up to scrutiny. And if you're not willing to look beyond that surface, then we'll do it for you. That's why we're here, Wykyd1. That's why we'll always be here. Call it a public service if it helps you understand.

  9. Wykyd1 says:

    What I'm getting from all this is for those who believe, no proof is necessary & for those who don't believe, no proof is possible...No different from anything else in this world.

    I know that I personally am willing to give Monavie a try because after searching for something for so long to help better my health & finding out that simple vitamins will never help, because they don't even digest & I do have complete proof of this because I have a friend that works at the sewer district & sees thousands & thousands of them come through daily fully intact, I'm willing to drink juice. Since statistics are showing that 1 in 2 men will get cancer & 1 in 3 women will get cancer & most of the men and women in my life, not just my family, have already been touched by it personally & yes, they have all eaten apples their whole life, I'll believe what Monavie can possibly do for my body over an apple any day, because obviously apples aren't working! Cancer is like a freakin epidemic these days, has anybody else noticed this? Who knows...maybe it's not the ORAC score that holds the proof as to why Monavie will work. I can't speak for you or anyone else, but I'm not willing to take my chances like my uncles did dying very prematurely by just eating an apple or two every day, I'd rather give this juice a fair chance.

  10. Food Tech in CA says:

    Forgive me if I'm a little skeptical about you not being a distributor. We hear that a lot. I'm not a distributor, but....

    I checked with a known distributor, who told me that a single bottle of MonaVie for a non-distributor is $45 per bottle. So, unless you bought a whole lot of cases, your story doesn't add up. I expect that you'll come back with stories of wonderous miracles after drinking MonaVie.

    Unless you have some science to back up your claims, we'll simply file it under unverifiable, made up anecdotes about MonaVie.

  11. Wykyd1 says:

    You guys are tough, but I'm not giving up here because the fact remains that I'm not a distributor or even a scientist, so you're right I can't give any scientific reasons or whatever to back anything, nor do I want to. I'm just a guy trying Mona-vie & sharing with you what is happening to me. Also, I did only pay right under $25 a bottle from a Mona-vie distributor, so I'm still going to keep giving updates if I notice anything different.

    This update is obviously a little more personal, but yesterday & today I noticed that using the restroom has become easier & more regular, almost like clockwork...Very weird that a juice is doing this for me, but I think that being regular is definitely a good thing for anyone's system. I haven't changed anything else, so it's definitely gotten my attention because these changes are definitely interesting to me.

  12. Cyberxion says:

    You know what else can keep you regular? Fiber! And it can be had for far less money than Monavie too. So...why not go with the fiber?

    Let's get real here. We already know the name of the game you're playing. It's the one where you first pretend like you merely have a passing interest in the juice. You take the opportunity to meet the skeptics head on in spite of allegedly having no prior ties to the product, and you share a personal sob-story about someone close to you who could have benefited from the juice if only he or she had been aware of it while they still had a chance. This is a ploy meant to play off of the natural paranoia that most folks have when it comes to their health. Then once you believe that you've got people's trust, you graduate to being a drinker of the juice. This is the point at which you begin to share your anecdotal testimonials, trusting that by this point folks will be so paranoid that they'll be willing to believe whatever you tell them. Eventually you'll work some grand miracle into your anecdotes. Some terrible ailment will befall you, but your Doctor will be amazed when it's revealed to him that you've managed to dodge a potentially lethal bullet just by drinking Monavie. And of course your Doctor will tell you to continue doing so. Then once you believe you've got everyone hooked, that's when you'll reveal the good news. You've decided to become a distributor! Now you can help spread the miracles the juice has bestowed upon you with everyone else, and oh, would anyone like to buy some from you now that you're a distributor?
    Look man, there's just no reason whatsoever why an individual so paranoid about his health should eschew cheaper, more effective alternatives in favor of Monavie, unless of course that person is selling it. I mean...the very idea that someone with such a personal, vested interest in maintaining his health would be so willing to put a stake in a product that's sold on the back of a multilevel marketing scheme, and do so in spite of the cheaper, scientifically proven alternatives that are available to him, is an idea so ludicrous that it's beyond unbelievable. And yet that's what you'd have us believe is going on here. It's insulting how stupid you people think the rest of us are.

    In order for your entire story to-date to be even remotely plausible, we would have to believe that you're the world's most unfortunate sucker, and I don't get that impression from you. I believe that you think you're more clever than you really are. After all, you expected us to buy this load of blatant clap-trap in spite of how poorly you're selling it. However, for all your misplaced bravado, I don't get the impression from you that you're stupid.

    Or maybe I'm giving you too much credit. Either way, you have no credibility here. You're either a distributor or someone too naive to be trusted to make rational choices, so you're better off cashing in your chips and moving to other pastures. You're not going to make any headway here.

  13. Cyberxion says:

    I would hope that you wouldn't be a jerk like that George, because it would actually reflect worse on you than it would on me if you were to imply that I lack credibility simply because you've posted conveniently unverifiable anecdotal testimonials.

  14. Food Tech in CA says:


    I suggest that you google "price placebo effect." If you still believe that a poorly formulated fruit punch is responsible for you feeling better, then I have some magic beans to sell you. They're great for relieving gas.

  15. Roger says:

    Why does the MonaVie product have to be sooo expensive? Aloe Commodities, in Carrolton, TX bottle the stuff under contract, the cost being $USD6.25 plus state taxes. Over-inflated pricing in my book,

  16. agustin diaz says:

    to tell u the truth this whole world is a pyramid scheme ya people is blinded by illusion which u don't see the truth every company out here is a pyramid scheme just like been an employment there are level in each company like assistance manager is a level of scheme as it goes up to higher level and higher earning is all the same shit so ya people calling program home base business n other stuff pyramid scheme everything we live threw is a scheme so shut the fuck up and wake up people because every company out there is pyramid scheme is just that American do w.e fuck they want so u wont see the truth and be controlled just like college n high school is all a scam they make more money from you so u can make less college doesn't show you how to make money it shows u how to be employ to follow direction but doesn't really show u how u can be your own boss for real ya is blinded by the truth and it hurts ya because u know im saying the truth

  17. Brodou17 says:

    Hello Everyone. I notice this article has caused quite a Rage amongst Everyone here. I don't think I've ever run across a product that has created as much buzz In the Food & Beverage Industry than This Mona Vie.

    I would like to give everyone here One of my experiences with the product; particularly The Mona Vie Active.

    I have an Uncle From my Home Town. Anyway, He has had Arthritis in his fingers for about 5 or 6 years. He is now getting kindof Old. He's probably 50 or 60 years old.

    Anyway, back about 2 years ago, Mona Vie Distributors Started Popping up around Where I live, and, I got involved in it after...Something quite amazing happened to him when he tried it.

    Not to get ahead of myself, Someone brought My uncle a bottle of the active. Anyway, He decided to start taking the juice. What could it hurt? He thought. So, he started taking the juice, And he noticed over the span of a few weeks, Something Crazy started to happen. His hands never felt the same anymore. It may have been that he was taking more drugs for his problem,....I dont know. But, within three weeks his arthiritis was Almost entirely gone.
    True Story.

    Now, I am not here to make Health claims or to Sell Mona Vie. So let me quote the famous Words that everyone has to say when they find some particular good product.
    "This Product, Mona Vie, Is not intended to Treat, Cure, or Prevent Any Diease. And has not been evaluated by the FDA. And, It probably Isn't recommended that you try it, even though you might feel Better. You'd better check with you certified physician and Get some More Drugs. "

    I hope I said everything that I'm required to.

    I thought I would share this with everyone.

    Yes, It does cost around 40$ per bottle. It is expensive. It might even be a scam.
    But, I am drinking the juice today, and I don't plan on stopping Until there's no More Acai left in the Amazon. :)

    everyone have a great day!!!

  18. Food Tech in CA says:

    Broudou17 writes: "Now, I am not here to make Health claims or to Sell Mona Vie. So let me quote the famous Words that everyone has to say when they find some particular good product"

    **Yet, that's exactly what you do when you lie about your uncle's arthritis being helped by a fruit punch. As a distributor, you've not only lied through your teeth, but you've broken federal law. I notice you also did not post your true name and distributor number as required by MonaVie's own rules.

    MonaVie is a fruit punch laced with two preservatives. It does absolutely nothing for arthitis or any other affliction. It is equal to 2/3 of a serving of fruits (USDA Standard).

    Please don't bother with your unverifiable anecdotes anymore.

  19. Acai Berry Cleanse says:

    I've been taking the capsules the past two months, i have noticed no change whatsoever in my weight. I'm quite dissapointed actually. Am i doing something wrong? is there a specific name brand i should be taking?

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