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

Published 12/30/08 (Modified 3/8/11)
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. A Werner says:

    My Father-in-Law age 93 has taken SeaSilver for over 30 years! He claims this as the
    reason that he has made it to 93. Now, he does ignore the fact that he only eats Fruit,
    Vegetables, Non-Fat Milk and does not drink alcohol nor any meat only Fish rarely.
    He also plays GOLF with the pull-Cart (does not ride in a Golf Cart) on Sat and Sun
    18 holes! During the week he walks an hour a day Monday thru Friday. He does not
    engage in sexual activity so no diseases. SeaSilver has nothing to do with his
    attaining age 93. It is simply his lifestyle.

  2. CINDY says:

    Roseann,
    This is my first time of being on this blog but reading all your comments make me sick. I have bought more than 6 boxes of monavie juice and it didnt not help me in any form or shape. Its totally waste of money. I tend to have blemishes on my face and a friend of mine who happens to be a monavie distributor introduce me to the product. I was hesitant at first but with all the sweet talks that you people tend to put out there made me dedcided to try. I was told to sign up and pay that damn $39, I bought 2 boxes initially which was 8 bottles, my first taste was terrible, I had alot of headaches and was told its because im new to it but it vanishes after a few days but this juice did not show any sign or change in my health and was convinced to buy some more since it takes time for improvement and I ended up buying 6 boxes and nothing happened and I therefore stopped. I was convinced by distributors via email to continue and even told about prizes of cars you earned by selling to other people and all your fancy meetings and comissions you give out on visa cards. I am sick and tired of you people making this juice like " HEAVENLY JUICE" but what you have to remember is, everyone is different and if it works for you , it might not work for everyone. Its just a mere juice and there is nothing special about it. I recently bought a juicer and making my own juice and it works better. I feel very energise and its cheaper.
    Stop promoting these money grabbing business from other people for your own benefit. You are calling names and shutting everyone out and you think you know better.
    I am sick and tired of this scam. This is scam!!!

  3. Roseann says:

    Cindy,

    I'm sorry the juice didn't work for you - and that the distributor that you were dealing with convinced you to try it for 6 months. If it doesn't work after two, I wouldn't suggest anyone keep on it. I've NEVER heard that it clears up blemishes NOR that it causes headaches, so I wouldn't have suggested you continue if that's what you were trying to accomplish or it that's the reaction you had to it. It's possible that you were allergic to one or more of the fruits that are in the blend. But as YOU said, different things work for different people, and obviously, it didn't work for you. That doesn't mean that it doesn't work for other people, so don't be so quick to condemn those that know it does work for them.

    It's not a scam and if you continue with that line of thinking, then everything that you don't like or you don't think works for you is a scam. There are some real scams out there but I'm not going to go around telling everyone that ever tried a diet product and said it worked while it didn't for me, is a scam. It turns out that I actually had a medical condition that kept any of the ones I tried from working and for years the doctors never knew it. You might want to be checked for allergies. I don't know. But what I DO know is that it worked for me - in fact, I've sent proof of my blood work to the two different people that asked me for it.

    It's getting old listening to people such as yourself that had a bad experience with another, perhaps not so scrupulous, distributor, and then generalizing all of the rest of them into that group. At least you tried it, which is more than I can say for the other bashers on this blog. But if you'd have an open mind for one minute, and could believe that it actually does work for some people and that we're not all liars, you'd have to settle for the fact that it didn't work for you for whatever reason, and tell that distributor what you think of THEM for stringing you on and leave the rest of us alone. I am not promoting this juice for MY benefit alone. If I didn't believe that it helps people I would NEVER suggest to them that they spend their money on it. And if it doesn't after a couple of months, I feel bad that they feel they wasted their money, but I doubt it's the first time they tried something that didn't "work", and it certainly didn't hurt them. It at LEAST improved their health on the inside, even if they couldn't FEEL any results.

    So get off your high horse and take your frustrations out on the distributor that suckered you into 6 months worth. That's where your anger needs to be directed.

  4. Lorrie says:

    MonaVie is an excellent way to get what your body needs. I gave away my juicer. Who has time??
    MonaVie has a patented freeze dried/flash frozen process which keeps the nutritional value of the acai berry which includes the skin and pulp. If it is shipped here for processing it will lose about 80% of it's nutritional value. Some other brands are clarified; you shouldn't be able to see thru the juice. I saw some acai juice recently and the label indicated no nutritional value!
    Better to support ourselves and our friends who want to promote the product rather than a big corporation. The company is also helping many orphaned children in Brazil.

  5. Food Tech in CA says:

    Lorrie,

    Sorry to disagree with you. The freeze-dried process that is used for the acai is not patented. It's just a freeze drying process. Dr. Schauss applyed for a patent on the acai conentrate, not the process. It was denied. The acai has an ORAC of 1,027 umoles, however, MonaVie only has an ORAC of 22.81 umoles (AIBMR - Dr. Schauss)

    There are absolutely no scientific research that indicates MonaVie has any more benefit than store shelf cranberry juice.

    Anecdotal evidence is all you will find.

  6. Roseann says:

    Food Tech,

    You were correct until just recently about the patent process. From what I understand it has JUST been approved. I'm not sure where to go to look for that, but have been told that it was just done. I agree that it would be nice if/when they finally do some scientific studies on their juice so we can prove to those that doubt the results that many have seen that this is definitely the cause.

  7. Food Tech in CA says:

    Roseann,

    If you can find the update on the patent, I would appreciate it. Freeze drying has been around for a long time, so I can't imagine what new technology they would be able to patent.

    Yes, MonaVie needs to collect all of the anectodal evidence that's been circulating, isolate any promising ones, and pay to have scientific clinical studies performed.

    If there are any distributors out there, I would highly recommend contacting the company about this.

    Also, Roseanne did send me a copy of her lab results for cholesterol. There was a marked decrease in the LDL (bad) and total cholesterol, along with the triglyecerides.

    She indicated, that she was taking MonaVie Active. MonaVie active contains plant sterols as an additive. Plant sterols have been shown to decrease bad cholesterol in many people. If this is her means to obtain plant sterols to lower her cholesterol, I won't object to that. There are less expensive products that contain plant sterols, but that's a personal choice.

    In this particular case, I will support her conclusions and congratulate her for being proactive in her approach to controlling cholesterol.

    I still do not support using MonaVie as a treatment or cure for other conditions, unless scientifically documented.

    I also, do not agree with substituting MonaVie for fruits and vegetables. The antioxidant levels are not high enough to justify this, not to mention, the lack of fiber and many other phytonutrients.

  8. Roseann says:

    Just a quick comment - it's the Pulse (not Active) that I'm taking and that has the plant sterols. (The Active has the liquid glucosamine.)

    And I'm going to try to get whatever official reference I can get on the patent and pass it along....

  9. Mary Grace Umayam says:

    My husband is always tired and have a bad case of acid reflux. He would drink pepto and maalox evrey day at least 2 or 3 times to not have that awful feeling. My aunt gave us 2 bottles and drank it accordingly to the instructions on the back. Before this, we knew very little of what acai was and don't really pay attention to the news or the hype. We normally drink a glass of wine everyday and the bottle of wine averages the same amount with monavie. So for us cost wise, it does not make a difference (we don't feel like we are being ripped off). But amazingly, it has helped my husband's condition (acid reflux/low energy). I worked evening shifts or graveyard shifts and I now dont drink coffee to stay up. I drink a can of monavie's energy supplement drink instead and I love it! Don't like rockstar or monster or redbull and all of that other stuff. Taste bad and its just overloaded with sugar.

    It has been 2 months for us and we are loving it! Don't know much about the business or the sales part, but maybe someday when we have more time. For now, I would not mind signing up to be a distributor for personal use. Just wanted to share how this drink has helped both of us in a short time. Thank you all for your information (the good and the bad). It is up to us to decide for ourselves. So if you dont like it, don't do it,dont drink it and just go find =something else to do. If you like it, then good for you!

  10. Drayko says:

    The proof is in the files,the scientists have them,Go and talk to them,they've nothing to hide.Or you can go do the tests yourself...I was a sceptic,but It worked for me.I tested It,and then I studied It to find out why.And I was amazed at what I found.The 'high' price is worth it to me.And no I'm not rich.I make $35k/yr. But a trip around the world to get the ingredients myself? Priceless?
    I'm not out to 'diss' anyone,just to ask you to think for yourself.What are you worth, to you?At least $40/wk I hope.

  11. RDB says:

    I just spent forever reading all of these blogs and my head is spinning. I have come to several conclusions:
    1. There are people who will go to any length to drive home their opinion(s).
    2. There must be quite a few people here who are only tormenting themselves because the lengths they are going to driving home their opinion(s) are working with some folks.
    3. If a person seems to be getting any kind of benefit out of anything, whether it be physical or mental, why argue with them and try to make them change and say they were wrong - it was only their imagination?
    4. Why should anyone have a problem if there are people out there making money with this product? If people buy this to try it or are buying it because it has improved the way they feel, why does it bother people that the distributors who introduced it to them are making anything? As long as the money doesn't come out of my pocket then it's none of my business who spends how much on what!

    BUT - here is the main reason I am writing this (yes, I know this site is winding down), Jason responded to Kitty on May 20th that she violated laws, and he was dead wrong. She only stated that the person's pain was better relieved on MonaVie than by using Vicodan. In no way did she ask anybody to stop their pain meds and start drinking MonaVie. AND - I sat in on a meeting that my son had with a distributor and his exact words were, "You cannot in any way, form, or fashion state that MonaVie will cure any medical condition. That is the reason that you are asked to try the product and then you can atest to the facts as they concern you." In other words, if this product improves you and your every day life then you will be passionate in passing this information on to others and that it the best advertising tool there is.

    I believe if you try it and it does nothing for you then you also have the right to pass that along. If you don't bother to try it then you have no testament one way or the other.

    People see Decadron (a corticosteroid) as the miracle drug for cancer patients in easing or stopping the nausea caused by chemotherapy. It turns out that I am allergic to steroids and most of the anti-nausea meds so nothing helped and I had uncontrollable nause and vomiting from the time one chemo treatment ended until only a couple of days before the next began. My point being, everything isn't a "miracle" for everybody, but for those that certain things do help and make a difference, thank God. Why try to talk somebody out of trying something that might just be their "miracle"?

  12. Darren says:

    Reading the news today it looks like Oprah and Dr. Mehmet Oz, a frequent guest on Winfrey's show, have sued more than 50 small businesses across America saying they had falsely claimed the two endorsed various beauty products and dietary supplements. According the news article I read, the lawsuit stated many of the offers made by the companies enticed consumers into "credit card scams or other fraudulent schemes."

    Haha...Monavie scams and the other acai weight loss scams out there are going down!

  13. Roseann says:

    HaHa yourself Darren. You obviously don't know what you're talking about. MANY shows have highlighted MonaVie - some have even given out free bottles to those in the audience. Dr. Oz HAS said that acai is a superfood (the number one superfood if I'm not mistaken, but I'd have to go look that up and don't have time at the moment) so there's no way anyone is going to contest that. I have a copy of the Oprah show that he said it on.

    As for the other acai "scams" - they ARE out there and a friend of mine tried it. MonaVie has NEVER tried to make it out to be a weight loss product, and the one that my friend tried DID, and they got her Credit Card for the shipping on the "free trial" that never ended because she couldn't get anyone on the phone to cxl the rest of it and stop charging her card. They've been stopped (according to the credit card company) and are NOT the same company as MonaVie AT ALL.

    Check your sources and all of your facts before you try to lump MonaVie into the actual scams that are out there.

    And BRAVO to you RDB. I realize that I contributed to a lot of what made your head spin above and apologize for that, and couldn't have said it better than what you did in your short post above. It's nice to see that there are still people with common sense out there. (And at the risk of sounding like I think MonaVie is a "miracle" - which I don't since only God can do those - and this is 3rd party, but a guy my friend knows was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor about this time last year that was supposed to have killed him by last Christmas. He's still doing well, the tumor hasn't progressed at all, and the only thing he did was drink a LOT of MonaVie starting about the time he was diagnosed. When February rolled around and the doctors couldn't explain why it hadn't killed him by then, they decided to do some chemo., and it's shrunk the tumor to some extent. He also hasn't felt as ill as the doctors told him he would and he credits the MonaVie with that. I'm very sorry you're going through what you're going through and hope that MonaVie helps you as much as it did my friend's friend.)

  14. Sara says:

    I have never been on a site like this. I am so amazed at the comments on here. First of all...everyone is entitled to an opinion and that has certainly been seen. MonaVie does help some and doesn't help others but if you haven't tried how can you give an educated comment. Dr. Schauss has done 15 years of research and figured out how to put 19 fresh fruits into a health drink that can help people live healthier lives. I have a cd that's talks about all the research he's done and if anyone wants to argue I'll get you a cd. We would all love to say that we eat our daily fruits & veggies but honestly...nobody does these days. We all have different reasons plus with all the pesticides & crap that is put on or in our foods we buy at the stores their nutrition has decreased so much that we can't get proper nutrition anymore. MonaVie is just an effective way for people to get the nutrition they aren't getting from eating fruits & veggies everyday. You can still eat fruits & veggies...it's not a replacement just an added perk. You may not notice results right away or maybe even at all BUT long term it'll make a difference even though you don't feel it. It's a lifestyle choice you make to live healthier happier lives. Not everyone will be a believer and that's ok but for those who do that's awesome. I'm not going to argue anyone's points they have made. I am here to tell you that it's worth your time to at least try it. It has made huge impacts on peoples lives all over the world & that is why distributors like me share it with all of you. I changes lives one at a time, maybe not yours but that's ok. It's not for everyone and if you make that choice you don't have to consume it. I heard someone mention the preferred customer option. That's definitely an awesome addition to our business. It allows you to sign up to consume the product and pay our cost but not have to do the business.
    If anyone is interested...MonaVie has come out with a new energy drink called EMV. Its priced with all the other energy drinks on the market. It's last about 5 hrs with no crash at the end. It's a great product and again...try it before you make a decision on whether you like it or if it's really good for you. I drink it everyday and it decreases my appetite & definitely helps me w/my energy level. If there is anyone out their who wants more information on MonaVie...goto my website and check it out. I'd love to get you any information you need to make an educated decision. www.the-team.biz/mv1037033 you can contact me personally there. I'm here to make a difference in people's lives one at a time. Again, it's not for everyone but it will be for some and those are the one's I want to help live happier, healthier lives.

  15. fm says:

    I heard once you go to a meeting people there tell you stay off the internet ,dont believe what you read.You can make a ton of money.Ask to see there w2s ,to prove how much they make.I know someone sellind it and there drinking more than they sell .The distributors dont even know the nutritional value of the stuff.At $40.00 a bottle u better tell me something. I just bought a bottle of a asimilar brand called fruit a vie for $13.99 with a coupon had $3.00 off and the first thing it says is 94% acai berry juice.Why doesnt this company want u to know ?Is it so low its rediculous, BEWARE .How many people do u know that had a chronic diseaese that was cured by acai. There u go

  16. Roseann says:

    The only reason anyone would tell someone to stay off the internet is to avoid people such as yourself, fm, that like to spout things off without having any personal experience with the product at all. This would be the place to talk about THAT, not just what you think without any real knowledge.

    I'm not sure why you're quoting $40/bottle when, as I and others have said, it's FREE to sign up to get it wholesale. If you're going to post on a site, you should at least read what's there. As for not knowing anything about the nutritional value "of the stuff", do you have a nutrition degree? I know plenty about it and so do a lot of the others I know. I don't expect everyone would, but I've taken an interest in it. But let me ask you this - does everyone who sells cars know exactly how a car works and how to fix it? I'm not saying I agree that it's OK to not know everything you can about the product, but if someone came into this to sell it (like any other sales job) you can't hold every other person responsible for their lack of knowledge. Since the opportunity is available to everyone, it's up to everyone to do their research and find out for themselves. I wouldn't just take someone's word for something anyway. Especially where my health is concerned.

    And to the products on the shelf that are cheaper - go try them. If you think it makes you feel better then that's great. I know one guy that had cancer and had gone through all the treatments and was "recovering" before he would try the juice - and would then only try it because he felt so bad from all the poison that had been put in his body from the treatments. He immediately noticed that he was feeling Much better, and thanked me for giving it to him. I gave him another couple of cases, but told him he would have to buy it himself after that and showed him how to get it wholesale, and he hesitated, so ran out. He felt badly again, so went to Sam's Club and tried the stuff off the shelf. He later called me and asked me again how to get the MonaVie wholesale and admitted that he'd tried the shelf bottle and felt absolutely no better. It could be just him, and MAYBE someone else would notice the same difference they would with MonaVie. But that's the only experience I've had with those products. I will say this - the process that MonaVie uses to process their acai is patented (and it's a recent patent so don't buy in to those that will tell you they don't have one) and locks in the nutrients. I can only guess that perhaps the process the others use isn't as good if they don't have the same results. Plus MonaVie has 18 other fruits and berries so some of the other benefits are probably from the way they work with each other. BTW - you can buy straight ACAI juice so what's the big deal about that bottle being 94% acai? (and the acai doesn't have much juice - they're almost all seed - so I'm not sure what that is other than a lot of water....)

    And as for how many people I know that had a chronic disease that was cured by acai - I can tell you that I know PLENTY of people who feel a LOT better on MonaVie. We don't say "cured" because we aren't allowed to, but I know my cholesterol is now within normal range and my husband doesn't have to take his back pain medication anymore. Also have plenty of other stories including insulin dependent diabetics who've had to reduce their insulin dependency and one who's completely off of it as long as they drink this. You can decide if we're "cured" for yourself. I know we're not going to stop taking it.

    There U GO.

  17. Food Tech in CA says:

    Please understand, I believe an individual should be able to drink whatever suits him/her. Having said that, I do not believe a company, or a representative (distributor) should be allowed to say whatever they'd like to sell a product.

    It is illegal to claim an unapproved food item can cure or treat any disease.

    If you believe that MonaVie helps your affliction in any way, then it's your choice to purchase it. However, as a distributor, you are not allowed to post about it, or tell your friends/neighbors about any treatment benefits that you feel you've obtained by using it.

    If you feel that the product is helping your affliction, please contact the company and request for them to pay for a clinical study. They should be doing this already. Can you think of a reason why they don't? I can.

    As for the comparison of MonaVie and 5 to 13 servings of fruits and veggies, that is incredibly deceitful. First, the company is ONLY talking about antioxidants. Second, they state that is equal to 5 to 18 COMMONLY eaten fruits/veggies (antioxidants only). The COMMONLY eaten fruits/veggies that they talk about are antioxidant deficient fruits/veggies, such as watermelon or legumes.

    An apple (red delicious variety) has three times the phenolics (polyphenol antioxidants) than a full day's serving of MonaVie (4 oz.)

    There are many, many fruits/veggies that have a much higher ORAC score or total phenolics than MonaVie (USDA ORAC Table of Selected Foods - 2007)

  18. Sara says:

    I don't know if people are getting the wrong idea but when we tell of our own experience or someone else's that is not illegal. We are just giving our testimony or sharing someone else's testimony w/out revealing the person's name. That is in no way illegal.
    Also, if any of you want the research behind MonaVie & the acai berry look up Dr. Alex Schauss. He's been researching this for 15 years. Go and read or listen to his cd's. We don't have to know all the details because we have cd's and books that will teach you. If everyone eats like we all should but don't...then there is no doubt that you will be healthy and cudos to you! Most of the world is in a hurry all the time or just don't like veggies or fuits that are beneficial to the body so this is a suppliment to those foods. It's a food...that's all it is. They are all blended together (with alot of thought) to provide the best nutrition they could. Certain foods work together and are more powerful than if eaten alone. That's the science behind MonaVie. A lot of thought & research. It's there you just have to be willing to learn.
    There is no watermelon or legumes in MonaVie by the way. It is packed full of nutrition not just antioxidants.

  19. Food Tech in CA says:

    Sorry Sara, but you are incorrect. If you are a distributor, you cannot give or forward a testimonial that your product has in any way cured or treated any affliction. This is very clear. Please review the Black Diamond University website for verification.

    The data that I use comes from two sources. One is the AIBMR study on MonaVie, directed by Dr. Schauss. It found an ORAC of 22.81 umoles/ml. and a total phenolics (polyphenol antioxidants) of 1.48 mg/ml.

    The second source is the USDA ORAC Table of Selected Foods - 2007. You'll find many, many fruits/vegetables with higher ORAC and phenolic levels. This includes the apple, which has an ORAC of 42.75 umoles/gm. and a phenolics of 3.47 mg/gm.

    Dr. Schauss provides the most compelling evidence that MonaVie is not a fantastic source of antioxidants. There are ZERO studies that show MonaVie is a better source of other phytonutrients than everyday produce. As for juices, it ranks about equal with store-shelf cranberry juice. So, now all you have left to compare is the price.

  20. Kathryn says:

    WOW!!! Feisty Crowd!

    If you don't want it, don't buy it. If others do, how are they harming you?

    It comes to your door, easy to consume, nothing to prepare, people are feeling better whether scientifically documented or not, you are benefiting people you know rather than a faceless corporation.

    Everyone works for a pyramid - can you make as much as the president of your company? If I work hard, I can get a whole lot closer than you. Oh - and MonaVie has never laid off anyone.

    How many children did your company keep of the streets in the slums last year?

    Do you wear Nikes or KMART sneakers?

    Number 1 Food and Beverage Company on the INC Magazine 500.

    Billion Dollar company in 4 years.

    I am not complaining - they saved my house when my MBA husband lost his job going the conventional work route that was supposed to be guaranteed.

    Drink some MonaVie- maybe it'll make you feel better too!

    Cheers!

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