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. Mary says:

    I have looked through the original article to find who authored it, without success. I notice that Raymond's posts are in blue and he speaks rather authoritatively on the subject (right or wrong) and I am wondering if he was the originator of the article. Just curious that there is no information at the link as to who wrote it.

  2. Ryan says:

    I've read all the banter....enough already. Neither side is going to budge....too personal(I guess this is a big reason why MonaVie is so successful...it is marketed on a "personal" level between family, friends, coworkers who are supposed to trust them). With all the time you all have wasted blogging, you could have done some pushups, situps, and some form of physical exercise for your body(typing excluded). Hmm, that is a new concept....actually burning more calories that you intake and not eat everything that doesn't come processed, crushed, purified, homogonized, curified. Let's see the big picture here people. I'm getting a headach and seriously depressed. Follow above advice and we won't need to go on about any "miracle product." This will be my final entry...goodriddens!!

  3. Ryan says:

    Oh and Roseanne I loved your show....any comeback scheduled?

  4. Roseann says:

    Gee Ryan - I didn't know you missed me so much! :-) But HEY - try some MonaVie - it works great on headaches and depression! ;-)

    I also agree with you that if people worked out and ate "right" they probably wouldn't need this product at all. But the reality is that the VAST MAJORITY of people don't and won't - if they did, they probably wouldn't need most of the medications out there either, would they? So this is an alternative to those medications in MANY cases, though not all, but one well worth trying IF they won't exercise and eat right, and don't like the potential side-effects of the medications they're on. A prime example is the cholesterol-lowering benefits of the Pulse blend (as PROVEN from my blood-test results). Everyone knows that the Statin drugs that doctors prescribe (Lipitor for example) for high cholesterol can have serious side effects such as kidney damage - and anyone that has experienced that side effect (and I have a good friend that HAS) cannot take them anymore. And he's been on it for years before it finally showed up, so even if you think you can take them, you have to continually have blood tests to check for it. My own doctor finally relented after seeing my results and admitted I should continue with the MonaVie instead of the Statin drug she'd prescribed - which, if I didn't have insurance, would've cost at least $60 more per month than the MonaVie.

    I've pretty much said all I need to and would only be repeating myself if I kept on. If I find out anything new, I'll certainly post it here. I did ask distributor support some questions that were raised when Jay posted. He's actually someone that I think is on the "other" side but makes some sense when talking about it instead of just ranting about what a scam it is. I received an answer verbally from them on where the acai is processed (they say it's with our own equipment and our own patent pending process but I want that in writing before I stick my neck out further since I received something to the contrary verbally from Jay - or at least it seems to be on the surface.)

    And Mary - I agree with you completely, and I pointed out the errors in the article way at the beginning and gave everyone the link that would show them this if they really wanted to know, so I think most everyone knows that already. I know this has been a lot to read through if you're coming into this at this point! And yes - Raymond is the originator of this article - correct me if I'm wrong Raymond.

  5. Raymond says:

    Yes I'm the head blogger. I'll double check and update my blog article's facts one of these days, and perhaps add a few corrections etc if I think the changes are warranted. But keep in mind, it's not supposed to be an authoritative wikipedia article on MonaVie, but an opinion piece to spark some healthy debate. I'm sure I make lots of broad generalities, but I think the claims are on the whole accurate.

    It's not the acai berry juice concept that bothers me. In fact, I actually like acai juice (at the right price of course). I frequently buy acai berry laden drinks from my local supermarket on occasion just for the possibility they may have a smidgen of nutrition in them, and for the taste as well. I think the MonaVie drink probably works to a certain degree health-wise (although it most definitely is not some magical potion of wondrous powers and most definitely is not worth the current marketed sales price).

    Overall, it's primarily the business sales networking aspect of MonaVie that irks me. If it's such a great drink, why not sell the product at mainstream stores I always wonder.... why depend on this marketing form that takes undue advantage of the personal trust factor of relationships to compel the sale. Brings a lot of bad memories from my Vector Marketing - Cutco knife selling days as a high school student.

  6. William says:

    What is Monavie? Answer - It's just a simple fruit juice made up of the acai berry fruit. If that's all it is...let me tell you. It's a great nutritious fruit...but it's not worth the expensive price! There are many better ways to get your juicing fix. Buy a juice machine and squash your own fruit at home. It's healthier and cheaper too. Stick with a mixture of fruits since no one fruit can possibly offer you all of the nutrition in one package. God didn't great a single magical fruit, but created a multitude of vitamin rich fruit varieties. It's common sense!

  7. Organic Nut says:

    Eat organic whole foods and stop wanting a miracle. The real miracle is eating well. Stop eating animal products that have been hormone and antibiotic injected. Stop consuming another species milk (cows, goats). Eating whole, unprocessed vegetables, grains, legumes, and nuts - with a sprinkling of fuit - will do more for your health than any "super" drink.

    As for this juice helping diabetics...it is not recommended for diabetics to consume a lot of fruit or its juice because it raises the blood sugar too fast.

    And what ELSE is in this stuff besides fruit juice? A co-woker is on this stuff and she bounces of the walls. She's not energized - she hyped up. And the bad this is she can't tell the difference.

  8. Scott says:

    William

    I have found that common sense is very un-common on this site. I've brought up that exact same argument about juicing. But the responses were that the fruits that are grown here, are packed full of toxins because of all the chemicals used, and have lost their nutritional benefits. But MonaVie has some special way "fast freezing" the acai berry when it is harvested, which apparently locks in the nutrition.

    But as to the chemicals used, where is the acai berry grown, South America. The last I checked there are no regulations in place down there. They can fertilize their crops with anything they want. It is common practice to use human feces, and other nasty things on their crops. There have even been reports of people contracting Hepatitis from this practice. I'm not saying that's what they use in the Amazon, and I'm sure the processing kills any bacteria in MonaVie, but if the bacteria is killed off, how much of the nutrients are too. I will not buy any produce that is grown south of the border, because of this. But that's just my prefrence, why take a chance.

    It's also funny how they attack the concept of people using fruits and vegetables grown here in the USA, as being inferier due to the loss of nutrional value, and being filled with toxins. But the last I checked, the life expectancy in the USA has been going up. This is strange, I would think if we kept putting all these poisons in our bodies, the life expectancy should go down. If you don't like buying the produce in the stores, grow your own with organic material and fertilizer. It would still be a lot cheaper than MonaVie. Plus, for all you greenies, you would be saving the planet due to using less of these fancy bottles filling up the landfills.

  9. Pickens says:

    Has anyone taken a look at Fruit-A-Vie Dietary Supplement drinks? Apparently they are now available at places like Sams Club...and Costco now I believe, and even now found at a few Wal-Mart superstores. When a product is hitting Walmart stores, you know it's starting to go mainstream. From what I know, the FruitAVie bottles are only costing around $17 each... a much more discounted priced compared to Mona-Vie. Obviously they same to be coat tailing off the success of the the MonaVie name(with the whole "Vie" sounding part) and acai berry product brand as some have pointed out.

    The sales pitch for Fruit A Vie is that it's a supposed "masterful blend of super fruits in one concentrated ounce". Here are the listed contents: Contains a proprietary blend of Acai Berry Puree, Grape Skin Extract, Mangosteen Peel Extract, Pomegranate Juice Concentrate, Goji Juice Concentrate, Cherry Juice Concentrate, Blueberry Juice Concentrate, and Acerola. Sounds pretty good. What do you guys think produce wise and price wise? Acai berry has gone mainstream and generic!

  10. Kevin says:

    Costco has the product known as Fruit A Vie for 16.99 with a 3.00 off coupon this month. I had a guy show me the program the other day. I can get a ride in the fancy helicopter or tour the luxurious headquarters when I get a large down line. The guy at the top is making money but hey, When does the guy on the bottom make money? $45.00 Retail or 16.99 Costco... Buy stocks if you want to make money.

  11. JENNIE says:

    I TOO WONDER ABOUT THE STUFF, ONE GUY THAT KEEPS PUSHING LOOKS LIKE HE IS ON CRACK, HIS SLOGAN IS "JACKED UP ON JUICE" HE IS ANNOYING AND RUDE AND WE AVOID HIM WHEN POSSIBLE, I JUST FEEL BAD FOR THE PEOPLE HE HAS INFLUENCED TO SELL FOR HIM.........THEY WILL LEARN.....AGAIN AND AGAIN....

  12. Roseann says:

    Don't waste time feeling sorry for anyone that has been "influenced" into JOINING MonaVie (not SELLING for HIM) because they're just fine. It's too bad that there are some distributors that are a bit rabid about this stuff, but the vast majority of the ones I've seen are normal, just like you and me, and the juice is helping them - or they wouldn't be drinking it or talking about it. It does give some people energy, and depending on how much they drink, it might give them a little more than seems normal, OR your guy is just a bit odd. But I'm sure you would agree that any slogan that a company comes up with is meant to get your attention, and Jacked on the Juice is no different. Many others sounds just as corny.

    I'd be interested to hear what those of you have to say that are going to try the Fruit A Vie. I've seen it too, so please let me know. I've tried others so, now that I've found MonaVie and see how well it works, I'm not interested in wasting my money on them unless someone (or a few someones) tells me it's done something for them if they're being honest about it. I'll wait to hear....

  13. Jason says:

    I'm with you Jennie only I feel bad for anyone that's involved in this over priced scam juice. They might learn but I doubt it very much.

  14. Chris says:

    I used to sell cutco - it is one of the only products that actually lives up to it's hype ... the knives are awesome and stay sharp now for over 18 years - for the set I sold my parents ... and I felt the same way about the selling of them. I am new to the mona vie, and the "you never know until you try" attitude I have makes me give it a shot ... not sure on if it actually works - as I am not ailing in any way; but have people who have aches and pains that do swear by it ... 10 of them now - that work in the casino business like me ... and have lots of back/foot pain as a result of standing all day. I would say it is a good multi-vitamin - but that it is over priced, wish it wasn't, would be a lot easier to market. Many people sell it oon e-bay, although they are not supposed to - anyone wanting to try it should buy a "case" - one months supply ... first and make their own decision.

  15. Sasquatch says:

    For the question on the Fruit a Vie. And no one jump in and say I am a Mona Vie Fanatic trying to get ppl to believe me and sign up with me. This is just some info you you guys. I have an older guy mid 50's, who was signed up under me. He has high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Mona Vie has one of their blends called Mona Vie Pulse. Good for people that have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Helps lower it naturally. Now please hear me out and do not scoff at what I have to say next. This gentleman has been taking the Pulse for a month now. He went into the doctor and his blood pressure and cholesterol are way down. Doctor asked what he was taking, he told him and he said keep on taking it. This is extraordinary. Well, the Fruit A Vie came out at Costco not too long ago. He saw the price difference looked at the label and thought he was getting screwed for the price, because the Fruit A Vie looks like it has the exact same stuff as Mona Vie for a whole lot less. So he switched to the Fruit a Vie and has been drinking it every day for 2 weeks. He just went into his doctor yesterday for his check up. His blood pressure and cholesterol are higher than they were before he started taking Mona Vie. His doctor asked him what happened and was he still taking the stuff. He said he had switched to the Fruit A Vie due to the price difference and it looked like the same stuff for less. His doctor told him to stop immediately and go back to Mona Vie. It was making his blood pressure and cholesterol spike like crazy. Now, just letting you guys know this. i am just giving information, not trying to start an argument. This is true, I swear to it. I say again....be your own judge of it, listen to no one else, not even me. Try it for yourself if you want, if you dont then dont. Do not be dissuaded by anyone. Try it for you and no one else. Plus as I said before. There are far worse things u can spend $143 a month on. The price is high, but they put a lot of time and effort to give u the highest quality un-surpassed by anyone else in the market.

  16. Jason says:

    Lipton filed for the plant sterols claim years before Monavie existed. Monavie wasn't even the first MLM scam juice to contain sterols.

    There are many quality products on the market today that provide plant sterols for a fraction of the price. Minute Maid Heart Wise for one. Yoplait Healthy Heart is another and the list goes on and on. Fruit A Vie on the other hand doesn't contain sterols, just like Monavie Active, so one shouldn't expect to see results when it comes to cholesterol or BP.

  17. Sasquatch says:

    Ok.............was just telling the story. Wasnt trying to open it up or people to disprove what I was saying, or to give another reason why Mona Vie is a scam. sheesh, some people will do anything to try and take something good and make it out to be something it is not. It costs money, so what? Most things cost money, not to mention Mona Vie is a Concentrate. Not a watered down, form of juice that you get a mere fraction of the nutrients like you get from Minute Maid Heart Wise. It is good for you, I will give it that, but.........u will spend several times over the amount of a months supply of Mona Vie before you get the amount of nutrients that is in one bottle of Mona Vie. Call me a liar, I really could care less..........damn there i go trying to start an argument, I apologize, I have been trying to be better at my understanding of some people's view on Mona Vie. Yet, all in all it comes down to one thing that makes them skeptical and not willing to see anything beyond this one thing. The Price........that is the only thing. It causes people to discount the science behind it, discount the claims, say it is a scam, it is a scheme to make you pay lots of money for nothing. When they arent willing to put a hand over the price, blot it out, dont think about it and look at the FACTS. Not what everyone else is saying, nor what all the competition is saying about Mona Vie. Look at the facts, look at the people it has helped, look at the people it hasnt helped. Then make up your mind and say yes or no. It is that simple. Once you have decided yes or no. Then go forward, see the price, commit to try it for 2 months. Follow the directions have 2 ounces in the morning and 2 ounces at night for 2 months. If it helps you out, then great, you then have the choice to keep going or decide the amount ti helped wasnt worth the price in your eyes. I am not here to convince you to listen to me. I am here to convince you to put your trust in common sense and give something a chance. I budget every penny I make. I have a family to raise and bills to pay. I decided out of my spending money, i would give this 2 months to try. If I wasnt satisfied by then, I am out $253 and I go on from there. Common sense tells you if something seems too good to be true it usually is. This isnt something too good to be true. If it was, they would do something like saying we will give you your juice for free, you dont pay a penny, no risk involved and you will become a millionaire over night. That is too good to be true. Ok.........I think i have beat this into the ground enough. Looks like many people dont care, the blog comments on this website have dropped to virtually nothing. Let see, if anymore people stumble upon it.

  18. Jason says:

    LOL You need to really research this product before you make statements like the one above. It's nutritional values are clearly labeled and it is less nutritious than Minute Maid; just a fact. It's a juice made from fruit concentrates and powder. This is done to reduce the shipping costs on the fruit. Remove the water where the fruit is grown, ship it, then add water and sugar to the fruit before it's bottled. Not from concentrate is a better sign of a quality juice but Monavie is absolutely from concentrate and contains two added preservatives.

    Before you start throwing stones, and making misleading statements, you should really get a better grasp of what you are talking about...

  19. Jason says:

    LOL Wow a monavie distributor making wild medical claims about a juice that has been shown to have very little nutritional value. Will the wonders never cease. And breaking out the old 9-11 servings and patent claims that have been debunked over and over on this page. I'm just shocked :)

  20. Danny says:

    I love these "get rich quick" and "get healthy quick" infomercials and sales pitches. Like the new Shortcut to Internet Millions infomercials featuring the big breasted hostesses, they are entertaining to watch, but completely bereft of all substance or content.

    The "jacked up on juice" angle sounds kind of funny. Which juice product is that one promoting? Sounds kinda like something that Sham-Wow guy would be hawking...

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