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What is Mona Vie Juice?

Niki Acker
Updated Feb 27, 2024
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Mona Vie juice is a product containing acai, a Brazilian berry rich in antioxidants and other nutrients, along with the juices of 18 other fruits. In addition to the original Mona Vie blend, there is Mona Vie Active with glucosamine and fatty acids to promote joint function, and Mona Vie Pulse with omega 3 fatty acids, resveratrol, and plant sterols to encourage the health of the heart. Mona Vie products are only available through individual distributors, and any person may become a distributor.

Mona Vie juice is sold according to a multi-level marketing plan, so that distributors earn money both for their own sales, and for the sales of other distributors that they have recruited. Distributors often host parties at which their friends can sample and purchase Mona Vie products. After paying a flat fee, distributors can purchase juice products at wholesale prices.

Mona Vie juice contains freeze-dried acai powder, acai puree, and juice from concentrate or puree of a variety of healthy fruits. The daily recommended serving is two to four ounces, which Mona Vie claims has the antioxidant capacities of 13 servings of fruit and vegetables. Many people choose this juice as a substitute to the five daily servings of fruit and vegetables recommended by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because of its greater convenience. In addition to juice, Mona Vie products are also available as gels, which are portable, and even more convenient.

Mona Vie has come under criticism both for its marketing plan, which detractors see as a disreputable scheme, and for its claimed health benefits, which are not substantiated. Mona Vie is a food product, not a drug, and its makers admit that it is not intended to prevent or treat any disease, but simply to promote a healthy lifestyle. One of the most common criticisms leveled against Mona Vie juice is its high price. Fresh fruits and vegetables are much cheaper and, some claim, that they are at least as healthy, if not healthier, though admittedly not as convenient.

Despite widespread criticism, some people swear by the benefits of Mona Vie, which are claimed to include increased energy, improved immune function, reduced joint pain, and the elimination of migraines. However, most people who benefit from Mona Vie say that they did not consume the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables before they started using the product. Also, because it is in distributors' financial interest to convince others of the benefits of the product, it is difficult to take their claims at face value.

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Discussion Comments
By anon148041 — On Jan 31, 2011

just started to consider this as a supplement to poor eating habits and a second income. definitely don't eat enough fruits and veggies. what could be the harm? --mitch

By anon70451 — On Mar 14, 2010

I have chosen to drink Monavie but not become a distributor. I still get the wholesale prices by being a preferred customer. The big flat fee to start was a whopping $39 if I did not purchase two cases of juice for the month.

I gain no financial benefits by saying my personal experiences when I am a preferred customer. The fee to start gives me power to change my order and or cancel at any time without needing to sign or communicate with the actual company and then attempt to be swayed into staying.

Most companies would make a minimum cancel time frame of a month or longer with Monavie it is 24 hours before shipping. As for Monavie or any other MLM being a scheme, just a food for thought comment.

When you see a really good movie do you usually tell your friends about it. Most people say yes. We in society have been brainwashed to thinking it is acceptable for a company to take advantage of our likes of their product for free but when a company chooses to pay you for spreading positive word of mouth it is a scam.

You are correct: the company only promotes the positive health but they do say that it increases joint flexibility, and reduces cholesterol among a few other benefits. The rest of the stories are personal testimonials and just because someone might grow in business does not mean the product does not have the capabilities of benefiting in other ways.

The main reason they have yet to be proven to help with other illnesses is the testing has yet to be done. That does not change the testimonial. Why would someone keep drinking a juice that has no benefits? A distributor could just do the business and not drink the juice if it really had no benefits.

Aside from that, let's look at a regular business. They too, would say a product is good for you and that you should have it. Does that mean we question ever purchase we make and the store's intent? No, stop being such a skeptic and actually drink the product for a month before you pretend to be an expert.

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