While this article might not mention MonaVie specifically, it deals with a number of issues that we see in MonaVie community every day.
For example, he is quick to mention “North American advertisers who have begun to import the juice of the acai berry, it has fantastic anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-mutagenic and, above all, antioxidant properties!” and “that North Americans, in constant search for the next miracle that will help them beat the clock, are shelling out in excess of $40 for a bottle of juice made from the acai berry.”
Other points he makes:
“There is no doubt that antioxidants in our diet are important, but the relevance of a single food or drink having more or less of these compounds is questionable.”
“On a weight basis, acai berries may have a higher concentration of antioxidants than apples, but it is certainly easier to load up on apples.”
This is a doctor’s vote that an apple is better than MonaVie. Another quote is that:
“It is such measurements that fuel the claim of acai berries being a particularly good source of antioxidants. However, a laboratory flask is a far simpler system than the human body. We don’t know how well the antioxidants in a given food are absorbed into the bloodstream and we don’t know that in the complex molecular environment of the body they have the same free radical neutralizing effect as in the lab. And we certainly don’t know that whatever activity they have is enough to prevent any disease. The only way to know that is by means of a controlled trial. Give a large group of people a regular dose of acai juice, while another similar group takes a placebo. The follow them for years and monitor disease patterns. Nobody has done this, therefore any health claim for acai is plain conjecture.”
If this sounds a little like the The Multitude of Problems with Schauss’ â€œDouble-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Studyâ€ on MonaVie, you have done your reading on this site. You’ll note that MonaVie skipped out on getting a “large group”, giving them a “regular dose”, and they didn’t monitor disease patterns over any time (much less years). Therefore you have a doctor’s conclusion that “any health claim for acai is plain conjecture.” In short, you are wasting your money.
“A recent study at the University of Florida, for example, showed that acai berry extracts destroyed a high percentage of leukemia cells in culture dishes. Interesting, but not all that unusual. Extracts of mangoes and grapes do the same. In any case, this is a long, long way from showing that such extracts have any effect on leukemia cells in the body. But such studies are enough to supply the ammunition that some unethical marketers use to hype the â€œanti-cancerâ€ effect of acai juice. Maybe they need to learn a lesson from the promoters of Xango, a mangosteen juice product that was all the rage before the company received a warning letter from the FDA.”
We’ve seen a lot of MonaVie distributors make the same claim about leukemia cells from the University of Florida study. Fortunately we have a doctor saying that cheap grape extract has the same effect… but again it’s not a proven effect. So we are again looking at the FDA sending a letter to MonaVie for the very same thing.
“The chance that mangosteen or acai juice can make a significant contribution to our antioxidant status is slim. Better to concentrate on getting five to ten servings of common fruits and vegetables every day…. Perhaps extracts can be used as preservatives in foods, and it may even turn out that concentrates may have a therapeutic potential. But if that turns out to be the case, you will hear about it from the New England Journal of Medicine, or some other such peer-reviewed publication, and not from you neighbour who has become involved in selling acai juice through a multi-level marketing scheme.”
So there you go, just a pile more evidence from an unbiased doctor telling you that MonaVie is a scam.
Originally posted 2010-08-22 18:29:56. Republished by Blog Post PromoterThe above article is intended to be accurate at the time of its original posting. MonaVie may change its pricing, product, or other policies at any time without notice.
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