View Full Version : MonaVie - has anyone heard of this?
02-14-2008, 03:00 PM
I've just been introduced to MonaVie. It's a fruit supplement/juice. I know several people who have started using it recently and swear they are feeling 100% better, ranging from improved diabetes, joint pain, energy level, etc. I'm thinking about trying it, but would like to know more about it. It's not cheap, so I want to make sure it is worth my money. I've read reviews online, but it is hard to tell if it is a real review or from someone who sells the products. I'd love to find a more natural approach than medicine!
I'd appreciate any feedback!
02-14-2008, 03:06 PM
Under the forum, Web Site Links there is a thread, topic: Please help with study..or similar to those words.
My take on it, without sipping it and also product info I posted...
Enjoying the day I hope..
02-14-2008, 06:35 PM
Got a bottle from a friend and have yet to start it. I'm a BIG chicken because my doc told me to 'beware' of things that say they will 'build' or enhance your immune system. My immune system is suppressed by medication which keeps my lupus under control so to counter act this is a scary thought. But the lady who gave it to me made the point that it's 'just juice'. I plan on calling a couple of lupus patients she gave me the names of. I'll let you know what they say.
02-15-2008, 09:13 AM
Thanks! I'm still trying to research the product. I keep finding that it is "just juice" too, but is there something they aren't telling us? I want to make sure there isn't some hidden ingredient. I read on one website it is FDA approved but I'm not sure if that is legit or not.
Keep me posted... :)
02-15-2008, 10:01 AM
FDA website..http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/ds-oview.html#getinfo I copied and pasted the following.
Hope it helps...
Where can I get information about a specific dietary supplement?
Manufacturers and distributors do not need FDA approval to sell their dietary supplements. This means that FDA does not keep a list of manufacturers, distributors or the dietary supplement products they sell. If you want more detailed information than the label tells you about a specific product, you may contact the manufacturer of that brand directly. The name and address of the manufacturer or distributor can be found on the label of the dietary supplement.
Who has the responsibility for ensuring that a dietary supplement is safe?
By law (DSHEA), the manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that its dietary supplement products are safe before they are marketed. Unlike drug products that must be proven safe and effective for their intended use before marketing, there are no provisions in the law for FDA to "approve" dietary supplements for safety or effectiveness before they reach the consumer. Also unlike drug products, manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements are not currently required by law to record, investigate or forward to FDA any reports they receive of injuries or illnesses that may be related to the use of their products. Under DSHEA, once the product is marketed, FDA has the responsibility for showing that a dietary supplement is "unsafe," before it can take action to restrict the product's use or removal from the marketplace.
Do manufacturers or distributors of dietary supplements have to tell FDA or consumers what evidence they have about their product's safety or what evidence they have to back up the claims they are making for them?
No, except for rules described above that govern "new dietary ingredients," there is no provision under any law or regulation that FDA enforces that requires a firm to disclose to FDA or consumers the information they have about the safety or purported benefits of their dietary supplement products. Likewise, there is no prohibition against them making this information available either to FDA or to their customers. It is up to each firm to set its own policy on disclosure of such information. For more information on claims that can be made for dietary supplements, see (http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/hclaims.html).
How can consumers inform themselves about safety and other issues related to dietary supplements?
It is important to be well informed about products before purchasing them. Because it is often difficult to know what information is reliable and what is questionable, consumers may first want to contact the manufacturer about the product they intend to purchase (see previous question "Where can I get information about a specific dietary supplement?"). In addition, to help consumers in their search to be better informed, FDA is providing the following sites: Tips For The Savvy Supplement User: Making Informed Decisions And Evaluating Information -- http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/ds-savvy.html (includes information on how to evaluate research findings and health information on-line) and Claims That Can Be Made for Conventional Foods and Dietary Supplements -- http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/hclaims.html, (provides information on what types of claims can be made for dietary supplements).
What is FDA's oversight responsibility for dietary supplements?
Because dietary supplements are under the "umbrella" of foods, FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) is responsible for the agency's oversight of these products. FDA's efforts to monitor the marketplace for potential illegal products (that is, products that may be unsafe or make false or misleading claims) include obtaining information from inspections of dietary supplement manufacturers and distributors, the Internet, consumer and trade complaints, occaisional laboratory analyses of selected products, and adverse events associated with the use of supplements that are reported to the agency.
Does FDA routinely analyze the content of dietary supplements?
In that FDA has limited resources to analyze the composition of food products, including dietary supplements, it focuses these resources first on public health emergencies and products that may have caused injury or illness. Enforcement priorities then go to products thought to be unsafe or fraudulent or in violation of the law. The remaining funds are used for routine monitoring of products pulled from store shelves or collected during inspections of manufacturing firms. The agency does not analyze dietary supplements before they are sold to consumers. The manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that the "Supplement Facts" label and ingredient list are accurate, that the dietary ingredients are safe, and that the content matches the amount declared on the label. FDA does not have resources to analyze dietary supplements sent to the agency by consumers who want to know their content. Instead, consumers may contact the manufacturer or a commercial laboratory for an analysis of the content.
Is it legal to market a dietary supplement product as a treatment or cure for a specific disease or condition?
No, a product sold as a dietary supplement and promoted on its label or in labeling* as a treatment, prevention or cure for a specific disease or condition would be considered an unapproved--and thus illegal--drug. To maintain the product's status as a dietary supplement, the label and labeling must be consistent with the provisions in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994.
*Labeling refers to the label as well as accompanying material that is used by a manufacturer to promote and market a specific product.
Who validates claims and what kinds of claims can be made on dietary supplement labels?
FDA receives many consumer inquiries about the validity of claims for dietary supplements, including product labels, advertisements, media, and printed materials. The responsibility for ensuring the validity of these claims rests with the manufacturer, FDA, and, in the case of advertising, with the Federal Trade Commission.
By law, manufacturers may make three types of claims for their dietary supplement products: health claims, structure/function claims, and nutrient content claims. Some of these claims describe: the link between a food substance and disease or a health-related condition; the intended benefits of using the product; or the amount of a nutrient or dietary substance in a product. Different requirements generally apply to each type of claim, and are described in more detail at the following site: (http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/hclaims.html).
Why do some supplements have wording (a disclaimer) that says: "This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease"?
This statement or "disclaimer" is required by law (DSHEA) when a manufacturer makes a structure/function claim on a dietary supplement label. In general, these claims describe the role of a nutrient or dietary ingredient intended to affect the structure or function of the body. The manufacturer is responsible for ensuring the accuracy and truthfulness of these claims; they are not approved by FDA. For this reason, the law says that if a dietary supplement label includes such a claim, it must state in a "disclaimer" that FDA has not evaluated this claim. The disclaimer must also state that this product is not intended to "diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease," because only a drug can legally make such a claim.
And I found this letter from the FDA regarding a seller's site claim about Monavie
02-15-2008, 10:54 AM
I was just about to post that I had found that info below as well. What I've found is that the corporate office of Monavie makes no claims to "cure" anything, but basically is just selling a fruit juice (a really pumped up V8). The distributors are the ones making illegal claims that the juice is healing.
So, it seems like an easy way to get all your necessary fruits (and antioxidants) for the day, which is great, but at a hefty price tag.....
02-28-2008, 08:37 PM
I am one of those people paying the hefty price tag to drink Mona Vie. I started drinking it at the end of October. At about that same time (a week before) I stopped taking prednisone and I haven't been taking anything else because I'm a nursing mom. I have been deep in a flare since my second was born back in July 07. October and November were probably my hardest months.
Looking back, I have now been drinking this for about 4 months. 2 weeks ago my husband and I were marveling at how much better I have been doing the last couple months. Was it the Mona Vie? Can't say for sure but I feel like a person again. (That is not to say this hasn't been a painful journey! It has taken a lot of will power to stay positive!) Here are all the things I have been doing to keep myself off prednisone, etc. 100mg diclofenac (probably spelled wrong-it is an anti-inflammatory and I take it instead of ibuprofen because it is time release so I only take one a day), 1 extra strength tylenol at night, loratadine (claritin). 2 capsules soybean oil twice a day. 2 capsules red clover twice a day, and up to 3 Tbls coconut oil daily. (Plus 2 ounces morning and night of the Mona Vie)
What worked? Maybe some, maybe all of it. I will NOT be stopping my Mona Vie. We'll figure out how to afford it because I am functioning again and I do think it helped.
As for the secret ingredient thing, it's just fruit. There are many amazing fruits in this world. There are 2 formulas. Original is a blend of 19 fruits and Active is the original + glucosamine and esterified fatty acids. Anyone I know who drinks this for pain or a chronic condition uses the Active. I drink the Original because I am nursing. My husband has tried both and says the Original tastes better, but the Active helps his aches and pains and gives him more energy.
I eat very healthy so it isn't that I am using this to get my fruits and otherwise I don't get them. I eat fruits and veggies like crazy. We have also tried to use whole grains and nothing refined or processed. I am happy to answer any ?s about Mona Vie. I suggest if you are interested, TRY IT. Give it a couple weeks or even a month and see if you notice a difference. If you don't, stop drinking it! If you do....
No one should be claiming that it is a miracle cure. However, I believe that our bodies our fully capable of healing themselves if given the right nutrients and a balanced environment (spiritually emotionally, etc.). From my experience Mona Vie is a nutritional (and tasty) boost that will help, not harm, your efforts to get better.
02-29-2008, 11:55 AM
My friend gave me a case of the active to try. I've been trying it for a week. Too soon to tell, but I figured it couldn't hurt to try!
Have you considered becoming a distributor? If this works, I'm going to do that, not to sell to others but for the discount for me! It's quite a bit cheaper to buy it if you are a distributor. There's no sales quota, so I could just enjoy the benefits! Woo hoo!
03-01-2008, 09:21 AM
I am happy to hear that the juice has helped you. I have several friends who drink it and who swear by it. Reading the ingredients, I don't thing that there is any way that it could hurt you.
Recently, I've been drinking "Fruita Vida" which is also a mixture of fruits from the Amazon. I wonder if the two products are essentially the same thing, with different manufacturers? Fruita Vida is also quite expensive.
Has your doctor said anything to you about adding the Mona Vie to your regimen? I've just started the "Fruita Vida" and have not, yet, discussed it with my doctor. I don't see how our doctors would have a problem with either of them if their ingredient labels are true. But, what has your doctor said?
Peace and Blessings
03-03-2008, 12:11 AM
My sister sells Monvie, so if anyone needs it I can give you a number to call. She sells it for $30.00 a bottle. My oncologist is the one that suggested it to me. I've been taking it for a little over 4 weeks, and still on the same scripts, and dosages. Nothing in my diet, regimie or anything has changed except for the monvie, and I actually am sleeping better (I did get a new mattress), I feel better in the mornings, more particularly less droggy, and more tolerable pain. I take 2 oz in the morning and 2 oz in the evenings before I go to bed. It's awesome!!!!!
Please let me know if any of you would be interested in trying some, or purchasing some, I can give the link and # for my sister.
Hope this helps...
03-03-2008, 11:33 AM
I have never looked into Fruita Vida. I wonder as well if they have some things related. Fruit is amazing. I am convinced it was put on this earth to help heal and protect these amazing bodies we have been given. As for my doctor... I have not been lucky in finding a doctor who will support me in trying anything other than the medications they offer me. It has been quite a frustration. Thing is... I have seen so much more progress with natural changes than I have with medications. I keep tabs on my blood work, etc. but other than that I have stopped taking the meds and the advice from my doctor. I'm on the lookout for a doctor who will work with me on ALL aspects of healing if anybody know of one close to Utah.
It doesn't hurt to try!! I'm glad that you are giving it a shot. I felt the affects within my second week though I haven't tried the Active yet because I am nursing. My husband has been finding more results with the Active in that he sleeps better and it helps with aches and pains. I am a distributor but we have to be careful with that on this site. There are rules to protect us and I accidentally came up against those when I offered Mona Vie to people as a trial thing. I hope that you find that it helps you. I am in almost full remission and feel I have achieved a great success with using natural healing methods and common sense with fixing my diet and lifestyle. May we all find relief!
And just for the record, I am the one who posted the Please Join Our Study post in the website links. It isn't a "scientific" study, I was just so excited to find something that helped me that I wanted to share it with anyone else w/ lupus or fibro, etc. that wanted to try it to see if it helped them too. We have yet to share it with someone suffering from a chronic disease who hasn't felt a difference. We are discontinuing our "study" as it has cost us too much to supply others with samples and absorb costs of shipping, etc. We haven't changed the website yet, but will as soon as we decide what approach we want to take on it. HOWEVER, my offer to you still stands and always will for anyone with lupus or fibro because if it helps someone it is worth it.
03-03-2008, 12:32 PM
I wish you the best of luck in finding a doctor who will support you in ALL of your efforts to fight this disease. I know what you mean by the fact that many doctors only support prescriptive medications. I say, anything that helps us to feel better, helps us to reduce our meds without relapse has got to be a good thing!!
Peace and Blessings
04-02-2008, 03:58 PM
I just wanted to update you on my experience with Mona Vie. It is great. I stopped drinking it a week ago (I ran out, and I wanted to see how I felt) and last night I was awake with joint pain. My knees are hurting again. I'm tired again. I think that with the combination of my Plaquenil and MonaVie, I feel a million times better.
I didn't believe it until I tried it. And it may not work for everyone. But it works for me :)
04-02-2008, 09:59 PM
I finally got up the nerve to open my bottle and have been drinking 2oz daily for the past month. My energy level has improved and I've been feeling pretty good. I'm not sure yet if I think it's the juice or not. I was told just to drink 2oz because I'm on the smaller side so maybe it's taking longer to work. I'll post again if something changes..
04-06-2008, 12:19 AM
Would something like Vfusion work also and be cheeper? i drink a glass everyday and i notice a difference
04-09-2008, 02:12 PM
If it makes you feel better, that's all that matters :)
I've often wondered how our health would be different if we ate all our fruits and veggies, no preservatives, no unhealthy things like fast food....yada yada yada....but who has the means or time to eat as perfect as we should? And exercise and all that too? I mean, I exercise several days a week and eat organic when I can, but I know I'm still not doing enough for several reasons, like cost, time, etc. It seems like it should be easier!!!
07-09-2008, 03:23 PM
Well, I have to take back what I said about Mona Vie. It is not my miracle juice. I'm not sure why it worked so well but now doesn't....maybe it was just my meds after all? Oh well, at least I gave it a try!
07-10-2008, 12:49 PM
You know, I've heard so many people say the exact same thing about Monavie, Furit Vida, and other similar products: when they first began to use it, they could feel the difference. But, after some time, the product did nothing at all for them. I wonder why that is???
Peace and Blessings
07-10-2008, 01:48 PM
I was trying to figure that out too! And I have no clue why!! I think maybe a sort of "detox" thing....lots of good things in your body and suddenly you feel better but after your body adjusts, you don't notice the difference? I really have no idea!