Originally published April 25 2008
Important questions about Zrii and other multi-level marketing superfruit juice products
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
(NaturalNews) This article has been updated in 2011 to pose new questions not just about Zrii but about all the other juices sold at a relatively high price per bottle even though they contain cheap fruit juices such as grape juice, apple juice and pear juice.
Most of these products, including Zrii, tend to strongly hype up their "star" ingredients, but they don't make it abundantly clear to people that they're buying a premium-priced juice product containing primarily cheaper fruit juices.
For example, on the Zrii ingredients page (http://www.zrii.com/en/products/zrii-amalaki...) (accurately reported as of April 9, 2011, and we have screen shots to prove it), the claimed "Ingredients" are Amalaki, Ginger, Turmeric, Tulsi, Schizandra, Jujube and Haritaki. But nowhere on the page does Zrii list its other ingredients which include the cheaper juices you'll find in nearly all these network-marketed juice products. Those cheaper juices typically include grape, apple, pear and pomegranate, for example.
For Zrii to host an "ingredients" page on its website that does not disclose the actual full list of its ingredients seems misleading. A lot of consumers reading the ingredients list on the Zrii website might very easily reach the incorrect conclusion that Zrii is made ONLY of Amalaki, Turmeric, etc., and will have no idea it is formulated with other cheaper juices such as grape juice.
Because grape juice, let's face it, is one of the cheapest juices you can buy. You can buy it at the grocery store for sometimes less than two bucks a gallon, depending on the season and the source.
If I want to buy a combination of cheap fruit juices such as grape, apple, pear or pomegranate, I don't need to pay $20 for a bottle of some brand-name network marketing juice product. I can just go to the grocery store and get it.
A great source for full-potency superfruit juicesNow, what if you're looking for highly-concentrated superfruit juices such as noni, acai and others? Here's something I strongly recommend you check out: A company called Genesis Today sells bottled concentrations of all sorts of superfruit juices (mangosteen, noni, acai, etc.) that have no cheap juice fillers whatsoever.
For example, Genesis Today offers a 32 oz. bottled superfruit product called Power 4 that contains only these ingredients:
Wild harvested Goji berry juice, Wild harvested Acai berry juice, Wild harvested Noni fruit juice, Wild harvested Mangosteen fruit juice and Wild harvested Raspberry paste
Wow! Do you notice what isn't in their formulation? No water, no apple juice, no grape juice, no pear juice, no banana puree, no fillers, no chemical preservatives, and so on. It's just 100% pure wild-harvested superfruit juice. That's why Genesis Today has become one of my favorite superfood companies of all time, and I've personally met and interviewed its founder Dr. Lindsey Duncan (although it has been a few years and I'm probably due to interview him again for an update...)
By the way, I have no financial ties with Genesis Today. This is not an advertisement. I'm just laying it out straight for you on what I have personally found to be the best value on bottled superfruit products. You can find Genesis Today products throughout health food stores and even many regular grocery stores across the country.
Network marketing does have its prosDon't get me wrong on all this; I'm not against the network marketing concept. In fact, there's a lot about it to enjoy: The social interaction, the profit potential, the often unique product lines, and so on. I've long been a fan of both the Amazon Herb Company and Moxxor, which provides the omega-3 capsules from green-lipped mussels. I take both of these companies' products nearly every day.
But I also believe that for a network marketing company to be successful in the long term, it needs to offer a solid value to its customers, with full disclosure of its ingredients. These has long been too much "proprietary secrecy" in the MLM health products industry, and I personally encourage everyone to fully investigate any product or company you're considering joining in order to make sure you fully know what their products are made of.
A lot of the MLM superfruit juice products taste great, no doubt, but that's because many of them are largely just grape juice or apple juice or combinations of other cheap juices. Notably, the Genesis Today Power 4 product doesn't taste like grape juice. It tastes a lot like Noni juice, which as you probably know is a less-than-desirable taste for most of us.
But I don't drink Power 4 as dessert. I drink it as nutritional medicine, and it delivers a huge assortment of various phytonutrients and alkaloids that offer a complex taste that some people just won't find pleasing. Sometimes, the best medicine isn't the best-tasting.
But hey, if you're just looking for something that tastes great, go suck down a milkshake at McDonald's, right? They've mastered the taste of processed milk proteins and artificial sweeteners.
If you're looking for real superfruit nutrition, on the other hand, I recommend you go with the high-potency products such as those made by Genesis Today. By my calculations, they deliver the best bang for your buck in terms of nutritional potency per dollar spent.
I also like the Pom Wonderful company, by the way. Their products are really amazing in terms of their nutritional potency, and pomegranate juice is very, very good for your health. We've documented how it can also help prevent degenerative diseases such as prostate cancer (http://www.naturalnews.com/026190_cancer_Pro...).
But getting back to the concept of MLMs, if you really enjoy the social aspects of network marketing, and you enjoy the business opportunity that goes with it -- which, let's face it, can be quite lucrative for many people -- then choose a network marketing company that best fits your personal principles on health and integrity. Just make sure you know what's in their products so you can intelligently talk about those products to others. And avoid any companies that appear to be deceptive in their websites or marketing materials.
No matter what you do, I always wish you the best success in your own personal health as well as your personal finances. And even if some of these MLM superfruit juices aren't anywhere near 100% wild-harvested superfruit juices, at least they're far better for people than Gatorade, Vitamin Water or (ack!) Coca-Cola!
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