What is Acai?
Acai is a small, round, dark-purple berry with amazing nutritional
properties. Its appearance is similar to that of a grape, but it has a
smaller amount of pulp and a single large seed. Scientific experts have
referred to the acai berry as the most nutritious and powerful food in
What is MonaVie?
MonaVie is a delicious and energizing blend of the Brazilian açai
berry—one of nature’s top super-foods—and other nutrient dense fruits.
Developed with the philosophy Balance-Variety-Moderation, MonaVie
delivers the phytonutrients and antioxidants you need to maintain a
healthy and active lifestyle.Where does acai grow?
The acai berry grows in clusters on the acai palm, a genus of 25–30
species of palms native to tropical Central and South America. These
tall, slender, and attractive palms can grow 15–30 meters tall, with
leaves up to 3 meters long. The prime commercial source of acai comes
from the area where several rivers converge within the Amazon estuary,
emptying along the northeastern corner of Brazil into the Atlantic
Ocean between the states of Para and Amapa. The people of Brazil refer
to acai as the “Milk of the Amazon.”Does harvesting the acai berry
destroy the Amazon rainforest?
No. In fact, MonaVie is helping to preserve the Amazon rainforest by
harvesting the acai berry. Each week, poachers illegally chop down
5,000–10,000 palm trees to obtain and sell a 12-inch section of the
palm known as the “palmito.” As a result, the entire tree dies. On the
other hand, by harvesting the acai berry, the palm tree continues to
thrive and the natives have an incentive to preserve the acai-bearing
palm tree. It is estimated that in 2006, MonaVie, by buying the acai
berry from Brazilian suppliers, will preserve over 250,000 acai palm
trees.What fruits are contained in MonaVie products?
In addition to the açai berry, MonaVie products contain white grape,
nashi pear, acerola, pear, aronia, purple grape, cranberry, passion
fruit, banana, apricot, prune, kiwi, blueberry, bilberry, camu camu,
wolfberry, pomegranate, and lychee fruit.
Why does the acai berry seem to get more attention than the other healthful fruits in MonaVie?
While all the fruits contained in MonaVie have unique properties
that benefit your body, the acai berry has become the “headliner” fruit
because it is packed with nutritional value—proteins, healthy fats,
fiber, vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals. It also has a low
glycemic index. So complete is this berry that the Brazilian people
living along the Amazon can survive on it as their sole source of food
and demonstrate amazing vitality and energy. More important than this,
however, is the impressive amount of phytonutrients that MonaVie is
able to capture from the acai berry.
Does acai have a high ORAC score?
Yes, with an ORAC score of 1,027, the acai used in MonaVie boasts
the highest ORAC score of any fruit or vegetable tested to date. The
acai fruit is the star among other well-known antioxidants, such as
blueberries, grapes, red wine, green tea, cranberries, blackberries,
and pomegranates. By comparison, acai has more than 10 times the
antioxidant power of cranberries.
What does ORAC mean?
An acronym for oxygen radical absorption capacity, ORAC is a way to
measure the antioxidant capacity of a food. Foods with high ORAC values
are desirable for their ability to inhibit free radical activity. The
ORAC measurement was developed by a scientist at the National Institute
of Aging in 1992 and has proven to be a valuable tool in quantifying
health benefits associated with consuming fruits, vegetables, and other
antioxidant-containing foods and supplements.
What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are “agents” that inhibit harmful compounds known as
free radicals. Free radicals cause damage to your cells through the
process of oxidation. By donating an electron to unstable free
radicals, antioxidants neutralize their harmful effects. Obtaining a
variety of antioxidants through diet or supplementation is essential to
maintaining your good health.
What are free radicals?
Free radicals are atoms with at least one unpaired electron. In
excess, free radicals produce harmful oxidation that can damage cell
membranes. Free radicals are analogous to cattle let loose on a field
of planted crops. Uncontrolled, the cattle would destroy the crops.
Ranch hands are hired to make sure the cattle stay in place and graze.
Antioxidants act much the same way. As the ranch hands for our bodies,
antioxidants prevent free radicals from potentially damaging millions
of healthy, functioning cells.
What is oxidative stress?
Oxidative stress occurs in your body when there are not enough antioxidants to counter the effects of damaging free radicals
What causes excess free radicals?
Tobacco smoke, alcohol, pollution, insecticides, radiation,
chemicals in the home or at work, and excessive amounts of sunlight are
all prolific contributors to the formation of free radicals. Other
causes include a high-fat diet, stress, insufficient sleep, and
How well do MonaVie products scavenge other free radicals
such as peroxynitrite (NORAC), hydroxyl (HORAC), and superoxide anion
The MonaVie Juice blend is a very powerful antioxidant against these
additional free radicals; in fact, the SORAC assay score of 1,614
unit/g represents the highest value ever reported for superoxide
scavenging activity in vitro of any food.
What are phytonutrients?
Phytonutrients are naturally occurring compounds that contribute to
the flavor, color, and disease-resistance of plants (i.e., fruits,
vegetables, whole grains, and legumes). Phytonutrients are powerful
antioxidants, but their value extends much beyond free radical
protection. Maximum health benefits are derived from consuming a
variety of phytonutrients with a full spectrum of colors and pigments,
such as those found in MonaVie products.
Does MonaVie use flash pasteurization?
Yes. With flash pasteurization, the product is heated for
approximately 15–30 seconds and then immediately cooled. By only
briefly subjecting the product to high temperatures, most—if not
all—taste and color changes are avoided. Flash pasteurization is
preferred to other methods because it kills microbes without destroying
Is MonaVie’s acai certified organic?
Yes. The acai used by MonaVie is certified organic through The
Institute for Marketecology (IMO). IMO is one of the first and most
renowned international agencies for inspection, certification, and
quality assurance of eco-friendly products. IMO’s worldwide activities
are accredited by the Swiss Accreditation Service (SAS), according to
EN 45011 (ISO 65), which is the international standard for organic
How much acai is contained in MonaVie products?
Because MonaVie product formulas are proprietary, the exact amount
of acai or the other fruits contained in our blend is not disclosed.
How many servings of fruits and vegetables does the U.S. National Research Council recommend we eat daily?
The U.S. National Research Council recommends that you consume at
least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day to maintain a
proper supply of food derived antioxidants for your body. Research
indicates that only five percent of the U.S. population consumes five
servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
Where are MonaVie products manufactured?
To ensure the highest level of quality, MonaVie blends and produces
MonaVie products at its manufacturing facility in Salt Lake City, Utah
(not far from the corporate office).
What is glucosamine hydrochloride?
Glucosamine hydrochloride is a natural compound found in the body
that is used to help make and form cartilage. Glucosamine has also been
shown to help lubricate, cushion, protect, and rebuild joints.
Is one form of glucosamine more effective than another?
There are three types of glucosamine: glucosamine hydrochloride
(HCl), N-acetyl glucosamine, and glucosamine sulfate. Both glucosamine
HCl and glucosamine sulfate are rapidly converted into “free”
glucosamine in the stomach. So, from a medicinal standpoint, they are
equally effective. However, glucosamine HCl is 79 percent glucosamine,
while glucosamine sulfate is only between 47 and 52 percent
glucosamine. MonaVie Active Gel and the MonaVie Active Juice contain
glucosamine HCl because it contains the highest level of free
What is the shelf life of the MonaVie Original and Active Juices and MonaVie Active Gel?
If unopened, both the MonaVie Juices and MonaVie Active Gel have a
shelf life of one year. If the MonaVie Juice has been opened, then the
shelf life is approximately 30-60 days, as long as the opened bottle is
refrigerated. The MonaVie Active Gel should be consumed in its entirety
as soon as it is opened.
Are MonaVie products safe?
Yes, MonaVie products are safe and contain only well-tolerated
foods. MonaVie contains fruit juices and purees naturally found in the
food supply that have been consumed by various cultures for hundreds of
years. However, if you have any health concerns, you should consult a
physician before starting any new product or program.
Are MonaVie products FDA approved?
There is no official approval process or certificate issued from the
FDA to approve the sale of food or juice products in the United States.
The Food and Drug Administration, however, has established stringent
laws and regulations, called Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) to
ensure the safety of foods manufactured and sold in the U.S. MonaVie is
manufactured in a GMP compliant facility. The ingredients contained in
MonaVie products are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) and obtaining
prior approval to sell them from the FDA is not required.
Do MonaVie products treat, cure, or prevent disease?
Eating a diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables is
well-known to aid in the prevention of disease and in living a long
active, healthy life. It is not the purpose of a natural product like
MonaVie to treat, cure, or prevent disease; the FDA only approves drugs
to treat, cure, and prevent disease. MonaVie’s products are made with a
specific selection of powerful superfruits and other natural compounds
such as glucosamine hydrochloride and esterified fatty acids. The
fruits and compounds of MonaVie have been shown in some studies to help
support the body’s ability to protect itself from various ailments.
What are esterified fatty acids?
Esterified fatty acids are thought to reduce pain-like symptoms and
rapidly promote joint health, improving flexibility and mobility.
Esterification is the general name for a chemical reaction in which two
chemicals (typically an alcohol and an acid) form an ester as the
How much potassium is in MonaVie Original and MonaVie Active?
For customers concerned about potassium levels for reasons relating
to dialysis, please consult a physician before taking MonaVie products.
The potassium level in MonaVie Original and MonaVie Active is
approximately 62–66 mg/oz. MonaVie Original and MonaVie Active contain
no potassium additives, grapefruit, or cantaloupe.
Is there any vitamin K in MonaVie Original or MonaVie Active?
For customers concerned about vitamin K levels because of blood
thinning medication, please consult a physician before taking any
MonaVie products. The vitamin K level in MonaVie Original and MonaVie
Active is approximately 12.4 µg/oz.
Are MonaVie products gluten-free?
If someone is allergic to shellfish can they consume glucosamine hydrochloride?
Shellfish are a known allergen and glucosamine is derived from
shrimp shells. However, people who are allergic to shellfish are
actually allergic to the protein troponin, which is found in the muscle
(protein) of shrimp. Analyses do not find any protein in the
glucosamine hydrochloride used in MonaVie Active Gel. Glucosamine
hydrochloride (GHCl), the form of glucosamine used in MonaVie Active
Gel, is more than 99 percent pure. Because shellfish is a known
allergen, please consult with a physician before taking MonaVie Active
Why do MonaVie Original and MonaVie Active contain the preservative polysorbate?
To create a blend of water-based fruits and essential fatty acids
that tasted palatable, MonaVie considered a number of emulsifiers. The
safest, by far, was polysorbate. Polysorbate has been thoroughly
researched by the FDA and has been found to be nontoxic and safe at the
amounts used in MonaVie Original and MonaVie Active. The Center for
Science in the Public Interest (the “food police” for the USDA) awarded
polysorbate their highest safety rating.
Why do MonaVie products contain the preservative sodium benzoate?
Sodium benzoate, an organic chemical preservative, can prevent the
growth of almost all microorganisms (e.g., yeast, bacteria, and fungi)
and occurs naturally in some fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, nuts,
wines, and teas.
Why are there natural flavors in MonaVie products?
MonaVie uses natural flavors in its products because a juice
concentrate, which contains only the juice from a fruit, does not give
you the entire flavor of the fruit. MonaVie’s natural flavors make our
products more palatable and balanced by staying true to the natural
flavor of the entire fruit. The natural flavor used in MonaVie
Original, MonaVie Active, and MonaVie Active Gel is a mixed berry
Does MonaVie use recycled glass in its glass bottles?
Yes. MonaVie also encourages its distributors and customers to take
advantage of recycling services in their state or country (where
MonaVie Juices contain the preservative sodium benzoate and
the antioxidant vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Is it true that sodium
benzoate and vitamin C can react to form benzene?
In the presence of trace amounts of certain metals, which act as
catalysts, vitamin C can produce free radicals that convert benzoate
into benzene. The FDA and World Health Organization have set a standard
for benzene levels in water and that level is 5 parts per billion.
MonaVie tests its MonaVie Juices for benzene, and we are always well
below the FDA’s and World Health Organization’s acceptable levels for
What’s the difference between MonaVie Active Gel and the new MonaVie Gel?
The new MonaVie Gel has been reformulated to be better than ever. It
still contains a blend of the Brazilian açai berry—one of nature’s top
super-foods—and 18 other nutrient-dense fruits. However, in an effort
to make improvements, some formula changes were necessary. One of the
most exciting improvements is that the new MonaVie Gel boasts a
substantial increase in the amount of açai. With even more açai, the
product’s powerful health promoting properties have been intensified.
The following ingredients were removed: glucosamine hydrochloride,
esterified fatty acids, and stevia.
Why did MonaVie change the gel formula?
We changed the formula for two main reasons. First, the regulatory
bodies of some international markets classify glucosamine as a
medicine. In an effort to create a globally acceptable product,
glucosamine was removed from the formula. Second, U.S. regulatory laws
would require MonaVie Active to be changed from a food to a dietary
supplement. As a dietary supplement, many states (including Florida)
require the collection of sales tax. In addition to the reasons above,
we also wanted to make a delicious and healthy on-the-go snack that
could be consumed by everyone, including children.
Will the new MonaVie Gel promote joint health?
More than any fruit or vegetable tested to date, the açai berry has
the highest recorded ORAC value against the damaging superoxide free
radical. Left unchecked, the superoxide radical targets healthy joints,
which can lead to the decline of joint function and mobility as we age.
With a substantial increase of açai in the new MonaVie Gel, you are
getting even more ammunition against the superoxide radical. We are
confident you will enjoy even greater benefits to your health.
Were any ingredients added to the new MonaVie Gel?
MonaVie Gel now contains substantially more açai than the previous
MonaVie Active Gel. This means you are getting more of the açai berry’s
powerful nutritional benefits. The açai berry is packed with nutrients,
including carbohydrates, good fats, and protein. Açai also delivers a
complex of B vitamins; vitamins A, C, and E; potassium; calcium;
magnesium; copper; zinc; iron; and, most importantly, a powerful array
of phytonutrients—age-defying compounds necessary to sustain an active,
Is the MonaVie Gel safe for children and pregnant or nursing women?
The MonaVie Gel formula is extremely safe; it can be taken by all
types of individuals. It can safely be consumed by children under the
age of 12, pregnant women, and women who are nursing.
Why does the new MonaVie Gel now list 1 gram of fiber per serving?
Açai—the key ingredient in MonaVie—is a nutritional powerhouse of
beneficial carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. A significant portion of
the naturally occurring carbohydrates in the açai berry are
health-promoting dietary fibers. With the substantial increase of açai
in the product, you are now getting a greater portion of these
beneficial carbohydrates in a single serving. While 1 gram is not a
significant source of dietary fiber, getting an adequate level in your
diet helps promote intestinal regularity, regulate blood sugar levels,
and optimize cardiovascular health.