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Nature’s Sunshine continues to thrive. Should you join?

Nature’s Sunshine creates all-natural health and wellness products that provide long lasting health benefits around the world.

The company has been around forever and they continue to do well among fierce competition (Advocare, Vida Divina, Sisel, and bHIP just to name a few).

So have I been involved with these guys?

This video explains:

 

All good? Let’s continue…

Overview

In 1972 Nature’s Sunshine became the very first company to encapsulate herbs. Their original top quality products represent a worldwide force for prime health in approximately twenty-six markets across the globe and continues to grow.

Nature’s Sunshine takes pride in transforming lives and promoting exceptional health. Owners Gene and Kristine Hughes embarked on an herbal mission when Gene suffered from a pesky stomach illness and decided to start taking cayenne pepper for relief. Kristine had the brilliant idea to put the substances into capsules and then success struck.

Today they service more than 40 countries, and have a worldwide sales team of more than 600,000 independent managers and distributors. In 2015 Nature’s Sunshine built its very own research facility in Utah where they are continuing to create new and innovative products.

Products

Of course Nature’s Sunshine’s products consist of vitamins and health supplements. They provide a health assessment page where you can pick and choose symptoms you may be seeking relief for, for instance, “lack of energy or endurance” or “difficulty digesting certain foods.” It really compliments the webpage because it lets you know what products are going to be the most beneficial for your symptoms. They feature a “products in the news” sales page so I’d like to talk about a few of those items:

  • Grapine High Potency-extracts grape seed and pine bark produce an influential antioxidant that supports the nervous and cardiovascular systems.
    • Could help strengthen capillaries
    • Searches for cell-damaging free radicals
    • Offers support to the nervous system
    • Provides 60 mg proanthocyanidins in each tablet
  • Love and Peas- vegan protein powder that provides 75% of the daily value of 18 minerals and vitamins
    • Provides 20 grams of vegetable protein in each serving
    • Supports urinary and circulatory system
    • Is free of common allergens, dairy, lactose and gluten
    • Balanced amino acid profile
    • Vegan approved
  • Super Omega-3 EPA
    • Supports the cardiovascular system
    • Defends cell membranes
    • Contains lemon oil for better taste/aftertaste
  • Garcinia Combination- helps control appetite and maintain a balanced blood sugar
    • Supports weight management
    • Might help the body maintain blood sugar if already balanced
    • Might help to suppress appetite
    • Provides 60 mcg f chrominum in each serving
    • Green Tea Extract- powerful antioxidant that benefits the immune and circulatory systems
    • Helps maintain blood flow if already normal
    • Supports cholesterol levels if already in a normal range
    • Supports healthy kidney function
    • Might help protect the digestive and respiratory systems

And then you can find products like allergy remedies, weight loss products, herbs, essential oils, personal care items, and cleansing solutions.  But since Nature’s Sunshine sells more than 500 products that’s just a rough overview of the types of stuff they offer.

The company is certified by NSF International, which is a non-profit NGO that rates manufacturing processes in the health and wellness industry. Nature Sunshine’s products are not FDA tested but they do abide by regulations for dietary supplements. You’ll find that the labeling is easy to read, and their prices are fair. Consumers consider this a truly respectable company in the health industry.

Compensation Plan

You can become a part of a booming industry and join Nature’s Sunshine as distributor. Apparently the Dietary Supplement Sales are predicted to increase by 65% to $50 billion in annual sales by 2020. Since the company is 42 years old they’ve established a reputable name for themselves.

You have the opportunity to work from home, or you can choose to open and operate your own retail store. Natural Health Practitioners are even encouraged to get involved with Nature’s Sunshine and introduce their products to patients.

Their business opportunity is designed to let you become a part of a team of individuals devoted to health who strive to help people live healthier overall better quality lives. By purchasing $40 worth of merchandise you get free membership.

Once you become an associate you receive free webinars each month to educate yourself further about health and Nature’s Sunshine’s products. They also do product training, business guidance, and support videos. You can be compensated for your sales in several ways:

  • Make your product purchases at wholesale prices (up to 33% off retail)
  • Get rebates of 10-30% off product purchases with minimum orders
  • Save with a frequent buyer’s program which is “buy 9 get 2 specials”
  • Earn up to 12% commissions from purchases made by individuals you sponsor for up to 6 levels (but recruiting is not required)
  • Working toward earning a car payment which ranges from $100 to $1000 per month
  • Work toward earning exotic vacations and cruises

But it’s important to note that in order to get these luxurious perks you must work your way up to higher ranks in their business pyramid. Unfortunately you don’t even manage commissions until you find yourself at rank three, or Star Rank.

If you can reach Star Rank though, you’re looking at a 10% commission which is reasonable. Say you do decide you’d like to recruit you can look forward to a 40% for each new Legacy Member you sponsor. Nature’s Sunshine paid out roughly $64,920,000.00 in commissions and rebates to distributors located in the United States in 2014.

The average non-manager distributor’s commissions was around $229.64 per month or $2,755.72 so we’re not talking a lot of money. Still it assures us there is money to be made. A higher ranked title like “regional manager” earned an average monthly commission of $5,5149.96 per month or $66,176.55 a year which is livable income.

Recap

There’s no doubt that Nature’s Sunshine is a successful company that offers quality products and lots of them too! With their unique products and top notch management it’s kind of hard to find something negative to say about this business opportunity.

They uphold a good reputation, and sell products that are consumable and in high demand. They’re affordable and essentially easy to promote. The only issue you might encounter is competition since it’s such a large and popular company means you’re going to have to out-sell more people. The start up costs are low and your target market is pretty huge so in terms of a selling opportunity this is a good one.

But it’s still an MLM, and there are flaws in the industry. If you want to build a real business that doesn’t involve spamming on Facebook or approaching family and friends, there is a better way to make money.

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Zija review: Nutritional supplements from moringa

Zija is a nutritional products network marketing company capitalizing on the healthful properties of moringa.

In May 2017 they acquired Xango, making them a bigger force in the health MLM space.

Run by a pioneer inventor in the herbal supplement industry and propelled by a top Harvard scientist, Zija is setup to do big things.

Overview

We’ll take a look at exactly what Zija is celebrating. You’ll find out whether the science is there to support the claims made about moringa. You’ll also discover how well their International compensation plan stacks up in a sea that’s brimming with nutritional energy drinks (hint: Tru Vision, Isagenix, and Visi).

First let’s find out about moringa.

Moringa Oleifera is a tree found in the foothills of the Himalayas known for its drought-resistant properties (1). The seedpods are eaten in Africa and Asia. The leaves are the most nutritious part and are eaten in Southeast Asia. The flowers are said to taste like mushrooms.

There seems to be no question as to the high nutritional value of moringa. It’s a good source of protein as well as vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and phenolics (2).

But delve a little deeper and the clinical studies aren’t there yet for many of the claims made by Zija Interntional. More on that below.

Who is Zija International? The founder of Zija is Ken Brailsford. He is credited with inventing herbal encapsulation, and with helping to bring moringa to the supplement industry after watching a documentary about the health benefits of consuming parts of the moringa tree.

Mr.Brailsford is actually something of a “star” in the herbal supplement world. He started Nature’s Sunshine in the 1970s, to capitalize on his new herbal encapsulation methodology. He ran that until 1979 when he left to become a stockbroker because of a noncompete clause with Nature’s Sunshine (3). He later went back but fully retired in 1997 until he founded Zija years later.

The company is based in Lehi, Utah and boasts an executive team of “experienced MLM professionals.”  That would include CEO Rodney Larsen who was hired to promote the growth goals of Zija. Mr.Larsen has been with ZI since 2006 and his LinkedIn profile shows no other data before that year. Some Zija affiliate websites do mention that he worked for NEXX and a branch of NuSkin Entrprises before joining Zija.

President Brad Stewart’s profile mentions that he has managed his career “through vision and faith”. He has been involved in network marketing his whole life.

Executive Vice President Darrell Eyre started as an Amway distributor and has been in network marketing for 25 years.

COO Michael Hershberger has over 15 years experience in management and IT and an MBA.

The takeaway: apart from the Chief Operating Officer, Zija International is run by people who have pretty much always worked in network marketing. The founder is recognized as an important figure in herbal supplement history and founded one of the oldest and most successful herbal supplement companies in the world.

Zija International is a BBB accredited business with a rating of A+.

Products

The ZI products can be divided into three categories: moringa, ameo, and ripstix. Headed by  Harvard Medical School valedictorian Joshua Plant, the scientific wing of Zija International is actively engaged in formulating new products based on moringa and other botanicals.

Moringa is believed to support a wide range of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory support, improved digestion, improved mental clarity, increased energy, anti-aging, immune system support, and blood glucose level regulation. All of these benefits are listed on the Zija International website.

Scientific evidence and clinical trials, however, are hard to find.

There is one agricultural study  where mice and ruminants were given moringa tea. It was found that the white cell count in the mice who drank the tea was significantly higher. Mice also experienced reduced inflammatory responses.

In that same study, Moringa also improved cell viability in sheep and goats, and reduced oxidative stress from internal parasites. No effect on the gut health of pigs was observed, however (4). The results of this study have only been published informally to date.

The same Ag & Tech school that’s conducting that study is also looking into the use of moringa to promote animal health. Specifically, they’re researching moringa’s effects on the immune system (on B and T cells). In addition, they’re studying moringa’s effects on growth rate and performance of pigs. However, at this time it’s merely stated that more research is needed (5).

There is also a World Health Report citing the use of moringa in the use of water treatment in developing countries (6). But so far, not much has made it into the National Institutes of Health’s PubMed system.

The takeaway: moringa is incredibly nutritionally dense, but clinical studies are needed to support many of the health benefit claims made by Zija Interntaional.

Essential oils produced with clinical-grade standards and Zija’s exclusive patent-pending certification system.

Ripstix Hydration and Fitness Line – these are energy drinks in powdered form. Fitness supplements containing L-arginine (8) and electrolytes, they also contain fructose which some people try and stay away from.

Compensation Plan

There are tens of thousands of independent distributors working for Zija International. They have access to an extensive network of Zija training modules, including videos, an app, audio training, all of which is measured by a series of exams.

It’s the only MLM known to have a certification process for its distributors. Not only that, but every 90 days, distributors must re-certify. Passing exams means higher pay, too (7).

This is similar to how non-MLM companies handle their training. For example, public school teachers get pay raises when they pass graduate-level courses from accredited institutions of higher learning.

So what if Zija operates its own training, testing, and certification program in-house: it’s far above and beyond what you’ll see in other MLM companies.

Details:

1) IBOs profit by purchasing products at wholesale prices and selling them at retail (up to 25% profit).

2) Qualify to earn commission by being on autoship for at least 75 PV per month.

3) Get 10% of sales made by your personally enrolled recruits.

4) Team commissions and further bonuses as you advance in rank.

Recap

Zija appears to offer a good product. They have done a lot of things right and have a unique niche in the competitive nutritional supplement industry. But the income potential isn’t worth my time.

I’m not saying Zija International is a bad company – they’re not.

With any MLM, peddling products to your family members and friends at church might work for a couple months…maybe over a year if you’re lucky.

In the end, it’s still the sad story of selling hype and chasing the hot opportunity.

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