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Is Omnilife the Herbalife of Mexico?

Omnilife is a nutritional MLM founded in 1991 and based in Guadalajara, Mexico. They’ve basically become Mexico’s very own Herbalife.

Company was founded by an Academy Award-nominated film producer and former Herbalife distributor, Jorge Vergara.

So have I been involved?

This video explains:

 

All good? Let’s continue…

Overview

The backstory for Omnilife and its founder Jorge Vergara is pretty crazy.

Like, Mexico’s Wolf of Wall Street, would make a compelling movie script crazy. Vergara could even produce it, considering he’s also an acclaimed film producer with credits like Y Tu Mamá También, one of the biggest Spanish-language films ever.

So, what’s the story?

Rewind back to the early 80s, and Vergara is selling tacos on the streets in Mexico. Talk about humble beginnings. But these beginnings surely helped him pick up some of the street smarts that ended up being critical to his career. [1]

Eventually, he gets involved in Mexican real estate. After that, he meets a man named John Peterson, a salesman for Herbalife. Peterson saw Vergara’s talent and desperately wanted to recruit him onto his team. Unfortunately, Herbalife’s products still hadn’t been approved by the Mexican government at this time.

Did that stop him? Hell no.

Vergara agreed to sell Herbalife products on Peterson’s team, and the two worked together to literally smuggle nutritional supplements into Mexico. The team built up demand, and eventually Vergara went straight to the Mexican government and convinced them to approve Herbalife products.

Then, instead of sticking with Herbalife, he took the money and ran. Dude is obviously a natural-born entrepreneur and deserves to have a company of his own. In 1991 he started up Omnilife.

It’s pretty obvious now that he made the right choice. Omnilife is currently a top 200 company in Mexico. They’ve got an annual revenue of $406 million and over 5 million distributors at their disposal.

And Vergara? He’s one of Mexico’s elite rich and famous, valued at around $1.5 billion.

Of course, just like Herbalife, they’re not without their fair share of scandals.

From a hidden camera on a popular television program that proved their distributors make outlandish, patently false claims to sell their products to studies that have shown the supplements are identical to your typical drugstore supplements that can be purchased for a small fraction of the price, they’re not exactly the most reputable company. [2]

But does it really matter? Despite all the controversy, Herbalife has been sitting pretty as one of the top 5 MLMs in the WORLD for a while now. And Omnilife is poised to catch up – they were just ranked #44 on the DSN Global 100 last year. [3]

How much does Omnilife cost?

$39. This includes a bottle of supplements, a catalog, 2 DVDs, a training manual, and a branded backpack.

You have to hit 300 Personal Points (PP) every month to stay qualified.

Products

Omnilife markets a huge variety of health and wellness products, but they’re most known for their herbal supplements (see: Asea, BelCorp, and Ardyss).

Their products fall into four categories.

  • Hydrating
  • Custom
  • Light Nutrition
  • Energy and Sports

Some of their popular products include ingredients such as caffeine, green tea, and synephrine HCL. They come in all different forms, from instant coffee to fiber cereal to juices. A nutritional or weight loss monthly plan will cost you $200.

Benefits:

Benefits vary depending on the product you purchase. They sell nutritional products that target the following benefits: energy levels, weight management, mood, immune system health, digestive health, heart health, overall health, and hydration.

Side Effects:

There are a number of customer complaints against Omnilife products that use the ingredient synephrine.

It’s been proven than synephrine can cause an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. It’s also worse to combine synephrine with caffeine, according to the Finnish Food Safety Authority, and many of their products do. These products have been banned by both Denmark and Sweden. [4] [5]

Compensation Plan

Personal Sales

Commission on personal sales starts at 20%, which is pretty low. However, the more you sell, the more you make. If you sell over 1,000 PP in a month, your commission gets bumped up to 25%.

It gets bumped up another 5% if you sell over 2,000 PP in a month. 3,000 PP in sales will net you 35% commission, 3,500 will get you 40%, and 4,000 PP or more in a month will get you a massive 50% commission check. Of course, selling 4,000 PP in a month is nearly impossible.

Quick Start Bonus

Distributors can earn a 10% bonus on the purchases that their personal recruits make within their first 90 days.

Level Overrides

Depending on your rank with Omnilife, you can earn anywhere from 5% to 22% commission on your downline, up to 3 levels deep. You have to hit Silver Elite or higher in order to unlock overrides on all 3 levels.

Team Builder Bonus

Distributors who hit Silver Supreme or higher don’t just unlock massive overrides 3-levels deep. They also get 2% commission on their level 4 and down. Their downline must contain at least one Silver Premiere member or higher to qualify.

Generation Overrides

If you hit Gold or above, you qualify for generational overrides. Gold Premiere distributors get 3% on their 1st generation, Gold Elite get 3% on their 1st and 2nd generations, and Gold Supreme get 3% on their 1st generation, 4% on their 2nd, and 3% on their 3rd. If you can make it all the way up to Diamond or Double Diamond, you can earn another 2-5% all the way down to your 6th generation.

Recap

The compensation plan is pretty solid, but only if you can move large quantities of overpriced nutritional products and, more importantly, convince dozens of people to join your team and do the same.

The way it’s set up, you’re barely making anything at all until you’ve built up a team, let alone working from home or driving a Range Rover.

The products are nothing special, to be honest. They’re just glorified vitamins. It’s all about the marketing and branding.

While their CEO might be a bonafide hustler, no one else is getting on the fast track to riches with Omnilife.

If you like passive income streams, there are much better opportunities out there.

In other words, you might like our training because it teaches the “good life” without peddling products to your family and friends.

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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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