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Youngevity review: Health products targeting fitness junkies

Youngevity is an American-based network marketing company that sells nutritional supplements.

While many MLMs are selling nutrition products (see also: Ariix, Juice Plus, and Visi), Youngevity is taking it to a whole new level.

Overview

Based in Chula Vista, CA. Youngevity was founded by Joel D. Wallach, BS, DVM, ND in 1997. He is well known and respected for his work and research on the benefits of selenium and other minerals.

Because of his efforts, the FDA established official Qualified Health Claims for Selenium, showing that it might reduce the chances of contracting certain  cancers. Since there are only a few Qualified Health Claims out there, Youngevity holds a unique distinction among other dietary supplemental companies.

He found that the human body needs 90 essential nutrients to be as healthy as it can be.  This prompted the company to develop their “90 For Life” line.

The human body loses about 90% of the supplements it receives due to the fact that it can’t digest them. Youngevity’s products however, have a 90%-98% absorption rate. The reason why is that they use plant-based minerals to increase the bioavailabilty of them.

These minerals are taken from humic shale. They have a natural negative electrical charge which aids with digestion and helps to support detoxification of heavy metals and other toxins.

The combination of these superior raw materials and the method of how they’re packaged and handled is what makes this company different from all the other nutritional supplement companies that are out there.

Products

Youngevity has over 2,000 products with 31 brands in 15 different categories. Along with their flagship products like 90 For Life Nutrition Packets, Be the Change and Distributor Enrollment Packs, they have products for beauty and grooming accessories, food and beverages, even the home, garden and pets are taken care of.

They have a starter package for overall health and wellness. They have a pack designed for athletes and one to help lower blood sugar. They have one to help support your bones and one to help your heart and brain. One to help repair and rebuild the digestive system and one for weight loss.

If you don’t want to purchase a package, individual items are sold as well. Basically everything you need to have a healthier, more rounded lifestyle is there to choose from.

A monthly supply is available for $125 with the option to enroll in free auto-shipping.

Compensation Plan

There are 10 different ways to start a home based business and make money with Youngevity. Though they continue to be fast growing, they are stable, shipping their products to over 65 countries. Through the use of their software, you can manage your business from wherever you might be located (allowing you to make money online and work from home).

Depending on your goals and schedule you can work as little or as much as you like. There is no pressure but there are many incentives to help start your business and successfully keep it running for as long as you like.

Experts predict that the health and wellness industry will soon be raking more than a trillion dollars, now is a great time to become involved in it.

You can earn up to 30% on retail sales commissions with a 30% Quick Start Bonus as well. For every four distributors you can get to sign up, they pay you $100.

It costs $115 for the start up package and in addition to this there is an Enrollment Fee of $25, but if you buy the CEO Pack as your first choice, you automatically get upgraded in status this obviously means more money faster.

In addition to these, there are numerous bonuses paid on a monthly basis, retail profit bonuses paid on a weekly basis and for every three Starter Pack customers you get, they will provide you with your next Starter Pack for free.

Recap

The Better Business Bureau has given Youngevity an A+ rating and out of the reviews I read from prior customers, their opinion of the product was highly favorable.

The amount of money that is needed upfront to get enrolled in this program was a bit steep in my opinion. The CEO Start Up Pack will set you back $499. Also if you compare their prices to other similar companies that are available, you will find that they are more expensive as well. This should be a major consideration to take into account if you plan on selling them.

Their claims of how well the body can digest their products seems a little inflated to me as well. If the other guy’s supplements are only digested at a rate of 10%, how can they say that their’s are absorbed at 90%-98%? It just seems to be too great of an increase to me.

Then again, I am not a doctor, or a scientist and this company’s founder Dr Wallach is obviously a brilliant man and the long list of accolades and achievements are testimony to this. The fact that they have been around as long as it has is another positive thing to take into consideration.

Every company that makes supplements claim that theirs are superior, however it is very difficult to actually prove this superiority. It is also important to keep in mind that everyone may respond to supplements differently: what works for me might not work for you.

Like most MLMs there is no guarantee of success, that’s why there are disclaimers all over the place. Great care and consideration should be taken before investing your money into them with the hopes of being able to quit your day job.

While I don’t believe that Youngevity is a scam, I also think there are more viable opportunities to be found on the Internet. The health and wellness industry is booming these days and with the increased number of illnesses around, people are in a panic to stay healthy with what they believe to be a quick fix.

People are also living longer and becoming more educated on supplements. With the huge assortment of Youngevity products that are available, everyone from children, to the elderly, to the household pet can find a pill to swallow, or an elixir to drink.

I guess it really boils down to an individual’s preference if you think you have what it takes to sell questionable products at an inflated price, then becoming a Youngevity sales rep might be just the right job for you.

I’m not a Youngevity hater by any means. But it’s still an MLM that sells an opportunity 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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