MonaVie’s Health Drinks

 

We have been hearing a lot about the health benefits of Acai berries, hailed as one of the elite “superfoods” and associated with anti-ageing and weight loss.  So we were really keen to test the range of products from MonaVie.

 

Monavie Health Juices

 

MonaVie manufactures and distributes products made from blended fruit and vegetable juice concentrates, with the tag line “products with purpose” and the acai berry is a core ingredient.

 

The berry itself is a 2.5cm-long reddish purple fruit that comes from the acai palm tree, native to Central and South America.  It is in fact a relative of the blueberry, cranberry and other dark purple fruits.

 

There have been many health claims for this little berry, but most of the research has focused on its possible antioxidant activity.  Antioxidants are important because in laboratory studies they appear to protect cells from damage that can lead to diseases like cancer, as well as helping the body cope with and recover from strenuous activity.

 

The acai berry is of particular interest because studies have shown that acai fruit pulp has a very high antioxidant capacity.  It seems the jury is still out on the ability of the acai berry to help with weight loss, but there is plenty of research which supports eating a diet rich in antioxidants and there is no doubt that MonaVie offers a delicious way to do just that.

 

We are testing their health juices, energy drinks and meal replacement drinks and here are our thoughts on the health drink.

 

Monavie health drink

 

MonaVie Health Drinks

 

The Health Drinks are a blend of acai berry and 18 other fruits from around the world, which deliver a powerful shot of antioxidants to keep the body healthy and active.

 

We tested the health drink, taking it twice a day, on the run up to Christmas, a time when we can be especially prone to illness – in fact we were surrounded by people who were succumbing to “man-flu” – so we were delighted to stay healthy and we found we coped well with an increased training load as well.  How much of that was due to MonaVie’s Health Drinks we will never know, but they were a pleasure to drink and it would be very easy to make them a part of the daily regime.

 

Don’t be put off by the slightly oily film that you see on the surface of the drink.  This is a by-product of the natural ingredients which boast acai with apple, grape, pear, pineapple, cranberry, passion fruit, elderberry, prune, kiwi, blueberry, blackberry, wolfberry, cherry, pomegranate, lychee, acerola, banana and bilberry.

 

MonaVie Health Drink with Glucosamine

 

We also tested the MonaVie Active health drink.  This particular blend is formulated with glucosamine and this antioxidant-packed blend delivers naturally occurring polyphenols and vitamin C, which contribute to normal collagen formation and cartilage function.  

 

Monavie Active

 

When you open the bottle and pour the recommended 30 mls into a glass, the thick dark berry liquid smells a little like fruits of the forest but tastes like mulled wine, without the alcohol.  As with the other fruit drinks, there is a tiny oily residue on the surface.  The taste is quite different though, it’s got a little bit of a kick to it, which we’ve been advised by the distributor is the glucosamine element. Once opened, they recommend you refrigerate and consume within 15 days of opening.

 

The ingredients listed within the bottle include those in the health drink as well as wolfberry, pomegranate and lychee, and it is free from any artificial colouring, flavours, sweeteners and is gluten free.

 

When you first try this product, it tastes like a pleasant berry smoothie with a hint of something strong, that you can’t quite put your finger on.  Just like when you were a child and your mother hid cod liver oil in your orange juice!  It is an individual thing, but our tester felt you would need a strong constitution to take the recommended 30mls, three times a day.

 

We tested one bottle of the MonaVie Active, over the period of just over a week – not really enough time for us to experience any significant improvements in our health, but if you ‘believe’ it’s doing you some good then what have you got to lose and certainly glucosamine has well documented benefits.

 

Both variants come very well dressed in a dark green screw cap bottle and look very classy. It also appears expensive and, let’s face it, for £21 a bottle (£24 for the variant with added glucosamine) it isn’t cheap, but in our opinion good quality supplements are often expensive and so it is a question of whether you believe this is right for you.

 

 

Prices:

MonaVie Original (1 bottle): 21.00

MonaVie Active (1 bottle):£25.00

 

Website: monavie.com

 

Value for money: 7/10

Performance: 7/10

 

Tested by Jan Birkmyre and Emma Sainsbury-Munn

 

 

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