Anyone have any luck with acai berry juice (or monavie)?

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Ohana
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   Posted 11/17/2007 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a cousin who is now selling monavie, or acai berry, juice. She claims it has done wonders for her arthritic feelings and back pains and that they are getting good reports of its ability to help people with CD. Has anyone had any experience with this?
Dx'd CD in August 2007 - 42-yr-old wife and mom
Allergic to Entocort and Prednisone / Not sure what's next
Currently on Protonix, calcium and multi-vit; and Flovent (for asthma)


JudyK89
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   Posted 11/17/2007 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Just my opinion but...

this is just another pyramid scheme, making money with false promises without medical data to back it up. The people who bring you this juice are the same people from the infamous "noni juice" who have left because of all the law suits from their outrageous claims.

You can get the same nutritional benefits from buying a bottle of juice from your local grocery store for about $1.50.
Judy
Crohn's Disease   
Too many surgeries, ileostomy6MP for maintenance.
 
 


dragonfly137927
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   Posted 11/17/2007 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I could never try this since I am allergic to many fruits and veggies (oral allergy syndrome) But I have heard good things whether it is psychosomatic or not who knows
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 
 


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 11/17/2007 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
you beat me to this ohana. my friend is also a distributor and has me trying it. he and his wife swear by it. his uncle is taking it too and he digs it. found out my sister also just started it (she doesnt have CD or any other disease) so she'll be good control for me if she actually sticks to it. i just started trying this 3 days ago cos i was given 2 free bottles. we'll see if i continue with it cos each bottle is like $35 and lasts you like 2-4 weeks, depending on how much you drink per day (1-2 oz per day). this may break the bank for me considering all the money i already spend on supplements. my friend, who is a nurse, told me a story of a person he talked to in the hospital who has crohns (he was there for something totally unrelated) and has been drinking this stuff for a while and said it alone has given him his life back - his stool is normal and goes less, has more energy and can now run again and is now training for triathalons. good for him. will it work for me - or you? who knows. glad i got a couple of free bottles to test it. but i am on so much stuff already in the health food realm that i anticipate it will be difficult for me to determine if it provides me with any benefit. i need a few people who currently have active disease and are taking meds and are eating the standard american diet to try this stuff and let me know what they think.

acai berry has some good stuff. it is a new health food craze taking over for the noni berry, mangosteen, and goji (wolf berry). sambazon (sp?) acai berry products found in most health food stores is cut with evaporated cane juice and water. monavie is not. hence imho monavie is a superior product than sambazon. monavie is banking on the free radical theory of aging (wikipedia it). in a nutshell, most damage to our bodies and the development of chronic disease is caused by free radicals. antioxidants combat free radicals. that is why primarily berries are called superfoods cos they are high in antioxidants and rank highest on the ORAC scale, which is the gold standard for measuring antioxidant capacity. monavie uses a combination of 19 different fruits, only one of which is the acai berry. it claims its ORAC score is 1027 (the next closest thing is the cranberry, having an ORAC score of 94). how they came up with this ORAC score for monavie, i dont know. i can only surmise that since it has 19 fruits, they added the ORAC of each one together to get such a high number. supposedly the fruits were specifically chosen to make a drink that is constantly releasing its antioxidant capacity over a long period of time, not just in one shot, making the effect last longer.


you do not get the same benefits from cheap juice. the best juice is made by you and drunk immediately. the rxn with light and oxygen make it lose its potency rapidly and thus you lose all the good nutrients. it only lasts like 3 days in an opaque container kept air tight in the fridge. cheap juice in the store is pasteurized (heat kills enzymes and facillites in destroying nutrients), made from concentrate, then cut with more water, and has added sugars bare minimum, if not other junk added it to it. it is a total waste of money. it is essentially sugar water marketed as a "health food". the best juice to get in the store is 100% juice NOT from concentrate and has nothing added. it tastes a lot more tart and will cost you like $10 a bottle or so. it aint as good as fresh home made stuff, but if you are going to drink juice bought in the store, this is the kind to get. it is better than not eating fruit.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


ski bum
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   Posted 11/17/2007 10:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been taking Monavie for at least 6 months. The first two weeks I was on it, I thought I was "cured." I felt so much better. After being on the juice a few days, I stopped waking up in the middle of the night with horrible back pain. I was sleeping better and feeling better during the day. After a couple of weeks, I ran out of the juice and started to feel my old crappy self again. I thought it was because I stopped taking the juice, but when I got another bottle and started taking it again, I still didn't feel as well as I did those two weeks. Maybe it was a placebo or maybe it really did work, but my disease just progressed. Even though it's not curing my CD, I think it's helping to some extent and I still take it, as consistently as I take my meds. As many of you here, I'm not able to tolerate fruits/vegetables. I feel like I'm getting what I would get from fruits and veggies, from the MonaVie. I'm a distributor, only because I don't want to rely on someone else get the MonaVie for me. Once a month, a case gets deivered to my front door, just like my Humira! I don't try and sell it to anyone. I don't plan on giving up my day job. I just think the juice is fabulous. I highly recommmend it. CrazyHarry gave an excellent description of it's benefits, so I won't get into that. The only disadvantage is that it's expensive. I pay $35/bottle and it lasts 11 days. I think it's money very well spent.
CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Currently on Humira, Imuran and Entorcort. Hope to dc Imuran and Entorcort within one month of starting Humira.


sweettea
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   Posted 11/18/2007 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I tried the Monavie. I'm not knocking the product; it's probably great if you can tolerate it. My personal experience was not good. The product contains not just the juice of the fruits, but the skins and seeds as well (totally pureed, of course) . Within a couple of days of using it, I had rectal bleeding. I can't say for SURE the Monavie was the cause, I just know the bleeding came and went with the stop and start of the product.

My disease is very unstable at this time, so if you're a little farther along, you might have a better experience.

Vic
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IBD- Colazal, Canasa, Entocort EC, Bentyl
Migraine- Fioricet, Topamax
Fibromyalgia- Zoloft,  Tramadol (prn)
Immune Disfunction Disorder? - Antibiotics out the wazoo, steriod shots
 
Your father was a hamster and your mother smells of elderberries - now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!


pb4
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   Posted 11/18/2007 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Different things work for different people...Colostrum is suppose to a natural to help treat crohns, I tried it for 5 months with no benefits, however when I started taking bee propolis (not even associated for helping with IBD) I had great improvements by the next day.


If you can tolerate the above mentioned juices, they are very healthful and have their benefits....it's unfortunate they have it set up for people to sell making it appear like it's a scheme...although people (not stores) sell avon and they have some good products.


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huckleberry
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   Posted 11/18/2007 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a friend that sells acai in a powdered form through Market America -- you mix it with water. Apparently Oprah has spoken highly of it on her show? Is this the same as Monavie?

Thought I'd give it a try. I also take OPC-3 through this company...when I can afford it. It's expensive!
Official dx September 2007.
Medications: 6 mp, Pentasa, Prednisone (tapering), Prilosec, Synthroid.
Supplements: probiotics, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin E and a multi-vitamin.
History of hypothyroid (dx 2004), and gall bladder surgery (1997).
44 years old; single mom to three wonderful kids, ages 9 to 15.


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 11/18/2007 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
glowmoment - probably is. the literature i read on monavie had a plug on it by oprah (am i alone here in not wanting to use it cos oprah said so????)
Crazy Harry

---------------------------------------------
Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


ski bum
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   Posted 11/18/2007 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
CrazyHarry - my husband just told me he wouldn't vote for Obama because Oprah endorsed him. What is it with guys and Oprah? Sorry, I digress...Back to topic. Good stuff, that MonaVie!
CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Currently on Humira, Imuran and Entorcort. Hope to dc Imuran and Entorcort within one month of starting Humira.


Metallichic
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   Posted 11/18/2007 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I was given a free bottle, trying to be convinced to become a distributer. It tastes horrible, coats the inside of the cup (which to me doesn't sit well lol), and did nothing at all for me. Everyone else I talk to says it has helped them so much.....just not me.
Shannon
Asthma (diagnosed at 12)
Fibromyalgia (diagnosed 9/01)
Crohn's Disease/Colitis (diagnosed 12/02)
Diverticulitis (diagnosed 6/07)
Chronic pelvic pain/endometriosis, leading to hysterectomy (9/07)
Torn rotator cuff/labrum (repair 11/20/07)
Bladder sling (8/06), cholystectomy (2/06), tubal ligation (2/06), failed ablation (3/07)
Taking Asacol, Prednisone, Entocort, Remicade, Levbid, NuLev, HCTZ, Lisinopril, Cymbalta, Effexor, Ultracet, Protonix, Lomotil, Soma, Frova, Questran powder/Carafate suspension, and pain meds.

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