Ingredients

The Ingredients in the Original and Active Blends

 Below is the entire roster of ingredients that are contained in the  Origninal and Active Blends. The descriptions and associated information has been gathered from a multitude of resources.  *As with any addition to your diet, please consult your doctor or a nutritionist if you suffer from allergies to certian types of fruits and berries, or if you have a condition that requires dietary restrictions.

 

Acai Berry - With 30 times the antioxidants of Red Wine and twice the antioxidants of blueberries, the Brazilian Acai berry (Aah-Sigh-EE) is considered to have the best nutritional value of any fruit on earth. 

The Acai fruit tastes a bit like wild raspberry with a hint of grape. Most people have trouble putting their finger on the taste because it's so different. 

Acai Berries grow on an Amazon Palm Tree in the Rainforest Plain and have been prized for hundreds of years by Brazilian natives for their ability to provide a sense of strength, energy, and a high nutritional content. Acai Berries are high in essential fatty acids & omegas -- 60% Oleic (omega 9) - a monounsaturated essential fatty acid which helps to lower LDL (harmful cholesterol), while maintaining HDL ( beneficial cholesterol). 12% Linoleic (omega 6) - a polyunsaturated essential fatty acid which has also been found to lower LDL, while maintaining HDL. Acai also contains many valuable Phytosterols.

The Acai Berry is a dense source of a particular class of flavonoids called anthocyanins. Acai Berry's ORAC value (a measure of its antioxidant properties), is higher than any other edible berry on the planet.

The Acai Palm is a tall slender South American (concentrated in Brazil, Guyana, Suriname) palm known for its fruit as well as for the "cabbage" (the cluster of new leaves more commonly called the "heart of palm"). It prefers swampy areas, and grows quickly. The fronds were (and still are) used for thatching and weaving. Each Acai palm tree produces small deep purple, almost black, fruit (berries) in groups of 3-8 per bunch. The fruit is edible, and its pulp is used in wines, liqueurs, as flavoring, as colorant, and on its own as a juice.

 

  Acerola Cherry - Acerola (Malphighia punicifolia L.) is a small tree or shrub that grows up to 5 m high in the dry, deciduous forest. It produces an abundance of bright red fruit 1-2 cm in diameter, with several small seeds that look similar to the European cherry. For this reason, acerola is also known as the Antilles, Barbados, Puerto Rican, or West Indian cherry tree. The mature fruits are juicy and soft with a pleasant, tart flavor. Acerola can be found growing wild and under cultivation on the sandy soils throughout northeastern Brazil. It is native to northern South America, Central America, and Jamaica. Its cousin, M. punicifolia, is present as far north as Florida and Texas.

Acerola  provides twice as much magnesium, pantothenic acid, and potassium as oranges. It also contains vitamin A (4,300 to 12,500 IU/100 g, compared to approximately 11,000 IU for raw carrots) and thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin in concentrations comparable to those in other fruits.

Thus far, 150 other constituents have been identified in acerola.4 In addition to ascorbic acid and the other vitamins mentioned above, acerola contains 3-methyl-3-butenol, dehydroascorbic acid, calcium, dextrose, diketogulonic acid, fructose, furfural, hexadecanoic acid, iron, limonene, l-malic acid, phosphorus, protein, and sucrose.

In North America, acerola is used for its high content of vitamin C. Dried acerola fruit extracts can now be found in tablet form and as an ingredient in many over-the-counter multivitamin products in the United States as a natural form of vitamin C.

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 Aronia - Aronia also known as the chokeberry.

Aronia juice contains very high levels of anthocyanins (source of red color) and flavonoids. Levels of anthocyanins and flavonoids are over five times greater than those found in cranberries. Aronia also has been reported to contain antioxidants, polyphenols, minerals and vitamins.

Aronia (Photinia melanocarpa), is a native American bush that has been successfully exported to Eastern Europe and is commercially grown in Denmark, Poland, Russia and elsewhere. It produces white to pinkish-white flowers in April through June (depends on location) and fruits in September through November. It has glossy, pea-sized, violet-black berries harvested in late summer. They have a strong, stable, staining natural color.

 

Apricot - An excellent source of beta-carotene (Vitamin A), apricots also provide Vitamin C, iron, potassium, and fiber among other nutrients. Plus, apricots are versatile and mildly sweet, making them a smart choice for adding important vitamins and extra flavor to a healthy diet.

Beta-Carotene - Beta-carotene is a member of the anti-oxidant family. Apricots are a premium source of beta-carotene (a member of the antioxidant family) with just three fresh apricots containing about 30 percent of the recommended daily amount. Along with beta-carotene, apricots contain the other powerful anti-oxidants, Vitamin C and lycopene.

 

 Banana - Bananas are one of the most popular fruits on the planet being consumed globally. Bananas Contain three natural sugars -  sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt.

Bananas are high in B vitamins. The banana is nourishing, does not contain fat, and can be eaten at every hour of the day because of its digestive properties. The banana holds 23% of hydrocarbonate for 0,2% of fat. The cholesterol level is 0,00%; a 100 grams of banana has as low calories as a 100 grams of yogurt with fruit.

The banana is full of proteins , and the sugar provided gives a lot of energy to those practising sports requiring endurance. Moreover, it contains magnesium, selenium, iron, a lot of vitamines, and is recommended for salt-free diets because of its low contents in sodium chloridium.

The banana plant is ...not a tree, but a giant herb of the same family as lilies, orchids and palms. There are about 400 varieties of bananas.

Bilberry - Bilberry is a shrub-like perennial that thrives and grows mostly in the forests of Europe. The active constituents that comprise this herbal extract are called anthocyanosides, which are flavonoids that harbor powerful antioxidant properties.

Bilberry's strong antioxidant composition makes it an excellent free radical eliminator, which helps counteract cell damage.

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Blueberry - Named for their color on the vine, Blueberries are not only a powerful antioxidant but also high in compounds called anthocyanosides.

There are several varieties of blueberries and the most potent ones are Bilberries, as they have the virtuous pigment in their flesh as well as in their skin, thus they pack a greater anthocyanin punch. Wild blueberries are also high on the list because they contain less water. As is the case with all berries, fruits, and vegetables that are rich in color, blueberries are very rich with antioxidants.

 

Camu-Camu - is a low-growing shrub found throughout the Amazon rainforest, mainly in swampy or flooded areas. It grows to a height of about 2-3 m and has large, feathery leaves. It produces round, light orange-colored fruits about the size of lemons, which contain a significant amount of vitamin C. Its high vitamin C content has created a demand for camu-camu fruit in the natural products market. Some groups are now beginning to study cultivation methods for this important new rainforest resource, which is still harvested wild throughout the Amazon region.

Camu-camu fruit has the highest recorded amount of natural vitamin C known on the planet. Oranges provide 500-4,000 ppm vitamin C, or ascorbic acid; acerola has tested in the range of 16,000 to 172,000 ppm. Camu-camu provides up to 500,000 ppm, or about 2 grams of vitamin C per 100 grams of fruit. In comparison to oranges, camu-camu provides 30 times more vitamin C, 10 times more iron, 3 times more niacin, twice as much riboflavin, and 50% more phosphorus. Camu-camu is also a significant source of potassium, providing 711 mg per kg of fruit. It also has a full complement of minerals and amino acids that can aid in the absorption of vitamin C. Alpha-pinene and d-limonene (compounds known as terpenes) predominate as the volatile compounds in this fruit.

As with any vitamin C-rich fruit, however, the time between harvesting and consumption is crucial; the fruit may lose up to a quarter of its vitamin C content in less than a month (even if frozen).4 Even with this loss, camu-camu still has a dramatic edge over its next challenger, acerola, for vitamin C content. In addition to the chemicals mentioned above, camu-camu contains beta-carotene, calcium, leucine, protein, serine, thiamin, and valine.

 

Cranberry - a functional food powerhouse, packed full of antioxidants and other natural compounds, they promote health and wellness.

Recently, attention has turned to the relationship between cranberry consumption and cardiovascular health. Preliminary results show that drinking cranberry juice is a heart-healthy activity that's delicious too!

Researchers believe that polyphenol compounds called flavonoids, associated with foods such as red wine, are responsible for reduction in cardiovascular disease. Flavonoids act by inhibiting blood clotting, promoting vasodilation (increased interior blood vessel diameter, which improves blood flow and reduces blood pressure), and protecting oxidation of cholesterol in the bloodstream (thus, reducing atherosclerosis, or clogging of the arteries).

According to some in the medical community, cranberries contain high levels of flavonoids and research on the effect of cranberry juice consumption on cardiovascular health continues.

Studies show that raw cranberry extract has potent antioxidant properties in lab tests with low density lipoproteins. Research demonstrates that over-the-counter bottled cranberry juices also contain potent antioxidants. Cranberry juice has also been shown to increase interior blood vessel diameter in animals, suggesting that cranberry juice may have a similar effect on blood flow in humans.

Overall, studies have demonstrated that cranberry juice is equivalent to red wine with respect to polyphenol content, antioxidant activity, and vasodilator activity. Although preliminary, the results show that cranberry juice should definitely be a part of a heart-healthy diet.

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Kiwi -  Frequently associated with New Zealand, Kiwi fruit emerged from our food ranking system as an excellent source of vitamin C. This nutrient is the primary water-soluble antioxidant in the body, neutralizing free radicals that can cause damage to cells.

Kiwifruit is also a good source of two of the most important fat-soluble antioxidants, vitamin E and vitamin A. Vitamin A is provided in the form of beta-carotene. This combination of both fat- and water-soluble antioxidants makes kiwi able to provide free radical protection on all fronts.

Our food ranking system also qualified kiwifruit as a very good source of dietary fiber. Kiwifruit also passed our food ranking test as a good source of the minerals potassium, magnesium, copper and phosphorous.

Kiwi fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, and polyphenols, and a good source of vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, and copper.

 

Lychee Fruit - Lychee Fruit comes from a rare sub tropicalplant originating in South China where the lychee is very important in their culture and is famed as "the King of Fruits".

The lychee fruit is about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in size, oval to rounded heart shaped and the bumpy skin is red in color. Once you peel the skin off, the crisp juicy flesh of a lychee fruit is white or pinkish, translucent and glossy like the consistency of a grape, but the taste is sweeter. Lychees have a sub acid sweet taste and have a wonderful freshness to them that is hard to describe. Lychee fruit is high in the antioxidant Vitamin C and the essential mineral Potassium.

Lychee trees are beautiful hardwoods that grow 20 to 40 feet tall in a primarily dome shaped habit of growth with dense, evergreen leaves. Lychee trees are popular landscape trees in South Florida and other areas of the southern U.S. and container, atrium or greenhouse growing of lychee trees is becoming popular throughout the rest of he country. Lychee trees are grown commercially in the US for the highly sought after fruit in primarily South and Coastal Central Florida where it is warm and there is some winter chilling, but little or no risk of hard freezes.

 

Nashi Pear -Nashi pears (Pyrus pyrifolia and P. ussuriensis) also known as Asian Pears, are juicy round pears, shaped like apples. Because of the resemblance, some people call them "apple pears." They originated in East Asia where they are a popular fruit, eaten as a thirst quencher. Nash, is a generic word for pears and European pears are called Yonashi. The fruit are harvested in fall and nashi may be used as an autumn kigo (or season word) in writing haiku.

Once reserved as a food to be served only to the wealthy and to Chinese nobles, Nashi pears have been grown, cultivated, and eaten for centuries. Little is known about their origin... it's estimated that they began appearing at least 3,000 years ago in China.

Some varieties spread westward, and those ended up looking and tasting more like the pears with which most people are familiar. The varieties that spread eastward, however, took on more of an apple-like shape and a crisper quality, and those became the Nashi pears we know today.

They were first introduced to Americans on the West Coast by Chinese migrant workers during the 1850s. Even today, this region - California and Oregon, in particular - remains the largest Nashi pear producing region of our country. At first, trees were grown from seeds found in the fruit, and their quality was widely varied. It wasn't until the early 1900s, when pomologists began mastering crossing techniques, that reliable, high-quality Asian pears were grown in the U.S. In the 1980s, there was a sudden increase in demand for Asian pears brought on by the increasing population of immigrant Americans in the U.S. and Canada.

Nashi pears are a great source of dietary fiber, and they're also very high in potassium and other essential minerals. They contain nearly 10% of the USRDA for Vitamin C, and a high concentration of folates, which make up the Vitamin B complex group.

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Pear -Pears offer a good source of vitamin C, folate, and dietary fiber. One medium-sized Pear contains less than 100 calories. Most of the vitamin C in Pears is in the skin, so they should be eaten unpeeled. Providing some iron and potassium,

As a source for protection from Free Radicals, pears are also a good source of vitamin C and copper. Both of these nutrients can be thought of as antioxidant nutrients that help protect cells in the body from oxygen-related damage due to free radicals. Vitamin C functions as an antioxidant in all water-soluble areas of the body.

Copper helps protect the body from free radical damage as a necessary component of superoxide dismutase (SOD), a copper-dependent enzyme that eliminates superoxide radicals. Superoxide radicals are a type of free radical generated during normal metabolism, as well as when white blood cells attack invading bacteria and viruses. If not eliminated quickly, superoxide radicals damage cell membranes. Treat your tastebuds to a delectable, juicy pear, and you'll be treating your body to 8.9% of the daily value for vitamin C along with 7.6% of the daily value for copper. 

 

Passion Fruit - It is said that the Passion Fruit was named by the 16th century Spanish Catholic Missionaries in the Amazon region of Brazil. They called it "flor passionis" (passion flower) or "flor de las cinco llagas" (flower of the five wounds) after its purple flower which they believed resembled the five wounds of Christ.

An egg-shaped tropical fruit that is also called a purple granadilla, the passion fruit has a brittle, wrinkled purple-brown rind enclosing flesh-covered seeds, something like a pomegranate (granadilla means "little pomegranate" in Spanish). The seeds are edible so you can eat the orange pulp straight from the shell. Passion fruit is more commonly sieved and its highly aromatic pulp and juice are used as a flavoring for beverages and sauces.

Native to Brazil, passion fruits are grown in Hawaii, Florida, and California. These crops, along with imports from New Zealand, keep passion fruit on the market all year.

Passion fruit is a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and iron.

Pomegranate - Pomegranate fruit is native from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and was cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region since ancient times. It is widely cultivated throughout India and the drier parts of southeast Asia, Malaya, the East Indies and tropical Africa. The tree was introduced into California by Spanish settlers in 1769. In this country it is grown for its fruits mainly in the drier parts of California and Arizona.

The pomegranate is one of the oldest fruits as well as richest in history and folklore. Once you get past the multitude of seeds, its juice is tangy, sweet, rich and flavorful. This juice becomes the base for sauces and flavorings for drinks, savory dishes, and sweets, while the whole seeds are a simple delight eaten fresh or used as a colorful accent as a garnish. The fruit is about the size of an orange. The rind color can range from yellow-orange to deep reddish-purple.

The current info on pomegranate juice is that it is very beneficial for us becauseof the antioxidants it contains. As you may know, antioxidants can neutralize free radical damage. Free radicals are highly reactive chemical substances that can damage our body's cellular material.

Pomegranates contain polyphenols, tannins and anthocyanins. 

Every pomegranate is composed of exactly 840 seeds, each surrounded by a sac of sweet-tart juice contained by a thin skin. The seeds are compacted in a layer resembling honeycomb around the core. The layers of seeds are separated by paper-thin white membranes which are bitter to the tongue. The inner membranes and rind are not generally eaten due to high tannic acid content, but they are useful as a skin wash.

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Prune - All prunes are plums, but not all plums are prunes. Prune plum varieties can be dried without fermenting while still containing the pits. This is not true of all varieties of plums. The California prune is an offshoot of La Petite d'Agen, a prune plum native of Southwest France. Traditionally the fruit was harvested and sun dried. Today, most of the prunes out on the market are dried through natural gas heated dehydrators. The typical modern process is to harvest the fruit, wash and dehydrate. The fruit is then graded for size and sorted. The fruit is then stored in wooden bins until further processed. Fruit at this stage is referred to in the prune industry as "Natural Condition Fruit".

It is believed that the ancient peoples of the Middle East were the first to dry plums to make prunes. Prunes have been prepared for centuries in France, and the prunes from the region around Agen are still considered by many to be the best in the world. The original prune graft stock was brought to California in 1856 by Louis Pellier a French nurseryman who came to California in 1848 in search of gold. By 1900 prune orchards covered approximately 90,000 acres. Today, there are more than 75,000 "high production" acres concentrated in the Sacramento, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Napa and San Joaquin Valleys. These acres produce approximately 99% of the United States production and an average of 70% of the world supply. Today the D'Agen prune coming from California is known as the California French Prune.


Prunes are good sources of Vitamin A; Potassium - a necessary electrolyte; Iron; Vitamin C. Foods that contribute small amounts of Vitamin C, like prunes, can add up when eaten often; Folic Acid; Phytochemicals.

Prunes are especially high in antioxidants - chemicals that protect against cellular damage and are believed to protect the body by quenching up free radicals.

 

Purple Grape -Grapes grow in bunches (from 6 to 300) on woody, climbing vines. These fruits come in a variety of colors, including black, blue, golden, green, red, white, and purple. Certain flavonoids present in the purple grape varieties possess beneficial actions not seen in the others. V. vinifera is a deciduous climber with several stems, tendrils, clusters of pale, green flowers, and palm-shaped leaves. In addition to the kinds of grapes listed above, French hybrid varieties of grapes exist that were developed mainly for wine making. Grapes are native to southern Europe and western Asia but are cultivated in warm temperate regions throughout the world.

 The rich-colored purple grapes are full of anti-oxidant properties and are what gives Red Wine its recommended status as a healthy daily addition to your diet.

 

White Grape - Grapes are loaded with phytonutrients such as resveratrol, quercetin, anthocyanin and catechin. Resveratrol, found primarily in the skin of grapes, has been found in preliminary studies to fight breast, liver and colon cancers. Resveratrol is also believed to play a role in the reduction of heart disease and has been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory properties.

There are numerous stories of grapes and health that date to ancient times. Many people believed in the healing power of grapes long before science had any proof of these claims. In ancient China, wine was mixed with snakes, frogs, and other creatures to cure specific ailments. And even stranger, there are stories of near-death interventions by the use of grape juice.

The health benefits of products from the vine were once known the world over. "Only where there is no wine are drugs required," reads an excerpt from the Talmud. "Drink a glass of wine after your soup and you steal a ruble from your doctor," is an old Russian proverb. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, the corn flake king, was a great believer in grapes as a cure. In 1870, at his famous clinic in Battlecreek, Michigan, he would prescribe 10 to 14 pounds of grapes per day - and nothing else - to cure patients of high blood pressure. For the weak of heart, it was grapes, grapes and grapes; for skinny patients, it was 26 feedings per day and their stomach weighted with sandbags to increase the absorption of nutrients.

In 1928, Dr. Johanna Brandt, a South African naturopath, published a book called "The Grape Cure." Brandt claimed to have had a divine illumination that made her realize that grapes could cure almost every disease, including cancer.

 

 Wolfberry - Goji  - Wolfberry also known as Goji (a member of Solanacea family) is a wild bush found in the north west of China. Because of its nutrient value and pleasant taste, Chinese people have been growing this herb for hundreds of years.

Wolfberry can tolerate temperatures from -27°C to 39°C. It blooms between April and October and harvest is from June to October depending on the weather and growing areas. When ready for harvest, the fruit turns red, is nearly oblong in shape and juicy. Fullness, redness and sweat taste demonstrates the best quality of the fruit.

The main active component of the fruit is the Lycium Barbarum Polysaccharide (LBP)1. The amount of LBP may vary depending upon the type of wolfberry; the better the wolfberry, the higher percentage of LBP2. Wolfberry contains 19 types of amino acids and 21 trace minerals. It has more beta-carotene than carrots and nearly as much Vitamin C as oranges and protein as bee pollen. In 1983, the Ministry of the Public Health of China approved Wolfberry to be marketed as a natural food or botanical medicine.

 MonaVie Active - Additional Ingredients

 MonaVie's Acitve Blend is infused with Glucosamine and Esterified Fatty Acids to help and maintain healthy joint funcion*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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