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15 September 2009 @ 12:32 am
Zrii has been marketed as an extremely healthy drink.

Zrii is a pyramid scheme, or as they call it, a "multi-level-marketing" scheme. There are independent executives that spam the internet with their pro-Zrii propaganda. The "health supplement" juice sells for around $30 a bottle or so I hear. A drink sold through pyramid scheme should already set off a few alarms.

This is what Zrii has to say about their product. You could cut through the rhetoric with a knife:

"Zrii is a Sanskrit word that means light, luster, splendor, and prosperity. It is based off of Ayurveda, a 5000 year old medical system from India. Ayurveda means "Science of Life." It is also known as the "mother of all healing systems." Zrii is a completely synergistic blend of 7 superfoods, each ingredient unlocks the potency of the other ingredient. Amalaki is the main ingredient. It is known as the "fruit of immortality." It is considered the most potent and effective botanical for preventing disease and also is the highest known source of vitamin C. Amalaki helps remove acid from the body, may strengthen eyes, increases libido, fortifies the liver and is also a powerful adaptogen which helps the body deal with stress better."

Sounds great right?

Oh wait, not when you pay $30 a bottle for the "fruit of immortality" and then realize that the drink is made up of mostly apple, pomegranate and pear juice.

From Naturalnews.com

"(NaturalNews) With the launch of the Zrii juice product and its association with Deepak Chopra, many readers have been asking NaturalNews to offer our opinion on the product. Many people are excited about Zrii and the associated business opportunity, and the fact that it is endorsed by the Chopra Center lends it credibility in the natural health community. So to learn more about Zrii, I went to the website (www.Zrii.com) to find the nutrition facts on Zrii. That's where this review ran into a significant stumbling block: Zrii doesn't list its "nutrition facts" label on the website! (At least not that I could find as of this writing.)

I'm always suspicious of network marketing products that don't openly advertise their ingredients. Sure, the Zrii website lists the "featured" ingredients -- Amalaki, Ginger, Turmeric, Tulsi, Schizandra, Jujube and Haritaki -- but it does not conspicuously tell you what else is in the juice, but if you dig around the site and read the fine print, you learn that the primary juices in the Zrii product are:

• Apple juice
• Pear juice
• Pomegranate juice

This discovery, all by itself, is worthy of a great deal of skepticism about the integrity and value of the product. But that's not where my concerns end. I'm also concerned that:

• The website does not offer a nutrition facts label that clearly lists all the ingredients. To really find out what's in it, you have to "read the fine print" in the F.A.Q. section.

• The website does not say HOW MUCH of each ingredient is in the juice. Are we talking 99% apple and pear juice and 1% of the other botanicals? Or is it more like 80% / 20%?

• The website says the product is pasteurized. That means it's heat processed, and heat processing destroys many of the natural medicines that the product is touted to contain in the first place!

• The product is packaged in a plastic bottle, not glass. Does the plastic contain the toxic chemical Bisphenol-A? Most plastics do.

On the positive side, the website does explain that the seven botanical ingredients are organically grown and certified free of pesticides, heavy metals and other chemical contaminants, but at the same time the primary ingredients (the apple juice, pear juice and pomegranate juice) are NOT organic. That means the drink is mostly not organic. (How much is "mostly?" They don't say...)

My hype detection sensor is sounding off
Right off the bat, all this makes me suspicious of the integrity of the product. If a product is formulated with quality, potent ingredients, it should tout its "nutrition facts" label and position that information up front, right on its main website. Instead, the Zrii website is lush with an eloquent design and a nice video set against a South American rainforest, but if you try to find real facts about the product, the website is not conducive to that process. In other words: Prepare to be dazzled, but not informed.

Secondly, the primary juices in the bottle are pasteurized apple juice, pear juice and pomegranate juice. I call these "junk juices" because they're used to fill up the bottle and sweeten the juice at a very low cost. I mean, c'mon: How cheap is apple juice, anyway? And besides, if I want apple juice, I think I'd rather just eat fresh apples, thank you very much. "

There is a second article following up on reader feedback, agreeing with the article. You can read it here.
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