Zurvita is a network marketing company that sells only three products: a protein supplement, a wellness drink, and a weight loss package.
Founded in 2008, the company dawdled in relative obscurity until the last few years, when the company’s revenue skyrocketed. From annual revenue of $3 million in 2011, the company increased its take to $69 million in 2014 and over $100 in 2016.
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Internet search traffic reflects this growth as well, but not as strongly. Public interest is trending upwards, and there is a definite long term growth in traffic searching for Zurvita, despite a mild downturn in late 2016.
Now seems like a good time to get in on this company if you think you can work with the products and the compensation plan.
The entirety of Zurvita’s commercial lineup is made up of their wellness drink called Zurvita Zeal, Zurvita’s protein powder, and their weight management package (which includes Zurvita Zeal and Zurvita Protein as part of it, along with two supplements called Cleanse and Burn).
Zurvita Zeal is a bit of a unique product. It is something of a mix between a sports drink, a superfood greens drink, and a multivitamin.
It’s flavored with fructose and infused with guarana caffeine, but also contains a lot of vitamins and superfood ingredients.
For starters, it provides 50–100% of your daily needs for several vitamins, including vitamins A, C, and many of the B complex vitamins.
Other vitamins, like vitamin D and the rest of the B vitamins, are provided at levels much higher than your recommended daily intake.
In the case of vitamin D, this is a good thing: emerging scientific research suggests that the recommended daily intakes for vitamin D are too low, and higher levels are needed in your diet.
According to an article published in the scientific research journal Osteoporosis International, minimum vitamin D intakes really ought to be on the order of 800–1000 IU per day.
Zurvita Zeal contains 1000 IU per day, making it good for people who live in northern climates, have darker skin, or don’t get outside much during the day and thus cannot synthesize very much vitamin D on their own.
Zurvita Zeal is lacking in the mineral department, but it makes up for this with several “superfood” ingredients like broccoli powder and acai berry powder.
Supplements containing fruit and vegetable concentrates like this are known to increase the body’s immune system and antioxidant power.
This was demonstrated in a 2006 study published in the Journal of Nutrition in which 59 test subjects took either a fruit and vegetable powder supplement or placebo for eleven weeks.
At the study’s conclusion, the authors found that blood markers of immune function and resistance to oxidative damage had both increased in the group taking the fruit and vegetable concentrate, but did not in the placebo.
Zurvita also cites its own clinical studies that showed that their Zeal supplement increased subjective feelings of vigor and activity and decreased negative feelings like fatigue and anxiety, but these were not conducted by an independent third party were not published in a peer-reviewed journal, so they don’t hold much scientific weight.
Zurvita Protein takes a similar tack, infusing its protein shakes with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and a few herbal extracts. The protein itself is a blend of whey and pea protein.
In an attempt to increase the weight loss benefits of increased protein consumption, Zurvita added white kidney bean extract to their product.
This herbal extract is known to block the absorption of carbohydrates in your diet, meaning that it can help you lose more weight if you are already on a diet.
This was demonstrated by a 2007 study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine in which a white kidney bean extract helped subjects lose more weight than a placebo when following a diet.
One downside of Zurvita Protein (and Zeal) is that it is sweetened with fructose, which is known to promote weight gain and is not helpful when you are trying to lose weight. The absolute amount of sugar in one serving is not very high, but it adds to the sugar content of your diet overall.
The final set of products is Zurvita’s weight management program, which includes both Zurvita Protein and Zurvita Zeal, along with the Burn formulation which contains several weight loss supplements blended together, and the Cleanse formulation, which contains many obscure and unstudied herbal extracts.
These are both less desirable because combining several weight loss supplements together can be dangerous. Indeed, one of the ingredients in Burn (bitter orange) has been mentioned in medical case studies of dangerous herbal supplement interactions.
Joining Zurvita is pretty easy. By paying a joiner’s fee of $39.95, you can become a member and start getting retail discounts to the tune of 20%.
The wholesale/retail profit exchange is made smoother with Zurvita’s website service, which allows your customers to make orders directly and you get a 20% commission at the end of the month.
In terms of downline commissions, you can earn a 5% commission on first level downline sales right from the get-go with no minimum product volume requirements.
In fact, these don’t kick in until you are at the third rank, which requires $3000 in group business and 3 frontline distributors. Commissions stay steady at 5% down to eight levels, beyond which 2% “infinity commissions” apply for top-ranked distributors.
Despite this, less than half of all distributors earn any money, according to Zurvita’s income disclosure statement. The average active distributor earns a little over $100 per month. Even for distributors who move a lot of product and move up the rankings, the monthly earnings are pretty poor.
The disappointing income potential from Zurvita might be a reflection of its limited product offerings. Zurvita Zeal is a pretty solid product, Zurvita Protein is mediocre, and the Burn and Cleanse supplements are not very good. With just one good product, it’s too hard to sell enough to make good money.
Zurvita may well expand its product line in the near future, given how rapidly its sales are increasing, but for now, it’s not your best bet if you want steady income.
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