Student markets new fruit drink MonaVie

He’s on the grind. Should you need a nutritional fix, he’s your pusher man.

“Gerard had all of our roommates anticipating MonaVie by telling everybody about it and talking about it,” Brian Perry said.

“So we were like, ‘hey, we actually want to try this drink and see if it’s really good.’ ”

After the product arrived, the biology pre-med junior from Jacksonville said he’s been drinking MonaVie ever since.

“I had a customer, I want to say she was 42, who bought two bottles,” Gerard Petty said about his clientele makeup. Gerard also had some younger customers as soon as the drink was available.

He said he had a 20-year-old buy the bottle the first day he got it. He also had a 23-year-old who bought a bottle.

As the 26 ounce, wine-like bottles began passing from the hands of the educational leadership graduate student to his customers, word about the guava and raspberry flavored drink started getting around. Now the Fort Lauderdale native is informing anyone he can about MonaVie.

Makers of the drink explained how the drink came about and what makes it unique to customers.

“It was created because of the health problem in society with people who don’t eat healthy,” Petty said. “It’s not necessarily a dieting product, but one that affects all systems of the body.”

In an attempt to rectify the health and dieting lifestyles of many Americans, Monarch Health Sciences’ Chief Science Officer Ralph Carson blended a variety of fruits into a nutritional beverage in order to combat poor fruit consumption.

“We know in the States, only 17 percent of the population get their daily fruit requirement,” said Henry Marsh, Monarch Health Sciences co-founder. “When they get it they usually just do apples, oranges and bananas. They don’t get the wide range of fruit that we all need.”

But what has set MonaVie apart from other fruity pick-me-ups on the market is Carson’s use of the acai berry, glucosamine and celadrin.

The two latter ingredients are elements typically used to settle the aches and pains found in joints. Carson had also considered the active lifestyles of aging adults who experience ligament problems as a result of prior joint pain.

“These are two products doctors regularly use to address these issues,” Marsh said. “We were able to put it in solution form with the acai berry and 18 other fruits so that the taste of glucosamine was able to be masked. Therefore, it also combines the potency of 19 of the most potent fruits we know.”

The key component of this solution though is acai, a berry found only in the Amazon rainforest that has also been on Oprah Winfrey’s radar. On her Web site,, the television talk show host ranked acai on her “Ten Superfoods for Age-Defying Beauty” list.

However, the benefits of this Amazon berry aren’t limited to beauty care. Acai is also a good source for nutrition and energy boosts according to Gerard’s informational pamphlet for people who have interest in the drink.

But either way, the composition of MonaVie makes for a health enhancing beverage that also guards against illness.

“I have eight bottles of things in my room that I used to take before MonaVie, because I wanted to be proactive toward anything that will occur in my life,” Petty said. “As college students, our duty to ourselves is to try to make sure we take proactive steps toward improving our lives, our health and our well-being by making positive steps. I plan to be here for about 85 years.”

For more on MonaVie, e-mail Petty at or call 224-3040.

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