Today I received an email asking what I thought about XM+ made by Zija International. I have to be honest, today was the first time I ever heard the name Zija. At first I thought maybe they were just a typical product manufacturer, but that was not the case. It turns out that Zija Internation is a multilevel marketing company, similar to Advocare International. They might be even worse, but let me address the XM+ energy drink first.
I look at the product as if I were thinking about using it. The first thing I always do is pull up the product label. If you check out the XM+ product label you will see that the company does not list nutritional information regarding daily vitamins. As a matter of fact, they do not list any vitamins. Yes they talk about vitamins, but they do not give a breakdown of each vitamin found in the product. I can honestly say that the lack of information pertaining to the vitamins is the last thing on my mind. I am still having trouble getting past the warning label.
This warning label does not just include the usual “not intended for persons under 17 and pregnant women”. No, it has much more! The company does not want you to use the product if you are “pregnant or nursing, sensitive to caffeine, suffer from heart disease, high blood pleasure, difficulty urinating, psychiatric condition, depression, recurrent headaches, a medical condition or are taking MAO inhibitor or ADHD drug”. It does not end there unfortunately. This is the area that probably will rule out the other half of the world (Just Kidding). If you are going to consume “alcohol, cold medicines, drug containing Pseudoephedrine, Ephedrine, PPA or other caffeine containing products. Consuming contrary to warning may cause adverse health effects”. Of course the label ends with “ if unpleasant effects occur, discontinue use”.
I am going to be honest I would not recommend this product. I know, I could read other labels that say the same thing, such as common prescription medications. But we take prescriptions due to a medical condition. This product basically tells you if you have any medical condition there is a concern for adverse health effects. Sometimes we do not know that we have a health condition, and if this is going to exacerbate the heart, or blood pressure, or interact with our current mental condition, why risk it? I am not a doctor and I am not pretending to be one. The aforementioned is my opinion, but I think it might be some sound advice. I did not get a chance to look at the other product today, but it is something I will do in the near future. I would like to go over some other things I found that seemed to parallel Advocare International.
If you watch the Zija 2015 Compensation Plan video, you will notice they are not that different compared to Advocare. I am using Advocare because I am familiar with their system. Zija distributors earn a commission from signing people up. Similar to Advocare, the distributor can earn money from buying and reselling the product. Similar to Advocare’s wholesale customer and distributor combination, Zija distributors can earn a commission by signing up personally sponsored customers and preferred customers. I have not read the whole compensation plan, so I am not going to go any further into it right now. What I would like to do is talk about something that closed down Vemma.
For those of you familiar with the Vemma case, or have taken the opportunity to read my article “Advocare Market Plan Similar to Vemma”, you would already know about the auto-ship policy used by Vemma. Apparently Zija did not hear about that particular case because they too have an auto-ship perk. Here is a quote from their compensation plan PDF:
“Preferred Customer Benefit
Allows your Customers who enroll in our AutoShip Program up to an 18% discount on the retail price by purchasing product at the wholesale price.”
Correct me if I am wrong, but the auto-ship was one of the main points the Federal Trades Commission used against Vemma. When I found this Fast Start Training PDF, I was thinking, that must have been prior to the Vemma case. Then I found the 2015 video supplied by the manufacturer, and If you read that particular PDF you will notice something interesting. Well, at least I find it interesting. The person is signing a one year commitment to stay active with Zija, work the business, and remain on auto-ship. If you read the compensation plan I provided you will notice that means the person has to purchase a set amount each month to stay qualified, incentivizing purchasing over sales.
I am going to cut this article short, but I will do more thorough research on Zija and their products at a later date. I was asked to give my opinion on the XM+ and from what I have read it is difficult to endorse such a product. The product label does not offer any real information, and the information that is available scares the crap out of me. The label said it all for me “Warning if you have any health issues do not take this product” including mental health issues. Again, I am not a health expert, a doctor, a nurse, or anything of the sort. I just try to use common sense when making a decision to use a product. Although I do not approve, that does not mean that you should not use it, that decision is up to you. I told you how I feel and why I will never use the XM+ and that is all I can do. The rest is up to you. If you are drinking the product already, and you are not having trouble, then maybe the product is working.
Thank you for reading and please feel free to share your thoughts I would love to hear your story, especially if you are involved in this company. Please share your experience, and inform me of any necessary corrections.