Zrii is a multilevel marketing company that is best known for their health and weight loss products.
The company received increased attention after its Ayurveda-inspired antioxidant drink, Amalaki, was featured by Deepak Chopra’s Chopra Center, which is focused on holistic healing and living.
The company also sells anti-aging skin care creams, but it is best-known for its Amalaki antioxidant drink and its meal replacement shake, Achieve.
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When it comes to popularity, Zrii is, sadly, on the decline. Though it was surging in popularity in 2014 and 2015, search engine traffic has slid, indicating a drop in public interest. However, a return to popularity would not be unprecedented. The company experienced a spurt of interest in 2007 and 2008 before a precipitous drop-off, only to retool and resurge again.
Zrii’s initial drop in popularity was rooted in board room politics. As reported by AOL Finance, a failed hostile takeover by seven of the top distributors for the company the company made for bad press and even worse results in the sales department. Since then, though, the company rebounded. Having cheated death by obscurity once, can Zrii do it again?
Zrii’s two best-selling products, and those that it is most well-known for, are its Amalaki “miracle juice” and its Achieve meal replacement shake for weight loss.
Amalaki is a combination of juices from strong antioxidant fruits as well as a number of herbal supplements. The juices of interest include pomegranate, concord grape, cranberry, and raspberry.
Though these fruits are the most potent antioxidants included in Amalaki, they aren’t the primary ingredients. Unfortunately, Zrii uses white pear juice and white grape juice as the most prevalent liquids, which are both sugar-laden and devoid of much nutritional utility.
The herbal ingredients are more varied. The product’s namesake comes from the inclusion of amalaki fruit extract, which is from a plant native to India that has a long history of use as an herbal remedy.
Many of the other ingredients are also arcane Indian herbs that are unfamiliar to most people: Jujube fruit, haritaki fruit, and schizandra fruit, just to name a few. A few herbal ingredients do ring some bells: turmeric and ginger root extracts are both included, though the label does not disclose their amounts.
The health properties of Amalaki are based on the Ayurveda medicine principles, but some of the ingredients are thought to have scientific benefits as well.
Potent concentrations of juice from dark colored fruits, for example, are known to be high powered antioxidants that operate independently of traditional micronutrients like vitamin C.
A scientific article in the journal Food Chemistry demonstrates that non-citrus fruits have high concentrations of compounds called polyphenols, which account for a large proportion of the antioxidant power of those fruits.
Additionally, turmeric extract may help reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering your cholesterol levels. An experiment by researchers in Spain fed rabbits with heart disease a standardized turmeric extract and examined its effects.
The researchers found that the turmeric helped prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol (which causes hardened arteries) and lowered their cholesterol levels to boot. If this translates to humans, it could prove helpful.
The Achieve meal replacement is Ayurveda-inspired too. Its “NutriVeda” formulation combines standard meal replacement shake ingredients (protein isolates, fiber, flavoring, and traditional weight loss supplement extracts) with Ayurveda-based weight loss blend.
The protein blend includes whey protein, soy protein, and milk protein isolates, among others. Protein supplements like this are know to help with maintaining muscle mass during weight loss, and fiber is known to increase satiety (feelings of fullness).
Beyond this, some of the other ingredients in Achieve show promise in traditional medical studies of weight loss. The proprietary Ayurvedic blend includes green tea extract, which has strong fat burning properties.
As reported in a 1999 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, green tea increases fat oxidation and energy expenditure, and these are caused by both the caffeine content and the content of special compounds called catechins, which both modulate your metabolism.
To become a distributor for Zrii, you must purchase an enrollment pack. The cheapest of these is $49.95. But this doesn’t automatically qualify you for bonuses or commissions. It does qualify you for a 30% retail discount, which you can then turn around and sell for a profit.
To remain active, and thus eligible to get paid, you must maintain a constant flow of of 65 personal volume per month. As a binary structure MLM, Zrii requires you to have two front line distributors below you, each of which manages their own team. The weaker of these two teams is what qualifies you to move up the rankings.
The commission’s structure is better than average: Zrii distributors make 20% commissions on their first level of sales, and 10% on the second level. However, this is a little deceptive, as half of this commission flows to your upline. The good news is that you are on the receiving end of that if you build up your two sales teams.
Moving up the ranks at Zrii takes a lot of sales volume. Even getting to the second rank takes 500 product volume per month from your weakest leg—so at a bare minimum, you’d need to move 1000 product volume per month to reach this. It only gets more difficult as the ranks increase.
Zrii’s products have some health benefits, but they weren’t designed through the lens of modern science and medicine—instead, they’re inspired by the alternative medicine practice of Ayurveda, so the degree to which your customers trust in that practice will determine how useful these products are to them.
The relatively good compensation structure is reflected in the results: According to Zrii’s income disclosure statement, the vast majority of distributors are at the first level rank, but take home an average of $184 per month.
Unfortunately, the compensation doesn’t scale well with sales volume; even high-ranking distributors don’t make a ton of money.
All in all, Zrii is a solid side-hustle bet, but may not be the best when it comes to growth potential.
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