It seems like every day someone discovers a new exotic fruit or plant that can cure everything from a hang nail to AIDS.
And snake oil salesmen abound to spread the word of all the miracles they’ve seen, whether or not any of them have actually been proven.
But, the superfood craze does have its benefits.
Are you willing to exaggerate them for a quick buck?
#14. Based around the mangosteen fruit
Mangosteen is a pretty legit superfood. It’s native to Indonesia, and the nutrition in its rind alone has over 40 different types of antioxidants that are unique to just this fruit.
That’s not to say you should go cancel all your doctors appointments, but it’s definitely a good source of nutrients and preventative healthcare for all you #cleanliving folks. 
#13. Variety of products
Xango has a mangosteen juice, nutritional supplements made from the fruit, and even an antioxidant-rich skincare line.
The juice, there main product, comes in three options:
- Original Xango juice, which is said to be a dietary supplement that encourages a healthy metabolism, cardiovascular and immune system, and more.
- The Xango Reserve juice has a higher concentration of mangosteen and is for occasional use.
- Xalo is a dietary supplement in powder form that you mix into water, targeted to reduce aging, boost energy, increase performance, and build strength.
#12. Claims are whack
Remember how I said not to cancel all your doctor’s appointments on account of the fact that you’re now drinking mangosteen juice?
Well, some of Xango’s representatives have been claiming basically just that.
Many of Xango’s supposed benefits are close to miraculous, with materials having stated it can cure everything from glaucoma to cataracts to Alzheimer and Parkinson disease to depression. It’s even been marketed as a cancer killer.
The FDA has actually issued Xango a warning to stop making claims about their juices that haven’t been proven, and the University of Michigan Health System has actually advised cancer patients that mangosteen products can interfere with their treatments.  
#11. Their anti-aging treatments are clinically proven
So they’ve made some unbacked claims about their juice, but their new anti-aging treatment Aeris seems to actually be pretty effective.
It’s clinically proven, dermatologist-tested, and hypoallergenic. 
#10. Cosmetic products are legit
In 2011 their less popular personal care products, which contain an undefined quantity of mangosteen, were recognized as a “Champion of Safe Cosmetics”. 
#9. Some other health benefits of mangosteen are possible
Mangosteen might actually have some therapeutic benefits for breast cancer patients with a very specific (p53) mutation, although this is far from it being able to kill cancer cells in general. 
It also MIGHT help with arthritis, depending on the type, but more evidence is needed. 
#8. It’s popular because a lot of customers do feel the difference
There are plenty of testimonials from Xango customers that claim the juice calms their acid reflux, helps their migranes, improves their skin, and makes them feel better. 
Although it hasn’t all been clinically proven, first-hand experience counts for something.
#7. Compensation plan offers multiple ways to get paid
Xango’s distributors are paid out The Xango compensation plan breaks down into four sections:
- Weekly payouts
- Monthly payouts
- Lifestyle bonuses
- Bonus pools
Commission rate varies based on product. Distributors must be enrolled in an Automatic Delivery Program where they receive monthly orders of discounted product that they sell at retail and pocket the difference. For example…
You can buy their four-bottle pack of juice for $100 and sell them for $38 each. That nets you $52, or $13 profit on every bottle sold. Not bad.
Average commission across all products is about 34%. I’ve seen worse.
As for commission on recruitment (as usual, where the money is at), you get at least 5% of sales made by anyone in your downline.
#6. Low sign-on cost
Although you have to be enrolled in a monthly auto-ship, sign-on with Xango is a pretty cheap $35, and there are no hidden costs from what I can tell.
#5. Big on corporate responsibility
They actually donate a percentage of net corporate profits to various charities around the globe.
In addition to that, they offer volunteer opportunities for their distributors, they run Operation Smile, which is a pretty well-known medical charity that helps children born with facial deformities, and they’ve been involved with AmeriCares, Best Buddies, and medical and education initiatives in Ghana as well as disaster relief in Thailand and New Orleans. 
#4. Appealing to millennials
The majority of Xango distributors and customers are pretty young, meaning this MLM could have a bright future.
A big reason for that is their charitable activity. Millennials are super into giving back. They’re literally quitting their jobs to do free work they find more meaningful. 
They’ve also branded themselves with younger folks in mind, even starting an initiative for them called MBX (millennial builders of Xango), which helps young entrepreneurs build up their own direct sales business without needing access to a lot of capital. Similar health MLMs (like Limu) are implementing programs to fascinate the millennials.
If they can make it past initial obstacles, they may have a long, sustainable future. 
#3. Brag “more than 100” million dollar earners
Xango likes to show off the fact that over 100 of their distributors have earned over a million dollars.
People see the words “million dollars” and perk up real quick. But if you think about it, it’s actually not that impressive.
In order to make anywhere near this you’d have to move up to the top tier which isn’t easy. You’d have to recruit like crazy.
Plus, as of 2012 (meaning it’s even more now), they had over 2 million distributors. So basically, .00005% of their distributors have made a million bucks over the course of their entire careers with Xango.
#2. Pretty promising growth
In 2012, after 10 years in operation, Xango had already built up sales operations in 43 countries, office locations in 27, 49 distribution centers, and over two million distributors.
They hit $2 billion in cumulative revenues in their first 10 years. 
This is definitely an MLM that could stick around for a good while.
#1. That’s some pricey juice
It’s $37.50 for a bottle. Of the cheap stuff.
At that price, I’d better wake up looking like Beyonce and Megan Fox somehow made a child with their ladyparts.
Granted, you only drink one tiny 1oz serving at a time. But that’s still $1.5 for a few sips of juice smaller than a shotglass. I think I’ll go with tequila instead.
While Xango is popular across many health categories, they are competing in a tough market. Health MLMs are a dime a dozen these days. I’m not saying there’s no opportunity, but your warm market of friends and family has its limits.
If you want to sell some products to a few friends make a few extra bucks, go for it. Just don’t plan on killing your day job anytime soon.
If you are looking for an opportunity to become financially independent, there are better ones out there.
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