Almost a year after settling charges against TriVita, Inc. the maker of a cactus-based fruit drink called Nopalea for misleading advertising of the drink, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is supervising the refund of almost three million dollars to customers who paid up to $39.99 for 32 ounce bottles of Nopalea, which, in infomercials and print advertisements, the maker touted as an anti-inflammatory wellness drink that would relieve pain, reduce joint and muscle swelling, improve breathing, alleviate respiratory problems and relieve skin conditions.  TriVita also employed former supermodel Cheryl Tiegs as a spokesperson.  The infomercials also featured testimonials by satisfied customers, who were actually TriVita employees.  In fact the representations for the product were without scientific evidence.  The FTC hired Gilardi & Co. to make the refunds.


If you were a purchaser of Nopalea, you can expect a refund.  You also might want to contact Gilardi & Co. to confirm that you will be receiving a refund.  You can call them at 888-289-0252.  You can also go to the FTC’s special website for information about the FTC’s refund program for this product and many other products to see if you may have a refund coming to you.  Their website is

As for any product that promises extraordinary health benefits, it is always important to be a bit skeptical.  Merely because the product is advertised on television or in other media that you may trust does not mean that the product is legitimate.  Always investigate any health or weight loss product and consult with your physician before buying such products and always remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is just that.