by Andrew Larson, M.D., FACS, FASMBS & Ivy Larson
We were introduced to Juice Plus+ back in 2008 by one of Andy’s patients and we’ll be honest, we were initially skeptical of the whole concept behind packaging the goodness of fruits and vegetables into a pill. But after discovering Juice Plus+ is one of the most scientifically researched nutritional supplement products on the market we decided to check it out for ourselves. What we learned was pretty impressive.
Here’s an overview of why we support Juice Plus+…
The Juice Plus+ Advantage
We can rattle off a number of reasons why we like Juice Plus+ but our top three reasons would have to be the following:
- One of the most important factors separating Juice Plus+ from other products in the nutritional supplement market is the large and growing body of independent, clinical research published in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as:
- The numerous phytonutrients and antioxidants in Juice Plus+ are proven to be bio-available, which means they are absorbed and utilized by your body. Scientific research on Juice Plus+ proves that the product gets into your bloodstream and generates meaningful and measureable health benefits.
- Juice Plus+has been clinically proven to do all of the following:
- Support a healthy immune system
- Protect the body on a cellular level by reducing DNA damage Note: Anything that protects your cells and reduces DNA damage will slow the aging process.
- Improved elasticity of arteries Note: Studies have shown Juice Plus+ can improve blood flow through your arteries even after eating a high fat meal.
- Reduced oxidative stress Note: Oxidative stress can cause free radicals to attack the body and accelerate the aging process.
- Reduce homocysteine levels Note: Elevated homocysteine levels have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke as well as reduced blood flow to hands and feet.
What Is Juice Plus+?
Like any company, Juice Plus+ has its own memorable marketing message regarding what their product is and if you go on over to the Juice Plus+ website the first thing you’ll see is that Juice Plus+ is marketed as being “The next best thing to fruits and vegetables.” This is a catchy slogan except that Juice Plus+ actually IS “whole” fruits and vegetables, just in a capsule form. But that’s why we love it so much!
In our own words, Juice Plus+ is actually a convenient delivery system for boosting phytonutrient intake from fruits and vegetables. Ok…so our definition is not nearly as catchy or memorable as the one from corporate, but the point is, Juice Plus+ is actually a “whole” foods based fruit and vegetable nutritional booster.
Are You Not Eating 9 to 12 Servings of Fruits & Veggies a Day? You Need a “Booster”!
Why do you need to boost your intake of fruits and vegetables? Because almost nobody comes close to eating the 9 to 12 servings of fruits and vegetables they should eat each and every day. If you are like half of all Americans you don’t even eat three servings a day (and that includes the most unwholesome “vegetables” of them all— French fries and potato chips!)
The greater the quantity and assortment of fruits and vegetables consumed, the lower the incidence of heart attacks, strokes and cancer (1) Even if you are an A+ eater and eat 12 servings of fruits and vegetables a day you can still benefit from a Juice Plus+ nutritional booster.
The Anti-Aging, Anti-Inflammatory Benefits of Juice Plus+
In our various books and on our website we talk a lot about anti-aging, anti-inflammatory diet strategies and whenever we are asked about the #1 thing people could do to improve their diet in an effort to slow aging, reduce inflammation and promote health our answer is always the same…eat more fruits and vegetables! We can’t state this more emphatically.
Fruits and vegetables come jam-packed with an assortment of health-promoting substances including fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients. All of these are important but it’s the phytonutrients that really excite us most!
Not familiar with phytonutrients? Here’s the Cliff’s Note version:
- Phytonutrients are the substances that protect the plant and fortify them against illness, but they also offer invaluable disease protection benefits to YOU, the plant-eater.
- The power-packed phytonutrients that keep plants healthy and give fruits and vegetables their many vibrant colors are also one of Mother Nature’s very best anti-aging substances.
- Many phytonutrients are sources of natural anti-aging antioxidants. Other phytonutrients act as anti-inflammatory substances and help reduce pain and decrease the chronic inflammation associated with many diseases.
- Some phytonutrients modulate and enhance immune function, maintaining the body’s healing system.
- Phytonutrients are also known to stimulate enzymes that detoxify cancer-causing carcinogens.
- Some phytonutrients lower cholesterol levels while others offer hormonal benefits easing menopausal symptoms and protecting against osteoporosis.
The point is phytonutrients do a whole lot of good for your body. With phytonutrients more is better. You simply can’t overdo it with phytonutrients. And that’s why we love Juice Plus+ so much, because it provides us with a daily phytonutrient-booster. Don’t get us wrong, we don’t replace eating fruits and vegetables with taking Juice Plus+ capsules, we simply add Juice Plus+ as a nutritional booster to our daily diet.
Conveniently Boost Nutrition with Juice Plus+ & Juice Plus+ Complete
Juice Plus+ fruit and veggie capsules in the form of Orchard Blend and Garden Blend and Juice Plus+ Complete fruit and veggie shakes offer a kaleidoscope of colorful fruits and veggies in a super convenient form.
It doesn’t matter how well-balanced your diet already is or whether you currently exceed 12 servings of fruits and vegetables a day—you can still benefit from a Juice Plus+ phytonutrient booster!
Juice Plus+ capsules can be taken at any time of day and Juice Plus+ Complete fruit and veggie shakes make the perfect phytonutrient-rich breakfast or pick-me-up snack.
Be sure to sign up for our Clean Cuisine newsletter to receive our latest nutrition article and recipes. You can also consult our book titled Clean Cuisine: An 8-Week Anti-Inflammatory Diet that Will Change the Way You Age, Look & Feel, which includes Juice Plus+ too!
How To Buy Juice Plus+
Juice Plus+ is sold through independent distributors.
Juice Plus+ is also often available on Amazon so try clicking HERE.
- Nothlings U, Schulze MB, Weikert C, et al. “Intake of vegetables, legumes and fruit, and risk for all-cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality in a European diabetic population.” J. Nutr. 2008 Apr;138(4):775-81.
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