JUICE PLUS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We’ve crafted this FAQ page to answer many of your frequently asked questions on Juice Plus.
Juice Plus+ is whole food nutrition.It is simply juiced, dried, and encapsulated fruits and vegetables in the ratios of nutrition that nature intended. In contrast, vitamins are man-made chemicals that are often way off of nature’s balance, and do not have the natural synergistic effect of nature’s food. You are better off eating healthy and taking Juice Plus+, than trying to compensate for a poor diet with isolated, man-made chemicals.
These products are regularly tested using the Tepnel ELISA methodology (AOAC method 991.19) for the presence of gluten. After the formula change that replaced rice bran for barley bran, the test results show Juice Plus+ contains less than 20 parts per million gluten. People who are gluten intolerant thrive on Juice Plus+.
When making Juice Plus+, an extremely temperature-sensitive proprietary process is used to evaporate the water from the juice mix such that heat-sensitive nutrients retain their biochemical activity – the process of going from wet to dry occurs in a matter of seconds! Thus, when you take Juice Plus+ with water, you reconstitute real food with active, bio-available nutrients. We know this to be true because more than a dozen independent studies published in peer-reviewed journals have shown the incredible response that Juice Plus+ has in the body to improve the status of various systems, such as the immune system and DNA repair mechanisms.
Technically, sugar is not purposefully removed from Juice Plus+. However, the bottom line is that the daily ration of four Juice Plus+ capsules contains less than 1 gram of residual sugar, which represents less than 4 calories. This is insignificant from the glycemic standpoint, and also insignificant even in the most restrictive of diabetic diets. The process of sugar removal that we have talked about in the past is basically a simplification of the proprietary process to reduce the stickiness of the powdered juices, which causes the sugars to be bound by the more complex carbohydrates. This technique decreases the “water-loving” nature of the powder, and improves flowability in the encapsulation process. An added advantage is that this process allows us to retain some of the soluble and insoluble fiber from the fruits, vegetables and berries which also contributes to the benefits of Juice Plus+.
Yes! There is not a reason on earth to worry about Juice Plus+ and nursing. On the other hand, there are a million and one reasons to take Juice Plus+ during nursing. Nursing is almost as critical as in-utero as far as nutrition is concerned. Ask yourself when is nutrition not important? When would fruits and veggies become dangerous? The baby is not going to become colicky because of Juice Plus+. “Colic” is a term that doctors use when they can’t explain why babies are especially fussy, or in extreme discomfort. Quite often, babies have an intolerance or allergy to a food like soy, dairy, or wheat. It’s passed through breast milk or formula to the newborn, causing terrible pain or gas. Many pediatricians will chalk it up to “colic,” and never think to have the nursing mother go on an elimination diet to see which foods upset her baby. They’d rather try a prescription medication for the baby, or put the baby on formula. One thing is certain: the fruits and vegetables in Juice Plus+ are extremely good for both the nursing baby, and the mother. It is also useful for nursing mothers to eat whole ground flax seeds in order to get some “good fat” into her diet. Good fats and fruits and veggies make for the most nutritious breast milk.
B12 is not found in fruits and veggies. Some of the daily need comes from healthy bacteria making it in our gut, when one is eating a whole food, plant-based diet. I suggest 5 micrograms a day of a high-quality B12 supplement for strict vegans during pregnancy if you’ve been tested for deficiency. The rest of us don’t really need a daily dose of B12. Once in awhile might be a good idea. Juice Plus+ doesn’t have any B12 because it is made entirely from fruits and vegetables. However, Juice Plus+ Complete does contain a good source of B12. This is the only source of B12 that my family and I consume, outside of what we get from the occasional bit of dirt still clinging to our root vegetables!
I say that soy is neither an incredible health panacea nor is it dangerous. All food, even broccoli, can be bad for you if that is all you eat and there is no variety in your diet. The only issue I’ve ever had with Complete is when a person is downright allergic to soy. Other than that, Juice Plus+ Complete should be incorporated without hesitation into a person’s health regimen. All soy used in Complete is non GMO.
Juice Plus+ is made from the juices of fresh fruits and vegetables, and contains all of the vitamins and minerals present in the original juices. There are literally thousands of different vitamins and phytonutrients in a single orange! This is in contrast to vitamin tablets that contain only a few vitamins in fragmented, isolated, and unnatural rations. Nowhere in nature will one find a food that has the vitamin content of a vitamin pill. Bioavailability or synergistic effect found in fruits and vegetables is missing in the vitamin tablets. Such a comparison would be meaningless, and impossible.
The Juice Plus+ product was compared to juicing early on, and it took over a pint of fresh juice made from the same 7 fruits, and another pint of juice made from the same 8 veggies, to get the nutrient equivalent of Juice Plus+. That brochure is not used anymore because the technology used to make the product has been improved at least twice since then, so the data would be better, but different (therefore, not scientifically accurate).
Juice Plus+ chose not to reproduce that same result and they have now moved into efficacy trials – that is “Does the product work in the body?” – this goes beyond just showing what’s in it.
Apart from the gelatin capsules, the content of Juice Plus+ is totally vegan. Juice Plus+ has been investing in a vegan capsule for some time now, and currently the technology either requires petroleum added to vegetarian capsules or the capsules break too easily. They are very close and testing in Europe – stay tuned for vegan capsules. Meanwhile, if you are a strict vegan, you can take the chewable form or pour the capsule contents into food to consume. While not every crop of fruits or veggies that is used in JP+ is certified “organic,” rest assured that the products are better than organic. Every batch is tested for the absence of every herbicide, pesticide, and toxin known to man. It is about as pure as you can get.
Eating a whole food plant-based diet is the best way to protect your chances of preventing thrombosis and embolisms (fancy words for formation and migration of blood clots). Coumadin is marketed as an anticoagulant to prevent thrombosis and embolisms (also sold under brand names Warfarin, Jantoven and Waran). Like most pharmaceuticals, it is a synthetic derivative of courmarin which is naturally found in plants. They were developed as a way to kill rats and mice and still used for this purpose. Since the 50′s, they have also been prescribed as anticoagulants, provided a patient is monitored with frequent blood testing to make sure that the dosage of this poison is within “safe limits” and the patient is also avoiding foods high in Vitamin K, and many other medications which interfere with these anticoagulants. Patients are usually asked to not eat leafy greens such as spinach because of high vitamin K content, and because if one day they have spinach and the next day they don’t, their blood thinner dose would have to be monitored daily. Because a person would be taking the same amount of Juice Plus+ every day and therefore get a consistent amount of vitamin K in their diet, it is usually the case that a person can safely take Juice Plus+ with these blood thinners.
No. Juice Plus+ is not a vitamin supplement. Multivitamins contain a limited number of specifically selected vitamins and minerals. Often these vitamins are not even derived from natural sources. Unlike multivitamins, Juice Plus+ contains juice powders from 30 fruits, vegetables, berries and grains, and therefore provides a far greater variety of naturally occurring vitamins, antioxidants, and other phytonutrients – even some of the fibre – found in the fruits and vegetables themselves.
Juice Plus+ was introduced in 1993, when most scientists and health professionals were only beginning to understand the importance of whole food nutrition.
Juice Plus+ is made from fresh, high-quality fruits, vegetables, berries, and is carefully tested to ensure that no pesticides or other contaminants affect the natural purity of the product. The fruits, vegetables, and berries are juiced, and the juices are then concentrated into powders using a proprietary drying process that carefully maintains temperatures at levels that preserve as much of the original nutrient quality as possible.
Yes. While the predominant ingredients in Juice Plus+ are the juice powders made from fresh, high-quality fruits, vegetables, berries, and other naturally sourced ingredients are added to that juice powder base. These include a proprietary fiber blend and several phytonutrients that are added to ensure more consistent levels of key nutrients from season to season. All ingredients are listed on the product labels.
Take 2 fruit capsules, 2 vegetable capsules and 2 selected berry capsules every day, preferably at mealtimes, and drink plenty of water.
Add one scoop of powder to 250ml skimmed milk or dairy free milk and mix thoroughly, preferably using a whisk or blender. For a creamier drink, with no more calories, add 2 or 3 ice cubes before mixing.
Dilute the contents of a sachet with 1-2 glasses of water, stir and drink. Please note: the solution will remain cloudy even after vigorous stirring. Take before meals, 3 times a day. Note: it is important to drink plenty (1-2 glasses) of water, as advised in these instructions, to ensure the product reaches the stomach. Do not exceed the recom- mended daily intake.
Stir one sachet of powder into 240 ml of water. Do not exceed one serving per day. Not a sub- stitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.