What is Juice Plus? Really?
What the heck is Juice Plus anyway? Is it magic? Will it make me look like Beyoncé? Nope. Sorry. BUT WAIT! Before you run away, let me tell you what it REALLY is. Or maybe what it isn’t…because that’s easier. And I’m ALL about easy!
It is NOT a vitamin
It’s food, not a multivitamin. It has a nutrition label, not a supplement label (So even the FDA agrees that it’s food!) The powder inside those capsules is straight-up vegetables, fruits, and berries. They are picked right when they should be, flash-frozen, crushed up peels and all, and then dried at a low temperature. What you’re left with is all the phytonutrients found in the produce. The water, sugar, and other ‘macro’ nutrients we tend to think of are all removed via evaporation.
So picture this; we create vitamin C in a lab and put it in a pill to imitate one chemical compound found in an apple. But there are over 10,000 chemical compounds in that apple! And they’re all there in just the right amount to work together and our bodies know EXACTLY what to do with it in its natural format (aka we don’t just pee it out like we do with those vitamin C horse pills we all grew up taking). With Juice Plus you get your precious vitamin C, but also the 9,999 OTHER compounds we need from that apple. Hence the nutrition label instead of a supplement label. Could you imagine a supplement label with 10,000 vitamins listed?!
It is NOT a supplement
Sounds redundant, right? Unfortunately ‘vitamin’ and ‘supplement’ can mean different things. Juice Plus is not meant to be a supplement in the way that we tend to think of them (read as ‘replacement’) It is better described as a concentrate. A whole-food concentrate that is! It’s like the Jetsons y’all! Someone finally put a salad bar in a capsule! That being said, Juice Plus is not intended to replace fresh fruits and veggies in our diets. Sorry veggie haters! What we need to remember here is that it is recommended that we eat 7-13 servings of fruits and veggies EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Most of us don’t do that. Which is why Juice Plus is so genius, it bridges that gap for us!
Juice Plus is NOT a magic pill
You will never, ever hear me refer to Juice Plus as a ‘cure’. Because it doesn’t ‘cure’ anything, and yet there is NOTHING it cannot help. Juice Plus is the most researched nutritional product on the planet as it is coming up on having 40 published studies on its effects on the human body. FORTY! That’s insane! I can’t cover them all in this short article, but here is a taste of what some of those studies have found Juice Plus to do:
- – Improves lung function in smokers (Even if they don’t quit or reduce cigarette use)
- – Improves and maintains heart health
- – Protects DNA (Even turns off some of those undesirable genes. Our DNA is NOT our destiny after all!)
- – Improves Insulin Resistance (PREACH!)
- – Reduces systemic inflammation (Inflammation is the mother of all chronic illnesses, yo!)
Now all of these outcomes from Juice Plus take TIME. Just like any other impact from lifestyle change will. Some people see results quickly when they start their Juice Plus journey, but for others, it may take a while before they notice the subtle changes. Just remember, you cannot FEEL your arteries clogging, your intestines becoming inflamed, or fat being stored. Good health tends to be silent and stealthy…. and unlike illness is doesn’t come on in one big rush.
It is NOT expensive
Juice Plus costs about as much as a cup of premium coffee per day. That is 30+ fruits and veggies flooding your body with goodness, day in and day out, for the same cost as a caffeine crash. You cannot juice your own fruits and veggies at the cost of Juice Plus. Even if you could find them all in your local supermarket.
Still not convinced? How about this: When I count up all of the co-pays from my boys’ sick visits the year before we started Juice Plus and compare it to this past year I can honestly say it has paid for itself by now. Even though kids actually get it FREE, so I guess they’re technically paying for mine? (Yes, kids get it FREE. You read that right.)
It is NOT complicated
New health regimens can feel SO complicated. Starting a new plan can take a lot of time, studying, planning, prep, and personal sacrifice. Not so with Juice Plus! An adult takes 6 capsules every day with a glass of water. That is less than a minute of your time that takes no planning, no prep, and no real effort on your part. It’s just not a difficult thing to do! A child eats 6 gummies every day. My boys take them down in 20 seconds or less and often ask for seconds (another bonus, you can’t take TOO much. Potty training bribes anyone?!). I love that they love the chewables. My boys happily eat them and I get to ditch the mom guilt. Everyone wins! With Juice Plus as such a convenient and affordable option the only thing holding you back from better health… is you.
Tada! Juice Plus!
So there you have it, folks! That’s what Juice Plus is! Or… what it isn’t. Oh, and those fancy looking orange capsules? They’re the Omegas! And they ROCK!
FYI Juice Plus is only a small part of this blog. I write about parenting, awkwardness, mental health, food, chronic illness, and the weird happenings in my brain too. If you’re all for some awkward realness, give me Facebook Page a like 😉
Or maybe I scared you and you just want to get Juice Plus without ever talking to me. You can do that HERE!