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One of the biggest misconceptions about Juice Plus is that it is a multivitamin. While, in fact, it is FOOD! We take it
First up, What it Juice Plus? You can go read that here.
Next up, what is a multivitamin? Well, the trusty googles gives you tons of brands you can buy and all the side effects you can have so I turned to dictionary.com which gives us this: ‘ containing or consisting of many vitamins‘. Not very helpful. So I clicked on vitamin and got this: ‘any of a group of organic substances essential in small quantities to normal metabolism, found in minute amounts in natural foodstuffs or sometimes produced synthetically: deficiencies of vitamins produce specific disorders.‘ That’s a little better.
The key take away from the vitamins definition:
found in minute amounts in natural foodstuffs or sometimes produced synthetically
Juice Plus is food, and multivitamins are conglomerate of ‘organic substances’
There’s a big difference. A multivitamin is typically synthetic and produced industrially, filled with stuff other than those ‘organic substances’ to make the pill pretty, and then sold as a requirement for being healthy. But are they a requirement? No, no they are not.
The concept of vitamins began in the early nineteenth century and ended in the mid-twentieth century. You know where they found these newfangled thingies they named ‘vitamins’? In food. This happened because they figured out things like scurvy were related to nutrition and not infection. SHOCKER! Then, of course, because we humans are crazy, we figured how to make fake versions. Because who wants to eat an orange?
Ultimately it was the chemists who isolated the various vitamins, deduced their chemical structure, and developed methods for synthesis of vitamins
The discovery of the vitamins -https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23798048
Here is the problem with this concept though. Take an apple for example: We now know that there are over 10,000 ‘organic substances’ that make up that apple. However, we only count, oh I don’t know, let’s say Vitamins A and C when we’re comparing that apple to a multivitamin. Large doses of things like vitamin C are really handy when you’ve got scurvy, but we have yet to figure out how they impact those of us that don’t live on ships in the late 1800’s.
Let me make a baking metaphor. Say you want to make a cake. Let’s say it’s a complicated cake with 17 ingredients. If you were going to bake this cake the multivitamin way you’d have a 10 lb bag of flour (i.e. Calcium) to use instead of the 2 cups you actually need, 36 pounds of sugar (i.e. Vitamin C) instead of the 1 cup required, and a whole cup of baking powder (i.e. iron) instead of the teaspoon the recipe calls for. And you don’t even get the other 14 ingredients you need at all. Hopefully, they’ll be in some other monster cake you bake.
So not only will your cake be terrible, but you have a TON of extra ingredients you don’t need, want, or have ANY use for. For the sake of this example, the oven is your body, so all the extra ingredient leftovers have to go through the baking process regardless of the fact that you intend to throw them out. Which is exactly what your body does with that multivitamin. It throws it out via your urine after it processes it and is like ‘What the fuck do I do with this much vitamin C? And none of the other 9,945 things I asked for?!’. Pardon my french.
So Multivitamins are bad?
Not necessarily. But they can be dangerous. They are supplements so the FDA does not regulate them. You can overdose on them. They may contain gluten, artificial colors, talc (yep, non-food powder), and even lead or other heavy metals (cheap fish oils are WAY guilty of this). On top of all that, NONE are proven to actually DO ANYTHING. What I mean here is that synthetic multivitamins do not have the research behind them to prove that they help a regular person obtain better health. Regular person being someone without a diagnosed vitamin deficiency unrelated to diet.
I know you’re confused right now. So lets look at me. I am not a ‘regular person’ because I have Celiac disease and I am chronically Vitamin D deficient due to that. So I HAVE to supplement. I cannot eat enough mushrooms (gag) or get enough sun to get what I need. That doesn’t mean I don’t turn to food and sun FIRST though.
If you have a multivitamin that you absolutely adore, and there are some decent ones out there, go ahead and take it. I can’t say it won’t hurt you. After all, so many people chow down on their Flintstones every day and are clearly still alive that I can’t say they definitely will. Individual supplements are the same story.
Also, we give these things to KIDS. Which is terrifying to me. We won’t let them lick the sidewalk but we’re more than happy to feed them unproven multivitamins. Thingamajigs that we honestly have no idea what they are really doing to our bodies. Read the warning labels (Which aren’t even required BTW and definitely not regulated) on your kids multivitamin. It’s scary!!
What Makes Juice Plus different?
It isn’t a multivitamin, it’s food. It’s safe. It has a nutrition label, is evaluated by the FDA, NSF certified, gluten-free and vegan (Including the Omegas), and has almost 40 PUBLISHED research studies documenting its effectiveness.
There are 3 blends: Vegetable, Fruit, and Berry (plus the
Can’t I just eat food then?
Absolutely you can! I’d prefer it that way! I would love, love, LOVE it if I could consistently get in my 10 required servings of fresh fruits and veggies everyday. I’d love it even more if my kids could get their 7 and my husband could get his 13. Every. Single. Day. But none of us do. We actually do eat really well on a daily basis, but since I do more than tend a garden and cook all day, life tends to get in the way. So we take Juice Plus. In a case of Juice Plus vs. multivitamins, I’d argue that Juice Plus wins hands down. We will take it every day for LIFE.