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Supplement Review: Juice Plus

As a part of my review on supplements, I am going to start with Juice Plus. Most of you have probably heard of Juice Plus, know someone who sells it, or have seen it at a tradefair.

What it is:

The Juice Plus slogan is: “The next best thing to fruits and vegetables.” Canadians don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. And the most commonly consumed vegetable is potatoes! Juice Plus contains concentrates from 17 fruits, veggies and grains (capsules or chews) in Garden Blend, Orchard Blend and Vineyard Blend.

Pros:

1) One major advantage of Juice Plus is that it is just fruits and veggies, with no isolated vitamins and minerals. The phytochemicals in foods work synergystically and you can’t add them all to a traditional vitamin. Because of this, I like the idea of a whole foods supplement.

2) Juice Plus also has an impressive amount of quality research studies to support that the antioxidants are absorbed, it reduces oxidative stress, helps protect DNA and cardiovascular health and supports healthy skin and gums. I’m intrigued by the the potential benefits of Juice Plus during pregnancy; the research is still underway.

3) It’s not a substitute for eating fruits or veggies, nor does it claim to be. But Juice Plus could provide worried parents a bit of comfort for a child that does not like fruits or veggies (ok – it’s almost always vegetables!). It doesn’t get you out of the parental responsibility of continuing to offer your child vegetables. But your child chooses not to eat them, at least you can be confident they are getting a bit of veggie powder in Juice Plus!

Cons:

1) Unlike a more comprehensive multivitamin, you may need to take additional supplements, such as Omega 3 and vitamin D and folic acid.

2) You have to order in 4 month increments, and have to order both the Orchard and Garden Blends. You can’t just order the veggie (Garden) blend, if you think you or your child eats plenty of fruit but not enough veggies.

3) The chews (that I’ve been feeding my kids) are sugary. I worry that although Juice Plus can strengthen gums and teeth, that the sugar and stickiness of the chews will over-ride this and lead to cavities! I would love to see them sweetened with tooth-friendly xylitol instead.

My Juice Plus Trial: While there are lots of testimonials about feeling more energy, sleeping better, having healthier teeth and gums…..I didn’t notice anything. However, I was not measuring my antioxidant levels or DNA damage, and I believe it is still working at a cellular level. I took 2 Garden and 2 Orchard Blend capsules per day, as directed. I find the capsules a bit large and sometimes get stuck in my throat. I suppose this just encourages me to drink more water with them! Or you can break them up and put the powder in a smoothie or yogurt or oatmeal.

I have also been feeding my kids the Juice Plus Chews. My 2 year old daughter spits them out about half the time, but my 6 year old son loves them.  My son is rarely ever sick and doesn’t often catch little sister’s colds! I’m not sure if this is due to Juice Plus, but it could be playing a small role.

Have you tried Juice Plus? What do you think of it? If you would like to learn more or order, let me  know and I will pass your contact information along to my distributor friend Cindy.

83 Responses to Supplement Review: Juice Plus

  1. Donna says:

    Such a great and informative post. This will really help people to achieve healthy body. Keep posting.

  2. Alisha says:

    I love that you are doing this! I have the same concerns with the gummies. My dentist and my brother who is in dental school think gummies are the worst thing for teeth.

    • admin says:

      Thanks for your comment Alisha! My son has had multiple cavities, so I do worry about giving him gummies. We try to give them with a meal. It would be nice to see an alternative sweetener to sugar, that is actually good for teeth – xylitol!

  3. Amelia says:

    You forgot the biggest con, IMHO: the cost! It was so expensive for our family of 4 to take the recommended dosages of the JP+ products. While my children loved the chews, I couldn’t justify the cost compared to buying fresh produce.

    • admin says:

      Amelia, I understand what you’re saying about the cost. Juice Plus reps would reply that it’s actually a good deal, which is why I didn’t mention it. 25 Fruits and Veggies for under $3/day. But since I hope taking Juice Plus wouldn’t decrease your actual fruit and veggie intake, it would be an added cost. My son gets the gummies for free, as I order the capsules.

  4. Valerie says:

    Hi, I came across an article that was referencing a study done with older adults who were smokers and taking Juice Plus. It said one of the side effects was rash like hives.
    My 3.5 year old son has been on JP for about 2 years and he has warts and rashes. We did allergy tests which all came back normal and his doctor doesn’t know what they are. Do you know of any side effects in children taking the JP chews?

    • admin says:

      Hi Valerie,
      I can’t think why there would be link between hives and Juice Plus. Warts are just a virus, so that shouldn’t be related. Do you have a Juice Plus rep you can ask about the rashes?

  5. Rob Elton says:

    Hi, I’d like to add an opinion as a professional personal trainer and nutritional therapist. Firstly encourage fruit and veg in its basic locall sourced form, it’s cheaper and healthier than any supplement fact. Granted if your child won’t touch fruit and veg this is better than nothing but look at the RDA it’s a joke, 40mg ish vit C? You’d be better spending your money on a reputable multivitamin and mineral formula like biocare or solgar (which I don’t endorse as my business is purely run on personal training)
    Look for yourself compare JP to them. Bioavailability, anti oxidant absorption? Nice fancy words to get around the poor RDA! Ok try your kids on a tart cherry extract if you want a true bioavailable antioxidant product. where is JP on the ORAC scale?

  6. Rex says:

    Hi, thank you for writing the article. My concern is with the issue of the chewables and fear of cavities being caused by them. This is simply not the case. Tooth to food contact is not what causes the issue of cavities. The issue is our modern day foods…low mineral, processed, convenience foods and sweets being abundant in diets as opposed to good clean foods grown properly and unprocessed/minimally processed.

  7. Ingrid Stoffel says:

    I was introduced to Juice Plus the same week that I got tired of bringing home waxy apples and green bananas. What got my attention was two fold, vine ripened fruits and veggies that were juiced with the pulp and the medical research. They drew blood on real people and analyzed it. So heck yeah put the whole family on it became a rep for the discount and latter took a closer look at the business and company. I am not hung up on direct sales, but do carefully look at each product and company. Who knows about supplements in the stores where they come from etc. When I started, I was much happier to give my consumer dollars to my rep. versus Wal-Mart, GNC, or Walgreens. You get what you pay for and with direct sales you get more education.

  8. Anne says:

    At first it wasn’t so bad and actually I liked it. After a month of using the product I found myself forcing to take the chewables. My daughter didn’t like it from the beginning. The taste literally grew on me. I couldn’t even imagine anyone trying to swallow so many pills daily so my choice was chewables. Overall experience: Just un-natural. I just can’t see a lot of people making more than one trial order.
    I tried to return the product (the other 3 months supply) and the experience was more than unpleasant. Although you sign up for 1 month, they company sends 4 months worth of the product and it’s nearly impossible to do a return. After I cancelled, the company send my account to collection althogh they knew I was in the process of returning it. Not something I would sign up for again.

  9. Jeff Spicolli says:

    Does anyone know if the fruits and veggies are all certified organic or gmo? Is this product the fountain of youth in a capsule? Not to sound jaded but it seems that when a new product is available you hear all these stories on how it extended someones life by five years who had terminal cancer or I’m 60 y/o but look 30. Is Juice Plus the real deal or another sucker product to all the gullible people.

  10. Eileen says:

    I definitely appreciate your fair review of JuicePlus :)

    I resisted JuicePlus for 11 years! Just thought it was another one of those annoying “biz opps.” I also had a great supplement routine that was working very well for me for the last seven years…or so I thought.

    Recently a friend, who refuses to become a distributor, gave me a month’s supply, insisting that I give JuicePlus a chance. How could I say no, they were free and my friend had nothing to gain by giving them to me.

    All I can say is that, within one week, I dropped 5 pounds of water weight. How do I know it was water weight? One, it came off so quickly and two, I developed a close relationship with the bathroom! For the first time I began to notice those commercials for over-active bladders!

    After seven days I realized I no longer had any particular food cravings. Sugar was the love of my life. No longer.

    Will results like this happen to most people? Absolutely not! You would have to be in the shape I was…which was not very good.

    If you don’t experience dramatic results, does that mean JuicePlus isn’t working for you? Again, absolutely not. The health benefits of using JuicePlus may not be noticeable to you until you suddenly realize you didn’t get your winter cold or it suddenly dawns on you that you’re not quite as tired as you usually are after running around all week.

    The Orchard and Garden pills are sold bundled because they work synergistically. Also, I can’t help but think that even if we are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables…what is the nutritive value left in non-organically grown, mass produced foods that are presented to us?

    I have also invested in the JuicePlus Tower Garden. This way I don’t have to worry about the condition of my soil nor what contaminants may be present.

    As you can see, after resisting JuicePlus for eleven years, I’ve become evangelical about it!

  11. Rita says:

    There are only 2 grams of sugar in the Juice Plus soft chews. 16gm is the maximum recommended amount of daily sugar intake for healthy insulin response. The texture is from dehyrated fruits and vegs, just like “fruit roll-ups”, but the “sugar” is what occurs naturally in the fruits and vegs. It is not refined.

    • admin says:

      Hi Rita. I’m not sure where you got your information from, but I have a bag of the Juice Plus Chewables in front of me. Tapioca Syrup is the first “non-medicinal ingredient” on the list. The third ingredient is organic evaporated cane juice. These are both added sugars and not naturally in the fruit.

  12. Emma says:

    So this is safe in pregnancy then?

    • admin says:

      Yes, here is some info on Juice Plus in pregnancy. They have done studies in pregnant women and seem to see some benefits, like less risk of pre-term delivery

  13. I began taking juice plus a year ago after my yoga teacher (Simon Borg-Olivier who regularly lectures about the benefits of a plant food diet) recommended them as a supplement that had been independently researched. There was some evidence that of increased heart and blood health. I had never heard Simon endorse any product like this before – that is, something that comes in a jar and has been (albeit naturally) created – so I did sit up and take note. I did think they were expensive, but, I also think we have priorities when we shop for food. For example, many of us will buy a coffee when we are out and spend $5 without batting an eyelid and even a moderate alcohol habit could set you back $30 per week on average. We have tons of fruit and veg in my family but can never hurt to have more!! In terms of noticing any differences, I would say my skin seems to look better and (must cross my fingers here because we know what happens when we get smug…) I have not suffered from any severe colds, coughs or sinus issues since I began taking them. Possibly a coincidence – it is always hard to tell. I eat a healthy diet generally and am a bit more relaxed because I am no longer running around exhausted after a toddler. It is fair to say that all these things contribute to how you feel overall.

  14. Christy says:

    I just wanted to say that personally as a parent I stay away from any process sugars and think that the sweetness of gummies be brought to even just cane sugar. Cavities are from lack of brushing which plagues all parents. Cost is actually quite low when you start comparing the juice product frenzy prices out there. As will run you as high as 80/per person a month. To each there own but for our family of five they eat them at will vs. any other daily vitamin I’ve put out and find everywhere not eaten. I give it a thumbs up.

  15. suzie says:

    I was on the juice plus complete shake diet for 12 weeks but prolonged use has given me chronic headaches :-( doctors have confirmed its using juice plus :-( gone back to healthy eating and feeling much better.

  16. Jessica says:

    As far the gummies vs capsule…would parents be able to break the capsules open and put it in milk or yogurt? as a mom with a 3 yr old that i don’t want eating gummies and just beginning to research, i’d like to see if that’s a possibility.

    thanks!

    • admin says:

      Hi Jessica. Yes I have broken up the capsules and put them in smoothies and oatmeal. I’m not sure it would blend well into milk but the yogurt would likely also work.

  17. jennifer says:

    I love juice plus it has done wonders for my family.. My kids are now wanting to eat more veggies and drink more water.. Which makes me a happier Mom. I have also lowered my cholesterol and lost a few pounds.. The inflammation in my knees has improved:) as well as my teenage sons skin has less acne. That is why I became a juice plus rep. It has great benefits. I suggest people do research. I was worried about the chews and there teeth but we eat them before breakfast and then brush…

  18. Laura says:

    Hello, I’d just like to say that I’ve been on Juice Plus since I was 2 years old when it came out in 1993 and I love it. Of course, eating organic FRESH fruits and veggies is encouraged and much better than the capsules. But lets face it, we dont eat enough of fresh F and V’s that our bodies need. From a health standpoint, I have never once had the flu. I used to have horrible ear infections as a child and almost had tubes put in, then my mom put me on Juice Plus and i haven’t had an ear infection since. I eventually became a distributor 1 year ago. I love the company. In my experience JP+ is different for everyone. It gives you what your body needs. For one of my clients, his asthma doesn’t bother him as much as it used to and his son doesn’t catch colds like the other kids in his class. For me, it keeps me at a healthy weight, and keeps me from getting ear infections and the flu.

  19. Bob says:

    You think Xylitol is a healthy option to put in this, or any, suppliment??? Then you really haven’t done any research at all. You might as well not child-proof the kitchen sink cabinet & let your kids drink Draino.

    • admin says:

      Hi Bob,
      Well for one, I don’t own Draino ;) I find your comment less than helpful, can you please share the research on the dangers of xylitol you speak of? Published papers please, not opinion pieces. The only danger I know is that it’s bad for dogs to eat. I don’t own a dog….

  20. brandy says:

    juice plus is non gmo, also NSF certified which means what they say is in the bottle, actually is in the bottle…. also, its beyond organic… each batch is tested 6 times to confirm no herbicides or pesticides blew over from another farm… as well the water for each medium sized family owned farm is tested to confirm no herbicides or pesticides again… as well the soil is tested to confirm it is as nutrient dense as it can be. you just cant get this kind of nutrition at a grocery store…. its the real deal. Been around for 20 years and there are currently 31 clinical gold standard, double blind, placebo controlled studies that have been published in top medical journals like the British journal of nutrition and MD Anderson that say Juice Plus is where its at.

  21. Lisa says:

    I was introduced to JP a few months ago by someone who I admired greatly. I asked her what her secret is to looking amazing and she told me good health. She told me about JP and it made sense to me. I knew that I did not eat enough fruits and vegetables and taking JP could help me bridge the gap. Since taking JP I have noticed several benefits. I am sleeping better, I have better gum health, my chronic headaches went away, I stopped drinking diet coke, my workouts are stronger and I have more energy and am more alert. My kids take the chewables and love them. I feel great knowing that I am helping them to also bridge the gap between how many fruits and vegetables they do eat vs. how many they should eat to prevent disease and be healthy. The cost is inexpensive. For myself and one child it costs less than $1.50 per day. You can’t go to the grocery store and buy organic fruits and vegetables that cheap. JP is not for everyone, but it has done great things for my and my family!

  22. Jan says:

    Last year my husband who is diabetic, and I each had horrific “viruses”/sinus infections etc..that each lasted a couple of months..multiple courses of antibiotics and overall misery. Jan 1 we decided we needed to start taking a good supplement. We started with Juice Plus with the idea that we would give it a year….and see how we did. I am happy to say that we are nearing the end of this year and have had nothing more than a cold that would try and start and then just end! The Fall is generally always a time of year my husband gets a terrible cold that goes on and on and on. SO FAR so good! The only difference is that we added Juice Plus to our daily routine!

  23. For those wanting to break a part the capsules for your kids you can absolutely do this. We have done this for over 2 years for our daughter, since she was 8 or 9 months old. We were recommended by our rep that our daughter take 1 veggie and 1 fruit per day, rather than the adult dose of 2 each. We put 1 capsule into a couple of tablespoons of applesauce and add cinnamon. Our daughter doesn’t object to the flavor. Without the cinnamon she will not eat it, and she’s not typically a picky eater.

  24. Amanda Long says:

    I have been trying to get hold of an info pack with price list/order forms for me and 3 family members, also info for becoming a distributor, but no one seems to get back to me… All I’m after is a simple email or for these to be posted to me so Mr and my family can look into it properly. Have read internet sites, but proper info and price would be more helpful please

    • admin says:

      Hi Amanda,
      I am not a Juice Plus rep, so I can’t provide you with this information. Many of the other comments on this thread are from reps, perhaps one of them can get back to you.
      Jen

  25. Alex Kemp says:

    Hi Amanda, If you would like to add me on Facebook i can tell you all the information you need to know! Many thanks.

    Facebook: Alex Kemp.

  26. I found your review interesting. Do you do reviews for other companies? I started with Le-Vel Thrive 6 weeks ago and I know what it has done for me. The all natural Lifestyle capsule is taken first thing in the morning. It’s boosted my energy levels, my motivation, gave me back my libido, and I’ve lost pant sizes because of the metabolic support. The DFT (Derma Fushion Technology) patch controls appetite, gives mental clarity, and manages pain (the capsule is amazing for pain management) and is absorbed right into your skin. Please check out my site at http://www.kristencowher.le-vel.com/experience and let me know if you’d like to try it and give a review.

    • admin says:

      Hi Kristen, No I am not doing any reviews at the moment. I’m pregnant so not adding additional supplements that aren’t especially for supporting pregnancy. Personally I would stay away from anything that promotes weight loss, as I am already blessed with a high metabolism which is a challenge when pregnant and breastfeeding. Good luck though!

  27. Laura Chappell says:

    who can tell me about juice plus complete sachets in vanilla and chocolate.. work out about $4 each and im almost sold into buying 2 boxes worth (60 sachets). Its a lot of money for me but Im tempted to buy it if its worth it, could someone tell me more about it, exactly whats in it and is it worth it? Combined with healthy meals and exercise… I enjoy eating lots of fruit and veg during the day as it is.. THANKS! advice from personal trainer/nutritionist would be very appreciated

    • admin says:

      Hi Larua,
      As for the Juice Plus protein powder, I’m not a big fan. The protein it uses is soy. Which is fine in moderation, as far as we know, and quite beneficial in it’s fermented forms. Some people prefer to avoid say as it acts like an estrogen in the body. The second ingredient is organic dried cane syrup = sugar. And the third ingredient is inulin, which is an isolated fibre that doesn’t have the benefits of whole grains but bumps up the the grams of fibre on the label (used a lot in marketing “high fibre” refined grains). Beyond that, it does contain a sprouts blend, grain blend, some vitamins and minerals and additives for texture/stabilization. I believe Shakeology or Vega shakes are more of a “whole foods based drink” that the Juice Plus shakes claim to be.

  28. carrie Collis says:

    Hi to a comment made re ORAC value juice plus is rated at 50% which is extremely good. Also to his other comment re vitamin amounts etc. Juice Plus is a wholefood supplement it has a food label not a nutrition label because it is classed as food not a vitamin supplement. This is the problem people do not understand that juice plus can not list every phytonutrient per fruit or veg as one piece of fruit can have 10000 phytonutrients in it. It’s just not viable. Plus every fruit and vegetable can be different in amounts. Based on size of it is organic and so on. Just look at the research it says it all.

  29. carrie Collis says:

    The amount of sugar in a day’s worth of gummies is about the same or less than a glass of orange juice or milk.  The reason it is the first ingredient is because the molecular weight of sugar is so high compared to the nutrients. It is not a calorie dense food and so the “first ingredient being sugar” is not a good litmus test for judging the product. What is in the gummies is the disease-fighting micronutrition of 17 fruits and veggies, and they have been tested for bioavailability as well.

  30. admin says:

    Just to note, I am not a Juice Plus representative, but am getting a lot of specific questions about the products. I will not be posting these comments. Please check into the Juice Plus website or find a rep if you have detailed questions. Thanks.

  31. amanda h says:

    IS JP SHAKES GOOD OR BAD FOR TEETH? heard so many diff things, looking for something to help mine.

  32. Scott says:

    Laura can you provide me with information to where you cam to the conclusion not to like soy protein powder.
    Thanks

  33. Samantha says:

    I’ve noticed that several people had questions for a Juice Plus rep. I am a rep and would love to answer any questions I can and/or help find the answer if I don’t know. Please feel free to email me at sdunnjuiceplus@hotmail.com or see my website for pricing http://www.sdunn.juiceplus.com

  34. Mian says:

    As a consumer of JP, I have seen many benefits of it. I understand that society has been trained that if you see it on the shelf or on TV enough, its gotta be good right? Wrong! Its hard to get people to understand healthy eating doesnt come in a pill. No matter what the product claims. If you are not eating healthier and continue with processed foods, sodas, etc., then you will live a life of illnesses and diseases. However, you slowly change your diet and remove the harmful products from your diet, you will start to feel better.

    I was a customer for months and then became a Rep. b/c after reading the Clinical Research and speaking to doctors I realized it is a great product. JP and the new lifestyle changes to our diet, we saw our lives start to change for the better. LEss doctor visits, no allergy meds, no prescription pills and better gums! I will not say it was JP but what I can say is that I did both (healthier eating and JP). We stopped buying multivitamins for the family bc we get our vitamins from food. The only supplement we take is Fish Oil (high quality). My sons take Vit D and Omega 3 b/c they have ADHD. It has been proven that if you up the intake of Omega 3 and Vitamin D their focus level will improve by 24-34%. Its not every day they take it b/c some weeks they eat enough fish and get enough vit. D. Since I am in control of their diets, I know when to add and when to remove. Hope that makes sense! :)

    I understand one may get tired of taking the chewys everyday, which is why every four months, you can switch from chewy to capsules. Because I purchased the JP Effect Children Prg. my child gets it for free up to 4 yrs. So my child will take the chewys and I will order capsules. All of us switch out. Some days, I open the capsule and put in my sons shakes. Other days, I give him the chewys. So I hope that addresses the concern of thinking you are stuck with capsules or chewys.

    Another thing people misunderstand is that it is Kosher Certified, Gluten Free Certified, NSF Certified and is considered “whole food” not a vitamin nor a supplement. It has a nutritional fact label not a supplement label. You can not compare apples to oranges. But what you can compare is the “clinical” research behind any nutritional products. Not many on the market offer all these certifications.

    I am Cert. Wellness Coach and tell my clients to know the ingredients you eat. :) The closer to home and less ingredients the better for our bodies. Its about learning how to cook healthier all the while trying to get the 7-13 serving/daily. Its hard with the way our society is programmed. Food = fast = BIG (hence why we are dealing with an epidemic of diabetes and obesity). So “adding” JP to your diet (not supplementing meals) is another way to ensure one is getting quality nutrition. I hope this gives some validity to JP. It is not a market scam. Its a company that actually invests in its product and its quality to their customers.

  35. Jessica Raine says:

    As a midwifery student I was able to get my hands on a copy of this company’s pregnancy research. I developed preeclampsia with my last pregnancy and could not stabilize my blood pressure. My doctor recommended this product. Since taking it my blood pressure has returned to normal ranges and I no longer take blood pressure pills.

    I think a lot of us think that we get enough fruits and veggies, but I personally believe it’s impossible as everything listed on this nutritional label I’m sure we don’t eat everyday, reason being in the Standard American diet we have a very huge gap. I do agree with this companies philosophy that their product does bridge that gap.

    I have noticed that a lot of you even the individual who has written this review refer’s to this product as a vitamin which it is not. It is Whole Food. Yes I am impressed with this company as it is the ONLY company that can provide you with scientific peer reviewed research. It is has been researched and published in over 30 medical journals around the world and has had no negative findings. I believe this is why so many doctors and nurses as well as dentist are recommending this product to their patients. You don’t find this with any other company on the MLM market that has this type of backing. Reason why I decided to try the product.

    As far as price goes. I don’t see why we put such big concerns on price. If you or your loved one was ill you wouldn’t care about the cost of them getting better. So why care about the cost of keeping yourself and family healthy. Just look at it as a really good health insurance rider!!!!

    The dental concerns well a lot of things we basically eat turn to sugar. My father has gum disease. Since taking JP his condition has improved. So I don’t see this product doing any harm to my little ones teeth.

    No I am not a distributor but maybe in the future when school is over. Yes I will recommend this product to all my pregnant clients. If you need a distributor I can recommend mine. I also recommend you look at http://www.juiceplusfacts.com

  36. KSinKY says:

    I’m not for or against Juice Plus; however, you (the author) mentioned that you took two of each types (fruit/veggie) and didn’t feel anything. The package states that the adult dose is FOUR of each of the two types .

  37. http://www.mlmwatch.org/04C/NSA/juiceplus.html

    Many Juice Plus+ distributors believe that these studies “prove” that taking Juice Plus+ makes people healthier. Real proof, however, would require that people taking the product have a better specific health outcome (fewer colds, for example) than comparable people who don’t take the product. Even if a study found a better health outcome, it would not make sense to use Juice Plus+ if dietary modification or a less expensive supplement could do the same thing.

  38. Dyon “Scooby” Holmes says:

    Is it better to take the fruits and veggies twice a day verses all at once? As an adult taking 8 chewables seems like a lot to digest.

  39. Diane says:

    Hi,

    I would like to put my 12 year old son on the capsules but I am going to buy them from a friend who has unopened bottles left over. Can anyone tell me how many he should take of each a day? He is starting to get really bad spots.
    Many thanks in advance.

  40. I was pretty skeptical and went to several events before initially giving Juice Plus+ a try. At 52 I was already having so much inflammation that I was doing the “zombie walk” on a daily basis. I’m a big fan of “Walking Dead” but not because I want to walk that way! At about the 1 month mark I had much less inflammation and my knees/feet were feeling much better and at 3 months I was no longer craving sugar… perfect timing right before the holidays!
    It takes 90-120 days for cells to turn over and they will either turn over damaged or turn over healthier… it’s up to you and what you put in your body. You need to give things at least that long to give them a chance to work.
    As far as cost goes, you probably spend more on maintenance for your replaceable vehicle than you would maintaining your irreplacable body. I pay about $1.79 for one organic apple and get so much more than that with JP+. I still eat as many raw fruits and veggies as I can, but there’s not an easy way to eat 7-13 servings a day, every day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! And that’s the government recommendations, not just a sales hype.
    I waited until I experienced so many positive changes in my own health before becoming a wellness educator, so I can tell you on a personal level it worked for me.
    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me through my website… http://jj20809.juiceplus.com/

  41. Ken Bowles says:

    The amount of sugar in the chewables formerly known as gummies is due the it’s weight as a percentage of the total, there are more types of sugar in these than other ingredients and the molecular weights of many nutrients are much higher that that of sugars. By my calculations and according to the drying and processing information I have seen in JP videos(unless they have some other way to concentrate the nutrients that I am unaware of) there is about 60g of dried fruit and veggies per daily dose (based on a generous assumption that 95% of all the fruits and vegetables were water-look at the capsule weights and work backward), Additionally any of you who are skeptical may want to investigate how the Australian Government felt about “the next best thing to fruits and vegetables” as this phrase is no longer associated with the product there. Also remember this product has NOT been shown to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent ANY disease(no matter what any health professional involved with the marketing of this product may infer), but fruit and veggies will, make sure you clean them well.Remember, if it looks like a duck, quacks likes a duck, and swims like a duck,…………, and I think this duck is about money.

  42. Ange says:

    Hi I was just wondering can you take the capsules instead of the shake ? Thanks

  43. Obomb says:

    Wake up people to the marketing scams, you want to live healthy, eat a healthy diet. There is no substitute. Here is some food for thought. http://www.mlmwatch.org/04C/NSA/juiceplus.html

  44. mike says:

    absolute con like many others! people who see the “amazing effects” are only really seeing the change in there life style for instance they cut back or stop eating sweets, crisps, etc. and start to train etc. this at best is another placebo money making scheme like all the others on the market. just to add I have a biochem degree, as well as trained all my life in martial arts and rugby.

  45. jo says:

    I completely disagree with all the negative comments about juice plus. I have been on the product for now for 10 weeks. My health has increased drastically. I have lost over 3 stone that was much needed. This has helped me get back to the gym recently too. I agree you just don’t need to eat bad food but with the correct mentoring and nutritional plan provided by the reps it’s achievable and would never of happened without juice plus. My kids now also take chewable and there’s been a considerable difference in my son’s behaviour who has adhd and autism. I agree they are costly when the whole household is taking them but the benefits have definitely outweighed the cost for me. These are things you don’t realise unless you have experienced hun product yourself

  46. Natalia says:

    Any form of food in capsules is not real food,only an industry product.End of story with this Juice Plus.I eat real fruits and real vegetables on a daily basis and I feed them to my kids too.Whoever feeds whatever solo precious capsules,juices etc to his kids is plain irresponsible for me .

  47. Tracey says:

    To the lovers good for you. To the haters, you are entitled to your opinion whether personal or professional. It is people’s personal choice as to what they consume. If this product changes only lifestyle, then what is wrong with that? If it makes you feel better, than that’s great. If you see no difference, then stop using it. If you had a reaction to it then again, discontinue use. No one is forcing anyone to use it product. How the product is sold doesn’t make the product less effective. Some of the comments on here are just a waste of a good tread. To each is own, it’s like saying the only good vehicle is a Honda. It’s your choice!

  48. Erika says:

    I can’t think of a single reason why anyone should be so rude (regarding the Xylitol comment). Everyone makes mistakes, and I’m sure knowledge of Xylitol is anything but common. I’ll keep the rest of what I’d like to say to myself…

    Regarding Juice Plus, THANK YOU for this post, and all of the CONSTRUCTIVE information, both pros and cons. I am not too fond of swallowing pills, but I have been taking chewable vitamins for over a year now. I am a Health Promotion major in school and don’t usually agree with anything besides “eating raw fruits and veggies,” but this world is far from perfect and not everyone can or will do so. I have heard of Juice Plus before and thought the idea to be a good one, especially considering the contents and their synergistic properties. Being in college I don’t have the most money to keep up lots of supplements on top of eating organic, but I would like to give it a try.

  49. Amber says:

    Natalia, have you tried juice plus? Just because someone choices to add juice plus to there children’s diet as a healthy supplement doesn’t make them a irresponsible parent. Maybe you should learn to reconsider how you say thing!

  50. I have been taking Juice PLus for eleven years and became a distributor ten years ago. The first thing that thrilled me about Juice Plus was that my cravings for sugar greatly diminished and my son started craving carrots. Blood tests through SpectraCell Labs have confirmed my antioxidant levels above 65% which is the highest category. All my blood work has improved through the years. I get compliments all the time about how young I look, love that!! I appreciate the fact that Juice Plus offers educational seminars conducted by highly credentialed and successful health care professionals all over the world.
    As far as the cons go here, I am not aware of any comprehensive multivitamin that even exists that contains everything in one pill and that has any independent clinical research to back its safety or efficacy. Comparing Juice Plus to a multi is like comparing apples to oranges except the multivitamin has no apples or oranges that Juice Plus has including thousands of phyto-nutrients, live enzymes. You can order the orchard or garden separately if you choose to do so. Juice Plus isn’t something you try to see if it does anything in your body, it’s something you take because you understand the benefits of better nutrition and thirty one (31) studies published in peer reviewed medical journals all of which rank at the top of their class is undeniable. However gambling with my health waiting for something to happen like disease which could takes years to show up isn’t something I’m willing to risk at the sake of savings less than a few dollars a day and in the short and long term have already saved me thousands in health care dollars. (oops Big Pharma bloggers don’t want to hear that one)

  51. Casey says:

    Couple of things:

    1. Xylitol isn’t used bc it isn’t natural. And therefore it isn’t used. The sugars used are only naturally occurring sugars

    2. Erika – college students can get on it for free. Or at least half off by splitting with another college students. It can be done through the children’s health study.

  52. Thanks for this honest review of Juice Plus. I have been approached by a friend of my fathers to get involved in selling the product via network marketing, but I need to investigate the claims further. I am already very much into juicing fresh organic fruits and vegetables, I have seen the benefits for my health, especially my hair and skin. These capsule seem like a good idea in theory (only as a supplement), especially for those who are too busy (and juicing can be messy) – however until I review the reseach claims I will not by buying the product or getting involved in selling either. By the way the link in the article to Juice Plus research is broken (404 not found) – the correct link can be found here: http://www.juiceplus.com/content/JuicePlus/en/clinical-research/juice-plus-clinical-research.html#.U4Ykhij1vEI

    Many thanks,
    Traci

  53. Marcy Boyle says:

    You can order just the Garden Blend. Contact your distributor or go directly to The Juice Plus Company. Let me know if you need help.

    Marcy
    303-906-6197

  54. lisa says:

    Hi the pills are a little lrg….you can open them put them in a smoothie this. Juice plus is not a meal replacement. There are pros and cons just like anything we actually eat. I have found way more pros than cons…and its to fit each individuals. ..my grand daughter(3) is very picky and you can’t force her to eat right so I feel this will help her:)

  55. DJ says:

    I’ve taken Juice Plus consistently for 8 years now, the Orchard and Garden Blends. I only take them because I don’t eat enough vegetables on a daily basis, but do get enough fruits. I can tell you that I haven’t had a cold or flu in that 8 year span. Overall, I have felt much more healthier since starting the regime. Kudos to Juice Plus and to each his own.

  56. Jessica says:

    I have a science background and my husband is an RN. We have 2 little kids and have incorporated Juice Plus into our daily lives. My daughter has sensory processing disorder (a sensory seeker) and puts her hands all over everything then into her mouth. After a year on Juice Plus, she literally never gets sick. I’m sorry Natalia is so offended by a fruit / veggie product that tries to bridge the gap. I’m very into nutrition and my kids generally eat well but since the USDA is recommending 7-12 servings of fruits and veggies a day, it’s impossible for me, even, to get that day in and day out. I’m 46 and am very, very healthy. I think Juice Plus is amazing and for all the skeptics out there, please do your research on the hard data. There are tons of MD’s who are actually asking to do research with it. We love it.

  57. Sally says:

    Why no white potatoes?

  58. Robbie says:

    Come on people, you cant improve what nature already provided I cant see how heating and concentrating to a powder fruits and veggies can bring you good health. Eat fresh fruits and veggies and then watch your health skyrocket.. Corporate America is / has been infiltrating the health food industry with their lies and deceit. There just big pharma profiting from sickness and now giving the magic pill to restore the health that they already stole.

  59. Brayden says:

    It is impossible to deliver the nutrients of five servings of fruits in several capsules weighing 850mg.

    ‘No capsules can substitute for fruits and vegetables, which contain the best balance of nutrients and phytochemicals.’

    ‘You cannot “concentrate” significant amounts of them in a capsule.’

    Juice plus is sold at an exaggerated value and cost.

  60. Caroline says:

    As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist I believe we should be getting our nutrients from whole foods however in this fast paced world, we are not taking the time and effort to do so. I am on the road a week out of every month and find it hard to stick to a healthy dietary routine in certain parts of the country. I take Juice Plus myself and think of it as an insurance policy. The biggest differences I have noticed is in my hair and nails and my quality of sleep. It has all improved immensely. I take a probiotic daily as well as a fish oil supplement and find that works well for me. I have always been a strong believer in find what works for you and stick with it. If you like Juice Plus, fabulous! If you prefer to get your nutrients from your food, good for you! Just make sure it’s good quality and not loaded with herbicides and pesticides.

  61. Andy says:

    Please note that the “Research” that is usually peddled by those selling Juice Plus is not what most scientists would consider unbiased. The vast majority of the “research” is done without double blind or placebo and again the vast majority are FUNDED by JP. In terms of peer review those peers are usually on the JP payroll.

    I have been looking into this for months and have yet to see an independently funded, peer reviewed paper that shows any real benefits….. JP sellers have promised to send me such research but I’m still waiting…..

  62. christina rodgers says:

    I do not have a problem with adults taking in addition to a regular diet! However I do Not think kids should took take it until teenage years! Parents who chose to do it for them is fine. But also teach your kids to eat fruits and Vegs. My sister in-law does it for her and I’m so happy but she is not on a regular diet. Now my only problem is that now my niece and nephew (3&1 of age) are taking it rather than eating regular food that is my only problem with this product. Not for kids! Only for adults!!!!

  63. Barry says:

    I find it bezarre that your son now loves carrots after taking a pill. Let’s face it if you edudate them from a younger age with real food they will continue along that path.
    Each time I here somebody raving about this product they are always selling it.

  64. Lorna says:

    I have been taking Juice Plus Orchard Blend anad Garden Blend for half a month now. My sister gave it to me. I should say that these products work for me. I have a good relaxing sleep and when I wake up ,I feel so fresh . I work at night and sleeps during day time. Juice plus really helps me a lot. I would like to buy these product but I am wondering where to buy here in Cebu Philippines. Anyone can recommend where I will order Juice Plus?

  65. […] Supplement Review: Juice Plus | First Step Nutrition – … I like the idea of a whole foods supplement. 2) Juice Plus also has an impressive amount of quality research studies to support that the antioxidants … Being in college I don’t have the most money to keep up lots of supplements on top of eating organic, but I would like to give it a try … […]

  66. Jeff says:

    Hello, all!

    I wanted to address a two of the “cons” originally listed. The first is the statement that “Unlike a more comprehensive multivitamin, you may need to take additional supplements, such as Omega 3 and vitamin D and folic acid.” My problem isn’t with the notion that one should consume Omega 3, Vitamin D, or folic acid, but rather that there is such a thing as a “more comprehensive multivitamin.” There is no evidence what so ever that vitamin supplements are absorbed or utilized by the body, in fact most conclude that those supplements produce expensive urine. My second issue was with the sugar substitute comment, but it was addressed in a previous post in that only naturally occurring sugars are used.
    I feel I must disclose that I am a representative of the Juice Plus+ company and do stand behind it’s research and proudly consume and dispense the product to family and friends the world over. We do not claim for it to be a miracle “fix all” for your ailments and poor diet. It is a bridge between what you should eat and what you are actually (or not actually) eating. If you consume enough raw fruits and vegetables to suffice a 7-13 serving a day intake, then bravo. I know that I do not. This product simply lets me get a little closer to a fully balanced nutritional diet.
    If anyone has any comments concerns or direct questions you can visit my webpage at http://jweyrauch.juiceplus.com/ or email me at jeff.weyrauch@gmail.com and I will attempt to answer any questions you have in an honest and forward fashion.

    Sincerely,

    Jeff Weyrauch

  67. Melissa says:

    Our family has been taking JP for almost 3 months. We noticed changes right away though we made minor changes to our diet as well. We usually ate well but did like to snack a lot and I was a fast food momma with three kids. After starting JP, all our tastes changed and we ate better. That is a very brief summary. I would offer that trying JP can not hurt you as it is ONLY a whole food based product. If it works for you, great. If not, to each his own.

  68. Amy says:

    Please visit the website to get current information, as new studies come out regularly, showing benefits to the nutrients of Juice Plus. My husband and I have not missed a day in nearly 14 years, and we also grow organic foods, in soil and hydroponically. No one will tell you that this takes the place of a healthy diet, only that it fills the gaps between our best efforts and the 7-13 servings currently recommended for daily optimal health. I welcome any questions.

  69. Ally says:

    To Natalia—Harsh! You are entitled to your opinion. I haven’t tried Juice Plus yet, but as a parent of a 4 & 7 yr old who will only eat carrots, if there was something to supplement, like vitamins, it would be irresponsible of me to not do it. I make sure they try vegetables at every chance, but one bite is all they’ll usually eat them the fit starts. They don’t act like this about anything else. I appreciate the others who tried to offer objective feedback.

  70. Janet says:

    Single Mom on Juice Plus for 10 yrs… started in 2004 during a sinus infection 103 fever. 10 times a year usually I would be sick and miss a week of work. Started taking had no more sinus infections since 2004… Juice Plus is all natural and its a Whole Food Nutrition that is why it has nutrition facts and not Supplement facts. It is worth it to try. It takes 21 days for your blood to cycle through so the 4 month supply is a good test to see what it does. it does so much more in your body you dont see. My siblings all have high Blood pressure, migraines, and both brothers have had strokes.. I have had none of this and I am at present 261 lbs down from 330.5 lbs. It is not a cure all that is true.. But for the benefits it does provide I love it.

  71. Lesley says:

    Hi, what i find most off putting about juice plus is the distributors hyping it up as some sort of miracle health giving food. I eat healthily most of the time and take a good but inexpensive all round multi vitamin and on average get probably 2 colds a year. A work colleague sold me juice plus complete about 5 months ago and I stopped taking my usual multivitamins and used this instead. Just one juice a day to maintain my normal weight. I haven’t noticed any difference what so ever and have my second cold of the winter. Over priced over hyped in my opinion and only beneficial to people who were not eating as healthy as they should before using this product.

  72. Lesley says:

    Hi, while I wait for my first comment to be moderated I have read most of the comments. Firstly, in the UK where I live the recommendation is to consume at least 5 a day fruit and veg not the large amounts I am reading in the comments, maybe the fruit and veg here is more nutritious who knows. The recommended amounts give you fibre too in natural form which your body can utilize whereas juice plus fibre is added so most will end up in the bladder as waste water not in the bowel where it’s needed. I also see juice plus being promoted as more than a food supplement which it is not. My rep said it would improve nails, hair and skin, and prevent colds which it hasn’t. I’ve also seen that some folk say it’s improved their need for sweet things. When the only juice flavours are vanilla and chocolate, the most prevalent sweet flavours on the shelves I find that hard to understand. If you are healthy and have a good diet its a waste of money and if you feel you need supplements on a regular basis then look at your overall diet.

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