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Whole Food Supplements

Updated on July 1, 2017
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Health is a top priority for me and my family, especially after my breast cancer diagnosis in 2008. I hope to help others seeking the same.

American’s aren’t very healthy. Many of you have heard at least some of these statistics*:

  • 1,500 of us die from cancer every day
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will have cancer in his or her lifetime
  • 1 in 8 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Heart disease kills more women than breast cancer
  • 1.1 million Americans have a heart attack every year
  • Half a million heart attack victims in America die each year
  • 23% of Americans have hypertension
  • Americans spend $330 billion on heart disease per year
  • 64% of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese
  • Diabetes will increase by 165% over the next 50 years, with 29 million Americans diagnosed
  • 33% of Americans suffer from arthritis

 

Our children are also unhealthy! Did you know…?

  • Cancer kills more children than any other disease
  • By the age of 3, children have fatty deposits on their arteries
  • By age 12, 70% have developed the beginning stages of hardening of the arteries
  • 1 in 4 children is obese
  • Obesity has doubled in the past 20 years
  • Nearly half of obese adolescents remain obese as adults
  • In the last 20 years, Type 2 diabetes has increased 10-fold
  • Over 8 million children have asthma, an increase of 232% in the last 40 years
  • 7% of school age children are diagnosed as ADHD
  • Less than 7% of children and adolescents consume the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables per day

Why are we so unhealthy?

  • We make poor food choices
  • We eat too much “bad” food
  • We don’t eat enough “good” food
  • We don’t drink enough water
  • We lack exercise
  • We lead stressful lifestyles
  • We have to deal with environmental factors
  • Our approach to medicine is more about “treatment” than “prevention”

What can we do about it?

Well, our government has spent billions of dollars trying to find a cure for heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Their conclusion is that disease is easier to prevent than it is to cure, and the recommendation is to eat 7 to 13 servings of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables every day. Are you? That’s the problem, almost no one does.

The solution is to eat as many fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based foods as you can, and be sure to choose foods from all around the color wheel, from ripe tomatoes to eggplant to oranges. If you are unable or unwilling to increase your intake of these fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, then choose the next best thing, a whole food supplement. Don’t run to get vitamins, as they are synthetic and do not give you the synergistic effects of the real thing.

Juice Plus capsules
Juice Plus capsules
Juice Plus gummies
Juice Plus gummies

The next best thing...

Juice Plus+ is the next best thing to eating fresh, raw fruits and vegetables – it gives you the following fresh, raw fruits and vegetables: apple, orange, pineapple, cranberry, peach, acerola cherry, papaya, carrot, spinach, parsley, beet, kale, broccoli, cabbage, tomato, barley and oats. Juice Plus+ provides whole food based nutrition from 17 different fruits, vegetables and grains in a super convenient capsule or chewable form. Juice Plus+ is not a vitamin; it is a whole food supplement.

Unlike traditional vitamin supplements, Juice Plus+ provides a much wider variety of the naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, enzymes, and other nutrients (even fiber) that are found in fresh, raw fruits and vegetables.

How is it made?

It starts with fresh, high quality fruits and vegetables that are carefully tested for pesticides, herbicides and other contaminants. They are than juiced to extract their nutritional essence and then reduced to powder using a low temperature proprietary process that’s designed to ensure the maximum retention of nutrients. It is then made into capsules and chewable form. You get the benefit of 17 fruits and vegetables for less than $1.40 a day – you can’t buy that many fresh fruits and vegetables anywhere for that amount.

A domestic apple has hundreds of different, naturally occurring, elements and compounds which cannot be duplicated in a synthetic vitamin.  These elements and compounds, known as phytochemicals or phytonutrients, work together synergistically to produce health benefits unlike any synthetic vitamin could.  These phytonutrients work together to help your body do what it already knows how to do to fight illness and disease; they also have an antioxidant effect, ridding your body of unwanted free radicals.

The science behind Juice Plus+

Juice Plus is the most studied Nutraceutical in the world. These “gold standard” independent clinical research studies have been, and continue to be, conducted on children, teens, adults, senior citizens, and even pregnant women and are conducted on a variety of conditions, in a variety of circumstances, at leading universities around the world: University of Arizona; Brigham Young University; Foggia, Italy; King’s College in London; University of North Carolina – Greensboro; Medical University of Vienna; University of Maryland; University of Sydney; University of Texas Health Sciences Center.

These published third-party clinical research studies have shown that Juice Plus+ is packed with whole food nutrition; Juice Plus+ raises levels of antioxidants in the blood; Juice Plus+ lowers levels of lipid peroxides (oxidative stress, wherein free radicals “steal” electrons from lipids in cell membranes, resulting in cell damage) and homocysteine in the blood ( homocysteine is an amino acid in the blood; it’s been shown that too much of it is related to a higher risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease); and Juice Plus+ helps enhance immune function, reduce DNA damage, and improve circulation.

In conclusion, the best place to get your vitamins and nutrients is from food, not vitamin pills. Taking Juice Plus+ daily, in addition to your healthy diet, is the next best thing to eating more fruits and vegetables and can help provide a “safety net” for your nutritional health. It is convenient and easy to take and is rich in natural vitamins, fiber, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. It reduces oxidative stress and supports your immune system. It reduces damage to DNA, improves circulation, and reduces many key factors associated with coronary heart disease.

Many people’s busy lifestyles keep them from consuming what they should, and those are the people who should be made aware of Juice Plus - it's not a substitute for fresh, raw fruits, vegetables, and grains, but it is the next best thing!

If you are interested in purchasing Juice Plus for yourself or someone else or would like to get more information, please contact me through the link above or leave a comment below and I'll be happy to help you. Also, if you're interested in Juice Plus for your kids, you could get it for them for free for up to 3 years through the Children's Health Study - ask me how!

*stats above from Juice Plus literature, from a number of sources (such as International Journal of Obesity, CDC National Center for Helath Statistics, Center of Disease Control & Prevention)

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      Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      gr8 Hub - Im following you now

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      Hi Money. You should consider Juice Plus - it's a great safety net for those who don't get what they need!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Great info Lilly Rose, well organized and packed with info. Unfortunately, the only time I can get all my fruits and veggies in is by juicing. Which I have gotten out of the habit of doing. :( Thanks so much for sharing your insight.:)

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      GojiJuiceGoodness - thank you very much!

      JenDobson - So true - it's too easy for people to be lazy. Good for you for getting your act together for your own health!

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      JenDobson27 7 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading this hub. Those were some very astounding statistics at the beginning. Overall people are just flat out lazy, and we eat way too much junk food and not enough whole, natural foods. I'm really trying to get my act together and eat healthier so I can live a happier, healthier life when I'm older!

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      GojiJuiceGoodness 7 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      Great hub! You shared this info in a very concise manner & I totally agree with what you've said.

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      Hello, hello - yes, what you say does make sense, but at the same time you're depriving your body of the needed nutrients from those fruits and vegetables.

      According to some studies, there are some fruits and vegetables that are pretty resilient to chemicals, therefore okay to buy non-organic, such as broccoli, sweet corn, mangoes, sweet peas, bananas, avocados, kiwi, onions, and pineapples, cauliflower and asparagus.

      The major offenders - those that tend to soak up the chemicals and pesticides - are bell peppers (all colors), cherries, peaches, apples, potatoes, strawberries, pears, grapes, spinach and celery. Of course, this list encompasses the more commonly purchased ones!

      Some health food stores and even some grocery stores sell pesticide removing soaps that can be used to clean fruits and vegetables. I haven't used it so I can't really speak to how well it works.

      Check out this website to download a shoppers guide to pesticides: http://www.foodnews.org/

      You may be a good candidate for Juice Plus to supplement your lack of intake. Thanks for your comment!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for great hub. Everybody says to eat vegetables and fruit. I accept that advice but the problem is that they all full of chemicals and pesticides. Organic vegetables and organic fruit yes but people can't afford this with a family. So in my non-existing knowledge i think the more vegetable and fruit you eat the more chemicals and pesticides you eat. Does that make sense?

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks for stopping by, thevoice & texasdaye!

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      texasdaye 7 years ago from Castroville, Texas

      Thank you for the information. It is very resourceful, and we all should use your advice.

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      thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

      healthy living hub thanks

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      That was fast, BPop! No, thank YOU!

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Great hub chock full of important things I should make sure I am doing. Thanks..