Juice Plus is one of the most popular whole food supplements out there. Its been around many years. In the past I have taken it and am familiar with it. I am not a Juice Plus distributor or associated with the company. In this review I'll attempt to answer your questions. I'll also take a look at whats out there on Juice Plus side effects. If you have a question, post it below and I'll try to help you.
Does Juice Plus Have Side Effects?
In the vast majorly of people Juice Plus is very safe. It's just food. I've taken Juice Plus for over a year and did not notice any side effects. Most people also report no side effects either. When you have a supplement that millions and millions of people take, from time to time, some may report side effects. Below is a list of those which have been reported in medical journals
In one report, a 51 year old women with endometrial cancer developed liver problems after starting Juice Plus. The liver problems got better 4 weeks after stopping the supplements. Did Juice Plus cause this? This is difficult to say since this was just a report of one person who had these symptoms. Also the person did have cancer and this may have played a role.
As a rule, if you take blood thinner medicine, talk to your doctor first. Juice Plus has vitamin K. Vitamin K plays a role in blood clotting.
I am not aware of Juice Plus interfering with blood thinner medications but that doesn't mean it can’t happen. When in doubt, talk to your doctor.
Does Juice Plus Sponsor Research?
Most of the research on Juice Plus is supported or sponsored by National Safety Associates (NSA), the company that makes this supplement. It’s because of this that some people wonder if Juice Plus is a scam. Detractors say “they sponsor their own research.”. To that I say, “if they don't, do it, who will?”
I appreciate it when a company puts in the time and effort to test their supplements. Most supplement companies do not do this.
The company has said they do not influence the outcomes of Juice Plus research. Some of the people who have done Juice Plus research have had ties to NSA. People might argue this opens up the possibility of bias on the part of the researchers.
I am not sure how strong this argument is because some of the Juice Plus studies contradict each other. If there was a big conspiracy to hide the truth, then the studies would be in more agreement.
Bottom line: I'm OK with company sponsored research as long as its quality. What I see in this case is quality research for the most part.
Can Juice Plus Cure Disease
No study has ever shown that Juice Plus cured any disease. The company that makes Juice Plus does seem to be directing their research toward showing how their product can reduce the risk of disease. As Ben Franklin once sayd An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
Juice Plus vs. Vineyard Blend
Juice Plus contains extract of different fruits and vegetables while the Vineyard Blend has extracts from different berries and grapes.
Grapes and berries are healthy and contain some interesting compounds like resveratrol. That said, the majority of research is on the original Juice Plus – the stuff that's been around since 1993. Personally, I'd like to see more research on the Vineyard Blend.
I'm a bit skeptical because some research I've seen appears to the same effects occur even when Vineyard Blend is not taken. I've love to see a study comparing regular Juice Plus to the Vineyard Blend to see what their differences are.
Does Juice Plus Enzymes
There do appear to be some enzymes added to Juice Plus. Because they are proteins, the enzymes would be quickly destroyed in the stomach. While they might help with digestions problems in some people, I don't think the enzymes add to the benefits in people without digestion issues.
Juice Plus And Weight Loss
Juice Plus is not a weight loss supplement. For what it's worth, I've taken this supplement and did not notice any change in weight. If the supplement got you to start eating more fruits and vegetables, then I can see how -in a roundabout sort of way – it might help. But, that's because you'd be reducing calories more than anything else.
Is It The Same As Fruits And Vegetables?
They often call Juice Plus “the next best thing to fruits and vegetables” but this is basically a marketing slogan. It's meant to drive home the message the supplement comes from actual foods. To their credit, even the Juice Plus website says it's not a substitute for fruits and vegetables.
One difference is Juice Plus has practically no fiber. Fiber is very important for health. Also, research shows people who eat more fruits and vegetables get less diseases. No study shows the supplement does the same thing. That said, if taking the supplement gets you to thinking about eating more fruits and vegetables, then that is a very good thing.
Since its inception, there have been many green foods and other supplements out there. Are they better or different? Here's a quick rundown of some of the popular competitors.
Juice Plus vs. MonaVie
MonaVie is another popular food extract supplement. In my view, the biggest difference between Juice Plus and MonaVie is the research. Juice Plus has several human studies. There is less research on MonaVie. More than that however, there seem to be no clinical studies comparing them to each other. For more insights see:
Juice Plus vs. Juice Festive
Juice festive is another popular whole food supplement, often found at Cosco, Sames Club etc. I'm not aware of any head-to-head comparisons between these two supplements.
See the review of Juice Festive for more information about that product.
Juice Plus vs. Texas SuperFood
Texas superfood is another whole food supplement people often ask about. Like Juice Festive, I'm not aware of any studies comparing these products to each other.
See the review of Texas SuperFood for more about that supplement.
Does It Work?
To be honest, I like Juice Plus. It's just the extracts of several fruits and vegetables in powdered form. It doesn't nave anything crazy in it and there are various clinical studies showing it may have benefits. For me, its the research that's most important. While its not a substitute for eating a salad, my hope is if you take it, you'd eventually wonder what else you can do to improve your health. If this gets you to eating that salad, then it's a step in the right direction.