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Juice Plus – Launceston

Here is MY story! by Vivienne Bartle

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I was lucky to be brought up in the country with parents who loved to garden and live off the land, a hobby farm where we  had sheep, ducks, pigs, chooks, a goat, cats, a dog and any stray injured animal my brother ended up bringing home with him. This could be anything from wombats, plovers, wallaby’s – usually where the mother was injured or killed and stray cats dumped out in the bush.

I was taught to detox my body regularly from a young age and to use food to heal it. We were tough, rarely visiting doctors and typical farm kids – we never were taken to be stitched up, but home first aid was used to patch up. Takeaway’s were not around or not something we had access to until well into our teens and then only on special occasions.

It was only natural for me to end up in the health and beauty industry. I had wanted to do nursing on leaving school, but the idea of going back to more study at that stage didn’t enthuse me. So the the long career of studying the body from the inside out and the outside in, began. It became evident to me within the first couple of years that I needed to study more nutrition which I did, and when I was approached in my early forties by a health worker from a hospital in NSW asking me “could I do with more fruit and veggies in my diet” I had to say a resounding “YES”.

Now I am a clinical nutritionist, and my diet is good but not fanatical (although some of my co-workers may think so) but I could honestly say I didn’t get the required 5 – 7 serves of fruit and vegetables in every day, 365 days a year. A serve is not a  piece of fruit or a vegetable it is a cup of fruit or vegetable, and yes I could probably hit it most days but not every day. The World Health Organisation now recognises that the quality of our food has deteriorated and has changed that recommendation to 9 – 13 serves per day. 13 cups of fruit or vegetables per day – I don’t think so. So I bridge the gap between what I have and what I should have with a wholefood supplement. That supplement is Juice Plus!

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Expect a detox, not everyone experiences it – as some can feel a bit sluggish for the first week as the body takes in all the nutrients and tries to eliminate toxins. That’s when the magic can happen. More energy, fully functioning digestive system, improved immune system, brighter skin, eyes, hair and nails. Improved recovery after exercise, but even more impressive is that I perform better due to the increased nutrition. Clarity of mind, reduced sugar cravings and I crave more good healthy food like fruit and vegetables.

The amazing benefits I have received over the 15+ years I have been taking this:-

  1. Increased energy – so much so, people around me think I am taking a drug of some sort
  2. Clear skin – the vibrancy of my skin is amazing. I receive continual comments on its smoothness and glow
  3. When I had 3 of my wisdom teeth out, unbeknown to me, the surgeon (yes surgeon, as the roots were twisted in the jaw bones) cut my muscles along the jaw to give him greater access to the back of the mouth. As I knew I was going in for surgery, I doubled my dosage prior, and I had NO bruising with a procedure that normally bruises from the eyes to the clavical bone on the chest. Even the surgeon was amazed when I returned for check up.
  4. Colds are a thing of the past, or if you do get them (sometimes when you burn the candle at both ends it will happen) I just double up and it reduces the severity by a massive amount. The most I have taken to kill a cold when we had a particularly nasty bug going around that people were sick for 2 -3 months with persistent coughing – I took 16 x fruit capsules, 16 x vegetable capsules and 16 x berry capsules, every day over a 3 day period, now you literally cannot overload on fruit, vegetables and berries, if you take too much you end up with diahorrhea – I didn’t in this case so my body was using every bit of nutrition in those capsules to get me through – and during the whole time I felt fantastic, no aches and pains, just a little snuffle for a couple of days and cough for a day
  5. Fitness – I struggle when climbing mountains, but when I take extra Juice Plus, I can walk and climb up mountains with ease, no shortness of breath or gasping for air. My recovery has also improved
  6. Stress – I have high stress levels, every entrepreneur does, from the long hours and having a multitude of things on the go. Juice Plus keeps me sane when I should be falling apart.
  7. At your most stressful times, what you know you should be doing goes out the window i.e., drinking enough water, plenty of sleep, exercising, and great food. This is the time Juice Plus really shines. It keeps me together through these tough times when I know I are abusing yourself, but circumstances can’t be changed in the interim.
  8. One time I wasn’t taking Juice Plus, was when I was working on cruise ships and the ship was constantly moving and not returning to the same port, this made it hard to get access to product. At the end of that contract, which I extended from 8 months to 11 months, I ended up with blood clots in the lungs from a combination of stress (thickens the blood) – dehydration (also thickens the blood) – having Spanish Coffees most nights (two diuretics together in one drink, also thickens the blood) and on top of that dehydrated mix – flew from New York to London to Australia. The first thing I ordered when I came home was Juice Plus to help with the healing (didnt mix well with the warfarin, but I did it anyway, my way of thinking is that if the vitamin K in the vegetables thins the blood then they can reduce the warfarin to allow for that) – at this time I did a lot of study into what thins the blood so I try to keep these in the diet where I can – garlic, red wine (small medicinal amounts of course), green leafy vegetables,  and water etc
  9. When you are feeling down and need perking up – your mind doesnt work well when your body is toxic, Juice Plus helps to put you through a detox as it cleanses the body of waste

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Now I cannot say I am religious with taking it every day as recommended, that is why I have some left over to enable me to double up when needed. If I did take it religiously I wouldn’t need to double up – think about it! This is the best health insurance anyone can have

Here are some questions and answers from Dr. Mitra Rays website: 

1. Is Juice Plus+ Just Another Vitamin?
Juice Plus+  is whole food nutrition.It is simply juiced, dried, and encapsulated fruits and vegetables in the ratios of nutrition that nature intended. In contrast, vitamins are man-made chemicals that are often way off of nature’s balance, and do not have the natural synergistic effect of nature’s food.

You are better off eating healthy and taking Juice Plus+, than trying to compensate for a poor diet with isolated, man-made chemicals. For some ideas on how to eat healthy, try Simple and Delicious: Recipes for Vitality.

2. When and how should I take my Juice Plus+?

Listen to Dr. Ray’s answer in this recording, or click here for a transcript of the talk.

3. I’d like to know more about the health and safety of Juice Plus+, especially for my family.
Listen to Dr. Ray’s answer in this recording, or click here for a transcript of the talk.

4. Is Juice Plus+ supported by clinical research?
Published clinical research on Juice Plus+ supports why Juice Plus+ is such a compliment to your overall health and wellness.

5. Why is Juice Plus+ such a valuable and important part of any fitness and nutrition plan?
Juice Plus+ contributes to overall health and physical performance. You can read Dr. Ray’s article on Juice Plus+ and Exercise, or listen to her two-part talk.

Part 1 of Juice Plus+ and Exercise recorded call

Part 2 of Juice Plus+ and Exercise recorded call

6. Is Juice Plus+ fortified with vitamins and minerals?
Listen to Dr. Ray’s answer in Part 1 and Part 2 of a live talk, or click here for a transcript of the talk.

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7. Is Juice Plus+ Gluten Free?
NSA states that Juice Plus+ products are manufactured for NSA by contract manufacturers. These products are regularly tested using the Tepnel ELISA methodology (AOAC method 991.19) for the presence of gluten. After the formula change that replaced rice bran for barley bran, the test results show JuicePlus+ contains less than 20 parts per million gluten. People who are gluten intolerant thrive on Juice Plus+.

For some gluten-free recipes plant-based recipes, check out Simple and Delicious: Recipes for Vitality.

8. How does Juice Plus+ contribute to or help with detoxification?
Listen to Dr. Ray’s answer in this recording, or click here for a transcript of the talk.

9. Does the juicing destroy the nutrients in Juice Plus+?
When making Juice Plus+, an extremely temperature-sensitive proprietary process is used to evaporate the water from the juice mix such that heat-sensitive nutrients retain their biochemical activity – the process of going from wet to dry occurs in a matter of seconds!

Thus, when you take Juice Plus+ with water, you reconstitute real food with active, bio-available nutrients. We know this to be true because more than a dozen independent studies published in peer-reviewed journals have shown the incredible response that Juice Plus+ has in the body to improve the status of various systems, such as the immune system and DNA repair mechanisms.

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10. How is sugar removed from Juice Plus+?
Technically, sugar is not purposefully removed from Juice Plus+. However, the bottom line is that the daily ration of four Juice Plus+ capsules contains less than 1 gram of residual sugar, which represents less than 4 calories. This is insignificant from the glycemic standpoint, and also insignificant even in the most restrictive of diabetic diets.

The process of sugar removal that we have talked about in the past is basically a simplification of the proprietary process to reduce the stickiness of the powdered juices, which causes the sugars to be bound by the more complex carbohydrates. This technique decreases the “water-loving” nature of the powder, and improves flowability in the encapsulation process.

An added advantage is that this process allows us to retain some of the soluble and insoluble fiber from the fruits, vegetables and berries which also contributes to the benefits of Juice Plus+.

11. Is it safe to take Juice Plus+ during pregnancy?
Yes! Safe and incredibly valuable. You can listen to Dr. Ray’s answer in this recording, or read her article, “Eating for Two”.

12. Is it safe to take Juice Plus+ while nursing?
Yes! There is not a reason on earth to worry about Juice Plus+ and nursing. On the other hand, there are a million and one reasons to take Juice Plus+ during nursing. Nursing is almost as critical as in-utero as far as nutrition is concerned. Ask yourself when is nutrition not important? When would fruits and veggies become dangerous? The baby is not going to become colicky because of Juice Plus+.

“Colic” is a term that doctors use when they can’t explain why babies are especially fussy, or in extreme discomfort. Quite often, babies have an intolerance or allergy to a food like soy, dairy, or wheat. It’s passed through breast milk or formula to the newborn, causing terrible pain or gas. Many pediatricians will chalk it up to “colic,” and never think to have the nursing mother go on an elimination diet to see which foods upset her baby. They’d rather try a prescription medication for the baby, or put the baby on formula.

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One thing is certain: the fruits and vegetables in Juice Plus+ are extremely good for both the nursing baby, and the mother.

It is also useful for nursing mothers to eat whole ground flax seeds in order to get some “good fat” into her diet. Good fats and fruits and veggies make for the most nutritious breast milk.

Read more about JuicePlus+ and pregnancy.

13. What should I feed my baby after s(he) is weaned?
Do not feed your baby cow’s milk. Goat milk is an okay choice until they are 2 years old, but of course breast milk is the best option.The World Health Organization recommends nursing up to two years of age or beyond. If nursing is impossible, you can find goat-milk-formula recipes online in order to make your own formula with a protein/fat/carbohydrate makeup that more closely resembles human milk.

Please read my article on Juice Plus+ and pregnancy.

14. I’m vegan, and would like to know if Juice Plus+ has B12?
B12 is not found in fruits and veggies. Some of the daily need comes from healthy bacteria making it in our gut, when one is eating a whole food, plant-based diet. I suggest 5 micrograms a day of a high-quality B12 supplement for strict vegans during pregnancy if you’ve been tested for deficiency.

The rest of us don’t really need a daily dose of B12. Once in awhile might be a good idea. Juice Plus+ doesn’t have any B12 because it is made entirely from fruits and vegetables. However, Juice Plus+ Complete does contain a good source of B12. This is the only source of B12 that my family and I consume, outside of what we get from the occasional bit of dirt still clinging to our root vegetables!

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15. Is there too much soy in Juice Plus+ Complete? Is it even safe to eat soy?
For the long answer about the safety of consuming soy, John Robbins wrote a fabulous, well-balanced article here.

For the short answer, I say that soy is neither an incredible health panacea nor is it dangerous. All food, even broccoli, can be bad for you if that is all you eat and there is no variety in your diet.

The only issue I’ve ever had with Complete is when a person is downright allergic to soy. Other than that, Juice Plus+ Complete should be incorporated without hesitation into a person’s health regimen. All soy used in Complete is non GMO.

16. Why don’t you list all of the vitamins and minerals in Juice Plus+ capsules?
Juice Plus+ is made from the juices of fresh fruits and vegetables, and contains all of the vitamins and minerals present in the original juices.

There are literally thousands of different vitamins and phytonutrients in a single orange! This is in contrast to vitamin tablets that contain only a few vitamins in fragmented, isolated, and unnatural rations. Nowhere in nature will one find a food that has the vitamin content of a vitamin pill.

Bioavailability or synergistic effect found in fruits and vegetables is missing in the vitamin tablets. Such a comparison would be meaningless, and impossible.

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17. How many fruits and veggie servings are in each Juice Plus+® capsule?
The JuicePlus+ product was compared to juicing early on, and it took over a pint of fresh juice made from the same 7 fruits, and another pint of juice made from the same 8 veggies, to get the nutrient equivalent of Juice Plus+.

That brochure is not used anymore because the technology used to make the product has been improved at least twice since then, so the data would be better, but different (therefore, not scientifically accurate).

NSA chose not to reproduce that same result and they have now moved into efficacy trials – that is “Does the product work in the body?” – this goes beyond just showing what’s in it.

Learn more about the clinical research that supports JuicePlus+ efficacy.

18. Is Juice Plus vegan and organic?
Apart from the gelatin capsules, the content of JuicePlus+ is totally vegan. NSA has been investing in a vegan capsule for some time now, and currently the technology either requires petroleum added to vegetarian capsules or the capsules break too easily. They are very close and testing in Europe – stay tuned for vegan capsules.

Meanwhile, if you are a strict vegan, you can take the chewable form or pour the capsule contents into food to consume. While not every crop of fruits or veggies that is used in JP+ is certified “organic,” rest assured that the products are better than organic. Every batch is tested for the absence of every herbicide, pesticide, and toxin known to man. It is about as pure as you can get.

You can contact Natural Alternatives, NSA’s encapsulation and testing facility in San Marcos, if you would like to schedule a tour and see the quality control behind the product.

19. What is the ORAC value of Juice Plus+? How well do the antioxidants in Juice Plus+ perform?
Listen to Dr. Ray’s answer in this recording, or click here for a transcript of the talk.

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20. Will Juice Plus+ interact with my blood thinner?
Eating a whole food plant-based diet is the best way to protect your chances of preventing thrombosis and embolisms (fancy words for formation and migration of blood clots).

Coumadin is marketed as an anticoagulant to prevent thrombosis and embolisms (also sold under brand names Warfarin, Jantoven and Waran). Like most pharmaceuticals, it is a synthetic derivative of courmarin which is naturally found in plants. They were developed as a way to kill rats and mice and still used for this purpose. Since the 50′s, they have also been prescribed as anticoagulants, provided a patient is monitored with frequent blood testing to make sure that the dosage of this poison is within “safe limits” and the patient is also avoiding foods high in Vitamin K, and many other medications which interfere with these anticoagulants.

Patients are usually asked to not eat leafy greens such as spinach because of high vitamin K content, and because if one day they have spinach and the next day they don’t, their blood thinner dose would have to be monitored daily.

Because a person would be taking the same amount of Juice Plus+ every day and therefore get a consistent amoun of vitamin K in their diet, it is usually the case that a person can safely take Juice Plus+ with these blood thinners.

Fortunately, those patients who are so motivated will often eliminate taking blood thinners since improving circulation through all three blends of Juice Plus (orchard, garde, and vineyard) might be a more intelligent answer to the challenge at hand.

Remember that we cannot play doctor and we can only help those that are willing to look at the information “>and be in charge of their own health. So this information is for those few people – make sure you ask first if they are willing to take a closer look at what they are choosing to do before sharing this information. Ask questions before you jump to giving people answers they aren’t looking for.

Here is the official NSA info from Dr. Madero: We have many Juice Plus+ customers who take Coumadin. People who take coumadin are asked to keep their intake of vitamin K consistent (The information sheet the patient gets with their Coumadin has a section entitled “Information For Patients”, and it states “Eat a normal, balanced diet maintaining a consistant amount of vitamin K”) You can also look at the following link from the National Institutes of Health

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/cc/coumadin1.pdf

Please notice that the goal is to keep the intake of vitamin K consistent, not to eliminate it completely from the diet. Two capsules of the Garden Blend contain approximately 10 micrograms of Vitamin K. Orchard and Vineyard Blend do not contain any measurable amounts of it. A serving of Complete contains 20 micrograms of Vitamin K. We recommend our customers to discuss these numbers and facts with their doctor or pharmacist before starting on Juice Plus+.

Our intent here is not to contradict any doctor’s orders, but for patients to have some facts to discuss with their doctors to make a more informed decision about Juice Plus+ and the rest of their diet.

Best regards,
Carlos F. Madero, Ph.D
Director, Technical Support
NSA, the maker of Juice Plus+
140 Crescent Drive
Collierville, TN 38017
901 / 850 2885

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21. Can Juice Plus+ help with multiple sclerosis?
Though we cannot promise that JuicePlus+ will cure any illness or health condition, this is what I can say: MS is an autoimmune challenge that Juice Plus+ can make a difference with, in time. It may take double the dosage, however, if the MS is severe.

The immune study shows that B-cells become less hyperactive with Juice Plus+, i.e. make fewer antibodies against the body itself, which is the problem with all autoimmune disorders. Autoimmune disorders show up in different ways in different people, manifesting symptoms based on our own unique genetic weaknesses.

Instead of focusing on the name of the disease, if we can go back to the cause of all autoimmune diseases – a trigger-happy immune system – then we do better. Juice Plus+ makes the immune system less trigger-happy.

22. Will Juice Plus+ cure chronic fatigue syndrome?

We don’t make claims to cure or even necessarily help any specific disease or problem that a person may have.

What is clear is that Juice Plus+ has been proven to strengthen the immune system, and both Epstein Barr and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are immune related. People can live with the Epstein Barr virus and never show any signs of fatigue, lesions, weakness, sore muscles and so on. These people tend to have a stronger immune system.

It is important to know that anyone who doesn’t work on their immune system (via diet and lifestyle) will still be trying to “treat” these conditions years from now. When someone has CFS, they tend to continually “wear down” due to lack of proper rest. When your body isn’t given the proper fuel to repair and replenish itself, this fatigue will remain a vicious cycle and rest will continue to be hard to come by.

23. Is Juice Plus+ alkaline to our system?
Yes. Fruits and vegetables are actually alkaline in our bodies. You can listen to Dr. Ray’s answer in this recording.

24. Why is it necessary to use magnesium stearate and calcium carbonate in Juice Plus+ powders?
You can listen to Dr. Ray’s answer in this recording, or click here for a transcript of the talk.

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25. Is it safe to take Juice Plus+ while undergoing chemotherapy?
Juice Plus+ is simply fruits and veggies. It is safe (and, in fact, critical) to eat fruits and veggies during chemo. Here are several studies and articles to support this:

 Antioxidants do not interfere with Chemotherapy

 Antioxidants and Cancer — MD Anderson Cancer Center Research

 Antioxidants and Cancer Treatment

 Broccoli and Stem Cells

 Eating Fruits and Vegetables Boost Ability to Fight Cancer

 Preventing Cancer – Food for Thought

 The Gonzalez Therapy: Pancreatic Enzymes in Cancer

26. How would you explain the benefits of Juice Plus+ to someone with Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s is a digestive disease, and since Juice Plus+ is bio-available, it does not need to be digested. It is simply absorbed. This greatly increases the chance of getting nutrition into the system.

Work slowly up to an adult dosage, starting with taking 1 capsule of garden one day, orchard the next day, and vineyard the next day. After a week, try taking 2 garden one day, 2 orchard the next and 2 vineyard the next. If tolerated, increase to 1 of each kind each day for a week, then 2 of each kind the next week. Eventually, you can double the adult dosage of 2, 2 and 2 of each kind for faster healing.

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27. Can Juice Plus+ affect the formation of kidney stones?

Click here for a transcript of Dr. Ray’s talk on Juice Plus+ and kidney stones.