I got an email a little while ago asking me my opinion of Juice Plus, and I thought the answer may help someone else – so here you go =)
I know several local distributors, and I know it is a MLM company. This is neither good nor bad info. I don’t have a problem with the supplement, but I would much rather know how much of the nutrients I need is actually IN the supplement.
If you want a “negative review” check out this link: http://www.mlmwatch.org/04C/NSA/juiceplus.html
This will give a very thorough debunking of their research. I am Not bashing the company, just providing the “other side view” to combat the hype in all advertising.
I think that organic / local real food is the way to go, but I also know that it is hard sometimes to get enough.
If you want a “superfoods” supplement, I would get something like Greens Plus. The plus side is you can get enough of the veggies to be useful. The down side is that an effective dose is a bit pricey, but not much more than the much lower dose in the juice plus.
There are 2 other options (three if you count doing nothing =)
You can get a Synthetic multi-vitamin for anywhere from 8-15 $ a month, this is OK – just not optimal. I am not sure my body needs More chemicals, but this choice May be better than not taking a multi-vitamin at all.
Or you can go with a Whole Foods multi-vitamin for anywhere from 25-45 $ per month (juice plus is low dose and at the high end of this – 40+ $ ish)
I actually provide a supplement company recommendation for my clients, as I think it is the best of both worlds. You can get a Whole Foods Multi-vitamin for 30$ shipped to you monthly (included) that tells you exactly what and how much you are getting.
Yes, I get a small commission from this sale, but I would recommend it regardless. It is Not an MLM, just word of mouth.
One other bit of info – a cheat sheet if you will. When you look at any multi, check the vitamin E. If it is d-alpha only, then I don’t fully trust the company to have done their research. There are I believe 8 different kinds of vitamin E, and taking just one in excess blocks the absorption of the others from your food. The Prograde has mixed Tocopherols, which means all of them.
A bit long winded, eh =)