Why Over-The-Counter Multi-Vitamins Do Not Work
This question comes up frequently and I would like to share with you that in my opinion (and based on scientific research) Juice Plus+ ® is better than multivitamins (manmade, synthetic). Why? Because it contains thousands of phytonutrients (plant vitamins) as found in whole food! I depend on Juice Plus+ ® and my diet of whole foods to provide my body with what it needs. There have just been too many studies showing us the dangers of isolated vitamins; that’s why I don’t take them!
You will only find six nutrients listed on the label of Juice Plus+ ® capsules. FDA does not use the term RDA anymore, they have changed it to Daily Value (DV). It is important to emphasize that Juice Plus+® is not a formulated multivitamin, it is basically a slightly processed fruit and vegetable food product; if you look at other fruit or vegetable products (raisins, nuts, applesauce, fruit juices etc) you will find that food products carry only one or two nutrient results on the label. Most often the nutrients declared on the label are those which are present at 2% or more of the daily value (DV). I also think that in reviewing the rest of this document, you will see why I don’t feel it is even important to know the actual amounts of vitamins and minerals as found in Juice Plus+ ®. There is so much potentiation of action with the synergistic nature of the thousands of nutrients as found in whole food that even a small amount as found in produce will have much greater impact on the physiology of our body and overall health than those products “fortified” with synthetic B Vitamins.
You see when you use the word “nutrition” around doctors and dieticians, they tend to think of supplements of isolated vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, etc. in doses high enough to have what many consider to be a drug-like effect on the body. For example, a sick person might be advised to take 6 grams or more of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) – a therapeutic dose. If you want to get that much vitamin C from food, you would have to eat at least 100 oranges. The vitamin C from an orange or two, combined with a little bit of broccoli, kale and spinach, acerola cherries, pineapple and peaches (and more as in Juice Plus+ ®!), etc. would provide what is known as a physiologic amount – in other words, the amount that is normal for our physiology. And food provides all the important co-factors, synergists, flavonoids, enzymes etc. that are so important in helping the nutrient do its job and each one potentiates the action of another.
Juice Plus+ contains physiologic – not therapeutic – amounts of nutrients. Therapeutic doses of nutrients can have adverse side effects and should be monitored by a qualified healthcare practitioner and only subscribed for a short amount of time. Physiologic doses of nutrients; as the amount found in food and in Juice Plus+ presents great benefit without side effects.
In fact, there are literally hundreds (if not thousands) of Medical research studies looking at whether isolated vitamins/antioxidants can reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and most all forms of chronic disease. What they are discovering upon further scrutiny is that many studies have had to be stopped because the cancer levels or heart disease were increasing and the participants were dying (therefore halting the study)!! (see below)
• The Vitamin Myth
Reader’s Digest; November 2007
• Feb 2007: Journal of the American Medical Association found that taking antioxidant vitamins actually increased a person’s risk of dying by up to 16 percent.
• Study by researchers at the Univ. of Washington, May 2007 found that high doses of vitamin E taken over ten years slightly elevated lung cancer risk in smokers.
• National Cancer Institute found that men who took more than one multivitamin daily had a higher risk of prostate cancer than those who took no vitamins!
CONCLUSION: In a total of 47 randomized trials involving almost 181,000 adults, researchers found that taking vitamins A, beta carotene and E, alone or in combination, actually increased a person’s risk of dying by up to 16 percent!
• JAMA. 2005;294:351-358. July 20, 2005
Essential Nutrients: Food or Supplements? Where Should the Emphasis Be?
o “Whole food is the best source of nutrition; not fragmented parts put into multivitamins.”
Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc; Robert M. Russell, MD
• Here is one of the research articles from Archives of Internal Medicine; Feb 2009 issue………….
o In a study of over 161,000 women who were part of the government-funded Women’s Health Initiative research effort, doctors from 40 centers around the country collected data on multivitamin use. While research shows that people who eat nutrient-rich diets filled with fruits and vegetables have lower rates of heart disease and cancer, it hasn’t been clear whether taking a daily supplement results in a similar benefit.
o After following the women for about eight years, they looked at rates of various cancers and heart problems among the 42 percent of women who were regular multivitamin users, and compared them to those who didn’t take vitamins. The researchers found no evidence of any benefit from multivitamin use in any of 10 categories studied, including no differences in the rate of breast or colon cancer, heart attack, stroke, blood clots or mortality.
There are 10,000+ vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients that work together in each fruit and vegetable. There are usually only 13 vitamins and 115 minerals max in a bottle of multivitamins. What if vitamin # 12 can’t be used by your body without enzyme # 3,472 (which doesn’t happen to be in your bottle of vitamins)? It won’t be very effective, will it?
So which would you rather have floating around your blood stream every day? 20 or 30 fragmented nutrients that someone decided to put into your bottle of multivitamins OR THOUSANDS of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients that have been shown to be bioavailable (reaching the cellular level for protection and reduction of oxidative stress) in each of the 26 fruits, vegetables, grapes and berries found in Juice Plus+ orchard, garden and vineyard powdered produce blends?
18 years of Published Clinical Investigations on Juice Plus+ ® show the following:
Eleven studies: Juice Plus+ ® delivers key phytonutrients to the body
Seven studies: Juice Plus+ ® helps reduce oxidative stress (a/w aging and chronic disease)
Three studies: Juice Plus+ ® helps support healthy immune system
Two studies: Juice Plus+ ® helps protect and repair DNA
Five studies: Juice Plus+ ® has positive impact on cardiovascular wellness and reduces homocysteine levels
One study: Juice Plus+ ® positively impacts markers of systemic inflammation (inflammation is a marker for chronic disease; thus a reduction in measured markers in this study implies reduction in disease risk)!
One Study: Juice Plus+ improves skin health
One Study: Juice Plus+ improves periodontal health
One Study: Juice Plus+ has positive impact on quality of life, cell markers, and life expectancy in ovarian cancer patients.
IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD PREVENTION, THEN HOW WILL YOU AFFORD DISEASE?
I am not a nutrition expert, I am just sharing the knowledge I have learned and gathered by being a rep. for Juice Plus.
Heather Dall — 402-213-1087 —www.heatherdall.juiceplus.com