Why use supplements, and why did I choose Juice Plus capsules with 30 varieties of fruit, vegetables and berries?

As I have previously stated, in an ideal world where food is grown in healthy soil with no polluted air or water, we would not need to supplement our diet, which is why the Juice Plus streamline is ‘the next best thing to fruit and veg’…. they are not intending to replace fresh produce!  The challenge facing the food industry is that the quality of the fresh produce deteriorates from the moment it is harvested due to oxidation (as happens when you bite into an apple).  Although phytonutrients are not critical to life in the same way that vitamins and minerals are, they certainly make a difference to our quality of life and prevention of disease or illness and in our ability to recover quickly if we do fall ill.  In this respect, high quality supplements can be viewed as more of an insurance policy than ‘medication’ for after you have already got ill EG many people start taking vitamin C or cod liver oil capsules in the autumn to prevent themselves from catching a cold. I choose to take Juice Plus to prevent myself from becoming ill even when so many patients come in with bugs and viruses.

I prefer to supplement my diet with Juice Plus capsules because they are totally vegan and also because of the way they are harvested in fields using a proprietary drying system that allows 98% of the phytonutrients to be retained in the capsule. Rather than using gelatine to encase the ingredients, Juice Plus uses pullulan, fermented tapioca, which is the ideal alternative as it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans alike.

Prevention of illness is central to Chinese Medicine and traditionally Chinese Dietary Therapy would be the first and foremost aspect of your healthcare plan as that provides the only building blocks for your recovery fi you do come ill.  It is worth noting that in China the doctors used to be paid according to the number of patients they DIDN’T see because if they were doing their job correctly, their potential clients wouldn’t get sick in the first place.  This meant that doctors were teachers who taught people how to look after their own health – and that always began with nutrition.

Having met the founder, Jay Matin, and spoken to him at length about the business, I really respect his values, not just for the quality of the product but for the way the farmers are treated and the way people working in his distribution network are treated.  Indeed, when I worked for Microsoft, Bill Gates didn’t know me, when I worked for Vodafone, Chris Gent didn’t know me, but when I went to a global Juice Plus conference, the CEO of this $2bn business came over to me and said ‘Excuse me, you are a herbalist, aren’t you? And you speak several languages…?” and that is how our conversation began!

It’s not just because of their high vitamin C content that makes this beautiful colourful orange so good for us. It is also the vital minerals, such as calcium and phytonutrients – including monoterpenes and flavonones. Monoterpenes can reduce cholesterol levels and have cancer inhibiting effects. Flavanones also have antioxidant, cancer inhibiting, antibacterial, anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory effects.

The peach is a genius because it is packed with carotenoids and other phytonutrients which are a precursor to Vitamin A which is needed for vision. This makes it a worthy competitor for the carrot which everyone knows is good for night vision.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” There is truth here as they are packed with folic acid, vitamins C,E & K. and many phytonutrients plus calcium and potassium. Perfect for keeping our heart, circulation and entire body healthy.

The pineapple is packed with many micronutrients, enzymes and bromelain. This has an anti-inflammatory effect. They also contain the phytonutrients , carotenoids and monoterpenes which protect our cells inhibit cancers and reduce cholesterol. Other nutrients include zinc which supports the immune system, helps fertility and promotes healing. plus iron which promotes the formation of blood cells and the transportation of oxygen in the blood.

Papaya is low in calories and has many health promoting substances like vitamin C and magnesium. Moreover the papaya cont
ains enzymes (e.g. papain) and phytonutrients like lycopene and B-carotene and carotenoids. Papain is said to break

down the fibrin slightly on the inner arterial walls which helps prevent thrombosis.


The little South American acerola cherry is a parcel of vitamin C and B group vitamins like niacin. It also has B-carotene, Vit A and the minerals magnesium, phosphorous and calcium. These all have a positive effect on the nervous system. muscles, bones, teeth, eyes and blood. A great addition to the Juice Plus+ fruit capsules

Dates have many valuable ingredients such as vitamin C, antioxidant B group vitamins and vitamin D. They also have many minerals like calcium, zinc, copper, and iron. They have an important role in the formation of blood cells and provide all round health. Try mixing them to a paste with Juice Plus+ Complete, coconut milk, & ground almonds to make delicious energy balls coverd in cocoa.

Prunes contain the phytonutrients anthocyanin & B-carotene. They also have B vitamins, vitamin C and E. They contain the minerals potassium, phosphorus, zinc and iron. They are great for the immune system, nerve and muscle function and healing process.

Beetroot contains glycoside betanin which is responsible for the vibrant colour of these balls of vital phytonutrients. Betanin can reduce cholesterol levels and protect against calcified arteries and high blood pressure. In addition the red roots contain plenty of B vitamins, such as folic acid as well as potassium, calcium and iron. This is why it is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. Great in JP chocolate beetroot cake for a nutritious treat.

Parsley grows a whole wealth of antioxidants which include B-carotene (which acts as provitamin A), vitamin C and vitamin E. Their special properties are the antioxidants which are regarded as cancer-inhibiting as well as protective of cells and blood vessels.

Kale is an unbeatable vegetable because it is rich in carotenoids (lutein, B -carotene) flavionoids. phonic acids and glcusinolates. All of these help inhibit cancer and the phenoiic acid and glucosinolate share an antibacterial effect. This superfood is also impressive because of its high levels of vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and iron. No wonder its been choosen for Juice Plus+

Popeye must have known about the phytonutrients in this vegetable. It contains B-carotin, lutein and saponins. B-carotene and Lutein are antioxidants and Lutein plays a major role in the prevention of eye diseases. The other ingredients it possesses are vitamin C, folic acid, vitamin E, B vitamins and calcium.

Cabbage has what it takes to provide good health. It contains vitamin C. vitamin K, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Folic acid is important for cell growth & reproduction as well as the formation of red blood cells. Vitamin K plays a decisive role in blood clotting. As well as all of these cabbage also has the phytonutrients of phenolic acids and glucosinolate. A true superfood!

It’s not just “Bugs Bunny” who loves carrots! Our body loves them too. They have the highest content of carotenoids of all the vegetables. These have an antioxidant effect and they reduce the risk of age-related diseases. They also contain many other phytonutrients. such as anthocyanins. Plus they are a source of provitamin A carotenoids. Vitamin A helps the eye convert light into a signal that can be transmitted to the brain.

A true “Jack of all Trades”, vitamin E, niacin, folic acid, potassium and phytonutrients from the carotenoids and saponins are just a few of the goodies tomatoes  have in store for us. One of the carotenoids lycopene and folic acid have an antioxidant effect and help protect our blood vessels. Some studies have shown that lycopene does play a modest role in the prevention of prostate cancer. They are so versatile and can be used often.

Broccoli’s  green florets make it one of Europe’s most popular vegetables. Which is good because it contains minerals like calcium and phosphorous. Also B-group vitamins and vitamin E. All this means it protects the heart and circulation. Plus it has antibacterial effect and has been shown to have anti-carcinogenic properties.

Garlic has become an essential ingredient in the kitchen. But it’s more than a pungent flavor for our cookery. It has phytonutrients that give it an antibiotic effect and micronutrients like selenium, manganese and magnesium. These compact little cloves protect us from thrombosis by lowering cholesterol. So good to have it in JP capsules you can have the nutrient benifits every day even if you don’t like it’s strong flavour.

Even in ancient Egypt the artichoke was known as a dish that was good for you. So, what can it do? – it can lower cholesterol, help prevent atherosclerosis and stimulate the metabolism of the liver and gall bladder. What’s’ more it’s not just used as a vegetable it’s leaves are used in tea, juices, dry extracts and tinctures. Their medicinal qualities are attributed to the special flavonoids and the quinic acid derivatives they contain. It also protects us from thrombosis by lowering cholesterol.

Ginger root is one of the healthiest foods in the world and is very much appreciated in India, South Asia, West Africa and the Caribbean for more than 3,000 years. Preparations from ginger root are prescribed to treat – rheumatism, muscle aches and colds. It also contains the digestive appetite-inducing substances of borneol, cineol, the pungent substance of shoagol and zingerone. It also contains vitamin C and magnesium, iron, calcium, potasium, sodium and phosphorous. Ginger root has antibacterial properties and stimulates blood flow. It is a truly fantastic root!

Cocoa is not just for chocolate lovers. It is full of many health giving substances known as flavonoids which have antioxidant properties. This means it protects our cells has anti- ageing effects and helps protect us from cardiovascular diseases. It has it groups of phytonutrients which help alleviate stress and prevent or reduce inflammation. It also contains vitamin E, B, iron, calcium, and niacin.

Concord grapes contain many vital phytonutrients such as the polyphenols, resveratrol and anthocyanin. Monoterpene and proanthocyanidins have been found in them. All these amazing phytonutrients act as antioxidants inhibiting inflammation, cancer, protecting blood vessels and lowering cholesterol. They also have a number of vitamins, minerals and a trace of tannin. No wonder Dr Santillo added this to his list of juice dried fruits which is now the Juice Plus+ capsules.

Small round and very healthy because in addition to the phytonutrients anthocyan and carotenoids Blueberries contain valuable tannins, They provide us with vitamin C, E, B6 and K as well as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and trace elements of selenium and iron. They don’t just protect us in the way of all the other antioxidants they also support our nerve and muscle system and strengthen bones & teeth. Tiny berries big in health.

Blackberries may be difficult to pick but they are certainly worth it. They contain many phytonutrients such as ellagic acids, anthocyanins and B- carotene. They can help prevent cancer and protect our cells. They also contain vitamin C, have a trace element of selenium as well as the minerals magnesium, calcium, phosphorous and potassium. Another amazing health giving berry.

Even the ancient Greeks and Romans were wise to the healing properties of raspberries. Not only are they delicious but they have a very high vitamin and mineral content. Potassium, magnesium and folic acid are just a few of them. They bind and neutralise free radicals (anti-ageing) and give our immune system a boost.

The white beet has far more to offer than just sugar. Because the betaine contained in it has been found to reduce homocysteine levels in the blood. This in turn helps prevent high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. It also provides minerals such as potassium iron, magnesium and phosphorus. Yet another aid to our cardiovascular health.

Elderberries contain many of the most important phytonutrients vitamin C is just one example and it keeps our immune system strong. They also provide us with magnesium, and potassium which we need for strong nerves and musculature. Their calcium and phosphate content ensure strong bones and teeth. Tiny berries with a big impact !

Bilberries have the most important phytonutrients such as anthocyanins, B-carotene and tannins. They have great properties including protecting our mucus membrane, inhibit germ progression, reduce inflammation and they act as an analgesic. It’s a berry full of pain killing power.

The pomegranate is a work of art, packed with goodness. It’s red seeds contain large amounts of flavonoids like anthocyanins, quercetin and phenolic acids such as ellagic acid. This potent fruit is rich in potassium and includes calcium, vitamin C and iron. More than 250 scientific studies suggest that the pomegranate can protect our cardiovascular health and help prevent cancer and arthritis. In addition it has polyphenols which are known to have anti-ageing, and blood sugar balancing properties.

Black currants deep purple berries have a glossy skin and contain many great phytonutrients, like anthocyanins, catechines and moneterpenoids. All of these can inhibit cancer, are anti-inflammatory and protect blood vessels. The Monoterpene contained in them can also lower cholesterol levels. In addition to all these, black currants contain calcium, potassium, selenium, iron, vitamins C,E & K and vitamin B2. These substances are important for the development of blood cells and maintain our mucus membrane.

Cranberries have also proven themselves in studies and with health practitioners and nutritionists. Their selenium and polyphenols, like anthocyanins, have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is because they have such a high amount of the nutrients that they are so well known for their health benefits. Their high levels of anthocyanins and bioflavonoids, are known to fight inflammation and may help lower uric acid levels and the risk of gout.


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