Juice Plus

In my pediatric practice, I routinely advise kids to eat a variety of vegetables and fruits every day to maximize health. Ideally, kids should strive to eat at least 3-4 servings of vegetables and 2-3 servings of fruits every day.  While my own kids eat a quite healthy diet, enjoying cauliflower, snap peas, and carrots for lunch frequently, it is still challenging to get them to consume enough vegetables and fruits on a daily basis.  Consequently, I suggest supplementing kids’ diets with a  whole food supplement, such as Juice Plus.

I had heard about Juice Plus from patients for years, but never recommended them, nor gave them to my family, because one of their first ingredients was corn syrup. However, now the company removed the corn syrup, decreased the sugar content, and added fiber, making them far better than any other whole food supplement that I have found.

What I like about Juice Plus:

  • It is made from fresh, ripe, real vegetables and fruits, not synthetic vitamins.
  • The chewables (gummies) taste very good and only contain 2 grams of sugar per child serving (1 gram/chewable).  My kids think they are terrific and remind me to give it them.  They even bring them to school as their treat.
  • The farmers don’t use pesticides or chemicals on their produce and never use genetically modified seeds. Furthermore , the finished fruit and vegetable powders are tested regularly for the presence of pesticides and herbicides and shown to be free of any detectable contaminants.  And to verify this, the product is now certified by the National Safety Federation – part of this certification is verifying the product is safe and contains no detectable chemical residues.
  • They are kosher certified.
  • They are essentially gluten free – regularly tested to be <20 parts/million of gluten, which is the standard in the US to be considered gluten free.
  • They use tapioca syrup and organic cane syrup as sweeteners, not corn syrup.
  • Juice Plus has solid research showing bioavailability and clinical benefit for children and adults.  This research is ongoing and currently being studied by multiple hospitals and independent organizations.
  • Juice Plus has a fairly long shelf life and only needs to be ordered every four months, making it convenient for parents.
  • It is endorsed by many well respected doctors, including pediatricians Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Sears.
  • Furthermore, I love that they offer free Juice Plus for a child if a parent is purchasing Juice Plus for themselves and they agree to participate in their study.

If you are interested in purchasing Juice Plus for yourself, for your children or both, please click here to learn more about it.

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