Juice Plus+ Review: Is It Worth It? A Dietitian Explains
Juice Plus+ is a brand of dietary supplements that claim to be equivalent to eating fruits and vegetables. While the marketing claims are difficult to verify, I recommend this supplement, especially for children, based on personal experience.
Juice Plus+ is a dietary supplement with a multi-level marketing component that sells a line of fruit and vegetable-based supplements for general wellness.
Their capsules and gummi products are made from powdered juices of 30 fruits and vegetables.
They offer 4 primary blends:
- Garden blend: Vegetables
- Orchard blend: Fruit
- Vineyard blend: Grapes and berries
- Omega blend: Omega-3s made from algae and other plant-based sources
In addition to the fruits and vegetable powders, the products also contain additional ingredients such as soluble fiber, enzymes, and probiotics.
Juice Plus+ also carries a line of protein shakes and bars containing the fruit and vegetable powders and other ingredients called Complete.
There is also a multi-level marketing component of the company, where you can sign up to be a distributor of the products. For transparency, I was a distributor of Juice Plus+ for 2 years.
It is different than other MLMs as it only costs $52 per year to become a distributor with no minimum purchase required.
This was appealing to me as it allowed me to use the products and make money sharing them at no real significant cost.
What I liked about the company and one of the reasons why I signed up to distribute it is that they are very invested in research about their products.
Company-sponsored research is not always trustworthy, but they have so much of it on the benefits of their products that I was impressed. They partner with many reputable universities to conduct this research.
The fruit and vegetable powders in the products have been found to have many potential benefits.
They may improve nutritional status, reduce inflammation, and support a healthy immune system. The company has several studies on its website to support these claims.
A 2011 systemic review of 22 studies found that Juice Plus+ capsules significantly increased blood levels of several important antioxidants in the blood.
Some of these antioxidants include vitamin C, beta-carotene, lycopene, coenzyme Q10, vitamin E, and folate.
A 2013 study found that Juice Plus+ decreased inflammation and oxidative stress in obese women in 8 weeks of taking the product.
Juice Plus+ may also have benefits for immune health. One study found that healthcare workers taking Juice Plus+ reported 20% fewer sick days compared to a placebo.
Other studies have found similar results on the ability of Juice Plus+ to reduce sick days.
Although much of this research is company-sponsored, the company has been around for so long that there are a large number of studies that fruit and vegetable powders may help support general health.
Below is our summary of the available evidence for the claimed benefits of Juice Plus+ based on the available research:
- Supports cardiovascular wellnessGold Star Evidence
- Supports function of immune systemGold Star Evidence
- Supports healthy lung functionGold Star Evidence
- Supports healthy skin and gumsGold Star Evidence
The dosage of Juice Plus+ depends on the product. For the capsules, the dosage is 2 capsules of each blend per day for adults.
For the chewable gummy product, the dosage is 4 per day for adults and 2 for children.
Juice Plus+ is simply a fruit and vegetable powder, so its safety profile is relatively high.
The main complaint of many of my colleagues and other healthcare professionals about this product is regarding its claim that it is the “next best thing to fruits and vegetables” and that the vast majority of the studies are company-sponsored.
The company has been involved in litigation over various claims and was required to stop saying taking the product is equivalent to eating fruits and vegetables. They no longer use this claim.
There has also been some concern that the products may not contain as much of certain nutrients as stated on the label, which was discovered in an independent evaluation by Consumer Lab.
It is always best to speak to your doctor before trying any dietary supplements.
The products must be purchased together in bundles. You must purchase a 4-month supply at a time and can pay in monthly installments.
Here is how the price breaks down:
- Capsules of all three blends (orchard, garden, vineyard) – $75 per month
- Capsules of two blends (orchard, garden) – $50 per month
- Capsules of Omega blend – $30 per month
- Chewables of all three blends – $76.50 per month
- Chewables of two blends – $25.50 per month
These products are a bit expensive; similar products can be found at a lower price.
$75 per month for capsules is a bit excessive. I personally don’t take the vineyard blend as it adds quite a significant amount to the monthly cost.
I find enough benefits from just the Orchard and Garden blends.
There are many fruit and vegetable powder supplements available on the market.
Most come in powdered form that you drink mixed into water or add to a smoothie. I like Juice Plus+ for kids because they come in gummy form, which is easier to take than a powder.
Fruit and veggie powder products vary significantly in price and ingredients. Some are just as expensive as Juice Plus+.
I am not sure any of these brands are better than others on the market. When choosing a fruit and veggie powder, I would recommend selecting a product from a reputable brand.
All that being said, while I don’t sell the product anymore, I give my children Juice Plus+ daily and have for many years.
While the company does sponsor much of the research on the products and it should be cautiously evaluated through that lens, I have been impressed with many of the results of their studies.
But more than research, I have seen the results of taking this product first hand. My oldest son was sick all the time when he first started daycare. I tried everything to keep him well.
A friend convinced me to try Juice Plus+. He has never been sick again and is 5 years old now. That result is enough for me to keep giving them a product that I believe keeps them healthy.
Their pediatrician said the same thing about Juice Plus+. The kids who use the product are the ones she only sees once a year for well-checks.
I have taken the product myself on and off. I think the price is a bit high for me to take it monthly.
I would rather get my nutrients from real food, and as an adult, I can make better decisions around the quality of my diet to keep myself healthy.
My children, on the other hand, would gladly subsist on crackers and snacks alone. Juice Plus+ gives me some peace of mind around their nutrient intake.
Do I believe it is as good as fruits and vegetables? Nope. I still try to get them to eat their veggies.
Do I believe they will never get sick again because of Juice Plus+? Not at all. But anything I can do to keep them well is worth it to me.
Overall, I think Juice Plus+ is a safe product with few downsides other than the price.
Juice Plus+ should be seen for what it is – a supplement to a healthy diet.
Being healthier doesn’t start with popping a pill. Sleep, stress management, regular exercise, and a balanced diet are the foundations of health.
If you truly want to support your immunity, improve your nutritional status, and reduce inflammation, you have to eat a well-balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables.
There is no way to get around that. Eat your veggies!
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