Monthly Archives: November 2013

Why We Take Juice Plus+

Startling Statistics:

1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will have cancer in their lifetimes; 20 years ago it was 1 in 10.
The Framingham Study
demonstrated that people who eat 6 servings/day of fruits and vegetables have 44% less risk of stroke; 9 servings/day yields a 66% reduction!

A large study published in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that 5 servings/week of green, leafy vegetables cut the risk of macular degeneration, the most frequent cause of blindness in people age 65+, by 43%!

The National Cancer Institute has for years recommended 5-9 servings/day of raw fruits and vegetables to help prevent lung, breast, colon, prostate cancers (by 50% or more)!

The American Heart Association has for years recommended 5-9 servings/day also to slow down the atherosclerotic process and prevent heart disease and stroke.

us dietary guidelinesThe current Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends adults consume 9-13 servings (4.5-6.5 cups) of fresh fruits and vegetables every day and more for athletes. Even small children should eat 7 or more servings every day.

…YET, 95% of Americans are not getting 9-13 servings of produce a day!

In fact, only $50 is spent by the average American family of four on fruits and vegetables each month (2007 US Census Bureau). That’s less than $2 per day per family! According to the USDA, it now costs a family of four more than $6000 a year ($16.44/day) to eat the recommended minimum 7 servings of fruits and vegetables we need for good health.

And our CHILDREN?! Obesity is epidemic; in their lifetimes 1 in 2 will develop heart disease; 1 in 2, cancer, most will not live as long as their parents (according to Dr. David Katz)! Degenerative diseases of the aged are now evidenced in children. ADD and ADHD are on the rise! WHY? Children as young as 4 years of age, should be eating 7 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, yet a study of 3112 children grades 2-6 proved almost ½ didn’t eat even 1 fruit or vegetable in a day! FOOD IS FUEL, and they are running on empty!


No, and here is why:

As many as possible need to be RAW because enzymes are only found in RAW foods. Enzymes act as catalysts for the thousands of processes that our cells undergo every second. They strengthen the immune system, defy aging and detoxify the body. Cooking deactivates enzymatic activity. Meat is cooked, milks and juices are pasteurized, grains are baked and nuts are roasted. Fruits and vegetables are about the only other sources of enzymes and even then we cook most of them.

VARIETY is important because everyone absorbs nutrients differently. Your body may absorb calcium beautifully from broccoli, but I may need to get it from spinach. Kale is the #1 anticancer vegetable and most never eat it; do you? Since each fruit and vegetable has a unique composition of phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and trace elements, and since most people only eat the few fruits and vegetables they like, they may be missing some important fuel.

Not only does a VINE RIPENED tomato (for example) taste delicious, but also the bright red coloring is indicative of the rich phytochemicals inside (in this case lycopene). Vine-ripening not only creates MORE nutrients, they are absorbed better. Produce needs to be FRESH or nutrients are lost. How much truly FRESH produce do you eat?

There is also solid evidence that the fruits and vegetables bought in the store today don’t contain the NUTRITIONAL VALUE they had about 40 or 50 years ago. And, when it comes to superior taste and nutrition, fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden are always best. Usually picked long before ripe, by the time your produce reaches the local grocer, it has had plenty of exposure to air, heat and light — enough time to diminish its nutritional value even more. This means, short of growing our own produce in perfect conditions, we need a better solution.


Juice Plus+ is WHOLE FOOD: it is composed of 26 raw fruits, vegetables, berries and grains which are grown in nutrient dense soil, allowed to ripen on the vine and picked/processed quickly!

“If your lifestyle does not control your body,

eventually your body will control your lifestyle.”

Juice Plus+ is now over 20 years old and is the world’s most thoroughly researched wholefood-based nutritional product. It helps us bridge the gap between what we do eat and what we need to eat, in terms of daily fruit and vegetable intake. We are so glad we have Juice Plus+ as a part of our regular daily healthy lifestyle. How about you?

Many have turned to juicing as a solution; God bless them! But: Juice Plus+’ing is better than Juicing! And Juice Plus+ gives you the nutrients of 26 fruits, vegetables, berries and grains without all the sugar and salt!

Tips for Healthy Holidays

I know: most of you will not read this until after Thanksgiving. But that’s fine, because I don’t expect anyone to ‘eat healthy’ tomorrow anyway.

Nevertheless, you and I CAN eat healthy through the  remaining five weeks of these holidays, allowing ourselves to ‘go wild’ on just two of the days remaining (just like tomorrow!)

Before I proceed, I want to give thanks (and credit) to my friends at for the inspiration for these tips. They are awesome – you would do well to subscribe to their blog.

Every year we see it again. Late November signals the white flag of surrender for many people who give up their healthy habits without even a fight. It’s as if the holidays are a weapon of mass destruction, obliterating our healthy achievements and crushing our puny willpower.

It doesn’t have to be this way. By approaching the holidays with a can-do attitude, you can weather the calorie storm, enjoy the down time, and feel great. You will also set yourself up for a perfect start to 2014, with some healthy habits already in the bag, ready for some New Years Resolutions that you might just keep!

Did you know that those resolutions don’t work because of the Law of Diminishing Intent (Rory Vaden)? The law simply states “our intention to complete an activity is highest the moment we create that intention and then naturally over time our intention slowly starts to fade.”

Here are a few simple tips to help you reach January 1, 2014 in great shape, and with little or no guilt:

1. Don’t come (too) hungry. During the holidays, we are invited to many a tasty meal. A classic mistake is not to eat all day in order to make room for all the tasty treats awaiting us. However, this strategy backfires consistently because we tend to dramatically overeat. One new idea is to drink a healthy smoothie before you head to the table.

2. Start with water. Start all meals and parties by making sure you are properly hydrated. This will help reduce your overall caloric intake. I drink 88.5 fluid ounces daily (and use a smartphone app to help keep me on track: Water Your Body.)

3. Be selective. Many holiday meals and parties are buffet style with a dozen or two options to lump onto your plate. They are not all of the same quality. Before getting in line, get a bird’s eye view of what’s available and decide to choose only a few of the healthiest dishes.

4. Although the holidays last about 5 weeks, most of those days are regular work days. Save your caloric celebrations for the few days that actually are a holiday – Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, Boxing Day (for us colonials) and New Year’s Eve.

5. Continue with your healthy routines; whether it’s exercise, ‘eating clean’ or drinking water, keep at it. Don’t let the holidays derail you for more than a day or two. Get back to your regular routine fast.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Plant Mix Kills Cancer Cells

A study led by Madhwa Raj, PhD, Research Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and its Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, has found that a super cocktail of six natural compounds in vegetables, fruits, spices and plant roots killed 100% of sample breast cancer cells without toxic side effects on normal cells. The results, which also revealed potential treatment target genes, are published in the November 2013 issue of The Journal of Cancer.

eatingbroccoli“One of the primary causes of both the recurrence of breast cancer and deaths is a small group of cancer stem cells that evade therapy,” notes Dr. Raj. “These often multi-drug-resistant cells have the ability to generate new tumors, so it is critically important to develop new approaches to more effective and safer treatment or prevention of breast cancer.”

The research team tested ten known protective chemical nutrients found in foods like broccoli, grapes, apples, tofu, and turmeric root (a spice used in Indian curry) before settling upon six – Curcumin known as tumeric, Isoflavone from soybeans, Indo-3-Carbinol from cruciferous plants, C-phycocyanin from spirulina, Reservatrol from grapes, and Quercetin, a flavonoid present in fruits, vegetables, and tea.

cfightingfoodThe researchers administered these six at bioavailable levels to both breast cancer and control cells. They tested the compounds individually and in combination. They found that the compounds were ineffective individually. When combined, though, the super cocktail suppressed breast cancer cell growth by more than 80%, inhibited migration and invasion, caused cell cycle arrest, and triggered the process leading to cell death resulting in the death of 100% of the breast cancer cells in the sample. The researchers observed no harmful effects on the control cells.

Further analysis also identified several key genes, which could serve as markers to follow the progress of therapy.

Although the cocktail was not tested against BRCA1 and BRAC2, previous studies have shown that they are molecular targets of four of the six compounds. The researchers also earlier demonstrated that two of the compounds synergize effectively to kill ovarian cancer cells.

Read more from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.

It’s interesting to note that ALL of the plant nutrients mentioned in this article are contained in the Juice Plus+ products, making Juice Plus+ a super “super cocktail”!

One of the recent clinical studies of Juice Plus+ was conducted  on ovarian cancer patients at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. In this study, Juice Plus+ and Juice Plus+ Complete helped bridge the gap between what is consumed and what is needed by ovarian cancer patients, improving their quality of life dramatically. The study was published in the Gynecologic Oncology Journal.

The research team also analyzed data on the recurrence of cancer and the survival rate of the women in the study over a five year period. The results were so positive that they are planning to study the data in more depth, including a control group of women who were not in the study.

In this webinar the lead researcher, Dr. Lovell Jones, explains why his study is so exciting:

When Prostate Cancer Strikes

Prostate cancer strikes 1 in 6 men in America (including my brother).  It is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer.

The family impacted by this disease sometimes suffers terrible loss; this was true of one young 8 year old and her family. But Winter Vinecki’s story, while truly sad, is inspirational, because of the way she responded.

In May 2008, Winter experienced personal hardship that would prove to be the defining moment in her life and career as an athlete. After a series of medical tests, her dad, Michael (right), was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of prostate cancer. The grim prognosis was met not only with sadness but with determination. Winter vowed to do everything in her power to put an end to prostate cancer and help find a cure so that other families wouldn’t have to endure the personal hardships that hers was going through. Thus, Team Winter became a vehicle for funding prostate cancer research and raising prostate cancer awareness on a global scale.

Since the passing of her dad in 2009, Winter’s determination has only grown. While maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA in Stanford University’s prestigious online High School, EPGY, she travels almost every weekend to races in which she, her three brothers and her mom, Dr. Dawn Estelle, spread the word about Team Winter and prostate cancer awareness. She runs a Team Winter booth at various expos and undertakes speaking engagements at schools with her “Winter’s Inspirational Talk Series”, all the while racing with unrivaled passion. Winter is the reigning two-time IronKids National Triathlon Champion. Each first place trophy she receives is sent to a person affected by prostate cancer as a means of support and a gesture of goodwill. While most kids cherish their trophies, she cherishes the people she gives them to.

Recently, Winter became the youngest person to run a marathon on every continent when she crossed the Athens Classic Marathon finish at Panathinaiko Stadium, the 1896 Olympic Stadium. All to help find a cure for prostate cancer, in honor of her Dad. Winter’s mother also ran all 7 continents with her and set a record as well for mother and daughter running together.

Watch highlights of her marathon in Greece in the video below.

We are proud that Team Juice Plus+ and Team Winter have teamed up;  Winter Vinecki is one of, if not THE, most courageous and extraordinary 14 years-olds on the planet.

winterWinter has used Juice Plus+ for nutritional support for many years and appeared at a recent Juice Plus+ Conference to share her story and how much she believes Juice Plus+ has helped her achieve her remarkable feats.

For Winter, it’s not about the attention. It’s about bringing vindication to her dad, who was given a death sentence in the form of prostate cancer; a disease in which one in six men will be afflicted with. She strives every day, sacrificing playtime and other luxuries kids her age take for granted to ensure that she is doing all she can to bring an end to this tragic and all-too-common disease.

Some may find it hard to fathom that a 14-year-old is capable of all of what she has accomplished, but for her, it’s only the beginning.

Winter is also the youngest and newest member to the US Olympic Development team for aerial skiing, Fly Elite. She lives and trains in Park City, UT and has her sights set on the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

The Humble, Yet Crucial, Cranberry

cranberry-sauceAs we get ready for the holidays, cranberries take a special place of honor at our dinner table. For most people, this means buying canned cranberry sauce. Cranberries are actually a year round business, with over 800,000 tons of fruit grown each year. Although harvest is a short few weeks in the fall, only 5% of cranberries are sold as fresh. The rest is combined with other ingredients to become sauce, juice, or dried cranberries.

The humble cranberry is both sour AND bitter. If you’ve ever tasted a fresh cranberry, or tried to drink 100% pure cranberry juice, you know what we’re talking about. The chemicals responsible for this are called tannins, and they are also found in smaller amounts in other fruit, mostly unripened. They are also very beneficial to our health, hence the cranberry is ‘crucial’.

How, then, did such an unpalatable fruit become so popular?

Fruits are sweet in order to attract animals, who proceed to eat them and distribute seeds. But cranberries are not tasty enough for most wild animals. In fact, they are less than 4% sugar. So how did the cranberry promulgate itself?

The secret is in the cranberry’s anatomy. Due to an air pocket in its center, a cranberry can float in water. The  result is that cranberries grow in lowlands near water sources. Mature fruit fall off the vine, and are transported to another location to set up shop. There’s no need for help from the animal kingdom.

Native Americans found cranberries useful in meat preservation and as a medicine. They shared cranberries with the Pilgrims. The pilgrims started making sauces to accompany meats and thus a small agricultural pursuit began.

cranberryfarmFast forward to the late twentieth century. With oversupply and relatively limited demand for cranberry, smart marketers started looking for ways to sell cranberry year round. Harvesting techniques exacerbated the problem of fresh cranberries, as most growers switched to “wet picking” by mechanical means. Cranberry fields are flooded, causing the berries to float. Machines automatically harvest the berries, bruising them and rendering them unfit for sale as fresh.

Cranberry products such as cran-juices began infiltrating the market. When raisins became a hit, dried cranberries infused with sugar appeared on supermarket shelves as well. The only problem is that the amount of sugar added is very high. Cranberry drinks tend to have more sugar added than colas!

The health benefits of cranberries have also made it a mainstay of the nutrition circles. With very high antioxidant levels, and a potential to stave off bacteria in the urinary tract, it’s a no-brainer to recommend cranberry products as healthy choices.

And thus, from humble beginnings in northern bogs, cranberries have successfully morphed into an American icon.

Read the full article

We add cranberries to our diet by taking Juice Plus+. That way we get ripe, nutritious cranberries every single day (along with the other 25 fruits, vegetables and berries that make up Juice Plus+.)

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving; I am thankful that you read this blog!

The Soft American

In honor of JFK’s memory, I reproduce here his article published in Sports Illustrated on December 26, 1960 (he was President-Elect at the time). It has some important messages for us today.

“Beginning more than 2,500 years ago, from all quarters of the Greek world men thronged every four years to the sacred grove of Olympia, under the shadow of Mount Cronus, to compete in the most famous athletic contests of history—the Olympian games.

During the contest a sacred truce was observed among all the states of Greece as the best athletes of the Western world competed in boxing and foot races, wrestling and chariot races for the wreath of wild olive which was the prize of victory. When the winners returned to their home cities to lay the Olympian crowns in the chief temples they were greeted as heroes and received rich rewards. For the Greeks prized physical excellence and athletic skills among man’s great goals and among the prime foundations of a vigorous state.

Thus the same civilizations which produced some of our highest achievements of philosophy and drama, government and art, also gave us a belief in the importance of physical soundness which has become a part of Western tradition; from the mens sana in corpore sano of the Romans to the British belief that the playing fields of Eton brought victory on the battlefields of Europe. This knowledge, the knowledge that the physical well-being of the citizen is an important foundation for the vigor and vitality of all the activities of the nation, is as old as Western civilization itself. But it is a knowledge which today, in America, we are in danger of forgetting.

The first indication of a decline in the physical strength and ability of young Americans became apparent among United States soldiers in the early stages of the Korean War. The second came when figures were released showing that almost one out of every two young Americans was being rejected by Selective Service as mentally, morally or physically unfit. But the most startling demonstration of the general physical decline of American youth came when Dr. Hans Kraus and Dr. Sonja Weber revealed the results of 15 years of research centering in the Posture Clinic of New York’s Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital—results of physical fitness tests given to 4,264 children in this country and 2,870 children in Austria, Italy and Switzerland.

The findings showed that despite our unparalleled standard of living, despite our good food and our many playgrounds, despite our emphasis on school athletics, American youth lagged far behind Europeans in physical fitness. Six tests for muscular strength and flexibility were given; 57.9% of the American children failed one or more of these tests, while only 8.7% of the European youngsters failed.


Especially disheartening were the results of the five strength tests: 35.7% of American children failed one or more of these, while only 1.1% of the Europeans failed, and among Austrian and Swiss youth the rate of failure was as low as .5%.

As a result of the alarming Kraus-Weber findings President Eisenhower created a Council on Youth Fitness at the Cabinet level and appointed a Citizens Advisory Committee on the Fitness of American Youth, composed of prominent citizens interested in fitness. Over the past five years the physical fitness of American youth has been discussed in forums, by committees and in leading publications. A 10-point program for physical fitness has been publicized and promoted. Our schools have been urged to give increased attention to the physical well-being of their students. Yet there has been no noticeable improvement. Physical fitness tests conducted last year in Britain and Japan showed that the youth of those countries were considerably more fit than our own children. And the annual physical fitness tests for freshmen at Yale University show a consistent decline in the prowess of young Americans; 51% of the class of 1951 passed these tests, 43% of the class of 1956 passed, and only 38%, a little more than a third, of the class of 1960 succeeded in passing the not overly rigorous examination.

Of course, physical tests are not infallible. They can distort the true health picture. There are undoubtedly many American youths and adults whose physical fitness matches and exceeds the best of other lands.

But the harsh fact of the matter is that there is also an increasingly large number of young Americans who are neglecting their bodies—whose physical fitness is not what it should be—who are getting soft. And such softness on the part of individual citizens can help to strip and destroy the vitality of a nation.

For the physical vigor of our citizens is one of America’s most precious resources. If we waste and neglect this resource, if we allow it to dwindle and grow soft then we will destroy much of our ability to meet the great and vital challenges which confront our people. We will be unable to realize our full potential as a nation.

Throughout our history we have been challenged to armed conflict by nations which sought to destroy our independence or threatened our freedom. The young men of America have risen to those occasions, giving themselves freely to the rigors and hardships of warfare. But the stamina and strength which the defense of liberty requires are not the product of a few weeks’ basic training or a month’s conditioning. These only come from bodies which have been conditioned by a lifetime of participation in sports and interest in physical activity. Our struggles against aggressors throughout our history have been won on the playgrounds and corner lots and fields of America.

Thus, in a very real and immediate sense, our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.

However, we do not, like the ancient Spartans, wish to train the bodies of our youths merely to make them more effective warriors. It is our profound hope and expectation that Americans will never again have to expend their strength in armed conflict.

But physical fitness is as vital to the activities of peace as to those of war, especially when our success in those activities may well determine the future of freedom in the years to come. We face in the Soviet Union a powerful and implacable adversary determined to show the world that only the Communist system possesses the vigor and determination necessary to satisfy awakening aspirations for progress and the elimination of poverty and want. To meet the challenge of this enemy will require determination and will and effort on the part of all Americans. Only if our citizens are physically fit will they be fully capable of such an effort.

For physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body; it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. The relationship between the soundness of the body and the activities of the mind is subtle and complex. Much is not yet understood. But we do know what the Greeks knew: that intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong; that hardy spirits and tough minds usually inhabit sound bodies.

In this sense, physical fitness is the basis of all the activities of our society. And if our bodies grow soft and inactive, if we fail to encourage physical development and prowess, we will undermine our capacity for thought, for work and for the use of those skills vital to an expanding and complex America.

Thus the physical fitness of our citizens is a vital prerequisite to America’s realization of its full potential as a nation, and to the opportunity of each individual citizen to make full and fruitful use of his capacities.

It is ironic that at a time when the magnitude of our dangers makes the physical fitness of our citizens a matter of increasing importance, it takes greater effort and determination than ever before to build the strength of our bodies. The age of leisure and abundance can destroy vigor and muscle tone as effortlessly as it can gain time. Today human activity, the labor of the human body, is rapidly being engineered out of working life. By the 1970s, according to many economists, the man who works with his hands will be almost extinct.

Many of the routine physical activities which earlier Americans took for granted are no longer part of our daily life. A single look at the packed parking lot of the average high school will tell us what has happened to the traditional hike to school that helped to build young bodies. The television set, the movies and the myriad conveniences and distractions of modern life all lure our young people away from the strenuous physical activity that is the basis of fitness in youth and in later life.


Of course, modern advances and increasing leisure can add greatly to the comfort and enjoyment of life. But they must not be confused with indolence, with, in the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “slothful ease,” with an increasing deterioration of our physical strength. For the strength of our youth and the fitness of our adults are among our most important assets, and this growing decline is a matter of urgent concern to thoughtful Americans.

This is a national problem, and requires national action. President Eisenhower helped show the way through his own interest and by calling national attention to our deteriorating standards of physical fitness. Now it is time for the United States to move forward with a national program to improve the fitness of all Americans.

FIRST: We must establish a White House Committee on Health and Fitness to formulate and carry out a program to improve the physical condition of the nation. This committee will include the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare and the Secretary of the Interior. The executive order creating the committee will clearly state its purpose, and coordinate its activities with the many federal programs which bear a direct relation to the problem of physical fitness.

SECOND: The physical fitness of our youth should be made the direct responsibility of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. This department should conduct—through its Office of Education and the National Institutes of Health—research into the development of a physical fitness program for the nation’s public schools. The results of this research shall be made freely available to all who are interested. In addition, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare should use all its existing facilities to attack the lack of youth fitness as a major health problem.

THIRD: The governor of each state will be invited to attend an annual National Youth Fitness Congress. This congress will examine the progress which has been made in physical fitness during the preceding year, exchange suggestions for improving existing programs and provide an opportunity to encourage the states to implement the physical fitness program drawn up by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Our states are anxious to participate in such programs, to make sure that their youth have the opportunity for full development of their bodies as well as their minds.

FOURTH: The President and all departments of government must make it clearly understood that the promotion of sports participation and physical fitness is a basic and continuing policy of the United States. By providing such leadership, by keeping physical fitness in the forefront of the nation’s concerns, the federal government can make a substantial contribution toward improving the health and vigor of our citizens.

But no matter how vigorous the leadership of government, we can fully restore the physical soundness of our nation only if every American is willing to assume responsibility for his own fitness and the fitness of his children. We do not live in a regimented society where men are forced to live their lives in the interest of the state. We are, all of us, as free to direct the activities of our bodies as we are to pursue the objects of our thought. But if we are to retain this freedom, for ourselves and for generations yet to come, then we must also be willing to work for the physical toughness on which the courage and intelligence and skill of man so largely depend.

All of us must consider our own responsibilities for the physical vigor of our children and of the young men and women of our community. We do not want our children to become a generation of spectators. Rather, we want each of them to be a participant in the vigorous life.”

Despite President Kennedy’s good intentions, Government could not do it. Parents did not do it. The result is obvious, America is in crisis. It’s time to turn the tide. We are working to turn the tide; who will join us?

Study says nut eaters have lower cancer, heart disease risk

Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season: Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease — in fact, were less likely to die of any cause — during a 30-year Harvard study.

Nuts have long been called heart-healthy, and the study is the largest ever done on whether eating them affects mortality.

Researchers tracked 119,000 men and women and found that those who ate nuts roughly every day were 20 percent less likely to die during the study period than those who never ate nuts. Eating nuts less often also appeared to lower the death risk, in direct proportion to consumption.

The risk of dying of heart disease dropped 29 percent and the risk of dying of cancer fell 11 percent among those who had nuts seven or more times a week compared with people who never ate them.

The benefits were seen from peanuts as well as from pistachios, almonds, walnuts and other tree nuts. The researchers did not look at how the nuts were prepared — oiled or salted, raw or roasted.

A bonus: Nut eaters stayed slimmer.

“There’s a general perception that if you eat more nuts you’re going to get fat. Our results show the opposite,” said Dr. Ying Bao of Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

She led the study, published in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine. The National Institutes of Health and the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation sponsored the study, but the nut group had no role in designing it or reporting the results.

Researchers don’t know why nuts may boost health. It could be that their unsaturated fatty acids, minerals and other nutrients lower cholesterol and inflammation and reduce other problems, as earlier studies seemed to show.

Observational studies like this one can’t prove cause and effect, only suggest a connection. Research on diets is especially tough, because it can be difficult to single out the effects of any one food.

People who eat more nuts may eat them on salads, for example, and some of the benefit may come from the leafy greens, said Dr. Robert Eckel, a University of Colorado cardiologist and former president of the American Heart Association. (this is a kale salad with pecorino and walnuts.)

Dr. Ralph Sacco, a University of Miami neurologist who also is a former heart association president, agreed.

“Sometimes when you eat nuts you eat less of something else like potato chips,” so the benefit may come from avoiding an unhealthy food, Sacco said.

The Harvard group has long been known for solid science on diets. Its findings build on a major study earlier this year — a rigorous experiment that found a Mediterranean-style diet supplemented with nuts cuts the chance of heart-related problems, especially strokes, in older people at high risk of them.

Many previous studies tie nut consumption to lower risks of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer and other maladies.

In 2003, the Food and Drug Administration said a fistful of nuts a day as part of a low-fat diet may reduce the risk of heart disease. The heart association recommends four servings of unsalted, unoiled nuts a week and warns against eating too many, since they are dense in calories.

The new research combines two studies that started in the 1980s on 76,464 female nurses and 42,498 male health professionals. They filled out surveys on food and lifestyle habits every two to four years, including how often they ate a serving (1 ounce) of nuts.

Study participants who often ate nuts were healthier — they weighed less, exercised more and were less likely to smoke, among other things. After taking these and other things into account, researchers still saw a strong benefit from nuts.

Compared with people who never ate nuts, those who had them less than once a week reduced their risk of death 7 percent; once a week, 11 percent; two to four times a week, 13 percent; and seven or more times a week, 20 percent.

“I’m very confident” the observations reflect a true benefit, Bao said. “We did so many analyses, very sophisticated ones,” to eliminate other possible explanations.

For example, they did separate analyses on smokers and non-smokers, heavy and light exercisers, and people with and without diabetes, and saw a consistent benefit from nuts.

At a heart association conference in Dallas this week, Penny Kris-Etherton, a Pennsylvania State University nutrition scientist, reviewed previous studies on this topic.

“We’re seeing benefits of nut consumption on cardiovascular disease as well as body weight and diabetes,” said Kris-Etherton, who has consulted for nut makers and also served on many scientific panels on dietary guidelines.

“We don’t know exactly what it is” about nuts that boosts health or which ones are best, she said. “I tell people to eat mixed nuts.”

Raw nuts are best.

Desert Runners … how do they survive?!

The four driest, windiest, hottest, and coldest deserts on earth; the Atacama in Chile, The Gobi in China, the Sahara in Africa, and the “Last Desert” in Antarctica.

These are the locations for the Racing the Planet‘s 4 Deserts Ultra marathon series, rated by Time magazine as one of the most challenging endurance competitions in the world.

Each of the four races covers more than 150 miles – the equivalent of running six marathons in five days, over extreme and diverse terrains with temperatures ranging from over 120 degrees Fahrenheit to 30 degrees below zero.

The people you will meet on this video will attempt to run, walk, or crawl their way across all four deserts, carrying everything they need- clothes, food, water, medical supplies, sleeping gear – in a single backpack, pushing their bodies and minds to the very limits of human endurance.

Do they have what it takes to survive the 4 Deserts? The answer, of course, is ‘yes’! It’s worth noting that Juice Plus+ is an important part of their survival kit.

The video below is narrated by Dean Karnazes – The Ultra Marathon Man – who recently ran across America. Worth watching!

Dr. David Katz on Wellness

katzrecAt our recent Juice Plus+ Conference in Orlando we had an amazing presentation by Dr. David Katz on “Sense and Science”.

We in Juice Plus+ are proud to be associated with Dr. Katz, one of the most popular and respected physicians in North America today, and world famous Director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University.

In Men’s Health magazine recently, we saw the most recent public recommendation for Juice Plus+ by Dr. Katz.

He recommends we supplement our diets with “whole foods” not a synthetic multivitamin, because research is conclusive that vitamin pills do not work; yet he knows that Juice Plus+ works really well.

Dr. Katz has predicted that “this generation of children will be first to live shorter lives than their parents”, as a result of the epidemic of obesity and diabetes now affecting our children and young adults.

In an effort to turn back the tide of obesity, he created a classroom program called Nutrition Detectives that teaches children how to make healthier food choices.

He wanted to convert it from a slide presentation into a video, so that he could get the program into the hands of more schools, more quickly, and in a form that would have greater appeal to elementary school-age kids.

Dr. Katz had “big food” companies who were happy to underwrite the effort, but he understood their involvement might undermine the credibility of his project. So he turned to Juice Plus+ to bring his vision to life.

The result is a Nutrition Detectives DVD, which is now available to teachers and classrooms everywhere at

A product of Dr. Katz’ non-profit Turn the Tide Foundation, the 53-minute video is available free as a “streaming” video online or as a DVD for a small shipping and handling charge. The entire production was arranged, overseen, and financially underwritten by The Juice Plus+ Company, working in close conjunction with Dr. Katz.

“I am profoundly grateful to my friends at Juice Plus+,” Katz says. “We are partners in the same mission: educating others about the importance of good nutrition and preventive health.”

An Associate Professor (adjunct) at the Yale University School of Medicine, David Katz, M.D. serves as nutrition columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine; as a medical contributor for ABC News; and as a syndicated health/nutrition columnist for The New York Times. He also writes a daily blog for Prevention magazine and has published nearly 100 scientific articles and chapters, as well as nine books, including a nutrition textbook used by the Harvard School of Medicine, among others. Dr. Katz was elected to the governing board of the American College of Preventive Medicine in 2002 and President of the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine in 2004.

Dr. Katz is one of thousands of health care professionals around the world who recommend Juice Plus+ to their patients, friends and family.

Whey Protein vs Soy Protein … You Decide!

by Jack Medina, M.A.

Whey Protein

Whey protein is animal based and a derivative of milk production. It is obtained by coagulating and removing the curd (casein) during cheese production. After it is separated from milk, whey contains almost all of the vitamins and minerals, 50% of the milk solids, and 20-24% of the milk proteins. 

Whey proteins are unique in that they contain high levels of essential amino acids, which include lycine, methionine, cystine, and branched-chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine). 

Whey is considered an excellent source of protein because of its high biologic value and amino acid composition. The final products are high quality and have received tremendous attention from not only the scientific community, but athletes and health/fitness enthusiasts as well.

Important note for bodybuilders & athletes: despite the large number of body builders & athletes using whey protein for ergogenic (growth) purposes, there is little scientific evidence demonstrating a growth effect. The primary advantage of whey protein is the rapid availability of amino acids after ingestion. This is not what advertisers lead you to believe. 

Soy Protein

Soy protein is plant based. Using soy is a good way to get less animal food products, which we get too much of. Soy proteins are high in quality and are free from cholesterol and are very low in saturated fat. In addition, there is fiber in soy products along with phytonutrients not present in whey protein. 

Soy is a quality equivalent to both casein and various animal proteins and contains high amounts of glutamine and arginine. Recent studies regarding the cardioprotective (heart protection) benefits of soy isoflavones has stimulated an increase in the numbers of people using soy powders. In addition, studies on nitrogen balance indicate that isolated soy is comparable to that of animal proteins. 

Soy lacks sulfer-containing amino acids but research shows that well processed soy isolates and soy protein concentrates are essentially equal to those of animal proteins. Soy proteins are also beneficial because of their antioxidant and immune enhancing properties. 

Soy is well tolerated and there are no adverse side effects associated with its use. 

Measuring Protein Quality

The FDA (Food & Drug Administration) considers a product to be an “excellent” source of protein if it contains more than 20% Daily Value per cup and “good” if it contains between 10-19% Daily Value per cup; this is based upon a 2,000 calorie per day diet. This “Daily Value” score is determined by taking into account how digestible a protein is, in addition to comparing its essential amino acid profile to the essential amino acid profile needed for growth by a child age 2-5 years. 

complete3How does your protein score? 

We recommend you consider trying Juice Plus+ Complete. It scores in the “EXCELLENT” Category; one serving has a 25% Daily Value, excellent by anyone’s standards. 

Juice Plus+ Complete is soy-based while whey protein is a component of milk. Both provide protein. The soy in Juice Plus+ Complete is non-GMO and water-washed; meaning it’s the healthiest soy out there. Check the labels for comparison and consider your personal choice for taste. The choice is yours!

jackmedinaJack Medina, M.A. has been a strength and conditioning coach and consultant for over 40 years. He developed 19 All-American gymnasts and 2 National Event champions. He served as consultant to the Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks and the Golden State Warriors. An active member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength & Conditioning Association and a Certified Fitness Specialist by the Cooper Center in Dallas, TX, Jack has inspired thousands of people to take charge of their health and fitness through his public speaking and his book The Winning Edge: Fueling & Training The Body For Peak Performance.

The United States Performance Center is excited to be offering Juice Plus+ Complete as a recovery drink for all their athletes.

drrayDr. Mitra Ray (PhD researcher) says:

“While whey protein has been shown to increase muscle mass, it also causes inflammation. Whey is made from the protein left over in making cheese, which used to be thrown away but is now successfully marketed. It is highly processed, though marketers will argue that not all whey sources are the same. Nonetheless, all milk-based proteins along with other animal proteins are highly acidic and have been linked to cancer. In my work, I see far too many people who are suffering from pain and inflammation aggravated or brought on by the use of whey/casein powders. The intestines cannot absorb the typically high amounts of whey protein and this can also lead to intestinal toxemia.complete3

The soy in Juice Plus+ Complete is made from non-GMO, water washed, minimally-processed soy, similar to crushed edamame. Many who have ‘allergies to soy’ I find really have allergies to GMO soy, and have no issues with the Juice Plus+ Complete. The isoflavones in soy have been shown to fight cancer and are an integral part of more cutting-edge cancer therapies along with being beneficial in balancing hormones in both men and women. Juice Plus+ Complete contains many other beneficial plant protein sources besides soy, and has been clinically shown to build lean muscle mass. Beyond being a source of protein Juice Plus+ Complete has fiber to promote a healthy gut. People experience sustainable energy, balanced blood sugar levels and decreased cravings because Juice Plus+ Complete is a low glycemic load source of complex carbohydrates.

For many reasons Juice Plus+ Complete is superior to the highly marketed milk protein based protein powders commonly used by most trainers and marketed in most gyms. From a health standpoint I personally stay away from dairy products.

As the name implies, Juice Plus+ Complete is a whole-food, plant-based, balanced protein product with only positive results including reduced inflammation, increased muscle mass, reduced body fat, balanced hormones and blood sugar levels and more energy. It is truly a superior Green protein choice in my book.”