How to choose a Nutritional Product

We’ve spent our lives trying different nutritional supplements. We relied on recommendations from friends and what we hear in the media and advertising. We’ve tried a lot of products.

I can’t think of one we found prior to 3 years ago that we still use and recommend. We did find 1 three years ago that changed everything.

What’s the difference? Well,  I retired early because my health was failing. I had serious inflammation, gout was non-stop and I feared I was on a path to a second heart issue. Of course, I relied on my Doctor. He sent me to a Heart Clinic and to a year-long weight loss and lifestyle choice course. And I was prescribed medication.

The year-long lifestyle course made me want to become an advocate for my own health and to become more knowledgeable. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t sceptical about nutritional products, my experience had made me doubtful.

I have learned there are some key points to look for in any nutritional product:

Bioavailability

Are the ingredients real food are ingredients? If your body doesn’t understand how to use the product,  your body is going to eliminate it. Your money is wasted and your health won’t benefit. To be valuable, the product must reach your bloodstream.

What does the label say? It’s better to consume nutrition than man-made supplements.

Scientific Research

Does the product itself (not ingredients in the product) have third-party, independent, double-blind placebo-controlled, published research proving it does something good for the body? If it does, it’s probably worth taking.

It’s important the research is done by third parties. Research done on an ingredient of a product or in companies internal lab will not provide valuable information for you to make a choice.

Warning Labels

Who can take the product? If pregnant or nursing moms, children or those with immune system issues cant take it are you sure you want to?

Certification

Have you seen the news from New York about nutritional products not having whats on the label? There are third-party companies that certify whats on the label is in the product.

Company Rating

I’m sure you want to trust your health to a reputable company.

Over the years, the only company and product that have met my criteria is Juice Plus+ Yes, I’ve become a distributor. Why would I not tell my friends, family, and people I meet the benefits of a product that has done so much to improve my life?

I’ve listed a few of my favorite articles and videos about the benefits:

Science behind Juice Plus+

Cholesterol and Inflammation

Cancer Study at MD Anderson

BBB Rating for Juice Plus+

BBB Screenshot

Your DNA is not your Destiny

I regularly hear a couple things that I really don’t agree with:

  • aches and pains are a natural side effect of getting old
  • My parents, grandparents had cancer so I will too

I`m saddened when I hear people including Doctors say this.

Della and I have attended a lot of health seminars in the past few years. We’ve heard a lot of Doctors speak. Their theme is pretty consistent. What we eat and our environment are the prime contributors to chronic illness.

In the last 40 years we’ve focussed on easy to prepare meals. Most often this means packaged, pre-prepared meals. People don’t have garden anymore and rely on fruit and vegetables from supermarkets. Those fruit and vegetables are picked before they are ripened and likely transported hundreds if not thousands of kilometers. Their nutritional value is very low.  Thankfully the use of market gardens and in home aeroponic systems are on the rise.

What’s the result, more and more people suffer from inflammation. Inflammation is the prime source of chronic illness. Diabetes, heart problems, depression and other issues like ADHD and anxiety are rising.

DNA is not your destiny Time Cover
Time Cover Jan 18, 2010

This famous Time article ran in 2010.

Your genetics does not necessarily determine your future. Life style is 80% responsible, genetics 20%. 4

The recommended servings of fruit and vegetables are 5-10 a day. While I try to achieve that, I seldom do. So I use Juice Plus+ as a bridge between what I should eat and what I do eat. This is supported by science including the following:

`The daily consumption of fruits and vegetables is a common dietary recommendation to support good health. We hypothesized that a commercially available encapsulated fruit and vegetable juice powder concentrate (FVJC) could support functional indices of health due to increased intake of various phytonutrients. 1

`Fruit and vegetable consumption has been heralded for its ability to decrease the overall risk of developing cancer and other diseases. Mounting evidence supports the beneficial nature of antioxidants, carotenoids, and other phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables. One proposed mechanism of antioxidant protection is the shielding of cellular DNA from oxidative damage and therefore mutations. This may be especially helpful in older populations. We tested the concept that a daily regimen of supplementation with fruit and vegetable extracts (JuicePlus™) would reduce the amount of DNA damage in the peripheral lymphocytes of the elderly. In a blind study, a group of twenty elderly volunteers (mean age=68) were given supplements twice daily for 80 days with blood samples drawn before and after intervention. 2

`Chronic inflammation contributes to many prevalent diseases worldwide, and it is widely accepted that inflammatory molecules contribute to DNA damage. 3

Other related studies.

There are three exciting medical developments to keep an eye on: Epigenetics. Functional Medicine and MicroBiome.

To be upfront Della and I don’t have medical credentials beyond advanced first aid

Sources:

  1. Journal of Nutrition, Immunity and Antioxidant Capacity in Humans Is Enhanced by Consumption of a Dried, Encapsulated Fruit and Vegetable Juice Concentrate,
    1. Meri P. Nantz,
    2. Cheryl A. Rowe,
    3. Carmelo Nieves Jr., and
    4. Susan S. Percival*
  2. Science Direct, Supplementation with fruit and vegetable extracts may decrease DNA damage in the peripheral lymphocytes of an elderly population
    • Micah J. Smith B.S.
    • Paula F. Inserra Ph.D.
    • Ronald R. Watson Ph.D.
    • John A. Wise Ph.D.
    • Kim L. O’Neill Ph.D.
  3. Pub Med,  Suppression of DNA damage in human peripheral blood lymphocytes by a juice concentrate: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
    • CUI X
    • Jin Y
    • Singh UP,
    • Chumanevich AA,
    • Harmon B,
    • Cavicchia P,
    • Hofseth AB,
    • Kotakadi V,
    • Poudyal D,
    • Stroud B,
    • Volate SR,
    • Hurley TG,
    • Hebert JR,
    • Hofseth LJ.
  4. Take Healthy Back Dr. Richard Dubois, March 23, 2017