In part one we asked if you and your family were getting the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables believed to be optimal for your well-being and that of your loved ones. We then suggested that if this is unrealistic for you and your family, that one solution is to do your best to eat more F & Vs AND complement your diet with a whole-food supplement to better assure that you are getting all the micro-nutrients needed for optimal health.
So the question is: What are whole-food supplements and why are they better than a multi-vitamin, for example? In the making of whole-food supplements a variety of actual fruits and vegetables have been juiced, dehydrated and made into a nutrient-rich powder that is put in a capsule or can be stirred into a beverage. The advantage of the WFS over isolated vitamins and man-made combinations of nutrients is that you get all the micro-nutrients synergistically, the way nature combined and designed them (minus the water and most of the proteins, fats, carbohydrates and fiber).
There are many whole-food dietary supplements from which to choose. Obviously, some are much better than others, containing different combinations of fruits and/or vegetables, having varying degrees of palatability and digestibility, preserving more or less of the nutritional value of the contents and coming in various price ranges. You can check them out by reading their labels and other literature at your local health food store or on the Internet.
The Juice Plus+ brand is recommended because it was the only WFS found to have substantial research to back up its claims. Juice Plus+ has at least 13 peer-reviewed, published clinical studies ( and 11 others in progress) conducted at prestigious universities around the world. Many of these studies are the gold standard of research -- randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled research. This research has shown JP+ products to have good bioavailability, reduce oxidative stress, protect DNA, improve cardiovascular wellness and support immune-system function.
Other WF supplements may have equally impressive research behind them, but it is not easy to find -- if it exists at all. To be sure, there are other WFS with a greater variety of fruits and vegetables and other ingredients and factors to recommend them, as well as better pricing, but not the impressive clinical research to prove their effectiveness; at least we couldn't find it.
Good nutrition is an important ingredient in the recipe to slow and reverse aging. Whole-food supplementation is one way to increase the chances that your and your family's bodies and brains are receiving all the nutrients they need to thrive and keep you growing biologically younger. In part three, we'll look at another option for getting more of the nutrients in F & Vs.
Ed Mayhew is a speaker and the author of Fitter After 50 and Fitter For Life. You can find out more at: www.FitterForLife.com www.FitterAfter50.com www.YouCanGrowYounger.com Ask for your F*R*E*E Fitter After 50 newsletter