Juice Plus+® Vineyard Blend Studies Show Support of Health
Posted Aug 13 2009 12:00am
Most people have trouble getting the recommended number of fruits and vegetables in their diet each day. We know that raw, whole food fruits and veggies are the most important foods for supporting good health, providing the nutrients and antioxidants necessary in the prevention of sickness and disease. A good nutritional supplement should be made from a variety of fruits and vegetables. Now there is another supplement that is made from a variety of grapes and berries, 9 to be exact. It is called the Vineyard Blend, or Berry Blend as some people refer to it.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends we eat 7 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. The Juice Plus+® Orchard and Garden Blends help you bridge the gap between what you should eat and what you do eat by providing added whole food based nutrition from 17 different fruits, vegetables, and grains. The Vineyard Blend® adds naturally balanced whole food based nutrition from Concord grapes and eight different types of berries: blueberry, cranberry, blackberry, bilberry, raspberry, red currant, black currant, and elderberry. Nutrient-dense whole foods such as deep red and purple berries and Concord grapes are packed not only with vitamins, but also with a wide array of powerful antioxidants and other phytonutrients – including anthocyanins, polyphenols, and flavonoids – that offer clinically demonstrated benefits.
What does clinical research tell us about Vineyard Blend®?
The five clinical studies published to date on the Vineyard Blend have focused on its effects when consumed in conjunction with Orchard and Garden Blends. In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in 2003, investigators at the University of Maryland School of Medicine1 reported that subjects who consumed the three Juice Plus+® blends were better able to maintain the elasticity of arteries compared to a placebo group after consuming a high-fat meal, which normally constricts blood flow. In a cardiovascular-related pilot study published in 2007, investigators at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine monitored several measures of vascular health in a low risk population who took all three blends for two years – and noted various improvements with no adverse side effects. Researchers at both the Medical University of Graz, Austria and the University of North Carolina- Greensboro (UNCG) determined that the three blends consumed together are effective in reducing protein carbonyls, a previously established marker for the excess oxidative stress associated with exercise. “Oxidative stress” is the damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals that increases the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer. The Graz paper appeared in the Journal of Nutrition in December 2007. Researchers observed study volunteers from the Austrian Police Special Forces elite “Cobra” anti-terrorism unit over seven months (28 weeks) of taking the three blends or a placebo. At rest, the Juice Plus+® group showed decreasing concentrations of protein carbonyl over the study period. This group also lost fewer duty days due to illness over the course of the investigation – an indication of beneficial immune effects, which were more pronounced during the final 20 weeks of the investigation.
The UNCG study was published in 2006 in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. The UNCG team reported that the exercise-induced increase in oxidative stress in the form of protein carbonyls was equally well controlled by both high doses of vitamins C and E and by the Orchard, Garden, and Vineyard Blends, with its much lower amounts of Vitamins C and E – and after only two weeks of use. This demonstrated once again the “synergy” of whole food based nutrition when compared to isolated vitamin supplements. A separate, follow-up study conducted by the Medical University of Graz research team was published earlier this year in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. The Graz researchers again studied the effect of the three blends – Orchard, Garden, and Vineyard – on protein carbonyls. The Cobras were tested following very intense exercise after 4, 16, and 28 weeks on the three blends. This paper again reported a positive impact on protein carbonyl formation in the JP+ group compared to placebo. (Source: JP+ Health and Wellness Newsletter)
Comments: While raw, whole food fruits, vegetables and berries are the best choice for getting your nutrition, it is understandable with today's busy lifestyles that most people do not get anywhere close to the recommended daily intake. Many sources use to say "5 a Day" but more recently this number has been updated to "9-13 servings" each day. Many people resort to supplementing their diet with vitamins or other nutritional supplements. Based on many studies from many different sources, the best supplements come from whole foods. Make your decision wisely for your good health.
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