Juice Plus+® is recommended for those who do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. Juice Plus+® contains nutrients from a variety of fruits and vegetabes.
There are many health problems that could be avoided if a healthy diet was followed. It is this author's opinion that most health problems are actually a result of a poor diet. Considering the number of unhealthy foods, processed foods, and consumables that contain too much sugar and/or fat, it isn't a stretch to believe that the money spent on doctors visits and health care would be cut substantially.
New studies show that just one of many common health problems could be avoided, at least to some significant extent, by eating a diet rich in raw fruits and vegetables. (Remember, any form of cooking will deplete the nutritional value from the original raw, whole food form.) Here's more from the NYTimes.com --
Eating for Eye Health Eating a diet rich in leafy vegetables, nuts and fish and low in starchy carbohydrates appears to lower risk for age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over 50.
The findings, published this month in the journal Ophthalmology, is the first to calculate the combined effect of certain dietary nutrients and eating habits on a person’s risk for age-related macular degeneration. The data were collected from 4,003 participants in the ongoing Age-Related Eye Disease Study led by researchers at the Tufts University Jean Mayer U.S.D.A. Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.
The dietary nutrients linked with lower risk for macular degeneration are vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin and the omega-3 fatty acids known as D.H.A. and E.P.A. Notably, the nutrient often associated with eye health, beta carotene, was not linked with lower risk for macular degeneration.
The greatest benefit was seen among participants who regularly consumed a combination of the protective nutrients as part of a low-glycemic index diet. The glycemic index ranks carbohydrates according to their effect on blood glucose levels. Processed foods like white bread and pastries, as well as starchy carbohydrates like potatoes, have a higher glycemic index because they are digested and absorbed quickly, producing rapid spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. Lower glycemic index foods, such as most vegetables, protein and nuts, produce gradual rises in blood sugar and insulin levels.
The protective nutrients linked with eye health are typically found in fruits, green vegetables, nuts and cold-water fish. Citrus fruits are a good source of Vitamin C. Food sources of vitamin E include green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts and vegetable oils. Beans, nuts, seafood and whole grains are sources of zinc. Food sources of lutein and zeaxanthin include eggs, kale, spinach, turnip greens, romaine lettuce, broccoli, zucchini, garden peas and Brussels sprouts. Fatty fish such as salmon is a good dietary source of the omega-3 fatty acids D.H.A. and E.P.A.
Scientists aren’t sure what causes macular degeneration, but risk factors include aging, cigarette smoking, family history and obesity. Women and Caucasians also are at increased risk. Although the disease has a strong genetic component, a growing body of research shows that healthy behaviors can lower risk. People with macular degeneration lose the central vision in their eye. This vision loss simulator shows how vision changes as macular degeneration worsens. ( Source )
Comments: While a diet that is rich in whole food fruits and vegetables is not the final answer to all health problems, the potential difference that it could make if each person followed a recommended minimum of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day (the new recommendation is actually 9-13 servings!) could be life-saving! We shouldn't continue to ignore the most obvious problem when it comes to our health - a poor diet. Why we don't address this as the primary problem to our health care woes is ashame. Maybe too much money from the wrong sources keep this from happening (i.e. McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Restaurant Association, National Cancer Institute, and many more).
If you don't or won't eat the minimum recommended fruits and vegetables to keep you healthy, I recommend adding Juice Plus+® for more fruit and vegetable nutrients.