Juice Plus+® is a brand of dietary supplements.
It is marketed as "the next best thing to fruits and vegetables."
However, you may wonder if Juice Plus+ really provides benefits — or if it’s all just hype.
This article reviews Juice Plus+ supplements and their health effects.
Juice Plus+ supplements are made from the juices of around 30 fruits and vegetables.
As such, they contain vitamins, minerals and other plant compounds from these juices.
However, they aren't intended to replace fruits and vegetables in your diet.
Instead, the company suggests that these supplements can help bridge the gap between your recommended and actual intake.
Summary Juice Plus+ is a brand of dietary supplements. They provide vitamins, minerals and plant compounds from fruits and vegetables.
The core products offered by Juice Plus+ are fruit and vegetable supplements. They come in capsule or chewable form, in the following blends:
- Orchard blend: Fruits
- Garden blend: Vegetables
- Vineyard blend: Berries
The adult dose is two capsules of each blend per day, preferably at meal times. Children under 13 are advised to take one capsule of each blend per day.
Supplements are available from the company's website or from a Juice Plus+ distributor. Each package provides a four-month supply.
Juice Plus+ also sells meal replacement shakes, soups and bars.
Summary Juice Plus+ supplements come in fruit, vegetable and berry blends. The recommended intake for adults is two capsules of each blend per day.
Juice Plus+ supplements are made by juicing whole fruits and vegetables. The juice is then dried and mixed to make the supplement blends.
This is what gives Juice Plus+ supplements some of their vitamins, minerals and plant compounds. They contain dried juice from the following fruits and vegetables:
- Orchard blend (fruit): Apple, peach, cranberry, orange, papaya, acerola cherry, pineapple, prune, date and beet.
- Garden blend (vegetable): Broccoli, parsley, tomato, carrot, garlic, beet, spinach, cabbage, oat bran, rice bran and kale.
- Vineyard blend (berry): Raspberry, bilberry, blueberry, cranberry, pomegranate, concord grape, black currant, blackberry, elderberry, artichoke and cocoa.
The supplements also include a number of added ingredients, including:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Soluble fiber (glucomannan)
- Dried probiotics (Lactobacillus acidophilus)
- Folic acid
The exact quantities of ingredients in Juice Plus+ supplements are not listed. This means the exact nutrient composition isn't available.
However, they are generally considered to be high in vitamins C, E and A (from beta-carotene), as well as folate and various antioxidants and plant compounds.
Summary Juice Plus+ contains the juice extracts of around 30 different fruits and vegetables. The final product also provides added vitamins, minerals, an enzyme blend, a dried probiotic and soluble fiber.
The company that sells Juice Plus+ asserts that it can provide serious health benefits — though scientific evidence does not always support their claims.
Improved Nutritional Status
Juice Plus+ is claimed to help increase nutrient intake. This claim is supported by several studies showing that Juice Plus+ may increase the blood levels of several important nutrients.
One study determined that Juice Plus+ raised people's blood levels of the following ():
- Beta-carotene: 528%
- Lycopene: 80%
- Vitamin E: 30%
- Folate: 174%
While these nutrients are all found in fruits, Juice Plus+ is also enriched with these nutrients, meaning they are added to the supplements to increase their nutritional value and to replenish vitamins that are lost during production.
It is unclear whether Juice Plus+ is any more effective than other, cheaper supplements that supply these nutrients, such as, a standard multivitamin.
Better Heart Health
Juice Plus+ is said to improve markers of heart health. This includes levels of a risk marker called homocysteine.
High levels of homocysteine are linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
Some studies suggest that Juice Plus+ could decrease blood levels of homocysteine (, , ).
However, other tests haven’t observed this effect (, ).
Studies measuring Juice Plus+’s effects on other risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, have found mixed results (, ).
It’s important to note that multivitamins are also associated with lower levels of homocysteine (, , , , , ).
Moreover, given that Juice Plus+ is fortified with vitamins, it’s unclear whether the benefits are due to the juice extract itself or its added nutrients.
Finally, it’s also unclear if reducing homocysteine levels by taking vitamin supplements can reduce your risk of heart disease (, , ).
Reduced Stress and Chronic Inflammation
Inflammation is a natural process that helps your body fight illness and heal itself.
However, long-term inflammation — known as chronic inflammation — may lead to health problems, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants and may help protect against chronic inflammation ().
However, studies on the antioxidant effects of Juice Plus+ have produced mixed results.
In one test-tube study, 1 gram of Juice Plus+ powder — comprised of equal amounts of Orchard and Garden blends — had the same antioxidant capacity as 10 grams of fruits and vegetables (20).
To put this in perspective, a 2-capsule (1.5-gram) serving of Juice Plus+ is equal in antioxidant power to half an ounce (15 grams) of a fresh fruit or vegetable — that’s 2–3 bites at most.
What’s more, the antioxidant effects of supplements may be even lower after digestion ().
While some studies indicate that Juice Plus+ supplements can reduce oxidative stress and DNA damage, others show no effects (, , ).
Juice Plus+ is claimed to support immune health. A few studies note that the supplements can increase the activity of some immune cells (24, , ).
However, this response isn’t always linked to better immunity or less illness ().
In another study, healthcare workers taking Juice Plus+ had 20% fewer sick days than those who took a placebo ().
Yet other studies investigating the effects of Juice Plus+ on immune function have not seen a reduction in the frequency or duration of illnesses (, ).
No studies looked at whether Juice Plus+ was better than a multivitamin or vitamin C supplement at improving immunity ().
Improves Skin Health
Two studies on people taking Juice Plus+ observed better skin hydration, thickness and circulation (, ).
Nonetheless, taking vitamin C and E supplements is also linked to improved skin health ().
Currently, there aren’t any studies examining whether Juice Plus+ is better for skin health than regular vitamin supplements.
Improves Dental Health
One study found that Juice Plus+ supplements improved gum health in 60 people with gum disease, or periodontitis ().
Other studies note that vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc and vitamin B complex supplements could benefit gum health (, , ).
However, a review concluded that there was not enough evidence supporting the role of diet or supplements in preventing and treating gum disease ().
Summary Juice Plus+ may increase the absorption of some nutrients, which could provide many health benefits. However, there is no evidence that Juice Plus+ is more effective than a cheap multivitamin.
In addition to the core supplements, there is also a Juice Plus+ diet that includes a range of products called Juice Plus+ Complete.
This is a selection of meal replacement shakes, soups and bars.
The Juice Plus+ diet replaces up to two of your daily meals with a replacement meal from the Juice Plus+ Complete line.
It is mostly intended for weight loss and weight maintenance.
You can then have one calorie-controlled meal of your choice and two healthy snacks per day.
The company recommends Juice Plus+ supplements on top of this plan to "boost your fruit and vegetable intake."
However, note that these supplements do not provide the same benefits as whole fruits and vegetables.
Summary Juice Plus+ Complete is a meal replacement program that's used as part of a diet plan for weight loss or weight maintenance.
Taking a Juice Plus+ supplement increases your vitamin and mineral intake.
However, there's no evidence that Juice Plus+ is any better at this than a regular multivitamin.
Furthermore, taking supplements like these is no substitute for eating whole fruits and vegetables.
It's also worth noting that many of the studies on Juice Plus+ have been widely criticized for being industry-funded and poorly designed.
It's common for companies to fund research on their own products, but the results of these studies should be interpreted with skepticism — as they may be biased (, ).
Considering the high cost of these supplements and the lack of evidence of any real health benefits, you should think twice before buying them.