Super nutrient juices have flooded the market. Is there one that is right for you?

Do a little research and find out if this is something that might benefit you!

We are finally discovering what the ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians and other Asians have known for centuries; that health and wellness doesn't have to come from a bottle of pills made up of synthetic drugs and chemicals.  We are discovering that there are benefits from using products that contain natural juice made from roots, leaves, and berries. 

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When considering the purchase or use of a natural healthy juice there are many questions you should ask and research you should conduct to make an informed decision.

Some argue that these products are not evaluated by the U. S. Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA).  Dietary supplements and nutraceuticals have minimal regulation because they can be actual food sources without added chemicals.  It would be like requiring you to have the FDA approve a glass of carrot or orange juice before you could drink it in the morning!  Another point is that the FDA has approved many drugs and products in the past that have been shown to be harmful and have been recalled off of the market.

When a doctor prescribes a drug or something that will supposedly benefit your health and it has several pages of "side effects" that comes with it, you have to wonder how healthy this really can be for your body. 

Although many dietary supplements or health juices may claim to provide healthy benefits, they generally include a disclaimer on their label that says:  "These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Adminstration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease."  With the ease in filing lawsuits in the United States this disclaimer does protect reputable companies from frivolous claims against them.

More important that evaluation or approval by the FDA is whether a product has gone through any scientific research and clinical studies.  Have the product studies been published in peer-reviewed journals?  What claims can actually be backed by science?

When considering a purchase of a natural health juice there are many factors that you should research. 

First and foremost, you must decide if it's a reputable company that is making the juice.  How long have they been in business?  Do they have a rating with the Better Business Bureau?  If they are a direct sales company are they associated with the Direct Selling Association or other reputable organizations?  What is their record for resolving complaints?  Do they have a headquarters that you are able to visit?  Where are their products made?  Are the owners of the company visible to the public?

Most of these companies are direct sales companies and are associated with network marketing and have multi-level marketing plans.  Even though there is a lot of speculation about these types of companies, this isn't a bad thing.  If you want to receive compensation for your products and referrals you will need to become a member of their company.  There is a variety of names used for this, such as marketing director, marketing executive, etc. 

Research the compensation plan carefully if this interests you.  What type is it?  Study their earnings reports.  Ask for proof if anyone has made claims on their compensation that you aren't sure about.  Don't be afraid to probe with your questions.  The idea of MLM is that the company pays you for referring their product to others rather than putting millions into huge advertising and marketing budgets.

Does the company offer the juice to you as a customer or do you HAVE to enroll in some type of membership?  Many people want to just try the product without having to enroll and should have the opportunity to do so without signing enrollment agreements.  Do you have to purchase large quanities up front? 

If you do enroll, what is expected and what are your obligations?  How easily can you skip a monthly order or cancel altogether?  Is there a penality for cancelling the agreement?

Does the juice have a money-back guarantee?  If it does, what is the time period and how do you qualify?  Many companies will state that it is a 30 day money back guarantee or a empty bottle money back guarantee.  Meaning that you might only have 30 days or might have to return the empty bottles to the company to get your money back.

It has been proven through research that there are health components in food and there is growing evidence these other components of food sources may play an important role in the link between food and health benefits. 

A few examples of this include:

  • Antioxidants:  flavonoids found inside citrus products, green and black tea, dark chocolate; resveratrol from red grape products; anthocyanins found in berries
  • Cancer Prevention:  Vegetables such as brocolli
  • Improved Arterial Health:  Clover or soy which has isoflavonoids

This list is only the beginning of the health benefits found in plant and food sources.  Most health juices will contain several different types of plant sources.

Do not take anyone's word about their claims of health benefits from using any health juice.  If you are interested, try it!  What have you got to lose?  Maybe a few dollars, but guaranteed you spend more going out to dinner than a bottle of juice will cost.  If you determine you have some positive effects, it's worth it. 

Is there a placebo effect involved in using these products?  Absolutely.  It has been proven that if one has a positive attitude toward something you will get better benefits.  But, in the words of Nobel Prize winning chemists, Linus Pauling and Dr. Abraham Hoffer, they state that "the availablility of these nutrients may in fact encourage the healing mechanism."

By carefully researching the product itself and the company that produces it, you might want to shy away from a health juice, or on the other hand you might find something that will give you health benefits that are well worth the cost.