Doctor's Note

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. For more information about Juice Plus+®, see “Juice Plus+® Supplements.” Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • mbender

    Still confused about Juice Plus. Was this liver problem found in only one patient?

    • Frank Walton

      Curious why Dr. Greger would put such a short little blip here without commentary or context. WebMD says, “Over-the-counter pain relievers, like Nonprescription pain relievers such asacetaminophen (Tylenol, others), aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) andnaproxen (Aleve, others) can damage your liver, especially if taken frequently or combined with alcohol.” Something like this could cause a spike in liver enzymes as an adverse reaction.

      • Dogzilla

        Frank, first of all, why did you choose to be deceptive and fail to reveal that you are a National Marketing Director for Juice Plus? That’s an FTC violation. Secondly, why are you offering medical opinions when you have no medical training whatsoever? Lastly, how would you know if there are no other reported cases cases of hepatotoxicity? Your company is a conniving snakeoil pyramid scheme and would most likely throw adverse event reports straight into the trash bin. Their reputation for deception has already been firmly established.

  • Ebaker0460_98

    It was a case report.  Here is a link.  Why take juice when real fruit and vegetables are available? Here is the link to the article — plus

    • Ebaker0460_98

      Here is the link to the case report.

    • Stephen Jones

      Juice Plus, or TouchStone Essentials are not juices. The answer to your question is cost. People use these products because they can’t afford to buy vegetables and fruits at the exhorbitant prices. Do a cost analysis and the answer is quite obvious.

      • Fildi

        I haven’t looked at the nutritional information yet, but unfortunately you could be right about the cost issue. Not that I promote this type of supplement at all, I believe in whole foods that you recognise when you buy or grow them. Although, it is difficult to say that cost is of no significance to those desperate to become healthy.

      • laguna

        Most vegetables are quite reasonable in price per pound compared to some small capsules prices. For the price of Juice Plus products one could buy a whole cart full of fruits and veggies. The fresh produce is 1000 times more healthy.

    • Frank Walton

      False dilemma. People take Juice Plus+ to bridge the gap or to augment a healthy diet.

  • will

    Interesting you should choose to highlight a case report of hepatotoxicity of a cancer patient while avoiding comment on the 24 published studies, many randomized and placebo controlled, which show benefits. I love your site, but you appear to be suffering a bias here. In particular I’d like to see you review the reduction in oxidative stress in athletes (three studies) and the apparent induction of superoxide dismutase (one study) found by the researchers in the Carolinas and Austria. As well, the inhibition of brachial artery constriction after a high fat meal and the arrested coronary artery calcification in hypertensives is intriguing and warrants comment.

    • Michael Greger M.D.

      If an unnecessary product has both potential benefits and risks (such as JuicePlus, or kombucha, or spirulina, or green tea supplements) I tend to err on the side of caution and encourage folks to stick to things that only boast benefits.. Why accept any unnecessary risk as all?

      • Stephen Jones

        You’re comparing a product to others and using faulty logic to draw conclusions. You honestly believe that everyone is going to buy the “guilt by association” argument? I am not. Green tea supplements are useless and possibly risky according to recent studies. So what? Green tea is beneficial and anyone can afford it. You are NOT telling us what is risky about any ingredient in Juice Plus. Please do that in future videos or articles.

        Furthermore, how can you say it is an “unnecessary product” while a recent huge study in Europe was just released PROVING that people NEED SEVEN or more servings of vegetables and fruits to avoid the big diseases that are epidemics all around us. Please, Dr Greger. I believe as you do that food is medicine. What ingredient in Juice Plus or TouchStone Essentials (a “similar” product but with more transparent advertising, I believe) is risky?

        The answer to your last question is obvious. Personal budgets.

        • Fildi

          I agree with your budget argument. The study you mentioned regarding 7 or more servings was quite popular, I’m from the UK, but only a few days ago in July 2014, a reversal on the same study was published. It suggested that increasing to 7 or more from 5 made little measurable positive difference.

          Articles were posted on the BBC and Guardian websites, I haven’t checked anywhere else. It seems that recommendations change frequently :)

        • laguna

          A handful of pills doesnt equate to an increase in ones consumption of fruits and veggies.

      • Tracy

        Boast benefits? You mean like the prescription drugs you prescribe?

  • So tired of drug pushers

    You wanna trust the AMA???

  • Jan

    Have you investigated Univera products?

  • Charles GJ

    For such reasons we forget to look outside the good ole USA. for objective non biased information and knowledge. It would be interesting to compare Australian, European, etc with US research. Personally I still will consume aloe juice, Noni, Kava, and juice vegetables in addition to eating plant based and grass fed foods. It is the over-consumption of KlooAid that I am most concerned about here.

  • Les

    juice+ video is only 20 seconds, I suspect video is not working properly.

  • Les

    Any info on Univera products? They claim to be science based, better than all others.

  • tsilver

    what if you dont have access to a variety of fruits and vegetables, would juice plus then be a good option when traveling to places with limited produce options?

    • Lisa

      Absolutely! It is only concentrated fruits and vegetables. It bridges the gap as most people can’t east the variety of 9-13 servings per day. I have been taking for 5 years and love it. Dr. Katz at Yale is a big advocate as well as Dr. William Sears. Read the research and decide for yourself. There are 2 studies showing that it reduces systemic inflammation so not sure what happened with this one case of liver inflammation.

      • Toxins

        Juicing is not something Dr. Greger advocates.

      • MVC

        Hey Lisa, It’s quite misleading to say that JP+ is only concentrated fruits and vegetables. Go back to your JP+ Orchard and Garden blend labels and read them. Vitamin C, beta carotene, d-tocopherol, folic acid, enzymes, and acidophilus are all added back in after manufacturing. JP+ says that it is because the FDA requires that every label says the same thing, and they can’t guarantee that every bottle will contain exactly the same amount of nutrients (as you would not to be able to compare apple to apple, or cucumber to cucumber). Therefore, to standardize, they add nutrients they can ID by amount. Go to the Vineyard Blend label and see: L-arginine, L-carnitine, d-alpha tocopherol, calcium ascorbate, magnesium stearate, “natural enzyme blend,” coenzyme Q10, and folic acid. This may be just fine and all super healthy, but it is NOT “only concentrated fruits and vegetables.” Also, though I have not read the studies myself, every independent review of the JP+ reports I’ve seen indicate that virtually all of them are inconclusive. I have been taking JP+ for over 5 years and honestly believe that it has helped keep me healthy. However, I am under no illusions that their marketing provides full disclosure.

      • Stephen Jones

        What happened with that one case, may very well be overuse of Ibuprofen the woman was taking for cancer pain, which was probably withheld right after admission, and the liver enzymes were reduced. I don’t buy that one case study as evidence of anything, except the foolishness of people that draw conclusions from it. As scientists, we learned NOT to be.

        • fyi_im_me

          But the ingredients in JP absolutely couldn’t have caused it? Aren’t you being as presumptuous as the point you are criticizing? I am finding the most common way of defending JP is by being confrontational and rude and by inferring those that oppose are stupid.

    • Toxins

      As Dr. Greger has shared, juice plus is not a health promoting supplement.

      When traveling, dried fruits might be a better option.

  • Stuart Smith

    Are the powdered supergreen foods beneficial? Drinks like Pure Synergy and Sun warrior Ormus Supergreens?

  • jayceej

    I saw a video here recently about sniffing rosemary helping with memory. I’d like to see it again, but I can’t find it.

  • Frank Walton

    Dr. Greger really should know better. The so-called study was on ONE PERSON! There are over 1.2 million current customers taking Juice Plus+ and there is no other recorded instance of liver inflammation, so this is an anomaly so it is STATISTICALLY INVALID to project this onto the general population.

    • Dogzilla

      It’s a perfectly valid case report. No one is projecting it “onto the general population”. Why are you so callous as to dismiss it. You have a financial interest in the product as a National Marketing Director for Juice Plus, and it’s abhorrent that you did not admit this from the get-go. There is no surveillance system in place that would be able to detect adverse events in people who take Juice Plus. That’s why case reports like this are so important; they alert clinicians to the possible causal relationship between liver injury and taking your overpriced placebo.