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Juice Plus+ Newsletter Fall/Winter 2005

January 11, 2009

How many servings do I need?
Prevention Plus+ Profile:
Rick K. Wilson, M.D.
New Juice Plus+® website
One of North America’s biggest health and nutrition challenges just got a lot bigger.
Science continues to demonstrate the health-promoting and disease-fighting capabilities
of fruits and vegetables. As a result, the new U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans
2005 advises us to eat even more of them – as many as 13 servings a day.
The Dietary Guidelines – released earlier this year by the U.S. Departments of Health
& Human Services and Agriculture – provides recommendations for choosing foods
that not only meet nutritional needs, but also promote better health. It is updated every
five years to reflect new research on nutrition and health. Health Canada is working on
an updated version of that nation’s Guide to Healthy Eating, scheduled to be released in
Spring 2006.
Upon the release of the new guidelines, American Dietetic Association spokeswoman
Dawn Jackson Blatner had this to say in USA Today: “The big shift from what people
typically eat is to choose smaller servings of lean meats and poultry, eat whole-grain
products, and pump up the fruits and vegetables.” Blatner is a registered dietitian at
Northwestern Memorial Hospital Wellness Institute in Chicago.
The previous version of the Guidelines published in 2000 recommended that adults eat
5 to 9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables per day. In the 2005 version, the fruit and
vegetable recommendation was increased to 7 to 13 daily servings for adults.
A serving is considered to be about a half-cup of cooked vegetables, a cup of leafy
greens, or one medium-sized piece of fruit.
According to the new Guidelines, most American adults need at least nine servings of
fruits and vegetables each and every day. Edith Howard Hogan – a registered dietitian
in Washington, D.C. – commiserated in the same USA Today article: “I agree it’s difficult,
because most people aren’t eating enough now.”
Behind the new Guidelines lies a simple fact: people
Eat even more
fruits and vegetables!
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who eat the most fruits and vegetables have the lowest risk of
chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
Several long-term studies reinforce this disease-diet connection.
The largest and longest heart study to date, for example –
done as part of the Harvard-based Nurses’ Health Study
and Health Professionals Follow-up Study – included almost
110,000 men and women whose health and dietary habits
were followed for 14 years. It found that the higher the average
daily intake of fruits and vegetables, the lower the chances
of developing cardiovascular disease. Compared with those in
the lowest category of fruit and vegetable intake (less than 1.5
servings a day), those who averaged 8 or more servings a day
were 30% less likely to have had a heart attack or stroke.
One of the most convincing associations between diet and
blood pressure was uncovered in the Dietary Approaches to Stop
Hypertension [DASH] study. This trial examined the effect on blood pressure of a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat
dairy products that restricted the amount of both saturated
and total fat. The researchers found that people with high
blood pressure who followed this diet reduced their systolic
blood pressure (the upper number of a blood pressure reading)
by about 11 mm Hg and their diastolic blood pressure (the
lower number) by almost 6 mm Hg – as much reduction as
medications can achieve.
Eating more fruits and vegetables can also help lower cholesterol.
In the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s
Family Heart Study of over 4,400 subjects, men and women
with the highest daily consumption of fruits and vegetables
(more than 4 servings a day) had significantly lower levels of
LDL (bad) cholesterol than those with lower consumption.
Numerous cancer studies have shown similar results. In one of
the largest studies of its kind, University of California-San
Francisco [UCSF] researchers recently found that eating lots
of fruits and vegetables is associated with a substantial reduction
in the risk of developing pancreatic cancer. The study of
more than 2,200 subjects – published in the September 2005
issue of the journal Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers and
Prevention – showed that cancer risk was reduced by about 50
percent in subjects eating at least 5 servings per day of vegetables
and fruit compared to those who ate two servings or less.
Those eating 9 servings a day reduced their risk by another 50
percent compared to those eating only 5.
The UCSF authors also found evidence that the way foods are
prepared may play a role: raw vegetables appeared to be more
protective than cooked vegetables.
“The results of these studies are particularly meaningful
because of their size and the statistical significance of their
5 servings
Young children 1-3 years
Girls 4-8 years
6 servings Boys 4-8 years
7 servings
Girls 9-13 years
Women 51+ years
Boys 9-13 years
8 servings Girls 14-18 years
Women 31-50 years
9 servings Women 19-30 years
Men 51+ years
10 servings Boys 14-18 years
Men 19-50 years
11 to 13 servings Active boys and men 14-30 years
Recommendations are based on averages for each age and
gender category. Actual requirements vary based on an individual’s
size, weight, frequency and intensity of physical activity,
and other lifestyle factors.
How many servings of fruits and
vegetables should you eat every day?
What the new Dietary Guidelines
for Americans 2005 recommends
Prevention Plus+ Profile:
Rick K. Wilson, M.D.
Home: Plano, Texas.
Specialty: Board-certified in dermatology
and dermatologic surgery.
Education: Doctor of Medicine degree from
The University of Texas Health Science
Center at San Antonio.
Current position: Private practice in North
Dallas, specializing in problems associated
with aging and sun-damaged skin.
Previous positions: Instructor in the dermatology
department of The University of Texas
Southwestern Medical School in Dallas,
emphasizing advanced laser surgery techniques.
Investigator of advanced laser technologies for
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Professional service: Member of the New
Technologies Committee of the American
Society of Dermatologic Surgery.
Continuing education: Recently certified in
Age Management Medicine.
Seen and heard on: The Cooper Clinic’s
Healthy Living Radio; Dallas TV station
WFAA’s Good Morning Texas and Channel 8
Medical News.
Health advice: “People need to eat more fruits
and vegetables. Sometimes it is hard for me to
believe that we knowingly choose foods of
unhealthy convenience over fresh, whole
foods such as fruits and vegetables – foods
that are proven to provide a whole range of
health benefits, including improved immunity,
weight control, and disease prevention.”
Why he recommends Juice Plus+®: “The
new Dietary Guidelines for Americans advises
that adults should consume 7-13 servings of
fresh fruits and vegetables a day. But for most
people, the expense, time, and effort to consume
that many fruits and vegetables is just
too great. Juice Plus+® helps us get closer to
the goal of 7-13 servings a day by providing
the nutritional essence of 17 fresh fruits, vegetables,
and grains in convenient capsule or
chewable form.”
“Juice Plus+®
helps us get
closer to the
goal of 7-13
servings a day.”
Dr. Rick Wilson is one of
the many health professionals
speaking to audiences around
the world as part of our Juice
Plus+® Prevention Plus+
Health Education Series. If
you’d like to attend a Prevention
Plus+ Seminar in your area, ask
your Juice Plus+® representative
or call our Juice Plus+® information
line at 1-877-JUICEPLUS
findings,” points out Kathryn Boschert,
a registered dietitian who advocates the
importance of fruits and vegetables in
our diets as Executive Director of the
Juice Plus+® Children’s Research
Foundation. Scientists in the cancer
study, for example, reported that the
likelihood that chance alone accounted
for the correlation between eating particular
vegetables and cancer was less
than one in a thousand for many vegetable categories, and was
statistically significant for most of the vegetables studied.
“The evidence is overwhelming and the message is clear,”
Boschert continues. “Science is telling us. The U.S. government
is telling us. Major health organizations are telling us.
“Whole food nutrition is where it’s at. We need to eat more
fruits and vegetables.
“Of course that’s easier said than done,” Boschert concludes,
“especially in today’s ‘fast food’ culture. So for those of us who
can’t, don’t, or won’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, there’s a
convenient and inexpensive way to help fill that gap in our
diets – every single day.
It’s called Juice Plus+®.”
Kathryn Boschert, R.D.
NSA recently changed the face of Juice Plus+® on the
Internet by flipping the cyber-switch on a newly redesigned website.
“We’re proud of our new site,” exclaims Juice Plus+® marketing
manager Tia Hall. “We’d had the same ‘Road To Better
Health’ website for several years. We just felt that it was time
to refresh our look a bit and offer some additional information,
especially regarding Juice Plus+® clinical research.”
The new site at provides a brief introduction
to the importance of whole food nutrition and the
healthful benefits of Juice Plus+®. It also features information
and video clips from prominent health professionals who recommend
Juice Plus+®, including Dr. Richard DuBois, Dr. Mitra Ray, and Dr. William Sears. is the perfect place to learn more about the
growing body of clinical research being conducted on Juice
Plus+® at leading universities and hospitals around the world.
The site includes information about studies that have already
been published in scientific journals, as well as investigations
that are currently underway. “Those wishing to dig deeper
into individual studies have access to additional details about
each published clinical study, including the study abstracts
themselves,” Hall advises.
A number of Juice Plus+® distributors maintain their own,
personalized versions of Ask your Juice Plus+®
representative for his or her web address.
Check out our new Juice Plus+® website!

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