Why the German Olympic Team Eats Juice Plus+
Recently, the German Olympic Team announced that they had signed an agreement with NSA AG to only use Juice Plus+, fruit and vegetable powders in capsules. A large part of why the decided to form this partnership was because of the numerous published research studies on Juice Plus+, specifically in athletes.
The following study was done at the University of Graz in Austria and was published in 2007 in the Journal of Nutrition. Here is the study abstract:
This study compared the effect of Juice Plus+® Orchard, Garden, and Vineyard Blends or placebo on plasma markers of oxidative stress and immune function. Also monitored were dietary intake and duty days lost due to illness.
This investigation was a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 41 healthy, fit policemen in the Austrian Special Forces “Cobra” unit, average age 34 years. They were randomized to take either placebo or Juice Plus+® capsules for 28 weeks (seven months) while following their standardized diet and training regimen.
Both groups consumed an average of 3.2 servings of fruit, including juice, and non-starchy vegetables daily. Assigned duty hours for both groups averaged about 1140 during the first eight weeks, increasing 29.8% to about 1480 hours during weeks 8-16, and further increasing to about 1620 hours (42.1% increase from the first eight weeks) during weeks 16-28. This increase in duty responsibilities likely resulted in additional stress for the study subjects.
The Juice Plus+® group had a lower concentration of protein carbonyls compared to the placebo group, indicating lower exercise-related oxidative stress in the Juice Plus+® group. During the final twenty weeks of the investigation the Juice Plus+® group also showed a trend for fewer duty days lost due to illness. This was accompanied by a lower TNFα concentration, an indication of normal, healthy immune status.
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