Does Juice Plus+ help with Fibromyalgia Symptoms?
This is a very different type of blog than I’ve written before. This blog will focus on my experience of taking Juice Plus+ for four months and it’s impact, if any, on my health condition. I will add to the review on a weekly basis, reporting a variety of symptoms, denoting any changes experienced in the presiding week. It is my hope that I will experience a host of benefits by taking these supplements and that ultimately I get some of my life back.
What do I hope to gain by making a personal trial so public?
I hope that my readers can follow the trial and gain some insight into Fibromyalgia and what it is like to live with this condition whilst gaining a first hand account on the benefits to my health, if any, from taking Juice Plus+ for four months. I hope that this trial will enable others living with similar symptoms to me, make an informed choice on whether to opt into Juice Plus+ or not, helping them to invest in their health wisely 💛
For those of you reading my blog for the first time, Faílte / Welcome. I have written quite a lot about my life and living with Fibromyalgia, primarily about it’s impact on my ability to live. Currently, my health is at the worst point that I can remember since prior to my diagnosis in 2017. Prior to my diagnosis, I was in so much pain; physically and emotionally. My marriage had broken down and I spent months dismissing the pain that I was feeling as being connected to my marriage, psychosomatic for instance. It wasn’t until I physically couldn’t lift a box because it felt like my elbow was broken, that I realised that something wasn’t ‘right’. Roll forward four months and I was basically an invalid; unable to walk, cut up food, fit into my clothes or think straight.
This was devastating to me. It felt like the end of my world. I was an independent, strong, professional, woman; a Mother of two gorgeous human’s, who travelled throughout the North of Ireland and to Counties in the South of Ireland as part of my job. I went from someone working nearly 60hrs per week to barely being able to communicate. Fibromyalgia had become an uninvited and unwanted lodger in my body and I, its reluctant host.
From Christmas, I have really struggled to get a handle on the condition; in total I have had 15 days flare free – which is not good. Within the past few years I could get maybe a month to six weeks between flares, which was fantastic. This was definitely a result of learning about the condition as well as about myself; my triggers, accelerator’s, stress levels and stress management techniques. However, nothing has helped it over the past few months:- I am in constant pain, deeply fatigued, having tummy and skin issues, on top of going 3-4 nights in a row without sleep, regularly. It’s no surprise that I am significantly struggling with my mental health. I am also ridden with guilt because I’m unable to do everything that I used to do for my children and whilst they tell me that they understand, I know that they feel the loss of me and I certainly feel the loss of them.
Juice Plus+ – Where did the idea come from?
Whilst in the process of researching for Sweet Ellie Aromas, I watched a vlog on the benefits of Juice Plus+ on the vlogger’s physical and mental health. I had a multitude of questions and possibilities running through my mind as I made contact with the Vlogger, I’ll refer to her as ‘M’ for this blog. After a lengthy discussion about the current status of my health, M suggested adding me to a Facebook group where people shared their experiences of taking the supplements; there was 1000’s of members. I had a few days to read through the personal stories of individuals with Fibromyalgia taking Juice Plus+ and feeling really optimistic about trying the products, I contacted her to discuss my options.
I’ll admit to feeling pessimistic when I began to read the testimonies, thinking that the individuals with Fibro must have only had a mild form to begin with. I have no hesitation in stating that I was 100% wrong. As I read through the hundreds of testimonies from women with Fibromyalgia, I realised that the majority were like me; on the same medication, if not more, struggling to get through the day because of pain and fatigue and fearing that their lives would be like this forever. Their testimonies gave me more hope than I had felt in years and at once I began to believe that my health could be vastly improved by taking these products. .
Before agreeing to sign up for and commit myself to Juice Plus+ for at least four months, I googled a range of articles about the company and the products. What I’ve concluded is that they contain up to 30 freeze dried fruits and vegetables, they are a food supplement, they have thousands of ambassadors worldwide championing their many benefits as a food supplement, not as a vitamin or mineral.
Sounds brilliant doesn’t it!?! Yet, I suppose you’re thinking, ‘why not just eat the fruit and vegetables instead of purchasing a very costly supplement’, an excellent point, but the issue for me is that I love cooking but pain and exhaustion prevents me from doing it as often as I’d like to.
Google didn’t only bring up neutral or positive reviews of Juice Plus+, there were cautionary articles also. One article from Healthline.com questions whether Juice Plus+ should be classified as a good multivitamin, whilst querying the integrity of some of their research suggesting self-funding for some, thus lacking impartiality.
The cost of this trial is just less than £100 per month, around £25 per week, totalling almost £400 for the four months. It’s a lot of money, especially for someone like me, a single Mother on low income, with a disability. However, If I feel half as good as those in their testimonies, then every single penny spent will be worth it.
So what do I get for my £100?
Every day I will take two Vegetable, Fruit, Berry and Omega blends capsules and will continue taking them for 16 weeks / 4 months. I have committed to the 4 months on the basis that it can take that time for the body to process the ingredients on a cellular level in addition to the detox period. Through the Detox period I am advised to expect some bloating, headaches and a general unwell feeling.
Dietspot.com have completed a good review on the product, correcting some of the assertions made by the company. There are a number of comments at the end of the article which are interesting to read at the very least. There are claims that the product has cured cirrhosis of the liver 😕, and has healed stage 4 cancer 🤔, all of which make me feel very stupid and foolish for believing the testimonies regarding fibromyalgia. Yet, I have committed to this and will give it 100%. Here’s a couple of those reviews to browse over yourself however…
Parameters of my trial
I have chosen 5 areas that significantly impact on my overall ability to function normally, day and at night. These are the areas that I am eager for an improvement. I have added weight to the trial as this is something that I wish to change but it doesn’t necessarily hold me back at the moment.
I will record a short note (if required) for one of the following options every Thursday evening: No Change, Improvement or Deterioration. I am aware that I may go into a period of detoxification, which could make me feel unwell for a period of time and that will be factored into my updates.
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4|
|Pain Level||no change||Positive change – reduced pain|
|Energy||no change||Positive change – increased energy|
|Digestion||slight change||Positive change – less heartburn, less bloating discomfort|
|Sleep||no change||Positive change – Increased regular sleep|
|Mood||no change||Positive change – more focused, more motivated|
|Weight||no change||No change|
Wish me luck and I’ll check in again next week 💛