What is wheatgrass juice?
Wheatgrass is the young wheat plant, a few days old. The juice is obtained by carefully crushing the leaves, and catching all the nutirents within them.
What is broccoli sprout juice?
The sprouts of broccoli seeds, which are juiced at their most nutritious (3-4 days old) and specially packed to maintain freshness.
Why is broccoli sprout juice good for me?
Broccoli sprouts are broccoli seeds which are chitted and grown until young seedlings at a few days old. During the early stages of growth, plants rapidly develop, and are at the stage of growth with most vitality - just like any species' offspring, including our own children - and create huge amounts of food for themselves. We capture all of this in the juicing.
How are these juices different from supplements?
They are fresh, living, real juices with active enzymes - nothing added or taken away.
How much should I take at a time? And when?
As much as you like - but one 33ml sachet a day is a good start. Before breakfast is ideal - or before any meal.
Are your juices certified organic?
No, they are not, because organic certification, rightly or wrongly, demands all plants be grown only in soil - and we don't use any.
Certification also does not allow one to say that the seeds are organic if the product is not organic. However, Vegus do use care to source their seeds from sources which ensure they are free from any chemical residues, enabling them to grow healthy plants. We don't seek or offer certfication of the end product due to its being produced without the use of soil. All the products are grown and bottled with absolutely..........
NO genetically modified material
NO unnatural chemical fertilizers
NO hidden additives
ONLY natural nutrients (Ocean SolutionTM) See the Ocean Solution page for more information
ONLY safe gentle natural cleaning agents for the equipment
LOTS of love and care
What about the enzymes?
We know that the enzymes are important to you so Vegus take special care to ensure that they do not harm them as they make your juices. The plants get optimum nutrition, especially from the Ocean SolutionTM nutrients so that the plants have the best opportunity to do what they do best - convert light and water and the Ocean Solution into nutrient dense bio-mass. When the juice is squeezed and pressed from the bio-mass Vegus are careful to use a low speed juicer so that the enzymes are not damaged. They also ensure that the juice is not heated.
Next a pharmaceutical grade packing system is used for putting your juice in the sachets and sealing them.
Then to be sure that there are no pathogens get into your juice it is subjected to a lot of hydrostatic ultra pressure. See below for more on this. The high pressure kills the bugs without hurting the enzymes. Best of all it does the job without heating the juice. (Remember that heat kills enzymes)
Why sachets (or pouches) instead of glass?
Why not one big bottle instead of seven little sachets?
Remember, we said that enzymes don't like oxygen? Oxidation degrades the activity level of enzymes. If we used a nice big bottle we would save money but the juice would suffer. Every time you drank one serving you would be closing up the bottle with a fresh supply of air and as the bottle gradually empties there would be more and more air. More and more oxidation too. So that as you go down the bottle the quality of the juice would get worse and worse. So we use a small sachet.
Why hydroponic instead of in soil?
To get the full nutrient value from the plants we have to be sure that in their very short life span they get the optimum nutrition all day every day. In soil, that would be very difficult to manage but with the help of Ocean GrownTM nutrients and a hydroponic system we can be sure that every single seed gets what it needs when it needs it.
To produce a perfect crop every time and do it on a reliable schedule in soil Vegus would have to find a location that offers:
- a perfect climate - not too hot, not too cold, not too humid, not too dry, etc
- unpolluted water
- perfect soil that does not need amendment - and that never wears out or depletes
- regular hours of sunlight
- no animals to feast on the plants
The enclosed environment chambers at Vegus do all of that with a hydroponic system.
Why ultra high pressure?
After Vegus put the juices in the sachets they put the sachets into the pressure system and pump it up to ultra high pressure (Think of four elephants standing on one strawberry.) This high pressure kills all the bad guys such as salmonella and e:coli but leaves the enzymes happy and smiling - and live! The survival of the enzyme is well documented and reported in peer reviewed scientific articles - such as: Effects of high pressure on amylases and starch in wheat and barley flours GOMES M. R. A; CLARK R; LEDWARD D. A. Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Reading. Food Chemistry 1998, vol. 63, no3, pp. 363-372 (18 ref.) And as regards harmful bacteria Vegus have an independent laboratory to test every batch.
Why add lactic acid?
First of all is the matter of how much do Vegus use. The answer is about 50ml of lactic acid in every 20,000ml of juice. Not that much. This drop or two of lactic acid is added to prevent growth of botulin spores that could cause illness. We like our juice safe. Also to be noted is that there are two types of lactic acid. Our lactic acid is organic in origin and totally safe. (By the way, for those who wonder: lactic acid has nothing to do with milk or any other dairy products. The Vegus juices do not contain any milk products.)
What does the Best Before date mean?
Because of the pressure treatment the juice is safe to drink for years. (Vegus tested it at four years of age). We also protect the enzymes and other nutrient values but the passage of time will eventually have some impact on the juice. The little bit of air trapped in the sachet will cause some oxidation or browning of the juice. But this is limited by the very small amount of air in the sachet. The flavour can also change a bit over time. The chemistry of flavenoids is among the most complicated known to man. We could stabilise the taste for ever but the chemistry required to do that is appalling. We don't want to go there. So, we say that for up to about ten weeks the juice is good but that just like all living things it is not getting younger and some deterioration is inevitable. Please note that broccoli sprout juice is not very green to start with. The reason is the plant itself is not very green.
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