Tonic Attack Wheatgrass and Broccoli Sprout Juice

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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.

Can I drink it if I am alergic to wheat?

Yes you can! The juice is derived entirely from the leaf of the plant. People with wheat allergies are allergic to the kernel where all the gluten resides. There is absolutely no crossover into our juice, the plant growing and harnessing all the energy and vitality in the grain (of which none whatsoever is left after seven days) to create fantastic allergy-free juice.

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 at this stage of growth have the highest level of vitality, just like any species' offspring, including our own children.  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 or another root meidum, like coir, and we don't use any as we don't need to.

Certification also does not allow one to say that the seeds are organic if the product is not organic. Many people do but shouldn't. Our seeds come from sources which ensure freedom 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

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?

When we look at the sachets that we are using, the whole thing is very, very lightweight. Not much substance there. Each of the components could be separated and reused - but we doubt that it ever is so we don't call it recyclable.
 
A study made back in 2001 by  Institut für Energie und Umweltforschung Heidelberg GmbH compared this type of pouch, or sachet, to cardboard and glass bottles.  The study decided that for the environment all three were equivalent. The study was submitted to the German Federal Environment Ministry for assessment. The Ministry agreed with the study. 
 
The study itself is only available in German but what it did was to look at the life cycle environmental impact of the various materials not just their "end of life" characteristics. 
 
The practical application of the study at the time was that it was not required to take a deposit on such containers. (Still true). 
 

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. As you go down the bottle the quality of the juice would get worse and worse. That is why 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, and create a lot of "waste". 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 the crops grow in do all of that, using a hydroponic system.

Why ultra high pressure?

After the juices are in the sachets they enter a pressurising system which pumps up to ultra high pressure.

High Pressure Processing (HPP)  is used with the product in the sachets, which are then placed into a vessel and subjected to a high level of isostatic pressure transmitted by water. This is sometime called High Pressure Pasteurisation. There is no heating of or any damage to the product.

Think of 4 elephants standing on 1 strawberry.) This high pressure kills all the "bad guys" such as salmonella and E.coli, but it 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.) With regard to harmful bacteria, every batch is subjected to an independent laboratory to test.

Why add lactic acid?

First of all is the matter of how much. 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.

For those who wonder: lactic acid has nothing to do with milk or any other dairy products. The juices do not contain any dairy products.)

What does the Best Before date mean?

Because of the pressure treatment the juice is safe to drink for years. It has been tested at 4 years of age! This process also protects 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. 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's sprout itself is not very green.  

If you seek any other information or clarification, please email and ask.

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