More than twenty years ago, the founder of Vegus Foods, Michael Reynolds, sold his papaya farm in Mexico and moved back to San Francisco. After studying sprouts he decided that he could produce a better product than was available and started to do so by creating a company that supplied sprouts grown from seeds of; daikon, sunflowers, snow peas and wheat.
In those days, there were about 100 sprout growers in California but one by one they closed down because of recalls of products contaminated with e:coli and salmonella. Due to careful growing conditions, Michael didn’t have those problems but he could see that there would always be a risk in supplying sprouts. He eventually sold his sprout supply business and temporarily moved onto other things. However, he always wanted to find a way to give people the fantastic health benefits of fresh sprouts, but without the risk.
Eventually by much research and experimentation, he discovered the solution:
- Always, grow happy, healthy sprouts in a very clean environment.
- Create a propriety condition that controlled the growth of spores.
- Harvest and immediately juice to retain all the nutrients, enzymes and natural synergies and living energy.
- Use a proprietary high pressure processing protocol to kill the bacteria in the juice, without destroying nutrients or enzyme activity.
How We Make Our Juices
We first spend weeks or months researching which raw juices we believe will be most helpful for you. Once we have carefully chosen which ones to make, we follow a complicated process to ensure our raw juices are as good as those you press at home:
How to Make the Sweetest, Freshest Tasting Juices:
Vegus Juices are 100% raw cold-pressed, never heated and never frozen. They are preserved using ultra high pressure (HPP) that retains enzyme activity.
What’s so good about raw food?
The nutrients within foods can be more easily digested when the enzymes in those foods are still intact. In Vegus Juices the important nutrients are sulforaphane in broccoli sprouts juice and chlorophyll in wheatgrass juice.
All natural foods grow with enzymes and these enzymes help us digest the foods. Cooking and heating over 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) denatures (destroys) these enzymes. The heat changes their structure and makes them inactive. That is why it’s helpful to include generous portions of salad and raw vegetables that contain enzymes with every meal.
Vegus Juices are never heated so that all of the enzyme activity is preserved. In fact, tests have shown that the enzyme activity is actually slightly increased by 3-4% after after HPP. This means that it is easier for the body to absorb the important sulforaphane and chlorophyll that are present in our raw juices. Note that heat-treated dry powdered extracts no longer contain active enzymes.
We at Vegus Juices are a dedicated team driven by the desire to help others. Our values help shape the juice shots that we make to how we treat you our lovely customers.
We care that you are healthy. This is fundamentally what drives us to spend hours in rainy Ireland nurturing and loving our sprouts so that our raw juices are full of vibrant living energy for you to enjoy.
We care that you love our juices enough to buy them again. In fact, 90% of you do buy our raw juice shots again which we are very grateful for. We love that some of you have been buying our juices for years and many of you tell your friends about us, thank you.