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What you can do to protect your liver with healthy diet and USANA HepaPlus™

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from USANA Australia Aug, 2014 Product Focus News Letter.

Your liver is your body’s waste management system and it performs over 500 hundred functions. It:

•    Filters toxins from the blood 
•    Helps with food digestion 
•    Regulates blood sugar and cholesterol levels 
•    Helps fight infection and disease.

You already know that alcohol can damage your liver. And you may also know that one of the first stages of liver disease is when fat builds up in the liver. But, did you know that the most common cause of fatty build-up in the liver is being overweight and consuming too much sugar? 

Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is a range of conditions but it is reversible. Around 70-80 per cent of people who are obese are thought to be affected and if untreated, the damage could eventually lead to cirrhosis – tissue scarring which is serious and even life-threatening. NAFLD also raises you risk of conditions such as heart attack and stroke. So, if you are overweight/obese or consume too much of the sweet stuff, here’s what you can do to give your liver a little loving

Limit high GI  

Too much sugar (high GI foods and drinks) is difficult for your body to cope with and stresses body systems. While your body and brain rely on a steady supply of glucose which the body tries very hard to keep within a normal range, sugars like fructose (which is added to many ready-prepared foods and fast foods) is processed in your liver. Too much sugar prompts your liver to produces a type of fat called triglycerides which are then deposited around the abdomen and in the liver. Fat in the liver impairs the functioning of the liver. Low GI foods and drinks are easier for the body to cope with.

Snack carefully

Consuming too many calories causes weight gain (no surprise). But recently, researchers, writing in the journal, Hepatology, found that eating frequently – i.e. snacking – increased the concentration of triglycerides – this encouraged belly fat and fat storage in the liver. So, opt for three daily meals and two to three healthy low GI snacks.

Choose nuts  

Nuts are concentrated in protein and healthy fats – walnuts contain omega-3 fats and almonds are a great source of calcium – nutrients that many of us fall short of. Other healthy snacks include veggies sticks and hummus or tomato salsa and wholegrain crackers with peanut butter or good ol’ Vegemite.

Get into a healthy weight range

Doing this gradually helps reverse NAFLD and can also reduce your risk for cardiovascular conditions like heart attack. At the same time, get moving. Exercise helps to burn calories in the form of excess stored fat. Plus, it encourages your body to build more lean tissue and boost circulation to further boost body – and liver – health.

Try some curry

The Indian spice, turmeric which is a relative of ginger and gives curries their golden glow is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Curcumin, its active ingredient, may also protect the liver by helping to expel toxins via phase liver detoxification reactions.

Try a liver loving cleanse! 

USANA HepaPlus™ supplement contains numerous ingredients including milk thistle extract, alpha lipoic acid and turmeric extract to support healthy liver function. These ingredients not only help cleanse and remove fat in liver but they also help regenerate cells.

Buy USANA HepaPlusfrom USANA Australia Approved Website:

www.buyvitaminsonline.com.au

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USANA Products and Brain Health Nutrition

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Article from USANA Australia Health News Letter Aug 2014 Issue.

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That’s because the tiny and delicate blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to your body, also supply these to your brain.

Antioxidants can help your whole body beat the clock. These compounds destroy rogue chemicals called free radicals, which over time are thought to attack and eventually wear out cells – including brain cells. Antioxidants protect the mitochondria, the tiny furnaces inside your cells that generate the energy needed for life. So as well as enjoying a healthy diet
in general, which types of foods and supplements can you use to boost your brain health?
Our guide to eight of the best brain boosters:

1. Low GI carbohydrate

A low-carbohydrate diet can throw you into mood swings because eliminating carbohydrates affects your body’s ability to regulate the feel-good neurotransmitter, serotonin. So, go ahead and cut out the white carbohydrate from your diet. But don’t miss out on the nutrition that heavy, whole grains can provide. They contain iron (needed for brain and body health) plus a whole
host of B vitamins to help boost your mood – and provide long-lasting energy.
USANA TIP – Snack on USANA Protein Snacks™ or the tasty Go nuts ‘N’ Berries™ bars. All are low GI to help keep mind and body fueled for longer*.

2. Don’t skip breakfast

There’s a reason why you might be feeling hungry and angry (AKA ‘hangry’) after skipping breakfast. While it may seem like a great way to save on calories, money and time, it certainly
won’t save you from a bad mood and could even trigger weight problems. In fact, one study found that adults who started their day with breakfast had a more positive mood than those who didn’t eat anything . Having some protein with carbohydrates is the ideal breakfast combo – the protein helps to keep you satisfied and wholegrain carbohydrates help to boost your blood glucose levels.

USANA TIP – Try a quick and easy Nutrimeal™* – whiz up with your favourite frozen berries for a fast and satisfying breakfast.

3. Omega-3 fats

Nerve fibres send messages in the same way as electric wires. So, to ensure that messages can flow freely, they need to be insulated. Your nerve cells are insulated by a fatty substance
called myelin and omega-3 fats help to build and maintain this. Unsaturated fats are vital components of neural cell membranes and are needed for the production and proper
functioning of neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers these cells use to communicate.
Getting enough DHA regularly is important – even though it can be stored your body constantly uses and loses it. DHA also plays a key role in the anti-inflammatory process.
Oily fish contains high quantities of healthy omega-3 oils – the body needs these but can’t make them for itself. But, your body can make long chain omega-3 fats from short chain
omega-3 fats (found in foods like walnuts and flaxseeds). But the conversion rate isn’t very
efficient and gets less efficient with ageing. To cut the risk of heart disease – which remains the number one killer in Australia and New Zealand – the Australian Heart Foundation urges us all to consume about 500 milligrams of omega-3 DHA and EPA combined (marine source) every day (twice this amount if you already have heart disease). So, opt for two to three serves (150 gram each) of oily fish every week whilst supplementing your diet with omega-3 enriched foods and fish oil supplements. Consuming good quality fish oil like provide support to maintain healthy brain cells. One US study found that people with higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids may have larger brain volumes in old age . Scientists also found that those with higher levels of omega-3s also had a larger hippocampus area of the brain, which plays an important role in memory. In Alzheimer’s disease, the hippocampus begins to deteriorate even before symptoms appear.

USANA TIP: Choose BiOmega™* every day – each capsule contains 550mg of marine omega-3 EPA and DHA. And, it’s ethically sourced and mercury -tested. A very tasty veggie way to boost your plant-sourced omega-3s is to snack on Go Nuts ‘n’ Berries bars*. Each bar contains 500mg of vegetarian omega-3s – and just 150 Calories!

4. Antioxidants

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Certain nutrients, such as vitamins E and C, are antioxidants with the ability to neutralise free radicals, thereby protecting cells and tissues against oxidative damage. For this reason,
scientists have been studying a possible protective role for these vitamins in the brain and nervous system. Low levels of vitamin E have been found in the cerebrospinal fluid of
Alzheimer patients, making this tissue vulnerable to oxidation. Oxidative damage to brain cells is strongly linked with brain decline and it occurs as a result of metabolic reactions that
release unstable molecules called free radicals. These free radicals attack the fats in cell membranes and other cell structures. Because your brain contains a large amount of
unsaturated fat, it is vulnerable to oxidation. USANA Tip: USANA Essentials and
HealthPak provide a wide range of protective antioxidants (wide variety of antioxidants – vitamins and minerals plus plant pigments and extracts. The HealthPak provides the potent antioxidant boost (AO Booster).

5. B vitamins

The B group of vitamins, especially thiamine, niacin, folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12, are all important for brain health. In order for cells to burn fuel and release energy, brain cells
need B vitamins. Some B vitamins (folate, vitamins B6 and vitamin B12) are involved in the way your body controls the levels of an amino acid called homocysteine (this is formed when protein is broken down). High levels of homocysteine have been shown to be a risk factor for impaired cognitive (brain) abilities in the elderly and raised homocysteine levels have been associated with inadequate intake of vitamin B12, vitamin B6 or folate.

USANA TIP: Take your daily USANA Essentials™ or HealthPak™. These contain the complete mix of B vitamins in optimal levels for body and brain health.

6. Magnesium

Choosing too many processed foods, stress and alcohol can means you don’t get enough magnesium which is involved in hundreds of functions in your body. Milling flour strips
magnesium from wheat), and consuming too much sugar means your body has to use magnesium to process it.And if you’re falling short of magnesium, you could be at
risk of fatigue and irregular heartbeat and muscle tension (remember, your heart is a muscle and palpitations can make you feel stressed and uncomfortable). Your body can’t
absorb calcium without magnesium. Wholegrains, green, leafy vegetables; almonds, walnuts, and pecans pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, and flax seeds all contain magnesium, so
be sure to include these in your diet to ensure you don’t fall short.

USANA TIP: Take your daily USANA Essentials™ – it contains magnesium and calcium in chelated form for better absorption.

7. Ginkgo Bilobausana gingko

The leaves from what is thought to be the oldest living tree species in the world and the only tree to survive the ice age, ginkgo leaf extracts have been used in Traditional Chinese

Medicine for thousands of years. One of the traditional uses for ginkgo is for brain health. That’s because ginkgo may help to improve blood flow. A healthy blood supply is vital to brain health because blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells. Both of these are needed in large amounts by brain cells. Studies suggest that ginkgo has positive effects on memory, learning and the processing of information. Because ginkgo encourages better blood flow to all the body – including to the brain – there may be a connection between ginkgo and improved memory.

USANA Tip: try USANA Ginkgo-PS™ – its combined with Phosphatidylserine (PS) which is a component of all cell membranes and is essential for normal cell function (it is found in highest concentration in the cell membranes of brain tissue).

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8. Coenzyme Q10

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Called CoQ10 for short, Coenzyme Q10 is found in almost every cell in the body inside tiny organelles called mitochondria inside your cells. Mitochondria – think of them being a bit like your body’s batteries using oxygen to create energy. There are more mitochondria in brain cells than in any other tissue in your body. And, supporting your energy at the cell
level may help to enhance the use of oxygen in your brain. Your ability to absorb and make CoQ10 decreases with age plus overall nutritional status and not getting enough key nutrients such as B vitamins, vitamin C, and selenium can also reduce body concentrations. On top of that, excessive exercise or environmental stresses such as illness and extreme weather may also lower CoQ10 levels in tissue.

USANA Tip: try USANA CoQuinone™ or CoQuinone™ 100 – it contains an optimal combination of coenzyme Q10 plus alpha lipoic acid. Alpha lipoic acid is also involved in mitochondrial energy metabolism and it recycles oxidized (used) CoQ10 plus it can also regenerate and recycle other antioxidants, including vitamins E and C and glutathione.

General statement for all nutritional products:

*Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Use only as directed. Always read the label.

For product specific statements, they can be at the end of each paragraph where the product name is mentioned, or referenced with “*” or etc and placed at the bottom of the page.

For USANA Essentials and HealthPak:

**Do not take while on warfarin therapy without medical advice. This product contains selenium, which is toxic in high doses. A daily dose of 150μg for adults of selenium from dietary supplements should not be exceeded.

For USANA CoQuinone and CoQuinone 100:

Do not take while on warfarin therapy without medical advice.

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Supplement USANA Products for your children

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Article extracted from USANA Australia Magazine 2014

With supplements for your child, you’re looking at a multivitamin and mineral formula, plus essential fats. Children with specific emotional, learning or behavioral problems may benefit from extra brain nutrients as well.

USANA Usanimals –  a great multivitamin for your children

USANA formulates single multivitamin and mineral supplements that incorporate all the necessary nutrients for children.

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You should ideally give your child his or her USANA Usanimals with breakfast, but certainly not last thing at night, as the B group vitamins in USANA Usanimals can have a mild stimulatory effect. (Glutamine can also be stimulating for some children, especially those on the autistic spectrum, for whom it may not be suitable.) Children also tend to be more susceptible to vitamin toxicity than adults so please make sure the dose for them is within the limits. Please do not give much more than the recommended levels written on the bottle unless under the direction and supervision of a nutritional therapist.

You may notice that the levels of nutrients in the USANA Usanimals are considerably higher than the RDA. This is because the RDAs for most essential nutrients are defined as the amount required to prevent an overt deficiency disease. For example, the RDA for vitamin C is adequate to prevent scurvy, but there is plenty of evidence that the optimum intake to promote optimum health is several times higher then the RDA. Some essential nutrients, for example the essential fats (e.g. USANA Biomega) , do not even have an RDA set for them.

Unless you’re trying to correct a specific problem and giving probiotic, for your children, in most cases USANA Usanimals should be enough for them. By the time your child is 13 years old they can start taking USANA BodyRox, which has higher dosage of vitamins and minerals per daily serve compared to the Usanimals.  If your child doesn’t sleep well, and a little extra of magnesium (Available in USANA Active Calcium Chewable) would help, and this is a good option. The best way to give your child a little extra vitamin C is to make sure they eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day. The best foods for vitamin C are peppers, broccoli, berries and citrus fruit.

Essential Fats

As long as your child is eating oily fish three times a week and a daily portion of seeds, they should be getting a good background levels of essential fats to help their brains develop, boost their IQ, support their immune system and keep their skin healthy. However, if they don’t eat fish or don’t have seeds everyday, we recommend you supplement their diet with USANA Biomega Jr, which contains EPA and DHA, are the most important Omega 3 fats for development.

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Extra brain nutrients

In addition to the essentials vitamins, minerals and essential fats, we’ve also extolled the virtues of phospholipids (PC, PS and DMAE), as well as glutamine and its cousin pyroglutamate. These can be supplemented as well and they are very good for brain development.

Summary

  • To ensure your child is getting enough nutrients from their diet
  • Give your child USANA Usanimals and Active Calcium Chewable
  • Give your child USANA Biomega Jr, which contains omega-3 fish oil

If your child has emotional or behavioral challenges, supply them with brain nutrients like lecithin and seek advice from us or an experienced nutritional therapist.

For all of the products mentioned above, you can find them in our USANA Australia approved online store.

Love life and live it to its fullness of happiness and health!

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