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Seven USANA Star Supplements for men

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usana mens healthArticle extracted from USANA Australia Product focus 2014

Whether you want to build more lean muscle to supercharge your metabolism, or you just want to feel great and have as much energy as possible, what you eat counts. And, while there’s no doubt that every man is unique, men do share some particular health challenges. So, once the fundamentals are covered – healthy mixed diet, regular exercise, regular health checks, relaxation and sleep – think about your supplemental health.

Here are seven supplements – and their role in men’s health.

1. USANA Essentials

You definitely don’t need a multivitamin and or multi-mineral if you are eating a widely mixed diet that contains all the right proportions of nutrients. The trouble is, most of us don’t – at least
not all of the time, anyway. That’s where wide-ranging and potent products like Essentials (or HealthPak™ if you want the added benefits of an extra antioxidant boost plus calcium)
come in. Some of the nutrients they contain that relate to men’s health include:

B vitamins – which have a wide range of duties. As far as heart and blood vessel health is concerned, vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid help to process the amino acid, homocysteine. Low blood levels of homocysteine is believed to be beneficial to heart health.

Vitamin E – which is actually a group of protective nutrients, and each has a different role. All of them are needed for good health and studies suggest that vitamin E could have a protective
effect in cardiovascular health. Studies also suggest that vitamin E may protect muscles after exercise.

1. Go for natural vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) rather than synthetic (dlalpha tocopherol), which is harder for your body to use. Essentials, HealthPak and E-Prime™ all contain natural forms of vitamin E, not the synthetic form that you can find in some supplements.

Chromium – if you are overweight, it may be especially important to ensure that you’re getting enough of this mineral. Chromium helps to keep insulin levels in check by improving the body’s sensitivity to it. However, the most important way to improve insulin sensitivity is to get to –
and stay within – a healthy weight range.

Studies suggest that chromium picolinate is the most effective supplemental form as it’s easier to absorb than other kinds. 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.

2. USANA BiOmega™

Many studies have shown the benefits of long chain omega-3 fats, the kind that you find in oily fish, for brain and heart health. Omega-3s have a natural anti-inflammatory action whilst helping to reduce the stickiness of blood so that it can flow more freely. If you are taking blood thinners like warfarin, be sure to speak with your doctor before taking any kind of supplement, though. So how much is enough? The Australian Heart Foundation suggests that for generally healthy men, around 1,000mg a day is about right. If you have heart problems, you may
need 2,000 to 4,000mg but check with your doctor first. Take USANA BiOmega with meals to boost absorption and avoid any fishy aftertaste. The long chain omega-3 fats in this ethically sourced supplement are in therapeutic concentrations – 550mg of omega-3 EPA/DHA combined per capsule.

3. USANA Vitamin D

More and more research is showing the many benefits and the many reasons why people can be low on this fat-soluble vitamin. A staggering number of men – even in Australia and
New Zealand – are short of it despite the fact that the major source of vitamin D isn’t diet at all – it occurs when UV light in sunshine reacts with a cholesterol-like substance in the skin.
Low levels have been linked with a number of health problems including low immunity and depression. Vitamin D3 supplements as cholecalciferol provide the same form of vitamin D as we make in the skin and supplements are a good way to improve vitamin D status if more sun exposure is not practical (if you do too much indoors, if you have dark skin and for people who don’t want to go out or can’t do so).

USANA Vitamin D contains vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 1000 IU/25 micrograms. Suggested dose: one tablet daily preferably with meals.

4.  USANA Probiotic

These are the bacteria that naturally live in your gut. Here, they process foods and play an important part in protecting your immune system. Try taking one stick pack of USANA Probiotic every other day to feed your internal bacteria and help your immune system. This has a preventative effect – the good bacteria can simply crowd out the bad ones and keep infection at bay. Probiotics also have a role in keeping you to stay regular helping you to feel good from the inside out!

According to scientists at London’s Royal Free hospital, a good probiotic needs to:

  • Reach the gut without being killed off by strong stomach acids along the way.
  • Be safe for human consumption.
  • Have clinically proven health benefits demonstrated by scientific trials.
  • Have their contents clearly defined Be clearly labelled.
  • Be shelf stable.

USANA Probiotic ticks all the boxes! USANA Probiotic uses patented strains Lactobacillus
rhamnosus LGG® and Bifidobacterium BB-12® in a unique 50/50 mixture. These two strains of probiotic bacteria have been clinically proven to promote a natural balance of beneficial micro flora in the gut.

 5. USANA Palmetto Plus™

This men’s health formula contains ingredients to protect men’s physiology. For example, it contains saw palmetto and two powerful antioxidants, lycopene and soy isoflavones.

Saw Palmetto – Native Americans traditionally used the berries of this palm tree both as food and as medicine and it was first listed in the United States Pharmacopeia as far back as 1906 for complaints associated with prostate health. According to one study published in the Journal of Urology, ‘Evidence suggests that saw palmetto may have a significant effect on urinary flow rates and symptom scores compared to placebo in men with lower urinary tract symptoms.’
Its effects are thought to be due to its reaction with testosterone; it appears to shrink the inner lining that puts pressure on the tubes that carry urine. Studies suggest that combining saw palmetto with isoflavones, antioxidants found in foods such as legumes and soy may help to improve its effectiveness. Plus, both of these plant pigments seem to help retain prostate health.

saw palmetto

Lycopene – the pigment that gives tomatoes their red colour is the most abundant carotenoid in the prostate. It helps to maintain the cell membrane and DNA from oxidation. Soy isoflavones – a group of phytochemicals found in soybeans; these have been shown to help maintain good health in a wide range of functions throughout the body.

6. USANA Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 – or CoQ10 for short – is made by body cells. It keeps the tiny engines that fire cell functions burning and in this way, providing the energy that cells need to keep working to their best. Less CoQ10 is produced with age so if you want to revive those energy levels, it may be a good option. Taking blood cholesterol lowering medicines like statins reduces CoQ10 levels because it interferes with the production of this potent antioxidant at the cell level5.

The optimal intake is around 100mg daily say scientists, and this isn’t possible from foods alone. USANA CoQuinone® 100 contains 100mg of CoQ10 plus alpha lipoic acid which recycles CoQ10 and other antioxidants to prolong the benefits. Do not take while on warfarin therapy without medical advice.

7. USANA Procosamine®

If you’re feeling the odd ache and pain in your joints, consider USANA Procosamine. Adequate levels of glucosamine may help to rebuild lost cartilage. But unlike regular glucosamine products, Procosamine contains Meriva® curcumin a potent anti-inflammatory which is nearly 29 times more bioavailable as regular turmeric to supercharge this Indian spice’s already
super effective action. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Use only as directed. Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare practitioner.

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Our Great Eight USANA Sponsored Athletes at the Glasgow Games

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We’ve always been proud of our athletic pedigree here in Australia and New Zealand, and we’re also super proud of the fact that so many elite athletes trust their nutritional health to USANA. So we are delighted to introduce eight of our local athletes who represented our region at the commonwealth games!

The games were held in Glasgow in July and saw over 70 countries compete in this epic event!

1. Kenneth To

Swim star, Kenneth, trained hard for Glasgow 2014, as well as training every morning and afternoon (8-9 sessions) plus two yoga sessions and one daily gym session, Kenneth works hard on his health.

“Nutrition-wise, I kept things very similar to past preparations, i.e. A balanced diet assisted by USANA nutritionals. I take my daily USANA Healthpak and Nutrimeal after every session, especially in the lead up to racing, and Rev3 Energy drink on my race days to psyche me up!

3. martin Knight

Squash champ Martin, says: “It feels amazing to be selected for my country once again. Squash is not an Olympic sport, so for me. the Commonwealth Games is the highlight of my career! And, to be part of a wider New Zealand team is fantastic. I felt very proud to be able to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games.”

Martin’s training was very squash-specific with plenty of time on court, match play and game-based routines.

“Keeping healthy over this period is very important and I watched what I ate to make sure I filled up on plenty of carbohydrates for energy as well as staying on top of my fresh fruit and vegetables.” says Martin. “I took my USANA vitamins and listened to my body to make sure I didn’t get run down, too!”

3. David Bishop

Gymnast David says: “After the initial relief of qualifying for the games, I was so very happy to call my parents and family so happy and proud of me was definitely the greatest feeling!“

Before the games David has been heavy loading his body with lots of routines and strength conditioning. “At that point I was eating relatively healthily but if my body told me it really needed a treat such as chocolate and peanut butter I would give it what it wanted!” He says.

David packed his Proflavanol C100, USANA Essentials, Active Calcium Plus, CoQuinone 100 and BiOmega, as well as USANA Nutrimeal, All of these were essential to help me perform at my best!” He says.

4. Shara Gillow

Cyclist Shara describes being selected to compete for Australia as being “a real honour!”

To prepare, Shara had been racing in coutries like: Belgium, Holland, Italy and England and she has also been over to Scotland a few times to get to know the race course in Glasgow. “And I was mentally preparing too – this was just as important. But how did I do this? Well it’s a secret!” She says.

“My nutrition always plays a massive part in my racing and training, I think if you don’t get the best nutrition you can’t perform at your best!”

Shara packed her USANA Essentials (which she describe as a must) and her Active Calcium Plus.

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5. David Mckeon

Swim champ David qualified at the Australia championships by winning the 400 metre freestyle and coming 3rd at the 200 metre freestyle races. He described representing Australia a being a great honour. He geared up for Glasgow by training 10 two-hour pool sessions every week.

“I had been training hard in the run-up to the competition.” says David. “And concentrating hard on myself by getting the most out of my training –  I wanted to be the best that I could be.” He says.

David packed his USANA Essentials in the essential kit bad for Glasgow.

6. Gilllies Kaka

After playing for the Hawkes Bay Magpies, World Series Dream Team and winning the Rugby Sevens World Cup Player of the Tournament (2013), Gillies was selected for the Rugby Sevens team to represent New Zealand in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The big focus for Gillie was enhancing his training abilities and recovery time, while increasing results. Gillies is also one of our newest Team USANA Athletes and we’re excited to have him on board! Next on the radar for this promising young player is the Olympic Games in Rio!

Gillies packed his USANA Essentials, Biomega, Procosamine, Rev3 Energy Drink and USANA Nutrimeal.

7. Zhao Yue (Ricky)

Competitive shooter, Ricky is another new face to our Team USANA Athletes. The top New Zealand shooting star is the only New Zealander to qualify for the shooting category. Ricky has won multiple Gold medals including at the 2012 Hamilton Open, the 2013 Northland ISSF Open, and at the NZ ISSF Championships. Plus he took Gold at the 2014 Auckland Anniversary competition. Ricky’s next big goal after the Commonwealth Games, is to be selected to compete at t he 206 Olympics!

Ricky packed his USANA Essentials, Proflavanol C100, Biomega, Nutrimeal and Fibergy Plus in his bag for Glasgow.

8. Leroy Hindley

Boxer Leroy is currectly ranked #1 64kg boxer in New Zealand, and he competed at the Commonwealth Games. The young athlete has competed in many competitions including the 2014 Sting Cup in Melbourne, the 2014 Gee Bee International Tourment in Finland where he won Bronze and the 2014 Belgrade Winners Tournament where he also walked away with a Bronze medal. We’re very proud to have him on board Team USANA!

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