Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Nutrients for men’s health and USANA Palmetto Plus™

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Article extracted from USANA Magazine 2015.

DO YOU KNOW? Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) affects 8% of all men at the age of forty, 60% of men in their seventies, and 90% of men in their eighties.

As men advance to older age, many experience declining prostate health that significantly affects their lifestyle and well-being. One of the most common conditions threatening the prostate gland is benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). The swelling of the prostate gland can lead to myriad symptoms such as increased urinary frequency, weak urinary stream, difficulty initiating urination, and increased cancer risk. In Malaysia, prostate cancer is ranked 6th among male cancer and expected to increase in the future. Very few prostate cancers occur in men under 50 years of age. The rate increases sharply with age and is highest in the oldest age group . The majority are Chinese (50.0%) followed by Malay (46.4%) and Indian (3.6%)2 . The low incidence rate could be related to limited public awareness, low health screening rate and low detection rate.

WHAT IS ENLARGED PROSTATE?

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  • Common issues in men age 50 and above
  • The condition of compromised prostate health increases sharply with age
  • A condition associated with ageing, genetic background, high fat diet and hormonal changes
  • Prevention is better than cure

WHO IS AT RISK?

  • Men with BMI (Body Mass Index) > 30
  • Smoking
  • High Fat Diet

SOY ISOFLAVONE

A recent meta-analysis of eight studies finds that isoflavones consumption is associated with a reduction in risk of prostate cancer . Soy isoflavones exhibit potential properties in limiting the progression of prostate cancer. Supplementation of soy isoflavones appears to slow the rising serum prostate specific antigen (PSA) concentration associated with prostate tumor growth. Additionally, men who receive a high-phytoestrogen diet experience significant improvement in PSA concentrations compared to men who receive a low-phytoestrogen diet.

SAW PALMETTO

Extensive research supports saw palmetto’s benefits for prostate health. An analysis involving 2,939 men with symptomatic benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) shows that those taking saw palmetto extract reported greater improvement of urinary tract symptoms and urinary flow measures, there was also a decrease in episodes of nocturia (nighttime urination) and an improvement in peak urinary flow . Besides, saw palmetto exerts anti-inflammatory effects that also may have complementary effects on prostate health. Consumption of saw palmetto has resulted in improved quality of life, maximum urinary flow, decrease in prostate size and symptoms among men with prostate problem.

LYCOPENE

Lycopene is a carotenoid, a natural pigment made by plants and various fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, apricots, guavas, and watermelon. Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that populations with high intake of dietary lycopene have lower risks of prostate cancer. Lycopene improves inflammation, prevents oxidative DNA damage, inhibits tumour growth as well as induces apoptosis (cell death). A substantial part of the lycopene effects can be explained by its antioxidant action. Men with the highest levels of serum lycopene have shown to be at 45% lower risk of cancer than those with the lowest levels of lycopene. Higher lycopene intake is inversely associated with total prostate cancer risk and higher lycopene intake results in significant reduction in serum PSA levels.

USANA Palmetto Plus™

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USANA Palmetto Plus™ is an effective and convenient way to get a good affordable formula that promotes long-term health of the prostate.

It contains the above mentioned nutrients for men’s health:

  • Saw Palmetto
  • Soy Isoflavone
  • Lycopene

USANA Palmetto Plus™

  • May improve urinary flow
  • Supports urinary tract health
  • Help to lower risk of prostate cancer
  • Helps to reduce Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH)
  • Improve PSA concentration
  • Improve inflammation
  • Helps reduce oxidative DNA damage
  • Improve quality of life

To purchase USANA Palmetto Plus, please visit USANA Australia Approved Website.

*This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

NutritionX Health Network

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Sweet dreams and USANA products

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sweet-dreamJames’s mother brought him to see us at the Brain Bio Centre because, no matter how tired he became, he simply was not sleeping. Consequently, his concentration and memory at school were very poor. We screened him for various biochemical imbalances and analysed his diet. We found that James had food allergies, low levels of calcium and magnesium, and too much sugar in his diet. By excluding the foods that James was allergic to, reducing his sugar intake and supplementing extra calcium and magnesium, James benefits from the change within a matter of weeks.

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Sleeping is very important for our life. Without sleep, even for a night, the body shows clear signs of stress – mood and concentration go, defences drops, zinc and magnesium levels fall, and vitamin c is used up at an alarming rate. Sleep rejuvenates both body and mind. In fact, during the first three hours of sleep, the body goes into rapid repair mode.

Finding the zzzzz factor

Whichever type of sleep problem your child has, the factors to consider are the same: along with habitual telly-gazing last thing at night, these include deficiencies of the calming minerals magnesium and calcium, excess sugar or stimulants, food allergies and a lack of physical activity during the day.

Chill-out minerals

If your child fails to get enough magnesium and calcium, it can trigger or exacerbate sleep difficulties, because this mineral duo calms the body, and helps relax nerves and muscles. As we’ve seen, magnesium deficiency is increasingly common in children. In fact, your child’s diet is likely to be lower in magnesium than in calcium, so make sure they’re eating plenty of magnesium-rich foods – seeds, nuts, green vegetables, wholegrains and seafood. Including some magnesium in the evening, perhaps even in a supplement products like USANA Active Calcium Plus or USANA Multi-minerals.

Other nutrients that are important for good sleep are the B vitamins (which can be found in USANA Mega Antioxidant), These are best taken earlier in the day rather than in the evening, though, as they are also involved in energy production and can be overstimulating just before bed.

Serotonin and melatonin

The amounts of serotonin and the hormone melatonin in our bodies increase in the evening as part of our natural sleep-wake cycle. Deficiencies in either can prevent sleep and disruptions in sleep patterns can deplete the body of these substances.

The body needs adequate amounts of B6 and trytophan to make serotonin and melatonin, and foods particularly high in tryptophan include chicken, cheese, tuna, tofu, eggs, nuts, seeds soya milk and milk. So, drinking some soya milk (USANA Soyamax) at night before bed and taking some vitamin B6 (USANA Mega Antioxidant) in the morning helps with serotonin and melatonin generation.

Melatonin can be found in USANA Pure Rest (NOT yet available in Australia). It is a neurotransmitter, not a nutrient, and hence needs to be used much more cautiously when supplementing. Taking too much can cause diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, dizziness, headaches, depression and nightmares. However, melatonin has been used to good effect in children in a number of studies, so it’s worth a try under the guidance of a qualified nutritional therapist or doctor.

 

Tips for sweet dream:

  1. Avoid sugar rich food.
  2. Take calcium, magnesium, trytophan and vitamin B6 rich food or related supplements. USANA Products are good choices.
  3. Exercise during the day.
  4. Keep your room windows opened with fresh air.
  5. Keep your room dark when sleeping.
  6. Choose good pillow and bed.

To purchase above USANA Products, please visit www.buyvitaminsonline.com.au. The website is approved by USANA Head office.

NutritionX Health Network

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