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USANA BiOmega – Are you getting enough omega-3s?

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USANA BiomegaArticle from USANA Australia Product News Letter 2016

A healthy body needs a mix of nutrients including proteins, carbohydrates and fats – yes fats! Fats are a major macronutrient and they provide a concentrated source of energy plus, they help the body to absorb nutrients such as fat-soluble vitamins and some antioxidants. The trouble is that most of us consume too much fat in general. Also, the vast majority don’t get enough of one fat in particular – the omega-3s. Are you getting your fats right?

Fats are grouped according to their chemical makeup and each type of fat affects the body differently. Most of us need to cut down on our total fat intake and especially avoid foods that are high in saturates.

More about omega-6 fats

Omega-6 (and omega-3) fats play a crucial role in heart and brain function and in normal growth and development. Vegetable oils such as sunflower, safflower, and corn oil, meat, eggs and dairy are major contributors of omega-6s. Most of us get plenty of omega-6s but not enough omega-3s. Even so replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) is a heart healthy move. One study showed that swapping saturates with PUFAs can cut heart disease risk by nearly a quarter!

More about omega-3 fats

Omega-3 fats contain two key ingredients; long chain fatty acids called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Vital building blocks for the production of cell membranes, EPA and DHA are needed to produce hormones, to protect the immune system, for healthy cell growth and much more…

  1. Brain and nervous system health. Much of your brain tissue is made from omega-3 fats so for healthy brain development and function, long chain omega-3 fatty acids (specifically DHA) are a must throughout life.
  2. Anti-inflammatory action. Omega-3 fats have anti-inflammatory effects. And, because inflammation is behind many chronic (long-term) conditions such as heart disease and joint inflammation, raising your intake of omega-3s may help reduce the risk of these, plus conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  3. Heart health. Getting enough omega-3s may help to lower a type of fat called triglycerides as well as total cholesterol (both can increase your risk of heart and blood vessel conditions). Omega-3s may also help to increase HDL-cholesterol levels (the healthy type of cholesterol because it helps to eliminate cholesterol from the body).
  4. Eye health. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, omega-3s may protect against age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness in older people.
  5. Pregnancy and breastfeeding. Long-chain omega-3s can have a positive effect on visual and cognitive (brain) development in the growing baby.
  6. Prostate health. A recent study has suggested a link between consumption of DHA and total marine fatty acid intakes with a lower risk of death from prostate conditions.
  7. Cell ageing. Other research suggests that omega-3s can help the cells resist ageing. Scientists measured blood levels of omega-3 oils from fish (DHA and EPA) and then isolated white blood cells to measure the markers that signal ageing. Their findings, say the researchers, ‘raise the possibility that omega-3 fatty acids may protect against cellular ageing’.

If fish is the best source of omega-3s, how did inland early man survive?

The first humans were hunter gatherers. Unlike most of us today, they didn’t just eat the muscle meats of a hunted animal – they also ate omega-3 rich organ meats like the brain and bone marrow. Today, game i.e. wild-caught animal meat still contains more omega-3s than grain-fed, farmed livestock. Studies also suggest that the high levels of omega-6 fats many of us consume may reduce the absorption of omega-3s, especially DHA.

Finding nature’s antifreeze

Omega-3 fats don’t solidify even in very cold temperatures. This is important for fish living in cold ocean waters – without this kind of natural anti-freeze, the fish would literally freeze! In your body, this property helps blood vessels to remain flexible.

The richest sources of polyunsaturated essential fats include cold water fish like salmon, mackerel, trout and fresh tuna.

Some white fish and shellfish contain long-chain omega-3s, but not as much as oily fish. The main shellfish sources of long-chain omega-3s are mussels, oysters, squid and crab.

Fish oil is another good source of essential omega-3 fats.

Could you be short on omega-3s?

Early humans were hunter-gatherers who ate a diet that contained roughly a 1:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats. Today, the typical ratio is around 15:1 a vastly lowered intake and ratio of omega-3 fats. In Japan where fish is a staple food, the ratio is 4:1 and the population is considered to be one of the healthiest worldwide.

One reason that we could be falling short of omega-3s is that the modern day diet doesn’t offer as many sources of these fats compared with times gone by. Because marine animals are the richest source of long chain omega-3s, you need to actively seek out fish and seafood and eat it regularly. Yet we have many more opportunities to consume saturates and omega-6 fats because we tend to eat more animal products and manufactured foods and more vegetable oils.

Also, because omega-6 fats and omega-3s are similar in makeup, when you eat more omega-6 fats, they compete against omega-3 fats for the same enzymes (substances that speed chemical reactions). So, the more omega-6 that you consume, the more enzymes will be used up leaving fewer enzymes to convert omega-3 fats into antiinflammatory chemicals needed to keep the inflammatory process in check. When the ratio is greatly out of balance, high levels of omega-6 replace and even reduce omega-3 fats.

Getting the balance right

Some experts say that consuming too much omega-6 and so little omega-3 fats can trigger inflammation which may then lead to heart disease and other conditions. Others suggest that omega-6 doesn’t have this effect. The majority agree, though, that in the average western diet, you’re likely to get so many omega-6s that reducing your intake may bring health benefits.

Cutting your intake of omega-6s and increasing your intake of omega-3s can help you to get the balance right.

The Heart Foundation (Aus) recommends an intake of 500mg/day EPA and DHA. Around 1000mg of omega-3 (marine source) daily is recommended if you have heart disease. Studies in the UK suggest that a massive nine out of ten British people fall short of this amount and the figure is likely to be similar here in Australia and New Zealand.

Ways to get the balance right

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  • Eat more fish. Go for two fish dishes a week – a serve is around 170-200g (raw fish weight) or 110-140g of canned or cooked salmon. Good sources of omega-3s include salmon, herring, sardines, fresh tuna, snapper and scallops.
  • Eat more vegetarian sources of omega-3s. These include walnuts, flaxseeds (freshly ground), soybeans and tofu and leafy vegetables such as kale. These contain a precursor chemical, a short chain omega-3 called alpha-linolenic acid called (ALA) which the body can use to form the long-chain fatty acids EPA and DHA. But the conversion process isn’t very efficient. According to one review, between eight and 20 per cent of ALA is converted to EPA in humans and between 0.5 to nine per cent of ALA is converted to DHA. Levels of the enzyme needed to convert ALA to EPA and DHA decline with age.
  • Switch oil. Cook and stir-fry with just a little canola oil which contains ALA. Or replace butter, vegetable and sunflower oils with olive oil, macadamia or avocado which contain heart-healthy monounsaturates.
  • Sprinkle on seeds. Try chia seeds – these were an important staple of the ancient Aztecs and Mayans, chia seeds also contain bone building minerals including calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.
  • Try tofu. Add tofu to stir-fries or stir soya beans in to casseroles and curries.
  • Snack smart. Try delicious walnuts which also contain antioxidants including ellagic acid to support a healthy immune system.
  • Cut down on processed foods – manufacturers often use omega-6 rich vegetable oils.

What about fish oil supplements?

Fish oil (derived from the flesh of cold-water fish, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies) is a naturally powerful anti-inflammatory. Supplementing your diet is useful for general health and in the treatment of a range of conditions.

For example:

Heart health – fish oil supplements may help to improve blood flow thus helping to maintain healthy heart circulation and cardiovascular health.

Joint health – fish oil can help decrease joint inflammation associated with arthritis. One study showed that supplementation could reduce requirement for antiinflammatory medication in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Behavioural problems – fish oil supplements and DHA in particular may help to improve behavioural problems in children. These include short attention span and restlessness. DHA is especially important in helping to regulate cognitive performance and may even help boost children’s school abilities by enhancing learning.

Healthy pregnancy and healthy baby – getting enough omega-3s is important for the healthy development of a baby’s brain, nervous system and sight. The human brain has a growth spurt during the last trimester of pregnancy and in the months after birth. This is when the DHA in the brain triples so getting enough is essential.

Not all fish oil supplements are created equal

Dr Alex Richardson from the UK charity Food and Behaviour Research is one of the world’s leading researchers into omega-3s. She has voiced her concerns about the poor quality of many fish oil supplements saying: ‘Not all kinds of omega-3s have the same health benefits.’

One of the main problems with some supplements she says is that products can contain little, if any of the important forms of omega-3s for human health, EPA and DHA. Look for a supplement that contains 1000mg omega-3s.

Pesticides and purity

USANA BiOmega is mercury-tested and USANA uses a double molecular distillation process that ensures the highest possible purity, unsurpassed in the industry. This revolutionary process removes mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), pesticides and other heavy metals. Pollutants are removed without damaging the delicate omega-3 fats.

BiOmega can be used long-term to supplement your daily diet and provide long lasting health benefits.

BiOmega is fortified with vitamin D; it provides 200 IU per daily recommended dosage. Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and immune function. Around one in four adults in Australia and New Zealand is short on vitamin D.

USANA BiOmega (Listed in Australia TGA):

usana biomega fish oilContains 1000mg cold-water fish oil rich in the important omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA

  • Each capsule contains EPA 320mg and DHA 230mg
  • Provides a healthy balance of omega-3s
  • Easily absorbed by the body
  • Offers exceptional purity
  • Helps to maintain a healthy nervous system
  • Supports cardiovascular and joint health
  • Important structural component of the brain and eyes

Taking USANA BiOmega

Try a small amount to begin with and build up to the recommended amount.

Take with food to avoid a fishy aftertaste or digestive problems. Large doses of fish oil (above the recommended daily amount) if taken all at once may have a laxative effect, so spread the doses out over the day to improve absorption.

Purchase USANA Biomega from USANA Approved Website.

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Have you fished enough? Try USANA Biomega

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omega 3Article from USANA Magazine 2105.

Omega-3 and its potential benefits have been much discussed about lately, and any news release concerning Omega-3 has easily aroused the interests of many. It appears prudent to equip ourselves with the right understanding regarding Omega-3 and its benefits in order to make informed decision when it comes to supplement selection, amidst the bombardment of both truth and hype about this oil by the media. Hence, the questions of the day are – What actually is Omega-3? What benefits does Omega-3 offer? Have you ‘fished’ enough? Do you ‘fish’ the right fish?

What Actually Is Omega-3?

Omega-3 fatty acids belong to the “Fat” family called polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). The human body is unable to produce omega-3. Consequently, omega-3 fatty acids are called “essential” nutrients. Omega-3 often exists in three different forms, namely α-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA). Rich sources of ALA include flaxseed oil, canola oil, soybean oil and walnut oil. On the other hand, oily fishes such as salmon, herring, sardines and tuna are the major dietary sources of EPA and DHA. Humans can convert the short chain omega-3 fatty acid ALA to the important longer chain omega-3s EPA and DHA, but this conversion is estimated to be only 10% efficient or less. It has been suggested that human beings evolved from a diet with a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids of approximately 1:1 , but the ratio of our current diet, which has been very much westernized due to the penetration of fast foods chains into local market, ranging from 5:1 to over 10:1. This is mainly due to increased use of vegetable oils rich in omega-6 as well as reduced fish consumption. Large scientific evidence suggests that increasing omega-3 fatty acids contributes to a number of health benefits.

What Benefits Does Omega-3 Offer?

Omega-3 is important structural components of our cell membrane (cell wall). Its role could be likened as the “brick and mortar” of the wall of our body cells. Omega-3 determines our cell’s fluidity, flexibility, permeability and activities, which are vital for nutrients transportation across the cell membrane as well as cellular component exchange. DHA is found at very high concentration in the cell membranes of the retina; the retina conserves and recycles DHA when omega-3 fatty acid intake is low . Studies indicate that DHA is required for normal development and function of the retina, suggesting that it plays important role in preserving healthy vision. Broad scientific evidence shows that increasing intake of Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) can reduce risk of cardiovascular diseases by:

  1. Decreasing triglyceride levels;
  2. Delaying hardening of blood vessels;
  3. Improving dilation of blood vessels;
  4. Improving inflammation.

Research findings have also showed that fish oil supplementation significantly decreased the number of painful and tender joints in those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. The most recent research has also associated omega-3 supplementation with improvements in pain intensity and duration of morning stiffness8 . In a study of European women with high-risk pregnancies, fish oil supplementation, with 2.7g EPA and DHA on daily basis, during the last trimester of pregnancy, lowered the risk of premature delivery from 33% to 21%9 . Besides, another study also showed that children born to mothers who were supplemented with fish oil (2.2g DHA and 1.1g EPA) during pregnancy displayed better eye and hand coordination at 2.5 years of age.

Do You “Fish” The Right Fish?

Some species of fish may contain significant levels of methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) or other environmental contaminants. Larger predatory fish, such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tend to contain the highest levels of these contaminants. Organic mercury compounds are toxic and excessive exposure may lead to brain and kidney damage. The developing fetus, infants and young children are particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of mercury on the brain.

usana biomega fish oil

USANA BiOmega is double-molecular distilled to be virtually free from heavy metals and organic contaminants. It provides advanced levels of over 1g EPA and DHA fatty acids that are essential for optimal health and wellness in just two capsules a day. Its lemon oil helps to eliminate any fishy aftertaste and it also supplies additional vitamin D, a nutrient found to be inadequate in the diet. Moreover, it is effective, safe, and independently tested and approved by ConsumerLab. * This section provides general information on Omega-3 for educational purpose only and does not directly reflect USANA’s products.

This article is contributed by Kate Saw, BSc (Hons) Dietetics, Nutritionist.

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

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USANA Assures the Quality of Its Fish Oil Supplement

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usana biomegaResponse to fish oil supplement study in New Zealand

A recent study published in the journal of Scientific Reports (Albert et al, 21 Jan 2015) reported that majority of the fish oil supplements in New Zealand are highly oxidized and do not meet label claim for omega-3 contents.

Researchers at the University of Auckland evaluated the quality and content of 32 encapsulated fish oil products sold at retail or online stores in Auckland, New Zealand. All products were tested for total oil content, EPA+DHA content, oxidation status as measured by PV, AV and Totox value. The study found that only 3 out of the 32 fish oil supplements contained quantities of EPA and DHA that were equal or higher than labelled claims, with most products tested (69%) containing less than 67%. The vast majority of products tested also exceeded recommended levels of oxidation markers. Findings from this study had come as a surprise with such high percentage of products that failed to meet label claim and quality standards. It certainly raised alarms for the New Zealand authorities to conduct further investigation. Testing methodology used in the study should be closely examined and re-testing of these products by independent laboratories may also be necessary to avoid misrepresentation.

USANA wish to advise its customers that results from the Auckland study has no relevance to USANA Biomega fish oil supplement sold in Australia, New Zealand and globally. Although the study authors have not disclosed the brand names of the products tested, they did state the country of origin and label claims. There were only two products that were manufactured in USA and their label claims for EPA+DHA content do not match the label claim of USANA BiOmega. We therefore conclude that USANA BiOmega was not included in the Auckland study.
USANA wish to further assure its customers that, when it comes to choosing a fish oil supplement, they can trust USANA Biomega as a high quality and high potency product.

USANA BiOmega is manufactured according to pharmaceutical-grade GMP – a much more stringent manufacturing standard than food-grade GMP. We adhere to such high manufacturing standards to ensure the quality, safety and efficacy of our products;

▪ Fish oil in BiOmega is extracted from wild, cold water fish species that come from a fishery
that uses sustainable practices and renewable resources;

▪ We comply with all relevant regulations in regards to purity and potency, and meet our
internal specification to guarantee that heavy metals and other contaminants are well under
the allowable limits set by government authorities;

▪ Fish oil in BiOmega is individually encapsulated and manufactured under nitrogen gas to
prevent the omega-3 EFAs from being oxidized. Each capsule of BiOmega also contains
tocopherol (vitamin E) to further protect the omega-3 EFAs from oxidation to ensure long term
stability. Test results of oxidation markers (PV and AV value) for BiOmega are also well
below the level set by government and international guidelines;

Each batch of BiOmega is tested against our strict specification for label claim and purity at time of product release and throughout long-term stability testing program to ensure that the product maintains its quality and potency throughout its shelf life;

▪ In addition, USANA BiOmega has been independently tested by ConsumerLab and received
approval for label claim for EPA+DHA content and for meeting the purity standards.
BiOmega has also been tested and certified for label claim by NSF international.

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USANA Biomega Jr now available in Australia and New Zealand

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Article extracted from USANA Australia Magazine 2014

Good Nutrition is the basis of good health today and a healthier tomorrow. And with tomorrows in mind, the health of our children was the focus of a representational talk by Dr Brian Dixon and our very own Geoff Watt.

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Dr Brian Dixon and Geoff Watt shared the stage to a maxed out auditorium in Sydney’s Convention and Exhibition Centre during the Asia Pacific Convention in March. The purpose was to proudly introduce a new product to Australia and New Zealand’s range of children’s health and nutrition products: USANA Biomega Jr. Brian, who is Director of Product Innovation at USANA and Geoff, our local marketing guru, began by talking hold the underlying need for good nutrition. Dr Dixon, who manages all the clinical studies conducted at USANA related some background research that suggests that our intake of the omega-3 fats is now much lower compared with different types of fats that come from both animal and plant origin. Brian explained that not all fats are made equal and the omega-3s are special and vital to good health for all of us over every age and at every stage.

‘The good health benefits of omega-3s in adults are already well known adds Dr Dixon, and omega-3 fats come in a number of forms.” The types of long chain omega-3 fats found in fish namely EPA and DHA appear to have the strongest health benefits.

Dr Dixon went on. ‘Omega-3s are a type of fat that is essential for healthy growth and development and functioning of each and every body cell. They play a major role in eye health, leaking mood, concentration and m0re.’

‘Oily fish is an excellent food – it’s the omega-3 fats specifically EPA and DHA that it contains, that make fish oils so beneficial. Unfortunately the body can’t make omega-3s. And getting supplements down can be tricky for both parent and child.’ Geoff agreed saying , We all want the best for our children and making sure they get all the nutrients they need is part of the good care they deserve’

So what did the Research and Development team come up with? USANA Biomega Jr. Brian said, ‘Taste is of key importance to kids so choosing a supplement that is palatable is important. Plus, the supplement you choose needs to have the highest amounts of EPA and DHA.’

At that point. Geoff , who had inconspicuously exited the stage re-entered wearing goggles, snorkel, flippers boardies and all. Yes, it was time to introduce Biomega Jr.

Geoff explained that unlike other children’s formulations, USANA Biomega Jr. has effective levels of both DHA and EPA. The naturally sweetened orange gel makes taking the every-other-day dose easy – take it straight from the sachet or stir into yogurt or squeeze over breakfast cereals. Australia and New Zealand is the first market in the world to be offered this exciting new product that will make getting healthy omega-3s into your kids diet childs-play!

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