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USANA Poly C – Seven reasons to see more C!

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USANA Poly CLike guinea pigs and chimpanzees, we humans are some of the few animals in the world that can’t make our own vitamin C. And, because this delicate vitamin is water-soluble and can’t be stored in large amounts by your body, it’s important to get some vitamin C every day.

Seven reasons why your body needs vitamin C

Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C has many roles and is essential for a healthy body. It has:

1. Immune system boosting benefits

Vitamin C is best known for its immune system boosting effects, specifically fighting infections like colds. And, although enjoying a diet that’s rich in vitamin C can’t stop you from catching a cold, taking a vitamin C supplement may help to reduce the severity and duration of a cold. A large study showed that although taking a vitamin C supplement doesn’t seem to make much difference to couch potatoes, if you do exercise – even if you exercise briefly – taking C in supplement form could actually halve your risk of catching a cold and speed up recovery, too.

Part of the way that vitamin C does this is by encouraging white blood cells (which protect the body from infection) to increase in number. Vitamin C is concentrated in white blood cells. Plus it boosts the production of antibodies.

According to animal studies, it also raises the level of interferon. When the viruses that cause colds and flu enter the cells, they take them over, turning cells into tiny flu-producing factories. Interferon is one of your body’s anti-viral defence mechanisms. It surrounds cell surfaces helping to prevent pathogenic (harmful) viruses from entering them. Vitamin C can repair and protect cells, too, so it’s important for wound healing. And because it has an antihistamine action, vitamin C may be able to lessen the unpleasant effects of colds such as congestion inflammation, stuffy nose and aches.

2. Antioxidant action

With its powerful antioxidant action, vitamin C protects the body from free radicals that can cause oxidative stress. Sometimes called cellular rust, oxidative stress involves build-up of harmful free radicals and this has been linked with a range of chronic conditions from heart disease and stroke to some cancers. Aim for around five to six servings of fruit and vegetables daily. This provides vitamin C plus a wide range of healthful plant pigments, vitamins and minerals.

3. Skin paybacks

Vitamin C is essential for building and maintaining collagen and connective tissue. Collagen is the main structural protein in connective tissue. Connective tissue structurally supports and strengthens muscles, teeth, bones, skin and blood vessels. Collagen supports tissues and organs including the skin. Your body needs vitamin C to make collagen. So, getting enough helps to ensure that your skin is elastic. Stress can take its toll on your whole body including your skin. When you feel stressed, the stress hormone cortisol triggers inflammation and this breaks down collagen. And since collagen helps to keep your skin plump and firm, signs of stress may be visible in your complexion.

4. Benefit for smokers

Inhaling just one puff of cigarette smoke introduces three trillion free radicals directly into the lungs. You can’t feel the damage this is doing because the lungs don’t have nerve cells. But, when free radicals come into contact with lung tissue, it triggers damage including inflammation. Smoking uses up your body’s very tiny stores of vitamin C as well as other nutrients. It also causes the skin to constrict so that less oxygen and nutrients are able to feed and protect your skin. This is one reason that skin looks older, faster if you smoke. Getting enough vitamin C helps to support skin suppleness and elasticity because it helps to boost collagen production. It also maintains the health of your capillaries, so that oxygen and nutrients can reach the cells of the body including skin cells. If you smoke, though, the best thing you can do for your health is to stub out the habit.

5. Iron absorbing features

The mineral iron is a major component of the oxygen-carrying protein in the blood called haemoglobin. When taken with a meal, vitamin C helps your body to naturally absorb iron. This is whether the iron comes from animal sources (meat and fish) or from vegetarian sources (like peas, beans and legumes and wholegrains).

6. Stress attacking functions

Fast-paced 21st century living takes its toll on your stress levels and raised stress hormones deplete vitamin C in your body. In fact vitamin C is the first nutrient to be depleted in alcoholics, smokers and people who are obese. Vitamin C is a potent free radical scavenger and these reactive compounds are produced as a by-product of metabolism. High levels of free radicals can be triggered by pollution, poor diet (too many fast, fatty, sugary foods and drinks), alcohol and cigarette smoke.

7. Vitamin E preserving effects

Vitamin C can also regenerate other disease-fighting antioxidants in the body, including alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E). So, this water-soluble free radical fighter helps to preserve the fat soluble vitamin, (free radical) fighter boosting your body’s self defence systems.

21st century scurvy?

Not getting enough vitamin C (less than 10mg or so per day) for around three months or so can trigger the vitamin C deficiency disease, scurvy. Signs and symptoms include fatigue and gum inflammation, joint pain, and poor wound healing, anaemia and tooth loss.

Before the eighteenth century, scurvy was common in sailors when fresh fruits and vegetables weren’t available on long sea voyages. Once it became known that limes and other citrus fruits could be stored for long periods and would prevent the condition, British sailors regularly used limes to prevent scurvy. Hence the term ‘limeys.’

Once consigned to the history books, scurvy made a comeback during and after World War II because of severe food rationing. Surprisingly, though, cases of scurvy are being reported today in the present day UK.

Dietitians in South Wales, UK, blame the resurgence of scurvy to eating too many takeaway and microwave meals and not eating nearly enough fresh fruit and vegetables. Dietitian Sioned Quirke who works in the Rhondda Valley in South Wales said: ‘The difference between now and then is that this is out of choice. People say that fruit and vegetables are not affordable when in fact they are.’ Sioned blames fast food for the rise of scurvy.

In adults, the symptoms of scurvy include:

  • Tiredness (your body does not have enough oxygen triggering fatigue)
  • Pain in the limbs, mainly the legs
  • Small red-blue spots on the skin

If untreated, scurvy can cause jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes), oedema (swelling caused by a build-up of fluid) and potentially fatal heart problems. Recently, parents of an eight-year-old boy who died allegedly died of scurvy fronted court charged with neglect and suspicion of death due to scurvy.

Could you do with a little more vitamin C?

Spacing is essential

With regular vitamin C supplements, its best to space them throughout the day. Because it is water-soluble, excess vitamin C is excreted from the body via urine. Poly CTM is different because it contains a range of forms of vitamin C. This means that the blood levels of vitamin C remain raised for longer if you take vitamin C as Poly C compared with regular products. It also contains citrus bioflavonoids which help your body cells absorb and use vitamin C.

Everyone has different biochemistry and unique lifestyles. The amount of vitamin C needed daily for optimal performance is directly related to individual diet, absorption, utilisation, metabolism, excretion, work environment, and physical, mental, and environmental stress.

You many need a supplement if:

You smoke or you are around second-hand cigarette smoke. Smoking depletes the body of the tiny stores of vitamin C it contains and increases the need for antioxidants because it introduces free radicals to the body. The more you smoke, the more vitamin C you lose from your cells and blood, so a supplement is needed.

If you have a very limited diet. Today’s high-speed lifestyles mean that many of us rely on grabbing ready-made meals, fast foods and takeaways – high on convenience and low in nutrition.

If you have certain medical conditions such as difficulty in absorbing nutrients.

So how do I know if my vitamins are broken down and being absorbed?

A brand that follows pharmaceutical-grade GMP is a good way to ensure high quality

Get to know USANA Poly C™

  • A unique blend of mineral ascorbates
  • Provides 600mg of vitamin C per tablet for enhanced antioxidant protection
  • Strengthens the immune system, supports the synthesis of collagen.

Why USANA Poly C™?

USANA Poly C is a balanced formulation of mineral ascorbates with vitamin C activity. By using a variety of ascorbates, USANA’s Poly C is able to affect vitamin C levels in the body. An in-house clinical trials showed that when equal amounts of vitamin C were provided as either Poly C or ascorbate acid, the Poly C gave higher levels of vitamin C in blood serum and maintained those higher levels for a longer time. Poly C is laboratory tested, potency guaranteed. Meets British Pharmacopoeia specifications for uniformity and disintegration where applicable.

Using USANA Poly C: take two (2) to four (4) Poly C tablets daily, or as your personal needs require. Do not exceed four (4) tablets per day.

Purchase USANA Poly C from USANA Australia approved website: www.buyvitaminsonline.com.au

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USANA Probiotic – follow your gut

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usana probioticArticle from USANA Australia News Letter 2016

Your body isn’t just made of flesh and bone – it’s also home to an enormous amount of bacteria. Around 500 species of microorganisms call your body home and make up a massive 95 per cent of the cells in and on your body. So, you could say that your body is actually more bacterial than human!

Microbes colonise your mouth, nose, reproductive system and most of all, your digestive system. Most of these mutually-beneficial organisms are essential to keep you alive and healthy. And, they have many functions – from breaking down otherwise indigestible carbohydrates (they help your body release around 10 per cent of your total energy in fact!), to helping your body produce vitamins B and K and boosting mineral absorption. These miniature microbial bouncers also help to keep potentially harmful bacteria (pathogens) out so they’re an important part of your immune system.

Considering a probiotic?

Studies are revealing the very many ways that probiotics can boost health plus how 21st century living is depleting natural probiotics.

Your probiotic population can become imbalanced by:

  • Age – number of probiotics naturally decline with age
  • Stress
  • Illness
  • Poor diet (lack of fibre, too many processed foods, too much fat, too much alcohol)
  • Antibiotic use

All of these allow pathogens to take over. Short term, the result can be flatulence, bloating and cramps. Long-term, the result can be more serious such as inflammatory bowel conditions. Without enough beneficial bacteria, your immune system can’t work properly. So, for many reasons, it pays to look after your gut bacteria.

In Greek, probiotic means ‘for life’

and we humans have known about the benefits for thousands of years. Cultured milk products, (yogurt and kefir), tofu, soy milk, miso, tempeh and sauerkraut are good natural sources of probiotics and deliver beneficial bacteria directly into your intestines helping to boost your overall probiotic count.

ECZEMA

Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) found that where there was a family history of allergy or eczema, women who took a probiotic supplement in the last month of pregnancy and the first few months of breastfeeding saw a 40 per cent reduction in the incidence of eczema in children up to age two. As well as genetic predisposition, children are prone to picking up infections. Bacteria, such as lactobacilli species and bifidobacteria, help to boost immunity and may help to boost children’s immune function – check with your doctor.

DIARRHOEA

Your intestine (gut) needs to be porous to allow nutrients to be absorbed into your body, but because of this, it’s also vulnerable to invasion. Disease-producing bacteria such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff for short) produce toxins that can cause diarrhea. Infection may mean that your doctor prescribes antibiotics and these don’t discriminate – broad spectrum antibiotics kill all bacteria in the intestine including the beneficial kinds. Research from the American College of Gastroenterology’s (ACG) showed taking probiotics before beginning a course of antibiotics cut the risk of developing antibiotic-associated diarrhoea by about 60 per cent.

LACTOSE INTOLERANCE

Unpleasant gut symptoms after consuming varying amounts of lactose (the simple sugar found in milk) can be a sign of lactose intolerance. It is easier to tolerate lactose in yogurt compared with the same amount of lactose in milk because bacteria produce the enzyme lactase (which digests lactose). This makes lactose easier to digest. So, probiotic with lactobacillus bacteria may help ease symptoms of lactose intolerance.

OTHER GUT DISORDERS

Small amounts of short-term inflammation help to fight infection, but constant high levels can cause swelling, pain and damage to tissues. Ongoing inflammation is associated with conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and it stresses the gut lining making it more prone to damage. Beneficial bacteria are affected by stress, too, reducing their numbers.

Restoring friendly bacteria not only helps reduce the chances of infection but also inflammation. The UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that if you want to try probiotics, take them at the recommended dose for a minimum of four weeks.

OVERDOING ALCOHOL

Too much alcohol alters gut bacteria and one sign of a stressed liver (due to overindulgence in alcohol) is raised liver enzymes. Probiotics help to restore healthy intestinal flora.

CONSTIPATION

Having healthy gut flora increases the water content of waste matter. This enhances muscular contractions in the gut making it easier for the body to expel waste and reducing the time that waste stays in contact with the cells of the large intestine.

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PREBIOTICS

Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates (which feed beneficial bacteria to help them survive and thrive). Prebiotics are relatively stable and, unlike probiotics, can be relied on to arrive relatively unchanged in the gut despite the presence of digestive enzymes.

Prebiotic foods include bananas, oats, leeks, asparagus, tomatoes, artichokes, garlic and onions. Eating foods that contain prebiotics is a quick and effective way to boost the health of your micro flora. Taking probiotics has longer-term beneficial effect.

Probiotic and Gut Feeling?

The brain and the gut are connected by the long, branching vagus nerve, which transmits information from the gut and other visceral organs to the brain. Eating yogurt that contains probiotic could affect activity in the emotional part of the brain. It seems that the presence of bacteria in the gut may be able to send signals to the brain that can change over time depending on diet and the gut flora. Dr Kirsten Tillisch of UCLA’s School of Medicine, who led a recent study, said: ‘Time and time again we hear from patients that they never felt depressed or anxious until they started experiencing problems with their gut. Our study shows that the gut-brain connection is a two-way street.’

So what makes a good probiotic?

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

USANA’s 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.

Tests have proven that the species survive through the acidic stomach environment and are able to reach the intestines and do their beneficial work in the intestine.

Verified to supply 12 billion Colony Forming Units (CFU) of viable bacteria – a level shown to be effective in clinical studies.

USANA’s Probiotic advanced delivery system guarantees the bacteria will remain effective for at least 18 months when stored at room temperature much longer than most yoghurt type products available. Great if you don’t consume cow’s milk products – use straight out of the packet or mix with any cold food or drink.

USANA Probiotic is formulated without sugar, gluten or dairy.

Regularly taking USANA Probiotic plus FibergyTM Plus (which acts as a prebiotic for your natural, beneficial bacteria to flourish) can help your digestive system work efficiently, and help maintain gut health.

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Purchase USANA Probiotic and Fibergy from USANA Australia Office Approved Site.

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