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USANA’s high quality manufacturing standard

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USANA Manufacturing  * Modified from a story on www.USANAtoday.com, which originally ran September 7, 2011. All ranks, titles, and records are current as of the original publication date.

When it comes to testing, 100 percent isn’t always perfect.

In his 15 years and counting at USANA, Dr. John Cuomo has learned this from experience. He tells a story about an outside lab that did testing on Mega Antioxidant close to 15 years ago.

“Every time we would get a report back from them, the eight or ten ingredients they were testing, every single one, came in at exactly 100 percent of label claim,” said Dr. Cuomo, USANA’s executive director of research and development. “We thought this was interesting for a couple of reasons.”

The first reason: We usually overformulate in order to meet label claims for up to two years.

The second reason: We’re good, probably the best in the industry, but we’re not perfect. Dr. Cuomo said even though we test for uniformity, there’s an acceptable, but very small, margin of error.

“It’s very rare that you get exactly the 100 percent label claim on every single ingredient that’s in there,” he said. “And yet, we did five or six batches in a row that came back with 100 percent on every ingredient they were testing. So we did what we actually do with our own lab.”

They made a small pilot run of the product and intentionally left out half of the ingredients the lab was testing for. And the results?

“The Certificate of Analysis came back and it had 100 percent on everything,” Dr. Cuomo said. “I think that was the last straw for doing outside testing.”

In the last 15 years, USANA has phased out almost all of its outside testing—with only a couple of “very exotic, extra testing” handled infrequently by a third-party lab. When you manufacture your own products and dedicate the amount of resources and energy to in-house testing that we do, there’s no need to seek outside help.

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“You just don’t get above and beyond the testing that goes on at USANA,” said Dr. Mark Brown, USANA’s director of product development.

At every step of the production process on every commercial batch of our products, samples are taken, procedures are checked, and tests are run. If something goes wrong, the material is either scrapped or fixed until it meets stringent quality standards.

A representative sample of the full production batch goes through full chemical, physical, and contamination testing. Label claims are verified. Tablets are placed in faux-stomach-acid solution and stirred around until they dissolve to test disintegration—less than 30 minutes is the United States Pharmacopeia standard, but USANA tablets usually disintegrate in less than 15 minutes. Finished products are also tumbled around to test friability, or the ability for tablets to resist breaking.

These tests aren’t formally required, but we perform them on every finished product that bears the company name. Then they go a step further.
USANA Manufacturing Test Area
Stability testing is also done, with representative lots of all current products and all reformulations being tested. To assure the stability of the ingredients in the tablet, products in finished packaging spend two years in a 25 C (77 F)-degree room kept at 65 percent humidity. Samples are pulled at several predetermined time intervals and retested for contamination, physical parameters, potency, and label claims.

“That’s another extra step we take,” Dr. Cuomo said. “If we make a product, we do this. It’s not like we do it on one or two of our favorite products—it’s our entire product line.”

From the 20-plus scientists, chemists, and microbiologists who staff the labs, to the $3–$4 million in analytical equipment, this investment in testing represents a commitment to quality, which can be seen in all of our award-winning products. It’s the extra investment, the extra steps, and the extra care that sets us apart.

“It’s the same thing as owning your own production facility,” Dr. Cuomo said. “We do the testing, we do it right.”

* Products promoted on our website are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any diseases.

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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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10 Ways to Winter Wellness and USANA Products

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usana winter wellnessfrom USANA Australia Magazine 2014.

While Winter doesn’t bring the sub zero temperatures and icy winds of some seasons world-while, it does increase your chances of ill health. According to the UK’s NHS, you’re 80% more likely to get a cold in winters. So, what can you do to ensure your immune system is fighting fit this snuffle season?

OK, you probably already know that eating well, enjoying plenty of seasonal veggies and fruits, staying hydrate and going low GI is the way to go – whether its winter or not! But do you know about the kind of supplements that can enhance your health when it’s colder?

The right supplements can complement your best health intentions. Here we outline some key products – and the nutrients they contain – and why they may help protect your health this winter.

1. Vitamin A

Orangey and red-coloured produce contains vitamin A in the form of beta carotene which the body converts into vitamin A. This immunity-boosting antioxidants is vital for a healthy immune system, healthy skin and vision. And, although you’re not likely to be deficient in this fat-soluble vitamin, sub-clinical deficiency can leave your immune system challenged. Find it in red and yellow fruits and veggies and in fish and lean meat plus USANA Essentials or HealthPak which contains a range of potent bioavailable antioxidants.

2. Vitamin D

Vital for the absorption of calcium and phosphorous for healthy bones and teeth, the major sources of this fat-soluble vitamin is actually the action of sunlight on the skin. Find it in: margarine, egg yolks and oily fish plus in USANA Essentials™ or HealthPak™ and USANA Vitamin D™.

3. Vitamin C

Vitamin C

The classic immune system booster, studies show that taking vitamin C can reduce the duration and severity of colds. Vitamin C AKA asscorbic acid is needed for healthy collagen, teeth, gums and blood vessels. Cutting up and cooking veggies and fruits destroy this delicate antioxidant vitamin and it is lost from the body rapidly, too. So enjoy seasonal veggie and fruits daily  to keep your levels topped up. Symptoms of low levels of vitamin C include poor resistance to infection.

Find it in fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies. USANA Essentials™ contains vitamin C complex as do USANA Poly-C™, or Proflavanol C100 which ensures raised blood levels of vitamin C for longer-term protection.

 4. Iron

This mineral is a part of the pigment hemoglobin in red blood cells that transports oxygen to body cells. One of the symptoms of anemia (low blood iron concentration) is reduced resistance to infection. And, taking vitamin C with a meal helps your body to absorb more iron – from all foods that contain iron.

Find it in: lean meat, sardines, fortified breakfast cereals and green, leafy vegetables. The vitamin C in USANA Essentials™, HealthPak™, Poly C™ and Proflavanol C100™.

5. zinc

As well as being vital for healthy growth, development, night vision and the ability to taste and smell, you need a steady supply of zinc to keep your immune system strong (poor wound healing is one of the first signs of deficiency). Zinc is often taken with vitamin C to boost immune function.

Find it in: lean meat, oysters, eggs, seafood, tofu, black-eyed peas, peanuts and whole-grains plus in USANA Essentials™ or HealthPak™.

 6. Co-enzyme Q10

Called CoQ10 for short is a substance that’s found in almost every cell in your body. It’s located inside tiny organelles called mitochondria (these are a bit like your body’s batteries and they use oxygen to create energy in order to fuel vital processes). In other words, CoQ10 provides energy at the cell level. So, if you lack energy in the colder months, CoQ10 may help. USANA CoQuinone™ 30 or CoQuinone™ 100 contains alpha lipoic acid (alpha lipoic acid is also involved in mitochondrial energy metabolism and it recycles oxidized CoQ10). So, it helps to recharges your batteries and recycle other antioxidants, including vitamins E and C and glutathione) literally! Try CoQuinone 30 or CoQuinone 100.

 7. Milk Thistles

This member of the artichoke family contains silymarin, a powerful antioxidant mix. Like other members of the artichoke family, silymarin stimulates bile production reducing indigestion, nausea and bloating. Artichokes also contain inulin, a prebiotic which nourish protective bacteria in the large intestine helping the bacteria in the large intestine helping the bacteria to do their job – part of which is to boost the immune system.

Find it in artichokes, turmeric (which also contain silymarin), berries and dark grapes.

USANA HepaPlus™ contains mile thistle as well as a patented form of the potent anti-inflammatory, turmeric which has been used in Ayurveic medicine for thousands of years.

8. Ginkgo biloba

Do you have poor circulation in winter? The leaf of this ancient tree – is most often used to boost circulation. It contains powerful antioxidants to help boost blood flow. Try USANA Ginkgo-Ps™.

9. Skin Boosters

Skin may feel drier and need a little extra moisturizing and protection both from indoor heating and outdoor cold and wind.

Eat plenty of essential fatty acids (EFAs), particularly omega-3 (found in avocado and oily fish) and omega-6 (found in nuts, wholegrains and flaxseed oil) may help to keep skin hydrated and clarified. A deficiency in both of these may result in dry, inflamed skin, whiteheads and blackheads. Plus the anti-inflammatory action of omega-3s helps to clam irritated skin. It’s also important to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated – water and tea (especially green tea) are good choices.

10. Probiotics

Think they’re just for digestive health? Well more and more research is showing that probiotics have a positive effect on so many aspects of good health – and that includes immunity.

For example, probiotics, such as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria species can improve the body’s resistance to bacterial and viral infections.

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Find probiotics in: fermented products like sauerkraut, yogurt and also in USANA Probiotic™.

You can purchase our recommended USANA Products from our USANA approved online store.

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USANA Essentials – synergy, the whole is greater

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Many years ago, scientists predicted a future when human can live on powder and drinks containing finite number of nutrients, just enough for human body to operate as a machine. As years passes, we realized that our human body, is much more complex than we think. The body needs around 55 different types of nutrients (USANA Essentials has 45 different types of essential nutrients) , of which are micro nutrients and macro nutrients. Micro nutrients contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants while macro nutrients contains water, protein, carbohydrate, essential fat and fiber. These nutrients all work with each other to maintain, protect and repair our body. This is called “Synergy”.

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By knowing the synergy work inside all nutrients, we could say that, there is no way to prevent or treat any diseases for the human body with only one type of nutrient. For example. Anemia is related to the deficiency of zinc,  magnesium, vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid. (Which can all be found in USANA Essentials or HealthPak)

In some situations, introducing a nutrient for our body can increase the deficiency of another nutrient. For example, over dosage of iron can suppress the absorption of zinc. Since Iron is an antagonist for zinc.

Known by many dietitians, zinc is an important element for fetal development, over dosage of iron will have negative impact for pregnant woman.

Working together is better than working separately 

Many nutrients, in fact, does not work without their synergistic friend. Vitamin B6 will not be used by our body until it is reformed as pyridoxal-5-phosphate. This task is achieved by a special enzyme, which depends on the existence of magnesium and zinc. (Two key minerals in USANA Essentials or HealthPak) When our body lack of the two above mentioned minerals, supplying it with vitamin B6 is NOT going to help.

Nutritional therapy is all about synergy, unlike many western medicines which only provides only one type of chemicals.

Antioxidants work the same way inside our body. Vitamin C, vitamin E, Beta-carotene, glutathione, Coenzyme Q10, lipoic acid, and anthocyanidins (antioxidants in USANA Essentials or HealthPak) can all protect us from free radical attack. Surprisingly, when they work with each other as a team, the battling power increases 10 folds or more.

For example, a free radical from fast food, is eliminated by vitamin E, which will be recovered by vitamin C. Vitamin C then will be recycled by glutathione, which will be restored by anthocyanidins. Coenzyme Q10, beta-carotene, and lipoic acid also helping each other. This is the true power of synergy – The ultimate team work.

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Free radicals, are the bad bugs inside our body. They are produced by rubbish food, stress, pollution from the air and the contaminated water we drink. It is the sparks for our body, (The body is like a mattress.) Antioxidant network is the fences, protecting our body free from the sparks so the mattress will not be burned with little holes everywhere. The better the synergy, the stronger the fences. That’s why we often recommend people not to take one of few types of nutrients, but focus on the completeness of vital nutrients supplementation.

The idea of synergy is a cornerstone of the optimum nutrition approach. You may achieve better results by eating the right foods and taking the right combination of nutrients like the USANA Essentials or HealthPak, which is the best multivitamins with complete essential nutrients.

*Products sold on our website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

References:

1. <<The New Optimum Nutrition Bible>> – By Patrick Holford

2. <<The hidden miracle>> by Dr Myron Wentz

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A vision of excellence – USANA Products and eye health

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Published by USANA Australia head office in 1st Jun, 2014

Keeping body and brain healthy are right up there for most of us in our health priorities. But what about our eyes?

During the day, your eyes take in information rapidly from the world around you and then send information to your brain for processing. It’s your eyes’ job to ensure that your brain knows what’s going on outside of your body. Lots of factors affect your eye health. From your diet to smoking, your age, illnesses and even medication used to treat them, all can affect your eye health. Here are some ways you can look after your eyes – today and for the foreseeable future!

Protect them

Harmful environmental factors such as air pollution, smoking, dryness (which can be hormonal or due to medication), and oxidative damage from sunlight can damage your eyes.

Don’t smoke. One of the major ways you can protect your eyes is by not smoking. If you do smoke, stubbing out the habit is one of the biggest ways you can protect your eyes. That’s because
cigarette smoke contains a noxious mix of chemicals which robs the blood vessels of oxygen. The macular area of the retina has the finest blood supply in the body helping you to see tiny details
clearly. If the blood supply to the macula becomes obstructed (which happens early, even before other body functions are affected by poor circulation), the macula and your sight can be affected.
The macula is an area in the centre of the retina which is responsible for central vision and high visual acuity. Damage can increase the risk for age related macular degeneration (AMD), which can result in blurred vision and vision loss. Cigarette smoke also appears to interfere with the absorption of lutein (pronounced loo-teen), and this in turn can increase your risk of AMD. Plus, the
heavy metals in tobacco can accumulate in the lens with direct toxic effects that may contribute to cataract formation.

Shield your eyes from sunlight.

Good quality wraparound, close-fitting sunglasses are a great investment towards your eye health.
That’s because both short term and long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light can cause damage. In the short-term, it can cause a type of sunburn to the cornea plus inflammation. Long-term, it can trigger skin cancer and damage to the retina and cornea. Complete your protection by wearing a widebrimmed hat and using sunscreen when you’re out and about. Get your eyes tested. Eye conditions can be detected and treated before they impact your health, so it’s important to
get your eyes checked regularly. See your optician at least every two years and more frequently if you need to.

A feast for the eyes

What you eat and drink helps to nourish every cell in your body – including the complex structures that are your eyes. Only around one quarter of adults currently consume the 500mg daily omega-3 DHA and EPA recommended by the National Heart Foundation of Australia. These essential
fats (from oily fish like salmon, trout, tuna and sardines) and DHA in particular play a vital role in helping to maintain cell membranes including cells in your eyes. The Heart Foundation recommends that two portions of fatty fish are eaten weekly for general and eye health. But consuming just one serving of fish every week has been shown to protect against AMD, the country’s leading cause of blindness by up to 40 per cent.

Feed your eyes

Certain nutrients play a big role in boosting your eye health. These include:

  • Plant pigments, carotenoids especially lutein and zeaxanthin (pronounced zay-a-zan-thin) found in green leafy vegetables, watercress, spinach, kale, peas, pumpkin, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, corn and beans. It works like a sunblock for your eyes. Pigments do this by forming a yellow area that helps to protect the macula – a tiny yellow spot in your retina – from excessive sun damage. Of all the antioxidant carotenoids found in human eyes, only lutein and zeaxanthin are present in high concentrations in a healthy macula. A quality eye-health supplement should contain both of these critical carotenoids. Antioxidant anthocyanins (found in blueberries and grapes) may help improve night vision.
  • Beta carotene (in orange/yellow fruits and veggies) also helps to protect cells inside the eye from free radical damage.
  • Sulphur (onions, garlic and capers), is needed for the production of the potent antioxidant glutathione, an important antioxidant needed for healthy vision.
  • Cysteine and lecithin (in eggs, especially egg yolks) may help to protect the lens from cataracts.
  • Zinc (nuts, legumes, seeds, seafood), helps produce the pigment melatonin which protects your eyes.
  • Vitamin B group (whole grains and brown rice) may help to prevent your risk of cataracts and retinopathy. One large study has linked higher intakes of vitamin B6, folic acid and
    vitamin B12 with lower incidence of homocysteine levels which appears to be important in warding off one type of glaucoma.
  • Vitamin C (citrus fruits, vegetables) needed for the production of white blood cells and protects against oxidative stress throughout the body, including inside the retina. Other research has found that in order for cells in the retina to function properly, they need to be bathed in
    relatively high doses of vitamin C and may be especially protective for the retina for those who are prone to glaucoma according to Dr von Gersdorff and co-workers from Oregon Health and Science University in the USA.
  • Vitamin E (nuts and whole grains) is a powerful antioxidant.
  • Selenium (nuts, particularly Brazil nuts) is another antioxidant mineral.
  • Berry extracts. According to the Age Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS), one of the modifications to the previously recommended list of eye-protective nutrients could be
    the addition of bilberry extract due to its protective effect against damage by UVA light. While UVB has been linked with corneal and lens issues, it isn’t thought to affect the retina as it is absorbed. But UVA light can reach the retina and can damage it by producing reactive oxygen species (ROS). Berry extract contains a wide range of constituents that can mop up these free radicals.

Focus on supplements

Taking a daily multivitamin supplement has been associated with reduced risk of cataract. It would be very hard to obtain the large quantity of vitamins used in the trial from your diet. Therefore some people who have AMD should consider supplementation with vitamins and anti-oxidants say the UK’s Royal National Institute for the Blind.

Dry eyes

One of the not-so-well documented side effects of menopause is dry eyes which can be uncomfortable. Hormonal imbalance interferes with the eye’s ability to make soothing tears, resulting in itching, burning, and inflammation. Your doctor can advise you about the best
treatment.A healthy diet is also important – it provides hydration. Plus, a high quality omega-3 supplement may also boost moisture. A recent study demonstrated that a mix of omega-3s and
polyunsaturated fats and nutrition could significantly improve irritation of the eyes whilst boosting smoothness of the cornea. And, although it involved women who were postmenopausal, the study researchers suggest that the good results could benefit people with dry eyes.

Potency and purity – guaranteed!

USANA’s advanced eye health supplement, USANA Visionex, has been evaluated and approved by ConsumerLab.com, LLC, a leading provider of independent product test results. In a 2012 study on eye health supplements, ConsumerLab. com determined that USANA Visionex contains at least
100 per cent of the claimed amounts of lutein and claimed amounts of zeaxanthin listed on the label. Lutein and zeaxanthin, two key ingredients in Visionex, have been shown to improve visual performance in glare for most healthy subjects, according to a study published in Optometry. People recover faster when light shines in their eyes particularly useful for athletes who play outdoors night time driving.

Nourish your eyes:

1. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
2. Eat dark green leafy vegetables and fresh fruit daily
3. Choose fish two to three times a week
4. Choose low glycemic index (low GI) carbohydrates instead of high GI
5. Eat a handful of nuts a week
6. Limit the intake of fats and oils
7. Keep a healthy lifestyle – maintain a healthy weight, and exercise regularly
8. Consider taking a suitable supplement

Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Use only as directed. Always read the label. Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) per National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) www.nal.usda.gov

Carbohydrates and glycemic index

The glycemic index (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale of 1 to 100 according to how much they raise blood sugar after eating. According to the Macualar Degeneration Foundation: ‘There is now good evidence that those who eat a higher proportion of carbohydrates with a low GI
compared to high GI, have a lower risk of developing macular degeneration’. Carbohydrates with a high GI are digested quickly and produce a large and rapid rise in blood sugar. Low GI carbohydrates are digested more slowly, giving a more gradual but longer release of energy. Low GI foods have proven benefits for health. Low GI foods include most fruit and vegetables, whole grain cereals and whole grain breads and legumes. Glycemic index only applies to carbohydrates.

Can carrots help you see in the dark?

Carrots are a great source of beta carotene which is converted into vitamin A in the body and is vital for general health. But as far as eye health is concerned, its green leafy vegetables
that are the best nutrition providers. They are concentrated in dark green veggies in particular – watercress, spinach and kale, for example, fresh produce provides valuable vitamin C and other delicate vitamins. But cooked, tinned and frozen are good options too as the plant pigments are actually made more available by heat.

Lutein supplementation

Lutein is a particularly important antioxidant for eye health. If you are over 50 or have a family history of macular degeneration, and are not eating enough dark green leafy vegetables, a lutein supplement may be appropriate. A daily lutein intake of 6 mg is generally considered adequate.
If you have been diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), talk with your eye health professional.

usana australia products for eye

• USANA Visionex is a specially formulated source of eye nourishing antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin
• USANA Essentials™ and HealthPak™ provide a complete range of plant pigments, vitamins and minerals
• USANA BiOmega™ is a pure and ethically source form of fish oils with high concentrations of omega-3 EPA and DHA
• USANA Go Nuts ‘n’ Berries™ bars provide 500mg vegetarian omega-3s per bar.

You could order the above Products from USANA Australia approved website:  www.buyvitaminsonline.com.au

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USANA Products and Women’s Health

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usana-products-for-womenArticle extracted from USANA Australia Product Focus.

We’re all unique, yet women share the potential for a number of health challenges. Yes, We’re talking bellies, bones, brains and more!

Bellies

You already know the health risks of carrying too much body fat on your long-term health cardiovascular diseases and chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes and even brain health – especially if you don’t banish the belly fat in your middle years). But carrying too much around the middle seems to be particularly harmful. Belly fat AKA visceral fat releases chemicals that trigger inflammation. Short term, inflammation helps your body repair itself. But long-term, it has the opposite effect. It’s a bit like your body being damaged by a harsh brush causing wounding over and over again. The eventual scarring causes problems with
blood flow and oxygen which all living cells need to survive and thrive.So, if you’re a woman who measures over 80cm around your waist, do what you need to do to lose weight until you’re in your healthy weight range. Following your very own RESET Challenge is an effective way to cut the kilos. Because meals and snacks are strictly portion controlled, there is no
chance of overdoing the calories and no need to think about meals either. For five days, just replace all three meals per day with a USANA Nutrimeal and enjoy two USANA Snacks between meals (or try the Go Nuts ’n’ Berries™ bar which is just 150 calories and provides a massive 500mg of vegetarian omega-3). Later, switch to two USANA Nutrimeal daily plus snacks and when you reach your target weight, maintain your weight by replacing breakfast, lunch or dinner with a USANA Nutrimeal. People who are pregnant, lactating, have allergies, are taking medications,
or are under the care of a physician should consult with their doctor and secure his or her advice before following the USANA RESET, changing diet, and beginning an exercise program.

Losing weight healthily

When you want to lose weight, you may feel that missing a meal or two is an effective way to cut calories. But this can backfire – especially if you choose to skip breakfast. The US National Weight Control Registry, an organisation which collects a large amount of information about weight losers and their habits found that in those people who had
lost weight, a massive 90 per cent of those who managed to keep it off for a year ate breakfast on most days of the week. That’s because a healthy breakfast helps to fuel your body and mind leaving you less likely to grab unhealthy snacks and derailing your best get-healthy plans.

The stress-belly fat connection

Bloating is a very individual thing – it can be caused by eating foods that don’t agree with you, medications including antibiotics and some other lifestyle factors. Stress triggers
the release of the hormone cortisol and in time, this powerful anti-inflammatory hormone can mean that your body lays down fat, particularly around the middle. So, enjoying a
healthy diet, controlling stress with time out and stressrelievers like yoga and meditation plus vigorous aerobic exercise can all help.

Beneficial beings

The beneficial bacteria that live naturally in your gut are an important part of your immune system. But healthy microflora can be destroyed by stress, diet and alcohol, lifestyle,
illness and the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics. These bacteria are also an important part of your immune defences. Replenishing your good bacteria by providing them with
the foods they love (wholegrains, legumes and cultured milk products and fermented food like sauerkraut) can help. Also, think about supplementing with the excellent USANA
Probiotic® which contains billions of viable microorganisms to help your body reach a happy dynamic. Experts recommend that if you try a course of probiotics, that you do so for at
least three weeks in order to see an improvement. Combining Probiotic with a teaspoon or two of USANA Fibergy™ Plus helps to cleanse you from the inside out. Plus, it provides food for the beneficial bacteria helping them to flourish.

What about alcohol?

Ever heard of the term ‘beer belly?’ There’s a reason why alcohol is associated with belly weight. When alcohol is broken down, the excess calories are converted into a form
of fat called triglycerides. Excess triglycerides tend to be stored in the liver and around the abdominal organs – high GI carbohydrates tend to have the same effect. So, cutting
down on calories, high GI carbohydrates and on alcohol plus exercising regularly can help reduce the amount of fat that’s stored around your middle. Try to stick to one or two alcoholic drinks per day maximum and aim for at least three non-alcohol days weekly. You may also want to try USANA’s effective liver tonic is USANA HepaPlus™. It contains milk thistle, a potent herbal liver protector and a patented form of the antioxdant spice, turmeric. Losing
weight also releases fats stored in the organs and this helps to ensure that the liver can function at its best to cleanse the body of toxins.

Bones

Lots of minerals work together to build and strengthen your bones and teeth. The major bone mineral is calcium – it gives strength to your bones foundations. Your body continues to lay down calcium and other minerals into your bones until your early twenties. Getting enough ensures that your bones are the strongest that they can be. Lack of calcium means that this precious mineral is taken out of your bones whenever it is needed in the blood or in muscles. Bone loss accelerates around the time of the menopause and for about 10 years
afterwards making you more likely to develop the bonethinning condition, osteoporosis. Getting enough calcium remains vital whatever your age and stage because it helps to
slow down bone loss in later life and reduces the potential for osteoporosis.

Protect your bones

Good food sources of calcium include low-fat dairy products, fortified soya products, nuts (especially almonds), seeds (especially sesame and sesame products), canned fish such
as salmon and sardines, plus leafy green veggies such as broccoli and bok choy.

Calcium works with other minerals including magnesium to build bone strength. It’s also magnesium’s job to ‘hold hands’ with calcium and take it into the bones and teeth where it
is needed and to ensure that it isn’t deposited in unwanted places.

Vitamin D

Your body needs vitamin D to be able to absorb calcium. Yet, almost 60 per cent of women have low levels of vitamin D according to Past-President of the Australian and New
Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, Professor Rebecca Mason who says: ‘Over 40 per cent of females have low levels in summer-autumn and this figure rises to 58 per cent of females
not having enough vitamin D in winter-spring.’ Ask your doctor for a blood test to check your vitamin D levels.

The most natural way to boost vitamin D levels is exposure to sunlight – a fatty substance in the skin reacts with UV light triggering the production of vitamin D. Some experts recommend spending time outside without sunscreen – obviously, though, it’s essential to protect yourself against sunburn. Melatonin acts as a barrier to the skin so people with dark skin don’t produce vitamin D as effectively as people with less melatonin and your ability to produce vitamin D declines with age. This fat-soluble vitamin can be stored in the body. But, if you’re carrying too much body fat, vitamin D gets stuck in the fatty tissue and can’t get into the blood and be used where it’s needed.

Not getting enough vitamin D has been linked with a whole range of health problems including fatigue and joint pain. So, think about taking a daily supplement – Essentials™ and
HealthPak™ contain vitamin D as do the Active Calcium Plus™ and Calcium Chewable™. It’s best to take your USANA calcium supplement with meals – stomach acid helps to boost
absorption. If a blood test reveals your D levels could do with a boost, try USANA Vitamin D tablets – they contain vitamin D3, a form that’s similar to the kind your body makes naturally
and it’s the most easily absorbed form. While calcium and vitamin D slow down the rate of bone loss in adults, vitamin K seems to inhibit the maturation of osteoclasts (cells which break bone down), and at the same time, promote the production of osteoblasts (bonebuilding cells). Find vitamin K in leafy, green vegetables (kale, Swiss chard, watercress) and in Active Calcium Plus.

Studies show that exercise is beneficial to health in so many ways – including your bone health. Weightbearing physical activities (walking, running and weight lifting) cause muscles and bones to work against gravity stimulating the production of bone. And, because
exercise increases muscle mass, strength, and balance, it reduces the risk of falling, too. Exercise is also a great stress buster – mix it up with aerobic exercise and weight training to help you look good and feel great!

Not getting enough vitamin D has been linked with a whole range of health problems including fatigue and joint pain. So, think about taking a daily supplement – USANA Essentials™ and HealthPak™ contain vitamin D as do the USANA Active Calcium Plus™ and Active Calcium™ Chewable.

Great skin basics

A balanced diet full of whole foods and high in fibre, fruits, vegetables and protein sources is best. Also make sure you get regular exercise – stretch or take a walk every day. Get
fresh air, sleep with your window open and breathe deep long breaths. Lots of nutrients interact with one another to boost the look and textures of your body’s largest organ, your skin. Here are just some of them:

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1. Essential fatty acids are a great for skin health. Omega-3s like the kinds that you’ll find in fish oil and flax seeds hydrate skin. Sprinkle some freshly ground flaxseeds or
some walnuts to a bowl of breakfast cereal with berries for a great start to your day. USANA BiOmega™ is a pure and ethically sourced omega-3 supplement. Plus, the flaxseeds and
walnuts in the tasty new Go Nuts ’n’ Berries™ bar provide a hefty 500mg of vegetarian omega-3s from walnuts, flax seeds and chia seeds.

2. Vitamin C promotes collagen-production and improves skin tone helping skin to stay smooth. Vitamin C is very prone to
oxidation and many C containing cosmetic products lose their potency fast. Find long-lasting skin-soothing nutrients in the USANA Sensé range of skincare products produced without
harsh chemical preservatives including parabens.

3. Beta carotene (which is converted into vitamin A in the body as the body needs it) aids healing and the creation of new skin tissue. Vitamin E is a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant which protect against free radical damage
inside the skin whilst zinc repairs and strengthens tissue (find them in USANA Essentials™ and USANA HealthPak™).

4. Grape seed extract is a high-potency antioxidant which protects the skin from free radical (find it in USANA Proflavanol® C100. Alcohol and caffeine can draw moisture from the skin and cause dehydration and the noxious chemicals in cigarette smoke deplete vitamin C and cause damage.

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Seven supplements for exercisers and suggested USANA supplements

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Article extracted from USANA Australia Magazine 2014

1. Vitamin D – If you’re deficient in vitamin D (which one in three Australians appear to be ) one of the many side effects could be a slowed down metabolism. Vitamin D helps the body absorb bone-building calcium and is needed throughout life. On-going research also suggests that vitamin D may also play an important role in boosting muscle strength as well as maintaining a healthy immune system and healthy immune system and healthy skin.

So, taking a vitamin D supplement daily may help.

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USANA Supplements wise: Find vitamin D in HealthPak,  Essentials and Vitamin D.

2. Omega-3s – they are powerful anti-inflammatories that may help boost blood flow to the muscles which makes for faster recovery. USANA’s Dr John Cuomo views omega-3s as a secret weapon where toning up is concerned.

The Australian Heart Association recommends that we all aim for two serves of oily fish per week whilst choosing omega-3 rich foods and a good quality fish oil. Walnuts, flax seed, chia seeds, and algae-based products provide vegetarian sources of omega-3s.

USANA Supplements wise: Biomega (which contains good concentration of DHA and EPA) and is completely FREE of mercury and pesticide residues.

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3. Vitamin C – Dr John Cuomo says: “Vitamin C is responsible for the health of the blood vessels, which supports muscles’ needs for oxygen and nutrients.” It’s also needed to make collagen which your body uses to make bones. Your body can only store small amounts of this water-soluble vitamin so take some everyday. Good food sources includes fruits especially citrus fruits and berries, and vegetables such as capsicum.

USANA Supplements wise:  Poly C, Proflavanol C100

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4. Calcium – Most of your body’s calcium is stored in the bones and getting enough is vital for the health of your bones and teeth throughout life. When you relax and contract your muscles, calcium is involved in their contraction. Calcium helps your muscle fibres grow as you get leaner and and stronger.

Good food sources include low-fat dairy products, fortified soy products, nuts (especially almonds) and leafy green vegetables. Magnesium and vitamin D are both needed for your body to absorb calcium.

USANA Supplements wise:  Active Calcium Plus and Active Calcium Chewable. Both contain added magnesium and vitamin D.

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Your body can absorb 500 to 600 mg of calcium at a time so divide your calcium supplements and take with meals.

5. Magnesium – If you are lifting weights, think about magnesium which is important for your muscles – including your heart muscle – to contract and relax. Some exercise experts also recommend this mineral for easing muscle cramps and soreness. Good food sources include nuts, whole grains and legumes.

USANA Supplements wise:  Active Calcium Plus and Active Calcium Chewable.

6. Procosamine – Weight bearing exercise can put a strain on your joints and ligaments. So if your joints are feeling the pressure, there is a lot you can do. For example, opt for healthy diet (getting to a healthy weight range is essential if you are overweight as it takes a massive amount of pressure off the joints, especially weight-bearing joins like the knees and hips).

The University of Sydney’s Professor David Hunter says, ” Eighty per cent of knee osteoarthritis can be prevented if we adequately address overweight and obesity in our community and we prevent join injuries from happening. And that will have a huge impact long-term of preventing this diseases.”

USANA Supplements wise: Try Prcosamine which contains glucosamine, a component of cartilage and the potent anti-inflammatory effects of Meriva curcumin.

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7. B Vitamins – The B group of vitamins is needed for a range of functions from producing healthy blood and muscle, energy and protein metabolism and for breaking down fats and carbohydrates.

How much? Most people consume adequate of the B vitamins through their diets, as these vitamins are found in foods such as whole grains, eggs, lean meats, legumes, nuts, leafy greens. However, B12 is only found in animal sources, so vegetarians and vegans may want to consider taking a supplement or using fortified foods and drinks to obtain 2.4 micro-grams daily.

USANA Supplements wise: Try USANA Essentials or HealthPak.

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USANA Products and Vitamins Review

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Shared by a mother with 3 lovely daughters from Brisbane, Australia

“My eldest daughter used to have very bad eczema. I tried Chinese herbs, western medicine…. We took her to see 6 doctors, plus my sister (She is a pediatrician.) We found out that she is allergic to dust mites. I washed her linen in hot water….Tried so many different types of ways but could not treat her skin. Her skin was so bad that she could not have a shower without crying when her skin cracked. The water splashing on her skin caused so much pain on her skin. A doctor from Greenslope Hospital told me to feed her probiotic and fish oil. So I bought some from Chemist Warehouse and gave her for a few months but it did not work so I stopped. Then I followed a friend’s advice and started her on USANA vitamins in January 2012 (just before she was year 4). We saw that she has improvement in her skin within a month. Because of that improvement, our whole family is taking USANA. Eventually we found out that she does not complain of tummy ache any more. (She used to have tummy ache and my GP thought that she was attention seeking.) USANA vitamins not just helps her skin but also improved her immune system. She has no sick leave from school for the whole year in 2013! I guess the main difference is the quality of USANA is a lot better than similar vitamins I bought from the chemist. USANA has a good compensation plan for its member. And now my family is taking the products free of charge with the commissions from distributing the USANA products. I am forever grateful to Dr Wentz for not just helping my family but also my relatives and friends.” 

For any people who is new to USANA Products, I would like to give the following advises:

Please take your products with food. You may experience a “Healing Effect” this is where the previous injury sites might be more sore, might get headaches, be sleepy, your skin might have a few extra acne spots. Everyone will have a different reaction of some sort. Make sure you drink 2 litre of water to help flush toxins out so your body’s cells can start repairing & healing your body. Make sure you have a healthy diet with lots of vegetables & fruit. Regular exercise (2 hours per week) is important as well. If you are taking Essentials, your urine may be a bit more yellow in colour. Do not drink tea/coffee when taking the supplements as it will affect the absorption.

Some people may get very tired. I have seen people have headache or diarrhea. This is the detoxification reaction or healing affect. These symptoms will usually pass within a few weeks. Make sure you drink at least 2 litre of water a day. Occasionally there is more severe reaction. This may indicate that the amounts of nutrients are just too much too fast. In that case, you can stop the supplement for a few days until the reaction subsides. Then resume the supplements in a lower dose (about 1/3 of the recommended dose) and slowly build it up. Add one supplement at a time, e.g. you start 1 capsule biomega-3 for 3 days, and then add to 2 capsules per day on day4. Day 8, you add another supplement on top of that and so on. (According to Dr John Cuomo, a scientist of USANA, we need to slowly build up because the body needs to adjust to them.) You may need to take the supplements for a minimum of 3-6 months to really see the results. That’s how long it takes for body cells to turn over and for vitamin storage levels to become normal. If you or your family has a history of hyperthyroidism or goiter, you can only take 2 pairs of Essentials per day, not 4 pairs suggested on the bottles.

USANA vitamins are high quality nutritionals. A lot of their products are listed in MIMS so you can trust its quality. You just need to know how to make use of it the right way to improve your condition.

Purchase USANA Products from:  http://www.buyvitaminsonline.com.au

 

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USANA Products is the right choice

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Article extracted from USANA Australia Magazine 2014

With so many supplements on the market, it’s hard to know which one to choose…

Roughly 70% of Australians and 50% of New Zealanders buy nutritional supplements. An independent analysis by Canadian biochemist Lyle MacWilliam, founder and president of NutriSearch, has compared over 200 broad-spectrum multi-vitamins and minerals supplements currently available in Australia and New Zealand.

Lyle’s findings have now been compiled into a comprehensive guide to the supplements available in Australia and New Zealand. The Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements Consumer Edition 2014 is an insight into the current sciences in nutrition and health. USANA Vitamins (Essentials and HealthPak 100) are rated top products with 5-star ratings and gold medal award.

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This adward and 5-star rating give consumers the confidence that they have indeed chosen the “Best of the Best”. USANA Health Sciences has been hand-picked as the recipient of the Editor’s choice Award by NutriSearch.

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With so many supplements on the market, it’s hard to know which ones to choose. Lyle MacWilliam gives you his top tips on selecting a high quality supplement.

Visit our main website:  www.buyvitaminsonline.com.au to know more about the USANA Products and full ingredients.

Lyle McWilliam’s top tips on selecting a high quality supplement:

1. Avoid once-a-day formulations. You simply can’t pack enough into one tablet per day to provide effective doses for most nutrients.

2. Avoid supplements that contain high levels of iron. Iron can accumulate in fatty tissues to toxic levels – particularly in men. It’s safer to take iron form red meats and vegetables such as spinach and asparagus.

3. Look for supplements that contain the full spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Supplements work best when they work together. It is far better to take a broad-spectrum supplement with adequate levels of nutrients than to take your supplements individually.

USANA is on the cutting edge of science and it shows in the quality of the products. They are substantially ahead of any of the competition. They truly are a world class product that has been engineered to, not just meet the basic nutritional needs, but meet the optimal nutritional needs of the people in our toxic world today.”  – Lyle MacWilliam

 

 

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Your eyes, eyes health and USANA VisionEx

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More and more research is showing that diet and lifestyle factors plus regular health checks can help to preserve precious eye health.

When you look at something, patterns of light enter the eye through the pupil. With the help of other structures of the eye, the right amount of light is then directed towards the lens. This bends incoming light onto the retina in the right amounts and the specialized cells in the eye work together to transform the image into a picture.

What is the macula?

The macula is an area in the centre of the retina where the light rays are most highly focused and visual sharpness is greatest. The central portion of the retina contains a yellow pigment called the macula pigment. It is this pigment that helps protect the sensitive cells in the eyes from the harmful effects of blue light in sunlight.

What nutrients do I need to protect my eyes?

According to UK not-for-profit organization sight support, we need 6-10mg of lutein a day. It is estimated that the average western diet contains only 2-3mg per day, which means most of us lack lutein in our food.

Research also shows that eating unsaturated fat, particularly omega-3 rich foods such as salmon, fresh tuna and sardines has been shown to benefit eye health. Scientists from the Centre for eye research Australia found that olive oil and omega 3 fats can reduce the risk of macular degeneration. Eggs are also a good choice – they contain a highly bio-available form of lutein. Vitamins C, A and E are also very important to protect your eyes from free radical attacks. Leafy vegetables and oranges and mangoes contain these anti-oxidants.

Is there an easy solution to my daily eye caring?

Yes, we would like to recommend USANA VisionEx. This product contains vitamins C, bilberry extract and zinc which work together to protect the retina plus vitamins C and other nutrients help maintain the structure and integrity of the lens.

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USANA VisionEx is laboratory tested, quality guaranteed. It meets British Pharmacopoeia specifications for potency, uniformity and disintegration where applicable.

In summary, VisionEx is:

  1. An antioxidant formula designed to protect the delicate tissues of the eye from photo-oxidation.
  2. Supports healthy eye function and acute vision.
  3. Aids long-term eye health and helps maintain macular health.
  4. Provides antioxidants to defend against free radical damage to the retina with guaranteed levels of lutein and zeaxanthin.

USANA Products have been listed in MIMS, BP, CPS for more the 10 countries in the world.

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