Immune System Support Regimen

Immune System Support Regimen

Cold and Flu Season!  Time to boost your immune system!  A USANA “Immune System Support Regimen” may be of great value for the cold winter month’s ahead!

Daily Immune System Support Regimen:

Keeping our immune systems strong can be the key not only during the winter time of colds and flu but also during times of stress.  Though all seasons bring their unique stressors, the holiday season during the winter seems to bring more!  It is important to take care of our primary defense system against illness – our immune system.  Here are some supplementation recommendations:

Great Immune System Support Regimen* (approximately $4.00/day):

Better Immune System Support Regimen* (approximately $5.00/day):

Best Immune System Support Regimen* (approximately $6.00/day):

In addition to supplementing to strengthen our immune system, there are other healthy lifestyle choices that are important to maintain a healthy immune system:

Needing Some Immune System Reinforcements?

Starting to feel run down?  Under a lot of stress? USANA Booster C600™ to the rescue!

For a short period of time, it may be important to stir the immune system into action.  That’s a good reason to always haveUSANA Booster C600™ on hand.

USANA Booster C600™ supplies a proprietary blend of ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate and USANA’s proprietary Poly C® which has been shown to provide higher and longer lasting levels of vitamin C in the blood than ascorbic acid itself.*

USANA Booster C600™ also contains Echinacea, Zinc and Black Elderberry Extract giving it a very unique combination designed to enhance the activity of the immune system.  USANA Booster C600™ is designed for short term use – usually two weeks or less.

Check out the science of USANA Booster C600™ on our product page: USANA Booster C600™

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

USANA Proglucamune: Immune Support

USANA Proglucamune

What is your most important asset?  Is it your health?  Is it your family?  Is it your family’s health?  The more precious our asset, the more important our focus on protecting that asset!  For our health and the health of those we love a healthy immune system is critical.  Our immune system is a wonderful and complex defense system designed for the protection of our health.  It is designed to protect our cells from intrusions from the outside which could cause our body damage.  It uses a huge army of defender cells  – different types of white blood cells.  We make about 1000 million of these cells every day in our bone marrow. Some of these cells, called macrophages, are constantly patrolling within our body, seeking to destroy germs as soon as they enter. Adding USANA Proglucamune to your daily nutritional regimen could be one of your most important decisions to help support this complex defense system.

OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM – The Inner “Armed Forces” for Our Protection

Let’s use a nation’s armed forces as a simple example of the purpose and function of our immune system.  The branches of the armed services, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard all have different weapons and specialties but work together to defend and protect the citizens of a nation.  To work at the highest level, all these branches need to communicate with each other, work together and maintain the weapons to the highest level to be effective. USANA® Proglucamune® supports the intelligence within our immune system “armed forces” and maintains the weaponry necessary to attack any foreign invaders.

Our immune system is made up of three levels:

  • surface immunity (the wall): our first line of defense to keep pathogens (the bad guys) out!
  • innate immunity (the army): immune system cells that attack foreign cells in the body if they get past the surface immunity!
  • adaptive immunity (the special forces): acquired immune system because we are not born with it.  It is developed through the years as a response to the pathogens that we encounter along life’s journey!

If a pathogen (bad guy) penetrates our surface immunity (the wall), the innate immune system (the army) receives the alarm to go into action (to seek and destroy the enemy).  The InCelligence™Beta-Glucan Complex of USANA® Proglucamune® binds on immune cells to prime their natural protective abilities.  In other words, this unique and powerful complex, strengthens and supports the critical fighting force of our inner armed forces!  If our innate immune system (the army) is overwhelmed, USANA® Proglucamune® also supports the adaptive (special forces) that are called into action if they are needed.

 

KEY QUESTIONS – about  USANA Proglucamune

Question: What are the core ingredients in USANA Proglucamune?

USANA Proglucamune® contains a potent blend of ingredients:

  • Organic Reishi and shiitake mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicines to support vitality. They are rich in polysaccharides with immunomodulating properties and help promote cellular protection.*
  • A specific strain of baker’s yeast  provides beta 1,3/1,6 glucan, a natural carbohydrate shown to prime the immune system. Clinical studies have shown that the strain of baker’s yeast in Proglucamune® provides exceptional support for immunity and daily wellness, even during times of occasional, mild stress.*
  • Zinc is an essential trace element that supports proper functioning of immune cells and serves as an intracellular signaling molecule for immune cells, enhancing the effectiveness of the InCelligence Beta-Glucan Complex. It also acts as an antioxidant to help defend against oxidative stress.*

Question: Who is USANA Proglucamune designed for and why?

Most people experience some type of occasional stress, either physical or emotional. And who has time to feel less than their best? USANA® Proglucamune® is designed to help your immune cells respond effectively and support your body’s ability to adapt to and respond to occasional stress. It’s perfect at helping maintain balance and supporting your immune system’s ability to adapt and react.*

Question: Why is it important to take USANA Proglucamune?

Our lives are demanding, and we have to be aware of how our body reacts to challenges to our daily wellness, including occasional stress. That’s what makes USANA® Proglucamune®  great! This Optimizer can help support your immune cells’ ability to respond to your specific needs. The InCelligence Beta-Glucan Complex within this product primes your immune cells’ natural protective responses, so they can protect your health effectively.*

Question: What are the core benefits to USANA Proglucamune?

USANA® Proglucamune®  is a great solution to help keep your immune system operating at an optimal level and to support overall health and well-being every day.*

Question: How does InCelligence work in USANA® Proglucamune®?

The beauty of InCelligence in Proglucamune® is how the product works to improve your innate protective immune response. The InCelligence Beta-Glucan Complex binds to receptors on immune cells to prime their natural protective responses.*

THE USANA DIFFERENCE – The Foundation of USANA Proglucamune

Proglucamune® is a superior product for helping immune cells adapt to your unique needs and protect your health, even during times of stress.*

Proglucamune® is formulated with the same uncompromising quality and purity that characterizes the USANA product line, guaranteed by the founder – Dr. Myron Wentz.  The InCelligence Beta-Glucan Complex contains a certified organic blend of mushrooms combined with a strain of baker’s yeast proven to be effective for priming cells’ natural protective ability. The addition of zinc makes Proglucamune® a perfect solution for promoting your body’s natural immune responses and supporting overall health and well-being every day.*

Proglucamune® is an outstanding daily optimizer.  Recommendations are 1 tablet (preferably with food) in the morning and 1 tablet in the evening to maximize effectiveness.  Add this optimizer with USANA’s foundational nutritional system, The CellSentials (or HealthPak for an extra antioxidant boost) also designed with InCelligence technology!*

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Endogenous Antioxidants – Cell’s Secret Weapons!

Endogenous Antioxidants

What are “Endogenous Antioxidants” and how are they our cell’s secret weapons to fight the damaging war that we all face – the war of  “oxidative stress”?

Oxidative Stress

Though the inner war of oxidative stress (commonly referred to as “free radical damage”) is not something we immediately see or even feel, the results of the ongoing onslaught of this microscopic war can result on the outside as damage to our bodies including the onset of deadly degenerative diseases.

Free radicals are harmful molecules that come from our environment, our diet, prescription medications, smoking, alcohol and even strenuous exercise.  “Antioxidants” are the warriors that fight the oxidation war within. If free radicals outnumber or overwhelm the antioxidant defense system, every part of our body is vulnerable to damage – including our DNA.  In a nutshell, free radicals are responsible for the damage to the core microscopic foundation of our body – our cells.

Endogenous Antioxidants vs. Exogenous Antioxidants

“Endogenous” antioxidants originate from within the cell versus “exogenous” antioxidants which originate from outside (from our food or supplements).  

It has been known for years that food rich in natural antioxidants and high quality supplements (exogenous antioxidants) can be very beneficial in fighting this inner war.  Antioxidants in this form can neutralize individual free radicals.  In the right synergistic balance, these antioxidants can also renew each other to fight even more free radicals!  The words from our mom’s to “eat our fruits and vegetables” was some of the most important advice we ever received as they can contain this needed army of antioxidants to fight against the inner war that none of us are immune against.

The more powerful army of antioxidants are actually ones that the cells in our body make on their own.  These endogenous antioxidants can neutralize hundreds if not thousands of free radicals per second.

Exogenous antioxidants can be viewed as inviting a constant stream of soldiers into the battle field armed with pistols for our defense.  These soldiers are needed throughout the body to neutralize the enemy of free radicals that we encounter every day.

Endogenous antioxidants are the powerful smart bombs that the cells themselves produce and strategically aim at the enemy army of free radicals.  This may not be a perfect analogy but an attempt to highlight the relative power of both types of antioxidants.  Both are needed to fight the war.

There are five important endogenous antioxidants that our cells produce:

  • Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)
  • Glutathione Peroxidase
  • Catalase
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

USANA InCelligence Technology™ takes the scientific discovery of exogenous antioxidants a step further. The nutrients in the InCelligence Complex signal our cells to produce these powerful endogenous antioxidants to protect them from free radicals.*

The U.S. patent-pending InCelligence Complex found in the CellSentials™ supplements offers our cells this unique, effective and personalized antioxidant protection.*

Watch this video to see a visual demonstration of the microscopic war that we are facing daily and the power of the cell-signaling CellSentials™ to trigger the endogenous antioxidant protection for our cells.*

USANA® InCelligence Technology™

USANA® InCelligence Technology™

So what exactly is the new USANA® InCelligence Technology™?  What makes InCelligence a large leap forward in personalized cellular health?

Understanding the Word “InCelligence”

The word itself, “InCelligence”, lays out the big picture for understanding what Dr. Myron Wentz and his brilliant team of scientists at USANA Health Sciences are unlocking at the cellular level.   “InCelligence” is a term derived from the concept of “inherent cellular intelligence.”  In other words, our cells are smart!  They are designed with a built in intelligence to operate the millions of cellular functions for us to be alive.  Our cells in our body know how to make hormones, regulate our breathing, break down our food, store our memories.  The examples are endless on the functions that happen in our body every day, every minute, every second without us thinking about them or managing the processes!

Our Cells are Talking to Each Other!  What Information  are They Sharing?

To take this a step further, our cells are talking to each other – sharing critical information that allows the body’s systems to work together for life.  The information that is shared is what is referred to as “cell signaling”.

Listen to Dr. Kevin Spelmen, USANA’s Executive Vice President of Research & Development, as he talks about the information we receive from our food:

“Did you know that each mouthful of food you eat carries a specific message to your cells? All food is information.  Whether you choose to put an orange slice in your mouth or a cookie, it is actually carrying information to your cells, talking to them, inducing a response.”  

The nutrient in our food act as messengers that begin the cell signaling though the incredible pathways throughout the body, signaling the “on/off” switches throughout the many important cellular functions that operate 24/7 without our knowledge.

Just like the operating system of a computer.  Having the operating system with the right information is critical for all the computer applications to operate and to work together.  If there is “misinformation” in the operating system, many (maybe even all) applications will be affected and will not operate effectively.

Dr. Spelmen continues with what happens when we get misinformation from our food:

“What message do you think the orange is carrying to your DNA versus a processed and packaged chocolate chip cookie?”  Just as healthy food choices will deliver good information to your cells, poor dietary choices can misinform your cells.  When you think of all the manmade, processed foods we consume, all the pesticides that get into our food, and all the nonsensical molecules used in snack foods like polyester sucrose, you are introducing something that your cells have never seen before, so what kind of misinformation does a new-to- nature molecule, such as a pesticide or preservative relay to your DNA?”

Dr. Spelman explains that, in essence, our bodies don’t know what to do with this kind of misinformation:

“Enough of this misinformation, or confusion, causes consistently wrong signaling to occur deep within the cells of the body.  This misinformation can potentially lead to negative outcomes. You really do steep your DNA in your daily dietary choices. So, it’s important to make sure you are making good nutritional choices. This way your DNA is receiving good information.”

USANA® InCelligence Technology™ – Triggering the Right Information

USANA® InCelligence Technology™ utilizes nutrients and plant-derived biomolecules to target specific cell-signaling pathways that unlock the code of your innate cellular intelligence.* This scientifically formulated combination, shares specific positive information to specific health-optimizing pathways.  

Dr. Spelman continues:

“The cell-signaling technology used in InCelligence can be compared to a special code that opens a secret chamber.  “When InCelligence nutrients are received at cellular sites, it’s like a code that turns on, or activates, signaling pathways for molecular processes that protect and renew health. Our bodies naturally do these processes, but age or other lifestyle factors can slow them down. InCelligence supports these communication pathways so they are functioning optimally, which can help clear up misinformation in the long run.”*

This is a very exciting development in personalized nutrition!  The USANA® InCelligence Technology™ is designed to unlock the specific code within each of us.  Each person’s needs are different.  The misinformation that has gathered within our cells is also different.  The USANA® InCelligence Technology™ speaks the language of our own personal cells.  This can help our cells adapt and respond to our personal needs as it triggers the health optimizing pathways of our personal “inherent cellular intelligence.”*

Personalizing The Personalization of InCelligence

USANA® InCelligence Technology™ is incorporated into 5 of the high-quality USANA products:

Begin today with a nutritional supplement regimen with cell signaling, USANA® InCelligence Technology™.  The USANA CellSentials or the USANA HealthPak are superb foundational products.  Optimizers to consider for an even stronger foundation would be the USANA Biomega and the USANA Probiotic.

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Eye Health: Visionex® – Macula Sunglasses!

Eye Health

Most people don’t think about eye health until something goes wrong.  However, free radical damage from the sun and air pollution (to mention just a few threats) can cause subtle and growing damage to our eyes.  In fact, macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in the US, affecting more than 10 million people.  That is more than cataracts and glaucoma combined.

What is Macular Degeneration

It is the deterioration of the central portion of the retina in the back layer of our eyes. This area snaps the pictures of what we see, records them and sends the images to the brain via the optic nerve in our eye (interpreting the images as what we “see”).  Those who develop deterioration of the Macula will begin to have a central hole in the picture they are seeing.  This hole can continue to grow like a photograph burning from the center to the edges.  Advanced Macular Degeneration is considered legal blindness.

Prevention is the key

To date, there is no outright cure for macular degeneration.  This makes prevention an even more important topic! There have been studies suggesting that a diet including salmon and other cold water fish can be of help.  The key here is the fish which contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids may help in the prevention of Macular Degeneration or its progression (see article in Allaboutvision.com).  Biomega™, USANA’s double-distilled, pure fish oil capsules would be a fantastic addition to anybody’s diet to obtain the important levels of omega-3 fatty acids for cellular health – including eye health.

Visionex®– Sunglasses to protect the Macula!

The USANA scientists have designed the Visionex® product with eye health prevention as the the center focus.  Two very important antioxidants have been shown to be effective in helping protect the macula in the eye – lutein and zeaxanthin.

Both these antioxidants are naturally occurring protectorates found in plants!  Plants need sunlight for the process of photosynthesis but can also protect themselves from the damage of excessive solar radiation by these two antioxidants found in their structural make up.

Lutein is believed to act as a filter of the high-energy blue light from the solar radiation as well as act as an antioxidant, stopping the free radical damage that would occur from excessive exposure.

Zeaxanthin is an even more powerful antioxidant against free radical damage that the plants have in their arsenal!

Ultimate Eye Health: Sunglasses – Outer and Inner

One of the most important choices we can make to protect our eyes from the free radical damage of the sun is wearing polarized sunglasses on the outside.  Adding the USANA Visionex® product (and Biomega™) to your nutritional regimen can serve as an extra, inner layer of sunglass protection of the vitally important macula in our eyes.

In addition to lutein and zeaxanthin, the USANA Visionex® product contains bilberry extract, vitamin C and zinc to maintain healthy capillaries and provide additional antioxidant protection.  This impressive combination of antioxidant support is like inner putting on the inner sunglasses daily just as you do on the outside when you face the potential damage of the sun!

In conclusion, don’t wait until your eye health is starting to deteriorate.  Prevention, prevention, prevention! Now is the time to take care of a few of our most precious gifts given to us by God – our eyes!

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Healthy Gut for High Performance – Prebiotics

Marathon Runners

Having a healthy gut is crucial for high performance for athletes at all levels.  From the “everyday athlete” to the “elite athlete”, gut disturbances can quickly shut down one’s ability to perform.

During our last blog, we highlighted the need for probiotics for athletes to keep a high level of good bacteria in the gut – especially after intense workouts which increases cortisol in the body. Another important part of an athletes healthy gut regimen is to provide those important probiotics with food!

Prebiotics

Prebiotics is essentially that – food for the probiotics.  Probiotics are live, friendly bacteria that helps maintain a healthy gut.  Prebiotics are non-living carbs that are also non-digestible. The are essentially types of fiber that serve as food, or a field of fertilizer for the very important probiotics that are already doing their amazing work in the flora of our intestines.  This prebiotic fiber is not affected by heat nor by the bad bacteria that can do us harm.  Another way to think of prebiotics is an important supply line to the good guys (probiotics) fighting the battle for a healthy gut inside us!  We have all heard of the importance of a high-fiber diet. Interestingly, fiber, at a microscopic level, does way more for us that just keep us “regular”.

Prebiotic Foods

What foods provide the types of prebiotic fiber that those microscopic probiotic bacteria in our gut?  Here are a few of the food sources that have been found to be high in prebiotics:

  • Asparagus
  • Jerusalem Artichokes (not regular artichokes)
  • Legumes
  • Garlic, Leeks, and Onions (raw)
  • Apple skins
  • Bananas (green, unripe)
  • Cabbage
  • Chicory root (raw)
  • Dandelion greens (raw)
  • Wheat Bran (raw)

All the foods above vary in the percentage of prebiotic fiber (the highest being raw chicory root at 65% of its weight and the lowest being a banana at 1% of its weight). Unfortunately, most people do not get enough fiber in their diet at all let alone focusing on good prebiotic fiber choices.  The average adult in the United States gets approximately 15 grams of fiber per day of the recommended 28-35 grams per day (Trends in dietary fiber intake in the United States, 1999-2008).  Fiber is a critical part of maintaining a healthy gut for high performance as well as a healthy life.  We will address this component to our gut health in a separate blog.

Inulin – Prebiotic Soluble Fiber

Different fibers in our diet have different properties.  Inulin is a plant-based carbohydrate that is classified as a “prebiotic fiber”.  The bonds of this unique carbohydrate cannot be broken by human digestive enzymes allowing it to travel through the upper gastrointestinal tract of the digestive system.  Upon reaching the large intestine, it is fermented by your native bacteria becoming food, or fertilizer, to the good bacteria in the gut – probiotics.    Being soluble in water, inulin also helps slow the transit time of food helping give the feeling of “fullness” after meals and potentially helping the foods effects on blood sugar.

An excellent source of inulin is the USANA Fibergy product.  This product contains insoluble fiber as well as soluble fiber (including inulin).

A healthy gut is foundational to our overall health as well as our performance as athletes.  Food choices that include good sources of prebiotics, probiotics and fiber are very important to maintain a healthy gut.  Supplementing with the USANA products, which are guaranteed for their purity, can also be a fantastic addition to the regimen for a healthy gut – especially for those who are “on the go” and find it hard to make the best food choices!  As an athlete at any level, your focused attention should be on performing at your best, not battling gut issues pre, during and post performance!

“Healthy Gut” Product Special!

For the week of July 27th through August 7th we are offering 10% off our listed wholesale price of USANA’s high quality Digestive Health Package, the USANA Probiotics, USANA FibergyUSANA Hepasil DTX and the USANA Digestive Enzymes to help you in your health journey!  Stock up now to save on shipping!

 

 

Probiotics and Athletic Performance

USANA Probiotics

It has become very clear that probiotics are an important part of one’s health journey but what about athletic performance?  Through the past number of years, many scientific studies have sought to discover a potential link.  However, to date, those studies have been inconclusive to actual performance. Don’t stop reading though!  The studies did confirm key health benefits that all athletes from the elite athlete to the everyday athlete need to know!

What we know about probiotics: 

  • The gut must maintain a delicate balance between the good and bad bacteria.  Probiotics can be very powerful in helping to maintain this balance.
  • Poor food choices, emotional stress, physical exertion, lack of sleep, antibiotic overuse, environmental influences can shift this balance to favor the bad bacteria making us vulnerable to disease
  • The good bacteria in the gut (probiotics) not only facilitate good digestion and nutrient absorption but also help form our immune system to fight the influences of the bad bacteria
  • An imbalance in favor of the bad bacteria is also associated with urinary track infections, diarrhea, fatigue and muscle pain
  • “Up to 10% of an individual’s daily energy needs can be derived from the byproducts of good bacteria in your gut” (Dr. Mehmet Oz)

What the studies have shown about probiotics and athletic performance: 

  • They may reduce the number of sick days athletes experience when training for endurance running events*
  • The severity of respiratory infections and gastrointestinal disturbances may be reduced for athletes*
  • They may assist with immune function of fatigued athletes*
  • They may positively affect athletic performance through enhanced recovery from fatigue

Andrew Nichols, MD summarizes these findings in his “Probiotics and Athletic Performance: A Systematic Review” (2007) by saying:

“…probiotics may provide athletes with secondary health benefits that could positively affect athletic performance through enhanced recovery from fatigue, improved immune function, and maintenance of healthy gastrointestinal tract function:

 

An athletes at any level places stress on the body and the immune system during workouts, training routines and competitions.  The paradox is how much exercise and how intense is the exercise.  It has actually been shown that regular, moderate exercise can actually enhance the immune system.  Studies has confirmed that recreational athletes had a lower incidence of colds when engaged in a regular running program. This type of exercise actually increases the production of macrophages –  cells that actually attack the kind of bacteria that can lead to respiratory diseases.  However, high-intensity exercise (90 minutes or more) weakens the immune system, making an individual more susceptible to illness for up to 72 hours after working out.  This is due to the increase of stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, which also increase blood pressure and elevate cholesterol levels.

With the emergence of the fitness movement that we are seeing in the US, the need to focus on gut health, including the focused integration of probiotics into the health regimen of athletes at all stages is becoming increasingly important.  This movement is seeing the huge increase of everyday athletes training and competing in half marathons, full marathons, iron man competitions, “mudders” as well as other athletic endeavors!  These trends are not limited to the younger generations as the “baby boomers” participants in these types of sports are exponentially growing!  Thus the need for immune support through probiotic supplementation is more important than ever.

The link between gut health and our immune system has been studied for decades. Surprisingly to most people, 60-70% of our immune system is located in our gut. Another surprising fact is that 95% of the body’s serotonin is made in the gut!  The good bacteria in probiotics have been seen to have a large role in fighting harmful foreign substances that enter the body by detoxifying them and contributing to their elimination.  Probiotics also prevent the growth of harmful bacteria that lead to infections and disease.

The USANA Probiotics combine two of the most widely studied strains of probiotics that have clinically tested benefits:

  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus LGG®
  • Bifidobacterium BB-12®

The USANA Probiotic, contain 12 billion colony-forming unit (CFU) per serving.  According to current scientific research, this is the optimal number of CFUs needed for gut health.

These probiotics are are packaged in a very convenient stick packet.  They are designed to be taken once every other day though many athletes who are engaged in more intense exercise choose to take one everyday.  These stick packs have a shelf life of 18 months. USANA has also gone the extra mile by making these packets dairy free, gluten free and sugar free.  They can be consumed alone (actually taste great), in a glass of water or mixed in a meal replacement or recovery shake (USANA’s Nutrimeal is highly recommended for both of these choices!).  Convenience is the key for compliance due to our increasingly busy lives (which also creates stress).  The yogurt in the back of the refrigerator usually goes bad because we forget it while off to our next engagement.  These stick packs are great for the gym bag, backpack or purse (or even in your office desk drawer).

As with every product that USANA Health Sciences produces, the quality and purity is of utmost importance.  This is why Performance Vitamins partners and highly recommends the products developed and manufactured by this cutting edge laboratory and manufacturing plant.

What are the “take aways” concerning probiotics and athletic performance: 

  • Due to the critical connection of gut health and the immune system, probiotics are important for everyone’s health journey
  • Today’s athletes place even more stress on their gut health and immune system with higher levels of exercise.  Probiotics can be very important to their overall health and thus benefit the consistency and longevity of their training.  The likelihood of performance goals being met are much better If the athlete is not sick and can continue his/her training regimen!

Give USANA Probiotics a “test drive”!

Don’t say “someday”!  Take control of your health today.  Order a few months of USANA Probiotics today to experience the difference in your health!

 

* The Irish Sports Council – Technical Document on Probiotics (2014)

 

Coenzyme Q10 and Cellular Energy

CoEnzyme Q10 is a key to cellular energy production.

Can Coenzyme Q10 help in the “energy shortage” that many people are experiencing daily?  Have you heard these statements around your home or office?  Or, maybe a statement of this sort has come out of your mouth recently!

“I am drained”!

“ I have been really dragging these past few weeks”!

“I don’t have the energy that I used to have”!

“I need a nap”!

“Exercise? I don’t even have the energy to stay awake at work”!

A common response to this dilemma in our culture is to stop by the corner coffee shop and get a triple (or even “quad”) shot of espresso to get that added boost of “energy”. Though someone will feel more awake or even get that quick burst of hyper drive, it doesn’t last. Another trip to the coffee shop in the afternoon (or even more often) becomes the habit (while also taking a dent on the wallet!).

Sound familiar?

The boost of energy that caffeine offers can’t compare to the cellular energy that the body can produce itself when the right cellular ingredients are present.

One of the “energy shortage” problems that we may be experiencing could be the depletion of an essential ingredient to the cellular boiler room that produces cellular energy…the real, life giving energy (ATP) that we learned about in biology class. This ingredient is CoEnzyme Q10 – needed by every cell in the body as a part of the incredible chemical interaction of oxygen, nutrients, vitamins and cofactors to produce the cellular energy we need to live life.

To learn more about the science of this wonderful process, happening in your cells at this very moment, we would recommend Dr. Stephen Sinatra’s great book, The CoEnzymeQ10 Phenomenon.

Dr. Sinatra states that ATP is “necessary to fuel all cellular functions”. That includes thinking, exercise, food digestion, heart function, and breathing to mention just a few! Dr. Sinatra goes on to mention that, “CoEnzyme Q10 provides the spark in the mitochondria of each cell to initiate the energy process”.  According to the scientific experts, there is a wonderful connection to Coenzyme Q10 and cellular energy production!

Back to where we started…why are we so “drained”? What is going on?

Dr. Sinatra mentions that clinical research that shows a serious depletion of CoEnzyme Q10 in our population due to a number of factors. One of these factors is the natural depletion during the aging process. Another is the lack of other essential nutrients like folate, Vitamins C, B12, B6, pantothenic acid and trace elements (to name a few) needed to synthesize CoEnzyme Q10 in the cells of the body. High intensity exercise also depletes the body of this essential ingredient as well as producing a high level of “free radicals”.

CoEnzyme Q10 remarkably works as a powerful antioxidant throughout the body to help prevent the damage of the “free radicals” caused by the oxidation process occurring in our bodies. Dr. Sinatra states that CoEnzyme Q10 is an “ideal antioxidant”. As an antioxidant, “it can stop free radicals before they do their damage, protecting DNA, cellular membranes and even various membrane systems”.

Need energy? This may be a great place to start:

  • Focus on a nutrient rich diet
  • Supplement your diet with USANA’s Essentials as a foundation for the necessary cellular ingredients necessary for CoEnzyme Q10 production (USANA Essentials)
  • Supplement with USANA’s pure CoEnzyme Q10 product, CoQuinone 30 (USANA CoQuinone)

All of USANA’s supplements are absorbable, dissolvable and bioavailable – meeting the stringent requirements of pharmaceutical GMPs (Good Manufacturing Practices). What does all that mean? In a nutshell, they get into the cells and work.

The USANA CoQuinone 30 product was recently tested by Consumer Labs and given the highest rating possible, the Approved Quality Product Seal (Pure CoQuinone). This is not surprising to those who know the purity and quality of ingredients that USANA chooses and highest level of care put into each product’s production.

Also available in a customized “MyHealthPak” is the CoQuinone 100 product. This is a fabulous “super pill” that can provide the larger dosages of this essential ingredient needed for the remarkable process of producing ATP in the cells – real energy! If this is of interest to you, email us at support@performancevitamins.com and we will contact you to personalize your own “MyHealthPak”!

Next time you are “dragging”, it may be worth making some lifestyle changes in your diet. In addition, supplementing with a high-grade, absorbable and bioavailable CoQuinone 30 product can be of great benefit. Supplementing with a pharmaceutical grade multivitamin and mineral system like the USANA Essentials can also be of great value to provide the necessary B Vitamins, trace minerals and cofactors for the cells to produce the CoEnzyme Q10 that your cells are thirsty for!

High Glycemic Roller Coaster

High Glycemic Roller Coaster

We have all experienced the High Glycemic Roller Coaster!

Remember the thrills of being on a high-flying and low-dipping roller coaster?  It can be exhilarating! However, the high glycemic roller coster of our blood sugar (caused by “high glycemic” foods from our diet) can be very unhealthy…possibly even deadly as it can usher a person into the current epidemic of obesity that plagues our country.

What is a “high glycemic” food?

Simply stated, it is a food that is converted into glucose (blood sugar) in our bodies- too fast!

Let’s be clear though, we need glucose…without it the cells in our body cannot function. However, the body is a “balance nut”. If the food we eat is converted to glucose too fast, we “spike” our blood sugar causing a cascade of responses from the body to correct and lower the glucose (one of these responses is the release of the storage hormone insulin). That is the rapid ascent of the roller coaster!

What are some of these “high-glycemic” foods? Bread, rolls, white rice, potato chips, popcorn, cereals, potatoes, instant oatmeal, pretzels, candy (thats an easy one), ice cream, bagels and many more.

We all know what that feels like…the “sugar hit”! “But”, you may ask, “I did not consume any ‘sugar’, that I am aware of, in my meal”! The facts are that many of the foods we eat can give us that same “sugar spike” as a candy bar! That is where the typical Western Diet is like the most dangerous roller coaster ride on earth and you did not even know you bought a ticket! But…as we all know, what goes up…must come down!

As the body rapidly seeks to correct the flooding of glucose in the bloodstream, it will result in a “drop”. Remember that feeling when you come back to work after a meal at a fast food restaurant? All of a sudden you feel like you need a nap! Food should give us energy, why the sleepy feeling all of a sudden?

When the drop happens, the blood sugar is too low and we will experience difficulty staying focused (the brain needs glucose to function and the tank is running low). Part of the body’s response to this is to release stress hormones to stir us into action – to go eat! Typically what we eat however, is the high-glycemic food choices that caused the problem in the first place (compounded with a high-glycemic latte to get awake)!

What does the body do with all the excess glucose that is gathered in its “correction mode”? If it can’t be used as energy, it has to be stored somewhere! Have you ever noticed the increasing number of “storage units” that are being built around the country for people to store the stuff that won’t fit into their homes? That may be a simple analogy of what the body does to find a place to store the excess glucose…make more storage units (fat cells), especially in the center of the body.

As the storage units increase, the health of other body systems is affected. In fact, the Center for Disease Control stated in 2012 that overweight and obese related medical conditions are a leading cause of preventable death in the United States**. Yes, the roller coaster can have a deadly ending.

RESET your body!

USANA Health Sciences have scientifically developed low-glycemic convenience foods to help in the journey towards a low glycemic lifestyle. The RESET program is a jump start towards this type of lifestyle, providing the meals, snacks and micronutrients for five days to help break the carb addiction that the western diet roller coaster can cause. The only thing that is required to add is a fruit and vegetable every day and water. From there, the journey continues to stay off the roller coaster and be on level ground with their Transform Pack. Along this new journey is education on how to change one’s dietary habits and get safely off (and stay off) the High Glycemic Roller Coaster!

Please watch this short video concerning the USANA RESET Program:

USANA – Trusted Partner & Sponsor of Dr. Oz Show

USANA - Trusted Partner & Sponsor of Dr Oz Show

USANA – Trusted Partner & Sponsor of Dr. Oz show!

USANA Health Sciences joined a very elite group of products that the Dr. Oz show calls a “Trusted Partner and Sponsor”. To launch this special relationship, Dr. Oz highlighted USANA’s joint health product, Procosa™ on his show on January 22nd. Watch the segment here: Dr. Oz introduces Procosa™

As Dr. Oz mentions, USANA’s Procosa™ contains a unique blend of Curcumin and vegetarian glucosamine to help maintain healthy joints and cartilage. Click here to read more about our special Procosa™ product.

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