Thursday, September 3, 2015

Team USANA welcomes Aussie swimmer Josh Beaver to the team



USANA Australia is excited to announce that Aussie swimmer Josh Beaver has joined the Team USANA Athlete team.

Since starting his sponsorship with USANA Josh has already become fond of the HealthPak and BiOmega, as well as the protein snacks and Nutrimeal.

He said “the convenience of having vitamin packs readily available, make it very easy to organise my nutritional needs”.

“They allow me to stay healthy and give me a balance in nutritional needs, knowing I am taking great products from USANA to look after my health,” Josh said.

Josh is a member of the Victorian Institute of Sport and is currently training nine sessions per week with Nurawading Swimming Club and races in the 100 and 200 metre backstroke.

Josh began swimming when he was just six-months-old, after being diagnosed with asthma. He did swimming lessons with the YCMA before joining his first swimming club, Cranbourne Tigersharks at the age of 9. It was here he fell in love with swimming and being in a squad environment.

Josh was heavily involved in swimming through his schooling years and was given many opportunities to explore a professional pathway. He took the opportunities and followed a pathway to professionalism. He trained with the Tigersharks for 12 years before moving onto Nunawading Swimming Club.

His first senior Australia Team was the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games where he had a breakout meet and claimed silver in the 200m backstroke, and was part of a 1,2,3 finish for Australia. He also won silver as a member of the 4x100 medley relay and bronze in the 100m backstroke. Currently he is the world 7th in the 200m backstroke and 13th in the 100m backstroke.


Being a professional athlete takes persistence and willpower, and Josh has exercised these abilities as he maintains his rank of 2nd in 200m backstroke and 3rd in 300m backstroke within Australia.  

Josh recently competed at the World Swimming Championships held in August 2015 in Russia and is now determined to medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games – USANA Australia wishes Josh the best of luck!

Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.  Use only as directed.  Always read the label.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Studies show yeast beta-glucan improves physical endurance in children with respiratory problems



Respiratory tract infections (RTI) represent the most common cause of sickness in children, especially in those who live in area with extreme contaminations of the environment, such as coal mine, heavy chemical industry and power stations, and high contamination particles from car exhausts due to high frequency of automobile traffic.

It has been well known that strennious physical challenge might suppress immune mechanisms and result in higher risk of respiratory infections, which are a direct result of the lower activity of immune cells (such as macrophages and natural killer cells), antigen presentation and other immune mechanisms.
In recent years, large number of studies has been published on the effect of beta-glucans, the natural polysaccharides isolated from yeast. The current evidence suggests that beta-glucans has significant effects on non-specific immunomodulation.

In a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, scientists evaluated the effect of yeast beta-glucans in 77 children (average age = 10 yrs) with chronic respiratory problems. These children were randomly assigned to receive either a beta-glucan (100 mg/day) or a placebo for 4-week duration. Saliva IgA (sIgA) level, and physical activity using a 6-minute walking test were measured before and after the 4-week supplementation.

The study found that children in the beta-glucan supplement group had a significant increase in walking distance when compared with those in the placebo group, and this improvement is also more significant in girls than boys.
Although there was no significant change in sIgA levels in children who took beta-glucan for 4 weeks, the sIgA levels are significantly lower in children taking a placebo.

Therefore, short-term oral supplementation with yeast beta-glucan improves physical endurance in children with respiratory problems, and helps their mucosal immunity via stabilization of the sIgA levels.

Source: Josef Richter J. et al. Ann Transl Med 2015; 3(4):52

Friday, August 21, 2015

USANA's new MySmart™Foods range just launched at International Convention

USANA Australia is super excited to share this news with you all! Just announced at International Convention our amazing new MySmart™ Foods will be coming to Australia soon!

And these are no ordinary foods products - the MySmart™ Shakes and MySmart™ Bars are the SMART choice for your health.

What Makes Them So Smart?

MySmartFoods spring from a foundation of solid science.
  • They have simple, naturally derived ingredients—the kind you can actually pronounce.
  • And these ingredients create a beneficial balance of macronutrients—carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats—without any added sugar.
  • These great shakes and bars were formulated with essential macronutrients and fewer carbs to bring balance to the modern carbohydrate-heavy diet.
  • Adding one shake a day to your diet—taken with the USANA® Essentials™—provides the essential macro- and micro-nutrition to support your health goals.

Shaking Up Your Routine

You deserve a shake that fits your body’s needs and tickles you taste buds, too. Because sometimes it’s a peach mango kind of day and other times you just need some dark chocolate in your life.
MySmartShakes are designed to deliver just that—personalisation made easy. That’s because you can choose from:
  • Three protein bases with a mild vanilla flavour—sourced from plant, soy, or whey
  • Five USANA MySmart™ Flavour Optimisers—dark chocolate, cappuccino, peach mango, banana and orange cream
  • Add a performance booster, like USANA MySmart™Shake Protein Plus—our new 100-percent whey protein optimiser
  • Mix in fruit, greens, your favourite healthy ingredients or other USANA products—like Fibergy® Plus, or USANA® Probiotic
When you throw in the three awesome MySmartBars—Coconut Cashew, Dark Chocolate, and Peanut Butter—you have a customisable force for your health.

For more information about MySmartFoods. Go to The Hub (login required) to read stories about the shakes, bars and a Q&A with a USANA scientist.

And make sure to check out our Facebook for more from #USANA15. We’re just getting started here in Salt Lake City!

Friday, August 14, 2015

USANA AUSTRALIA WINS TWO AWARDS AT AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS AWARDS 2015



USANA Australia is proud to announce that we have won two categories at this year’s Australian Business Awards for Best Cloud Product – The Hub and Best New Product – Berry NuttyTM Nutrition Bar.

USANA Australia General Manager Geoff Watt said to win Best Cloud Product for The Hub is an honour.

“The Hub is a CRM system with a beautiful interface that houses news, reports, business, sales tools, shopping cart, training, and so much more. It is easy to navigate, mobile friendly and totally customisable with widgets. It’s been designed to give credibility to the company by consistently reflecting USANA’s brand and provide highly relevant, personalised experiences to build loyalty and convert new customers.”

He said USANA Australia was also overjoyed to be recognised as Best New Product for the Berry Nutty Nutrition Bar. 

“Good health is very important to us here and the Berry Nutty Nutrition Bar not only tastes great but provides a balanced ratio of carbohydrates, proteins and fats to help you maintain the energy you need to get through the day. We are very proud of this product.” 

Tara Johnston, Program Director of the The Australian Business Awards said “the ABA100 Winners have demonstrated innovative, enterprising and technologically advanced business initiatives and products that support an obvious transformation coinciding with the ever-changing, highly competitive business environment.” 

For more information about USANA Australia visit www.usana.com.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Thousands raised at USANA True Health Foundation Fundraiser Day


USANA Australia is thrilled to announce that yesterday’s True Health Foundation Fundraiser Day raised a total of $1819.55 from Associates, guests and staff and will help add some colour to a child’s life.
From our baking sale and raffle tickets we raised $1363.55 with staff adding another $456 in donations. New Zealand also raised $807 which brings the total raised for the cause up to $2626.55.
Congratulations to the lucky Aileen Zhou, 4-Star Diamond Director, who won the raffle and thank you to everyone who entered.
USANA Australia General Manager, Geoff Watt, said when the event finished yesterday has “never been more proud at USANA than today!”
“How fantastic to see hundreds of Associates in support of the True Health Foundation at our offices,” he said.
“We want to say a big thank you to everyone who got involved and donated. Thanks to the staff for baking and getting involved. Thanks to all the Associates and their guests for coming along and tasting all our yummy treats!”
All money raised for the day will go to the USANA True Health Foundation who supports The Smith Family (Australia) and KidsCan (New Zealand).
In 2014/2015 The Smith Family supported hundreds of disadvantaged children through its Learning for Life program and our partnership with KidsCan also supported 1000’s of children in need.
Let’s aim to keep supporting this great cause and help support even more children over the next financial year.
To get involved and add the USANA True Health Foundation by adding Part Number: 899 to your Auto Order today!
To learn more about the USANA True Health Foundation click here to watch a short video about its' work and what your donations allow us to achieve.




Monday, August 3, 2015

USANA explores the uses and benefits of coconut oil


Coconut oil is everywhere these days but not many people actually know what it does or how you can use it, so our Health and Fitness expert Cerise Burgess did some exploring to find out what all the fuss is about. Here’s what she found...

Coconut oil contains a unique combination of fatty acids. In the past coconut oil has been demonised because it contains saturated fat, however studies show the fat in coconut oil might not be as bad for you as you may think.

Recent scientific research shows that the medium-chain triacylglycerols (MCTs) that make up coconut oil may have wide-range of health benefits.

Coconut oil can reduce appetite and increase fat burning, which therefore means it can also help you to lose weight. Coconut oil appears to be especially effective in reducing abdominal fat, which often lodges in the abdominal cavity and around organs.

Dr Mehmet Oz host of The Dr. Oz Show says coconut oil is a “heart-healthy food”.  Studies show that coconut oil reduces triglycerides, total and LDL cholesterol, increases HDL and improves blood coagulation factors and antioxidant status.

A recent study in 40 women with abdominal obesity, supplementing with 30 mL (1 ounce) of coconut oil per day led to a significant reduction in both BMI and waist circumference in a period of 12 weeks , while in another study in 20 obese males, they noted a reduction in waist circumference of 2.86 cm (1.1 inches) after 4 weeks of 30 mL (1 ounce) of coconut oil per day.

Coconut oil is great to use in cooking instead of other oils or just as a healthy, additional ingredient and can be added stir-fry’s, smoothies, protein balls and more!

It also serves various other purposes that have nothing to do with eating. It can be used for cosmetic purposes and to improve the health and appearance of their skin and hair as well as a bug deterrent or bug bite soother.

For more ideas on how you can use coconut oil click here.