Thursday, July 2, 2015

Studies show Yeast Beta-Glucan reduces cold symptoms and improves mood


Dietary supplementation with yeast beta-glucan may be a useful approach for maintaining immune protection against daily stressors.

The relationship between stress and decreased immune function is well established, with psychological stress having been shown to increase susceptibility to the common cold and increased upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) episodes. 

Psychological stress reduces immune cell populations, lowers antibody production, and alters cytokine responses. People with higher levels of psychological stress have a higher incidence and greater severity of illness.

In a randomised placebo-controlled, double-blind study, 77 healthy women under moderate levels of perceived psychological stress were randomly assigned to take either a beta-glucan supplement (250mg/day) or a placebo for 12 weeks. Effects of beta-glucan supplementation (vs placebo) on various moods, upper respiratory symptoms, and overall health status were measured at the beginning, and after 4-, 8-, and 12-weeks of supplementation.

Women in the beta-glucan supplementation group reported fewer upper respiratory symptoms compared to placebo (10% vs 29%), better overall well-being (improvement of global mood state: 29% vs 16%), and superior mental/physical energy levels (vigor: 19.9 vs 15.8). The increases in vigor and global mood state are likely the logical results of improvement in physical well-being.

In summary, daily dietary supplementation with yeast beta-glucan reduces upper respiratory symptoms and improves mood state in stressed subjects, and thus may be a useful approach for maintaining immune protection against daily stressors.

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Source:
Shawn M. Talbott and Julie A. Talbott. J Am Coll Nutr (2012); Vol. 31(4):295–300

Thursday, June 25, 2015

USANA Australia welcomes cyclist Ruth Corset to our athlete team!



USANA Australia is thrilled to welcome our newest athlete Ruth Corset to the team.

Ruth is an accomplished road cyclist and mountain biking champion from Queensland.
She grew up within an active lifestyle; and over the years competed in triathlons purely based on fun. Her husband, who is also her coach, encouraged her to put all her energy towards one sport and to strive for her best.

Ruth decided after having her girls (nine years ago) she was going to take a more active and professional stance in cycling…and it’s certainly paid off!

In 2009 Ruth was awarded as the Australian cyclist of the year.
From here, Ruth became increasingly competitive and placed 2nd in the Women’s Tour of New Zealand in 2011 and won the National Road Series in both 2012 and 2014.
In 2013, Ruth was 1st in the NRS Battle of the Boarder, whilst placing 4th in the Oceania Road Championships.
Ruth also helped Australia win Gold at the Commonwealth Games and won the Australian Championships in 2015.

In the midst of her active athlete lifestyle, Ruth also opened her very own massage therapist business (Ruth’s Therapeutic Massage); and in order to excel in her business career she graduated with a Diploma of Recreation (fitness) and a Diploma of Remedial Massage in the midst of juggling mountain biking.

Ruth, who loves USANA’s HealthPak, protein snacks andNutrimeal, said due to being a mother, business owner and professional athlete she is always busy and active, so can't afford to get sick.

“I have been using USANA for quite a few months now and have noticed I have a lot more energy and my recovery from hard training sessions has improved immensely,” she said.

“I'm currently leading the NRS (National Road Cycling) series and am hoping to take the series out for the third time at the end of the season.”

If she achieves this goal it would make her the first female in Australia to win the National Road Series three times.

Her successful career has driven Ruth to become a mentor for female Australian cyclists, and show the public that no matter how busy your lifestyle is, if you’re determined, anything is possible!

Sporting Career Highlights:

Won the Australian Cyclist of the year award 2009
1st in the National Road Series (2012, 2014)
Help Australia win Gold at the Commonwealth Games
2010 – Australia Road Championships – 1st.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Beta-glucan from Baker’s Yeast Helps Fight Common Colds



Did you know supplementation with beta-glucan from baker’s yeast helps improve mucosal immunity and reduce URTI symptoms?

Strenuous exercise or a physically exhaustive work session is known to suppress mucosal immunity for up to 24 hours, which can increase the risk of developing an upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) and reduce performance capacity.

Sickness can result in lost practice days, reductions in performance, and lost working days. The first line of defense against respiratory viruses and bacteria is mucosal immunity, which is characterised by salivary immunoglobulins (Igs) and antimicrobial proteins.

Many dietary interventions have been used to combat post-exercise immune suppression, most have been ineffective. However beta-glucan (BG) derived from Baker’s yeast has been shown as a promising dietary modulator that positively affects the immune system.

A recent study examined the effects of baker’s yeast BG on the immune system of healthy individuals after intense exercise using two experiments.

In the first experiment, 182 men and women randomised to receive either BG (250 mg/day) or a placebo for 28 days post-marathon. Individuals supplemented with BG were associated with a 37% reduction in the number of cold and flu symptomatic days when compared to the placebo group.

In the second experiment, 60 men and women were randomised to receive either BG (250 mg/day) or a placebo for 10 days. Changes in salivary immunoglobulin A (IgA) were evaluated after 50-min of strenuous cycling under hot and humid environment. Saliva was collected prior to, immediately, and 2-hr post-exercise. Individuals supplemented with BG had a 32% increase in salivary IgA at 2-hr after exercise compared to the placebo group.

In summary, results from this study demonstrate that beta-glucan from Baker’s yeast may reduce URTI symptomatic days and improve mucosal immunity post exercise.

Source:
Brian K. McFarlin et al. J Diet Suppl (2013); 10(3):171-83; DOI: 10.3109/19390211.2013.820248 

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Friday, June 19, 2015

On the road: USANA's Healthy Business Tour


Over the past few years, USANA have hosted some of the most amazing events around Australia and New Zealand. We’ve had the privilege of hosting dynamic and brilliant individuals, such as Chris Folland, Tony and Tammy Daum, Michael Callejas, Jordan Kemper, Dr Karen Wolfe...the list goes on.

For the June Roadshow, the pressure was certainly on to create something magical, so we turned to two of the best in the business and invited them to come down-under to train, teach, motivate and inspire.  Diamond Director Anna Lozano and her husband Yvan, and Dr Brian Dixon accepted the challenge, and reached our shores in early June.

The first event for the Healthy Business June Roadshow Tour was held at the
Melbourne Convention Centre, one of the only venues big enough to host the enthusiastic and fast-growing Melbourne audience.

The guest event was last Friday night (June 12) and almost 1,000 people, many of them guests, came along.  Boy, did they get a treat! 

During the event, Dr Brian Dixon communicated strong science in a brilliantly entertaining way, while Anna Lozano shared her story and gave a compelling case for guests to consider a USANA business. It would be hard to hear her presentation and not take action!

Friday's event in Melbourne was also the venue for the worldwide launch of USANA’s latest product Proglucamune, a breakthrough immune-support product, available for purchase in July.

On Saturday morning, we were all back, bright and early, to soak up a brilliant training session from Anna on building a strong USANA business. The room was abuzz with activity, especially when she dared the room to a live team calling invitation challenge. One amazing Associate managed to organise six presentations in just 15 minutes, wow!

After the business session, Brian took the time to dig deep into immunity, and helped Associates to learn more about this amazing system. Associates were certainly empowered to maximise the Proglucamune opportunity, and were enthralled by Brian’s engaging training.

On Saturday afternoon, Anna, Yvan and Field Development’s Pamela Ferry headed to the fast-growing island state of Tasmania, whilst Brian and Geoff went west to the beautiful city of Adelaide.

The Adelaide event was in the brand new Convention Centre - an awesome building. It certainly took commitment to give up a Saturday night and come to the event, but Associates and guests filled the room.
Not only did Brian do an amazing job, but Ruby Director Mitchell Kochonda spoke about the business opportunities available. It was my first chance to hear Mitch on the stage, and he was incredible. Watch this space, this guy is an up and coming Diamond for sure!


After a great team meeting Sunday morning over breakfast, Brian and I jumped on a plane to head to the mining state of Western Australia.  Perth certainly turned on the weather! Brilliant blue skies with not a cloud in sight. The Swan River sparkled and we had a morning off to enjoy!

Brian being a fitness fanatic dragged me along for two non-stop hours of squash in downtown Perth.  It was a great cardio workout, but even better, really good fun!  Careful before you challenge Brian to anything, this guy is FIT!!

Come Monday night and the event was packed. Over 200 Associates and guests enjoyed Brian and Anna's presentations, which motivated and inspired the audience.  The atmosphere in the room was electric!

Tuesday morning, and we were on the early flight east.  It gave the traveling team and chance to rest and recharge to be in peak shape for the big event in Sydney.

As always the Sydney teams showed up in their hundreds, the room was packed! Although it was a guest event, we did give flowers and celebrate the success of some amazing over-achievers.There was a new Diamond, three new 1-Star Diamonds, two Million Dollar Club members and a new 7-Star Diamond in the audience. The success of Associates building huge solid businesses is inspiring.

The last stop in the tour (for the Aussies at least) was Brisbane - always a great audience. I thought we were in for trouble with NSW beating Queensland in the second State of Origin football game the night before, but all was forgiven in true USANA spirit.

One more time Anna and Brian were amazing. Everyone there was touched by how much they cared, in awe of how much they know, and inspired by how well they taught. 

As Dr Brian, Anna and Yvan leave our shores, we say thanks for taking the time out of your busy lives to spend time with us in Australia. You are welcome back any time. You have changed many lives, and empowered many individuals.  At the end of the day, that’s what we are all about!

I hope you all enjoyed this event as much as I did, and I look forward to seeing you all at International Convention.


Written by Geoff Watt, USANA Australia General Manager