Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BiOmega Jr - Great for kids of all ages!

By the USANA ANZ
Marketing Team



Battling your kids to eat healthily and try new tastes is one thing. Clashing with them to take their supplements is quite another.

Now, your fish oil supplement is one battle you don’t have to get involved with…

USANA’s tasty BiOmega™ Jr. is made with a taste your children will be happy to accept. Packed with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic (EPA), BiOmega Jr. has a fresh natural orange flavour and doesn’t contain artificial colourings and flavourings. BiOmega Jr. is flavoured with the natural sweetener, Stevia – so it tastes good but won’t damage children’s delicate teeth. Offer one stick pack every other day to your kids – they’re bound to love it!
But BiOmega Jr. isn’t just for little kids…

If you gag at the thought of fish oil capsules, or if you just want to try a super-pleasant alternative, try BiOmega Jr.It contains 2000mg fish oil and 650mg omega-3 fatty acids (DHA 230 mg and 350mg EPA).

A good quality fish oil is a good way to ensure adequate omega-3s and is generally safe unless your child has a sensitivity to fish oils or has a bleeding disorder, or/is taking a blood-thinning medicine or unless advise not to take such a supplement by a medical professional.
Fish oil supplements vary a lot in their content and quality. BiOmega Jr. is a great choice because it has:

1. High levels of EPA and DHA – two of the most important constituents in omega-3 fats. Both are vital for a healthy body and a healthy brain.
2. It is a pharmaceutical grade fish oil supplement
3. It is completely mercury free.

If your child is taking medication, speak to your child's doctor about this before you start. Fish oil should not be used instead of the usual medication without a doctor being involved.
Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.
USE ONLY AS DIRECTED. ALWAYS READ THE LABEL.




Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Omega-3s and skin health


By the USANA ANZ
Marketing Team


                                        


It’s the largest organ in the body and skin is adapted for use in different areas of the body – from the temperature-regulating armpits to the soles of the feet.
 
Children are prone to developing a number of allergic conditions one of which is eczema – around 90 per cent of cases occur in children before age five and 65 per cent of cases occur before the age of one. Although the precise cause of it in children isn’t known, experts suggest that eczema may result from the combination of genetic (inherited) factors and the environment (which can include diet). On top of this, already dry skin that’s exposed to extreme temperatures, water and stress can all make symptoms worse.

So what can you do?

On top of good general nutrition, one of the components of healthy skin that has been isolated has been omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fats are vital because they make up part of the skin cell membranes where they work like gatekeepers. They control the movement of substances in and out of the cells and influence cells’ ability to hold onto water contributing to moister and softer skin by helping to repel water which can cause dryness.

Avoiding common triggers like stress by encouraging rest, relaxation and play may help boost children’s skin problems, too. Plus, avoiding common food culprits like soy and eggs can help children who are sensitive to those foodstuffs. Fish is also a common food culprit – ask your doctor for testing to find out whether your child has food sensitivities.

And, while fish is a common food allergen, a lot of research is looking into the potential beneficial effects of fish oils.

While the results of research using fish oil supplementation are inconsistent, encouraging a fish rich in n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the diet  (unless fish is one of the dietary triggers of skin conditions) is recommended. The omega-3 oils in oil-rich fish have an anti-inflammatory action. These long chain omega-3 fats help to reduce the incidence of an inflammatory substance called leukotriene B4 which is known to play a role in eczema.

As far as skin is concerned, fish oil helps to:
• Nourish it (as well as hair and nails)
• Encourage skin cells to retain natural moisture thus helping to hydrate skin
• Encourage the production of healthy skin cells.

A good quality fish oil is a good way to ensure adequate omega-3s and is generally safe unless your child has a sensitivity to fish oils or has a bleeding disorder, or/is taking a blood-thinning medicine or unless advise not to take such a supplement by a medical professional.
Fish oil supplements vary a lot in their content and quality. BiOmegaTM Jr. is a great choice because it has:

1. High levels of EPA and DHA – two of the most important constituents in omega-3 fats
2. It is a pharmaceutical grade fish oils supplement
3. It is completely mercury free.


If your child is taking medication, speak to your child's doctor about this before you start. Fish oil should not be used instead of the usual medication without a doctor being involved.
Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.
USE ONLY AS DIRECTED. ALWAYS READ THE LABEL.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Team USANA Athlete, Shara Gillow, shares her 2014 racing experience

My 2014 season wrap up!

Women's Individual Time Trial
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
I had a great start to my 2014 cycling racing season with a Silver medal win at the Australian Road Cycling Championships, and I even managed to top that off the next month when I took out the Gold medal at the Oceania Cycling Championships! These two events really got me excited about what the rest of the season had in store for me.

My new home after the Oceania Championships was Europe where I raced with my professional cycling team. I call Europe home for eight racing fuelled months of the year and conquered picturesque countries like Italy, France, Belgium, Holland and Sweden.

This year I had the honour of being selected to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow!  I didn’t achieve the result I was expecting as I was placed 6th in my event. Although I was disappointed with my result in my race, I still learnt a lot of valuable lessons throughout the experience.  It was really special being able to represent my country and I was so proud to be wearing my green and gold. Also, knowing there were so many people back home in Australia watching you and cheering you on made it all the more special to me.

I was also selected to race the World Championships in Spain, but unfortunately had to pull out because of a fractured wrist in a crash that happened racing a six-day Tour in Holland. 

At the moment I'm getting my strength training up, taking my USANA supplements of course and getting a good strong base for my 2015 cycling season!

I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for me!


Racing in the Holland
 



Shara Gillow
Team USANA Athlete

 



Monday, September 29, 2014

BiOmega Jr. has all the omega-3s your littlies need!

By the USANA ANZ
Marketing Team



What do you need to eat to get the same amount of omega-3s that is in one stick of BiOmega™ Jr.?

In every stick pack of BiOmega Jr. you’ll find per 2.5g serving:

  • Fish oil 2000mg 
  • Omega-3 fatty acids 650mg  (DHA 230mg/9.2g EPA 350mg/14g)
Source: Self Nutrition Data (http://nutritiondata.self.com)
I think we all agree that giving your little one, one stick of BiOmega Jr. is a lot easier than trying to give them adequate omega-3s through food! And, the best thing is that BiOmega Jr. tastes great! It has a pleasant creamy orange flavour that kids just love.
 
Fish oil: safety
A good quality fish oil is a good way to ensure adequate omega-3s and is generally safe unless your child has a sensitivity to fish oils or has a bleeding disorder, or/is taking a blood-thinning medicine or unless advised not to take such a supplement by a medical professional.

Fish oil supplements vary a lot in their content and quality. BiOmega Jr. is a great choice because it has:

1. High levels of EPA and DHA – two of the most important constituents in omega-3 fats
2. It is a pharmaceutical grade fish oil supplement
3. It is completely mercury free.

If your child is taking medication, speak to your child's doctor about this before you start. Fish oil should not be used instead of the usual medication without a doctor being involved.

                                      Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.
                                      USE ONLY AS DIRECTED. ALWAYS READ THE LABEL.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Omega-3s and children’s learning, behaviour and mood

By the USANA ANZ
Marketing Team


If you have child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, dyslexia or dyspraxia, you’ve probably already heard about the encouraging effects of omega-3 fish oils on these conditions. And, you may also know that oily fish is the richest source of omega-3 fats. But if your kids don’t like the strong taste of fish and you don’t fancy forcing a sardine down your child’s throat (joking!) twice a week, a good quality fish oil like BiOmega™ Jr. might help.
Omega-3 fats like these are important for a whole host of functions including eye health and for the correct running of parts of the brain used for memory, learning and reasoning behaviour. In the body, DHA is concentrated in the brain. The two most important omega-3s in human health are docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).


Here’s what we know about omega-3s and how they impact children’s mood, learning and behaviour…

ADHD and low omega-3s
Children with ADHD are more likely to show symptoms of having low blood levels of omega-3s, such as dry skin and hair and excessive thirst. Some studies have shown that increasing omega-3 levels reduces the severity of ADHD-type behaviour such as difficulty in focusing and paying attention in some children, too.

Fish oil and behaviour
Australian research  published in The Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, found improvements in parents’ ratings of their children’s hyperactivity and inattention after being given fish oil. However, the children’s teachers’ didn’t agree with the improvements seen by the children’s’ parents.

Reading ability
Other studies have linked fish oils with improvement in reading ability. One particular research, led by the University of Oxford in the UK, showed that some children with reading difficulties displayed improved reading after taking fish oil.  And in the group of children with the lowest 10 per cent reading ability, reading age improved the most. So, it may be that getting enough omega-3s may help children catch up with peers.
Although other research had linked benefits of omega-3s in children with conditions such as ADHD, dyslexia and developmental coordination disorder, this was the first research to show positive results in children from the general school population.


Adult studies
Adult studies have suggested that as an adjunct to treatment, fish oil might help with depression. Both EPA and DHA help to carry messages from outside into cells. And, since both EPA and DHA occur together naturally, may be that the human brain would benefit from a combination of the two. Studies are ongoing and more research is needed to confirm the role of omega-3s in children and this kind of mood disorder.
All in all, research suggests that taking a supplement of omega-3s may improve attention, brain function and self-control, attention and behaviour in children who don’t get enough omega-3s via diet.

Could your kids be low in omega-3s?
The modern western diet tends to be short on omega-3s; foods rich in these essential fats include oily fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel and organ meats such as brains. As oily fish tends to have a strong taste – and we’re not sure how many kids would want brains on toast – the average child could well be short on these vital nutrients.

Fish oil: safety
Fish oil is generally considered safe unless your child has a sensitivity to fish, has a bleeding disorder and or/is taking a blood thinning medicine. They vary a lot in their content and quality. BiOmega Jr. is a great choice because it has:

1. High levels of EPA and DHA – two of the most important constituents in omega-3 fats
2. Is a pharmaceutical grade fish oils supplement
3. Is distilled to be free from mercury.

A good quality fish oil is a good way to ensure adequate omega-3s and is generally safe unless your child has a sensitivity to fish oils or has a bleeding disorder, or/is taking a blood-thinning medicine or unless advise not to take such a supplement by a medical professional.
BiOmega Jr.

Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.
USE ONLY AS DIRECTED, ALWAYS READ THE LABEL

Friday, September 19, 2014

Stress less for skin health

By Ravinder Lilly
USANA ANZ
Writer and Dietitian


We all need a little stress – that kick of adrenalin gets you go in the morning and it’s responsible for the kind of motivation you need to succeed. But fast-pace 21st lifestyles mean that stress is ever present – and this can cause damage to mind and body – and that includes your skin.

Stress causes a chemical response in your body that causes physical and emotional changes. As far as your skin is concerned, it makes it more sensitive and reactive. Ongoing stress can also make it harder for skin problems to heal.

Do you ever notice that when you’re stressed, your skin breaks out? That’s because stress triggers the production and release of cortisol and other hormones one effect of which is on the oil producing glands in your skin, the sebaceous glands. Stress triggers them to produce more oil. And, as oily skin is more susceptible to skin problems like acne, it may be stress that’s behind  worsening skin problems including rosacea, and eczema.  So what can you do to stress less and help boost your skin health?

1.       Drink more. Water that is… One of the many ways that your body naturally detoxes itself is with pure, clean water. Water helps your kidneys, liver and intestines function properly in their task of cleansing the body. It also ensures that your skin can do one of its many jobs, removing impurities and wastes through sweat.

2.       And talking of sweat… Exercise is an important stress buster. But it has a dual action because it also helps the blood to pump around the body nourished all your organs including your skin. Aerobic exercise – the kind that makes your heart beat faster – is the kind that does this. Exercise can be a healthy diversion from stresses and boosts the release of fee-good chemicals called endorphins to help raise your mood and lower your stress. But aerobic isn’t the only way to go – stretching activities such as yoga and Tai Chi which involve rhythmic breathing and steady, systematic movements help to boost relaxation. Shower and changes soon after exercise to minimise the length of time sweaty material is left against your skin.

3.       Get enough sleep. If you’re short of the ZZZs, your mind and body is not getting enough time to unwind after the pressures of the day. Try to have a regular sleep time. As part of your wind down routine, take 15 to 20 minutes to do some gentle stretches and deep breathing to relax and ease away the pressures of the day. Try to unwind with a good book rather than more screen time – the light emitted from transmitting screens interferes with your body’s natural sleep wake mechanisms and could make sleeping more difficult.

4.       Find time for you. Take time for yourself to do something you enjoy, even if you only have ten minutes. And, if you need to, talk to someone. Your doctor can put you in touch with a suitable professional.

5.       Enjoy a healthy, mixed diet. Go low – low GI that is! Too many sugary foods and drinks leads to a rapid rise in blood glucose. This in turn means that your body releases insulin to try and normalise blood glucose levels. Too much circulating insulin stresses the hormonal responses and could means and putting the oil gland producing action into overdrive!

6.       Nourish with nutritionals. Omega-3 fats help to plump the skin and boost its ability to retain moisture. The result? Fatter, healthier skin. Omega-3s also control the release of irritating substances including leukotriene B4 which is involved with skin problems.

7.       Nourish from the outside in. While there is no doubt that nutrition is vital, the skin-boosting nutritionals only get to the skin when all of the other organs have been nourished. So, a great way to provide food for skin is to apply it. Many preparations use vitamin C because of its radiance producing effects. But not all vitamin C products are stable. USANA’s Sense™ range is a great way to feed the skin with plant based nutrition and a stable complex of vitamins – including vitamin C.

Our latest issue of Product Focus provides an in-depth information about how you can nourish your skin inside and out. Hop onto USANAToday to find out more and download your free copy of the newsletter and the PowerPoint presentation.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Five love-your-liver foods

By the USANA ANZ
Marketing Team

The next meal or snack you choose, spare a thought for your liver…

 
It's your body’s second largest organ (after your skin), and your liver works hard to filter out nasties and detoxify substances to ensure that your body is kept free from harmful constituents – whether these are from living organisms or chemicals in your foods/drinks and/or those that you breathe in. It also has an important role in digesting foods and storing vitamins.
 
Healthy foods nourish all of your body. But some components in foods are especially liver-protective. So, once you’re in a healthy weight range, you’re sure that you drink enough water for optimal hydration and don’t overdo alcohol, fat or sugar, here are some foods that can boost your liver health.

1.      The green goodness of garden veggies
Eat up those greens!
Sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli contain a wide range of phytonutrients including flavonoids, carotenoids, indoles and the anti-cancer compound, sulphurophane. All of these active ingredients help your liver neutralise chemicals, pesticides, drugs, and carcinogens. These cruciferous veggies also contain an antioxidant substance called glutathione. Glutathione attaches itself to toxins and takes them out of your body. The process works best if the foods aren’t heated though – heat destroys the enzymes they contain so raw is best or lightly stir-fried in olive or avocado oil.

Spinach, kale, bok choy and asparagus contain high levels of sulphur, a mineral that supports your liver’s detoxification processes. Sulphur encourages your liver to neutralise free radicals and other toxic chemicals.

2.      Garlic
Go for garlic!
The active ingredient in garlic, sulphur-based allicin, can help your liver to cleanse itself. Garlic also contains the mineral selenium which also helps the liver cleaning process.
Onions and leeks, (relatives to garlic) also contain beneficial sulphur compounds to support your liver in its glutathione production. Remember, glutathione is present in every cell of your body and its job is to neutralise free radicals.

3.      Peanuts


Delicious and nutritious!
Peanuts and other legumes like soy beans contain choline which your liver needs to metabolise fats – including the fat, cholesterol. Lack of choline could result in an accumulation of fat in the liver.  Choline also partly powers a chemical process called methylation. This is where the amino acid homocysteine is converted into another amino acid called methionine. This is beneficial because high levels of homocysteine are associated with raised risk of several chronic conditions. But methionine helps fat removal from the liver and protects it from toxins, too!



 
4.      Turmeric



A cousin to ginger, turmeric is a powerful
anti-inflammatory, too!
Used widely in Indian cooking and in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, lots of research is proving the powerful anti-inflammatory effects of this golden yellow spice which works as a detox for your liver. Like its cousin, ginger, turmeric helps your body digest fats and stimulates the production of bile. Ginger also contains antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties; it aids cleansing by encouraging circulation in the liver, lowering blood cholesterol and generally unclogging in your liver.


5.      Artichokes
Artichokes are a member of the thistle family
just like the liver protector, milk thistle
Artichokes are thistles which contain two phytonutrients called cynarin and silymarin (which is also found in a relative to artichoke, milk thistle). Both of these phytonutrients have been shown to nourish the liver, increase bile production, and even prevent gallstones.

If you would like to know more about liver health, talk with your doctor. And, if your liver could do with a little lovin’, USANA’s unique Hepa Plus™ is a great choice.

The active ingredients include broccoli concentrate, turmeric and close to 200mg of milk thistle extract. It also contains Meriva® curcumin in a patented form that has been shown to boost bioavailability by 30 times compared with regular curcumin. It’s a formulation that’s been created based on peer-reviewed science and produced with the same commitment to quality, safety, and purity that you have come to expect from USANA.
    
HepaPlus™                                          
Item# 135                                          
SVP 25
Price $42.60 AU / $55.00 NZ

Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.
USE ONLYH AS DIRECTED, ALWAYS READ THE LABEL

 

 

 






Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.