What do You Mix it with?

90 percent of Americans don’t get the recommended 21–38 grams of fiber in their daily diet. Why is this? Perhaps it’s our hectic schedules that don’t allow us the time to think about fiber. Or, perhaps it’s a general refusal to change our eating habits and say “no” to all those greasy foods, which do more damage to our bodies than good*.

That’s what makes USANA Fibergy® Plus a terrific find! Regardless of our reasons, Fibergy Plus provides a convenient alternative to the same old excuses.

With 12 grams of fiber per serving, Fibergy Plus is a flavor-free option, which makes it perfect for mixing in nearly any liquid or food without altering the taste. That way, you can enjoy your meals without all the added calories. You gain all the benefits of fiber without making any sacrifices*.

Particularly during the holidays, everyone enjoys a nice glass of eggnog every now and then. Why not take this opportunity to get a little fiber as well? It’s also great mixed with yogurt or any juice you can think of. Furthermore, it leaves you feeling satisfied, reducing your cravings*.

What other USANA Customers are mixing it with:

Orange juice
Apple juice
Cranberry juice
Pineapple juice
Chocolate milk
Nutrimeal™
Pudding
Cottage cheese
Macaroni
Spaghetti
Baked goods

A flavorless drink or food mix that can be added to nearly anything, this fiber additive makes getting your daily dose a simple convenience. Now there’s no excuse!

Add USANA Vitamins and Fibergy Plus (Item #226) to your shopping cart today.

*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.

Buying Herbal Supplements

Dietary supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so it is up to you (and your doctor) to be fully aware of what you are putting into your body. Familiarize yourself with the following tests, which will help you determine a product’s quality and potential effectiveness. Every herbal supplement you take should pass each test. First check the side of the product’s packaging for the applicable information. If the facts are not there or are unclear, you can call the company or visit its website. If the answers to your questions remain unavailable after checking these sources, avoid the products of that company. After all, most companies that properly examine their products will make the results easily available to their customers. USANA manufactures the pharmaceutical quality nutritional supplements; USANA HealthPak provides the full daily dose of the top-rated USANA Essentials (Mega Antioxidant and Chelated Mineral) and also includes Active Calcium™, a core USANA Optimizer and AO Booster™ for added antioxidant protection. People choose to buy USANA Vitamins because the entire product line is made with more care and with higher quality ingredients than others on the market.

Authenticity

Only buy herbal supplements that have clearly labeled lists of ingredients and amounts. Unfortunately, these lists are not always reliable. Some companies use visual clues to label the herbs in their products, which can lead to mistakes because many herbs look alike. Dishonest companies may even knowingly turn a blind eye to this problem, due to the high cost of certain medicinal herbs. More reliable companies use tests, such a technique called thin layer chromatography (TLC), to scientifically identify the product’s compounds and verify that the correct herb is being packaged.

Potency

A supplement’s potency refers to its concentration of active ingredients. This detail is very important. After all, low potency usually means that the product will provide you with no results – and some herbal supplements are very expensive. There are tests the company can perform to determine a product’s potency. One such test is the high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), which separates and identifies the product’s molecules. You can perform your own potency test. Drop an herbal supplement into a glass of water and watch what happens. The herbs should dissolve. An herb that doesn’t dissolve will probably not be well absorbed by your body.

Purity

An herbal supplement is not pure if it contains any extraneous material or if its composition has been altered in any way. You can request that a company provide you with laboratory certificates ensuring that its product’s purity has been tested. Examining and tasting the product may allow you to determine its pureness. The following are some examples of qualities that would suggest your supplement is impure.

• If it has a gritty texture when chewed, it probably contains improper ingredients.
• If it is darker in color than usual or tastes particularly bitter, the herbs may have been burnt – which destroys the active materials and their effectiveness.
• If it tastes sweet or is sticky to the touch, a high percentage of the supplement may be made with sugar rather than the proper ingredients.

Safety

It is very important that the safety of a product has been thoroughly tested. Some companies do not perform these tests. Other companies perform these tests on a random sampling of their products. The companies from which you should buy herbal supplements have tested every batch of herbs they are putting on the market. When a product passes this inspection, the company is usually given a Certificate of Analysis (COA). You can request proof of this certificate before purchasing a company’s products.

Using Herbs

There are a variety of different ways to utilize medicinal herbs. Experiment with each of the following options before determining which you will use regularly.

Compresses

You can make a compress by soaking a clean cloth in an herbal solution. Wring it out to remove the excess liquid. Then apply the cloth to your body. If you have a specific pain, apply the cloth to that area of your body, such as your head or back. The herbs will be absorbed into your skin and your blood vessels will transport them through your body.

Decoctions and infusions

A decoction is an herbal solution. To make one, first break up pieces of bark, nuts, roots, or seeds of a plant. Simmer (cook just below boiling point) the pieces in water for fifteen to thirty minutes, keeping the pot or kettle covered. Then strain the plant pieces from the water.

An infusion is similar to a decoction but is made using the flowers, leaves, or stems of a plant. Also, the pieces are simmered in water for only ten minutes. (Again, keep the pot or kettle covered. Then strain the plant pieces from the water.)

These herbal solutions can be stored for up to two days in the refrigerator. They can be used to make compresses or drinks.

Extracts

Herbs are available as extracts – concentrated forms obtained by mixing herbs with a solvent such as alcohol and/or water. The potency of an herbal extract is expressed a ratio. For example, tinctures, which are made using a water and alcohol mixture as the solvent, are usually made at a 1:5 concentration. This means that there is five times the amount of alcohol and water than herbal material. A fluid extract is usually 1:1. A solid extract is usually at least four times stronger than the same amount of fluid extract and forty times as potent as a tincture if produced from herbs of the same quality.

Poultices

A poultice is a mixture of herbs applied to a cloth with oil or warm water. The cloth is then placed on your skin for relief from inflammation or soreness. You may want to reheat it when it cools off. Poultices are usually effective for twenty-four hours.

Tablets and capsules

Herbs can be bought in tablet or capsule form. You can either take them with a glass of water or dissolve them in hot water before drinking. Many people consider tablets and capsules to be the most convenient way to take herbs.

Teas

You can make herbal tea by cooking herbs in boiling water for ten to fifteen minutes. Then, allow the herbs to steep in the water for five minutes. You can add honey for flavor but do not use milk. Although most herbs become less powerful when boiled, these teas are often helpful for daily invigoration and wellness. Most people find it beneficial to drink one cup of herbal tea, three times a day. It can be drank hot or cold. To change the taste, experiment using more or less plant pieces.

Pomegranate

Pomegranates have been grown in the Middle East since ancient times. They have also been cultivated in the Mediterranean region, Europe, Asia, Africa and India. The pomegranate tree was introduced to California in the late eighteenth century; today, pomegranates in the United States are grown primarily in Arizona and California.

Pomegranates are basically round with a tough reddish-pink skin. Cutting the fruit open reveals white, fleshy tissue and hundreds of pips – small translucent sacs that contain juice, tart red pulp and a seed. To eat a pomegranate, slice it in half and place it in a bowl of water. Gently remove the pips from the rind and membrane and strain the pips from the water. Then, enjoy the tart, rich flavor of the pips by themselves, or use them on salads and in baked goods.

Nutritional Benefits of Pomegranate

Pomegranates are an excellent source of potassium, vitamin C and polyphenols, especially anthocyanins, ellagic acid, tannins and punicalagin (of all the polyphenols contained in pomegranate juice, punicalagin is responsible for half of the juice’s antioxidant powder). In one study, researchers compared pomegranate juice with cranberry juice, red win, blueberry juice and orange juice and found that pomegranate juice had more polyphenols than the other juices and that the polyphenols in pomegranate juice were significantly more active. Pomegranate juice neutralized free radicals and prevented LDL cholesterol oxidation, which contributes to atherosclerosis.

Pomegranate and Your Health

Scientific literature increasingly shows that the polyphenols in pomegranate juice protect the heart, fight free radicals and protect against cancer and other chronic diseases.

Studies suggest that regularly drinking pomegranate juice helps to reduce oxidative stress, atherosclerosis, blood pressure and narrowing of the carotid arteries in the neck. Scientists at the Preventive Medicine Research Center in Sausalito, California, found that 240 milliliters (about eight ounces) of pomegranate juice a day improved blood flow to the heart in patients with coronary heart disease.

In 2006, Israeli researchers reported that the antioxidants in pomegranate juice are especially beneficial for diabetics. Noting that diabetes increases oxidative stress and the risk of atherosclerosis, the researchers gave 10 diabetic patients 50 milliliters of pomegranate juice per day for three months. (As a control, 10 non-diabetic patients received the same amount of pomegranate juice). The researchers found that pomegranate juice reduced the risk of oxidation and atherosclerosis in the diabetic patients without increasing blood sugar levels.

Pomegranate juice may even protect against cancer. Laboratory and animal studies have revealed potential roles for pomegranate in fighting lung cancer, skin cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer.

The Bottom Line

As baby boomers reach their fifties and sixties, the emphasis on active lifestyles, maintaining good health and living longer increase. To meet their health goals, more and more people are tuning to fruits and vegetables for the healthful antioxidants they contain. As modern science continues to research the role of free-radical damage in aging and disease, expect to hear more about the potent phytochemicals in acai berries, mangosteen, goji berries and pomegranate, al of which offer numerous benefits to those who want to take control of their health.

Superfruits Fast Facts

Uses and Benefits: Superfruits are nutritional powerhouse, providing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients and more. Because of their nutritiaonl value, superfruits may boost overall well-being and help prevent disease.

Forms: Superfruits are whole foods and can be enjoyed as such. Many are also available as juices or fruit extracts. Because of its astringency, the highly nutritious mangosteen pericarp is inedible – look for supplements instead.

Vitamin B9 Folic Acid (Folate)

The terms folate and folic acid are used interchangeably when referring to vitamin B9. Folic acid is the most stable of the two forms and is often found in supplements and fortified foods. Folate occurs naturally in food sources such as spinach and other green leafy vegetables. Like other B vitamins, folic acid is necessary for a variety of functions and body processes, from cellular maintenance to the prevention of birth defects in developing fetuses.

Folic Acid and DNA and RNA Synthesis

Folic acid is essential for the synthesis of DNA, the genetic blueprint that allows cells to properly develop and divide. Doctors recommend that pregnant women take folic acid supplements, a practice that has significantly reduced the incidence of certain birth defects. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that even mild folic acid deficiency can greatly increase the incidence of damaged DNA. Other studies have linked folic acid deficiencies to the development of dysplasia (abnormal cell development often linked to cancer) in the colon, the lungs and the cervix.

Folic Acid and Homocysteine

Recent studies indicate that folic acid, taken alone or with other B vitamins, can effectively lower homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is associated with atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction, as well inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, excess homocysteine can significantly add to the amount of stress a person experiences. B vitamin supplements can help bring homocysteine levels down and may reduce stress.

How Much Folic Acid Do We Need?

Research shows that most of us aren’t getting enough folic acid in our diets. Most people consume about 200 micrograms of folic acid each day. This is only half of the daily recommendation, and many experts believe the daily recommendation is inadequate. Good food sources of folic acid include green leafy vegetables, lentils, pinto, navy, lima and kidney beans, tuna, oranges, strawberries, wheat germ, asparagus, bananas, and cantaloupe. Eat these foods as fresh as possible, because heat and long storage times can destroy folic acid content.

USANA has won a Best of Utah State award for its science-based nutritional products and USANA Vitamins.

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Item #907
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USANA Optimizer – Vitamin D

It started off as a seasonal product to help get you through the dark winter months. But now that the summer sunshine is just around the corner, how often are you actually going to see it? If you’re like most people, not often—especially if you work in an office or never leave the house without covering yourself in sunscreen (a good idea, actually). That’s why USANA is adding our incredible Vitamin D supplement as a permanent part of our Optimizers line.

USANA’s Vitamin D supplement is the perfect complement to the Essentials, even during the summer. And if you stay indoors close to the air conditioner all season, USANA’s Vitamin D will give you 2,000 IU of maximum strength vitamin D to ensure that you get what you need in just one little tablet.

Vitamin D is important for many aspects of your health:

  • Necessary for normal bone mineralization and growth
  • Important for the maintenance of muscle strength and coordination
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Promotes robust and balanced immune function

While the winter months may be behind us now, it doesn’t mean that your body needs less of a good thing, particularly if your lifestyle keeps you indoors during much of the spring and summer. So make sure to stock up today on USANA’s Vitamins D supplement and make extra vitamin D a part of your regimen, every day for life!