My Nutritional Supplement of choice.

This is the 6th and final post in a series debunking the mythology and stigma around taking nutritional supplements. Here are the five myths we have covered.

Myth #1. Nutritional supplements are not necessary if you eat right.
Myth #2. Nutritional supplements don’t work.
Myth #3. Nutritional supplements can be dangerous in large doses.
Myth #4. All nutritional supplements are the same.
Myth #5. Nutritional supplements are too expensive.

I highly recommend you go back and read the previous blog posts to get the detail, that naturally leads to the content of this post.

We have shown that antioxidants can prevent and even reverse many forms of disease whose primary cause is excess (free radical) oxidation. To win the war at the cellular level, nutritional supplements are necessary to bridge the nutritional gaps in our diet.

Although two thirds of the population understand this, and take nutritional supplements, there’s a problem! They have no idea what they’re getting. The FDA in America does not regulate nutritional supplements. In the majority of cases what’s on the label is not inside the bottle. Europe, along with Australia and Canada have implemented some government regulations to insure safety, but in the United States, where most of the nutritional supplements are manufactured, they are regulated like food rather than drugs. So there are a lot of shoddy products with very little science. This has been documented a lot in the press lately and has contributed to the fear and stigma against the need for supplementation.

Fortunately, one man with a vision, stepped up to the plate to change that.

His name is Dr. Myron Wentz.

In the early 70’s Dr. Wentz, an Immunologist and Microbiologist, founded Gull Laboratories in Salt Lake City, Utah. Gull developed products that would be used in hospitals and laboratories around the world to accurately diagnose viral and other infectious diseases. The most successful of Gull’s products was the first available test kit for detection of the Epstein-Barr virus. They literally grew about 20 billion human cells a day, needed to develop their product.

Dr Wentz became an expert in growing cells and understanding the nutritional requirements of the human cell, so that they would be protected, and not only survive, but thrive indefinitely. He became a world renowned leader in cell culture technology. Gull Labs set the Gold Standard for detecting infectious diseases; but they did little to prevent disease.

A critical event caused Dr. Wentz to turn his attention from diagnostic medicine to prevention. He calls it “that fateful day” when he put on his reading glasses to read the ingredient list of a product a pharmaceutical friend had given him. He was alarmed at the wrong ratios and the imbalance. After further testing, he found what was being marketed for human consumption was woefully inadequate. He was horrified by the huge chasm between what he was doing in the laboratory to provide Optimal Nutrition for his cells, and what was being called human nutrition in the marketplace. He found many products would not be absorbed into the blood stream, and he even found traces of toxic substances and bacteria. Dr. Wentz realized there was a huge need for a high quality nutritional system.

The idea was simple. If he could keep human cells alive for years in a laboratory at optimal health levels, then he could give the human body, which is made up of trillions of the same cells, the same formulas, allowing us the opportunity to have optimal health also.

And so the science of Cellular Nutrition was born.

After 25 years of research, by transferring the science of cellular nutrition from the laboratory to the human body, this vision became a reality in 1992 when Dr Wentz left Gull and started USANA Health Sciences. Today USANA is the premier manufacturer of high quality nutritional, skin care and weight management products.

USANA’s flagship product is an advanced nutritional system called the Essentials. They are rightly named as they are essential in nourishing the human cell at optimal levels with ALL the nutrients cells need to remain vibrant and healthy. It is a set of two bottles; a potent antioxidant formula and a balanced formula of chelated minerals. No need for guesswork. They were designed and engineered using cutting edge cellular technology years ahead of its time, creating not only the finest nutritional product available, with the most bio-available forms of the essential vitamins and minerals, but it contains extra cutting edge patented ingredients not readily available to the general public.

What makes USANA so different from products in the local grocery story or a health food store?

– Safety.
USANA was the first to manufacture Pharmaceutical Grade Supplements. This is not a requirement at present in the US by the FDA. Most manufacture at a food grade quality standard. It’s like the difference between making pizza and penicillin.

– Dependability
Because USANA manufactures “in house” in an actual FDA registered facility, rather than “farm it out,” people trust their health to USANA. There is a guaranteed Potency. What’s on the label is actually in the bottle.

– Purity
There is also a 100% purity guarantee. No contaminates. This is especially important for Olympic athletes, with whom USANA has a $1 million guarantee that a banned substance will never be found in their blood. It is no wonder that over 700 Olympic and elite athletes thrust their health to USANA.

– Effectiveness
These products are balanced with the correct ratios and amounts. The idea is nutrients work together in Synergy rather than our smorgasbord approach.
They are Bio-Available, which has to do with the Disintegration rate – they actually break up and get into the bloodstream and down to the cellular level where they can be utilized.

– Innovation
USANA is on the cutting edge of nutritional research, and continues to do ongoing research partnering with esteemed institutions like the Linus Palling Institute.

USANA has created  Nutritionals You Can Trust!

This has been USANA’s slogan from the beginning. And if they are good enough for over 700 athletes, (the pickiest of people when it comes to choosing a supplement) then they are good enough for me.

When it comes to my health, I want to trust only in the best, designed by the best. And I’ve found it. I was sceptical at first. But then I decided to do my own research. I talked to people using the USANA products and was absolutely amazed with the stories I was hearing. A lady with Multiple Sclerosis…who regained quality of life because of USANA. A man with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome who got his life back because of USANA. An older couple with renewed vigour for life, all because of USANA. Almost everyone I met boasted of more energy, less aches and pains. Many had lower cholesterol. Or lower blood pressure. Or less allergies. When I combined what I had read with what I was hearing, I was left with no choice but to try it for myself.

So I began taking the products. After a short period I began to feel the difference in my health and I have never looked back. The first thing I noticed is that I had more energy and could sleep better. I also noticed that the throat infections that I’d consistently get every spring and fall disappeared. My immune system was stronger, and I knew my cells were grateful for no longer being malnourished.

It’s no surprise to me that USANA got the 5 Star rating and Gold Medal of Achievement from NutriSearch, the author of The Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements, an independent resource that compares nutritionals of over 1600 products in the United States and Canada.

Little wonder Dr. Wentz  not only won the Albert Einstein Award in Life Sciences, but he has recently attracted the attention of Dr. Oz, and USANA is now a trusted partner and sponsor of the Dr. Oz Show.

I’d like to close with the visionary words of Dr. Myron Wentz, founder and President of USANA and the creator of the revolutionary USANA Nutritional system:

“I dream of a world free from pain and suffering. I dream of a world free from disease. The USANA family will be the healthiest family on earth. Share my vision. Love life, and live it to its fullest in happiness and health.”

Be Well,

Ken Waite

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