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USANA Health Sciences Meal Replacement Drink Receives Approval to Carry Coveted Australian GI Symbol

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb 25, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — USANA Health Science Inc.’s (NASDAQ: USNA) Nutrimeal(TM) drink mix is the first meal replacement product in the Australian market to carry the coveted Glycemic Index (GI) Symbol. The GI Symbol Program is a public health initiative run by Glycemic Index Limited, which provides consumers with a credible signpost to healthier food choices using the internationally recognized benefits of GI and sound nutrition.

A 2005 consumer study conducted by A C Nielsen revealed that 86 percent of the Australian public is aware of the important role of the GI in proper nutrition and weight management and 57 percent of shoppers there use the GI Symbol as an incentive to switch brands. USANA is pleased to provide many products that live up to some of the highest standards in the world. Nutrimeal is just one of these products. It is an ideal, balanced nutritional drink mix that is a quality source of protein, low-glycemic carbohydrates, dietary fiber and many micronutrients. As a product approved to carry the GI Symbol, USANA’s Nutrimeal met specific nutritional criteria and had its GI measured using the program’s approved method.

Along with its line of drink mixes and nutritional bars, USANA Health Sciences also manufactures world-class nutritional supplements. In several countries around the world, supplements are more highly regulated than in the United States. In Australia, for example, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which regulates dietary supplements as complimentary medicines, mandates that manufacturers follow a set of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) similar to pharmaceutical GMP in the United States. As an Australian supplier, USANA is regularly inspected and audited to ensure its products meet the TGA’s cGMP standards on complimentary medicine products. USANA’s nutritional supplement products also carry a potency guarantee, which ensures that what is stated on the label is actually contained in the product.

Some of USANA’s foundation nutritional supplements, including the Essentials(TM), Proflavanol(TM) 90 and the HealthPak 100(TM), have been exhaustively tested by NSF International and have been found to contain all ingredients at the labeled amounts. NSF is an independent, not-for-profit organization that helps protect consumers by certifying products and writing standards for food, water, air and consumer goods.

“USANA Health Sciences and our independent Associates have been providing the world with exceptional nutritional products since 1992,” USANA President Dave Wentz said. “We are pleased to receive this recognition of the nutritional benefits of Nutrimeal, and we look forward to sharing our high-quality products for many years to come.”

About USANA

USANA Health Sciences develops and manufactures high-quality nutritionals, personal care, and weight management products that are sold directly to Preferred Customers and Associates throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

About Glycemic Index Limited

Glycemic Index Limited was established to help consumers make healthier lifestyle choices by combining the benefits of low GI and sound nutrition. With this in mind, the company has trademarked an eye-catching GI rating symbol used on food packaging to alert consumers to low GI ratings. The program’s members are the University of Sydney, Diabetes Australia and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

SOURCE: USANA Health Science’s Inc.

USANA Health Science Inc., Salt Lake City
Dan Macuga, 801-954-7280

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I recently got a letter from a reader, Jenny, who suffers from adult acne — a problem that at some point in adulthood affects nearly 50% of women and 25% of men. Jenny has been taking a supplement (Usana’s Palmetto Plus) containing a well-known herb called saw palmetto, commonly used to help symptoms of an enlarged prostate. The capsules have helped quite a lot, she says, noting that her skin is now clear and healthy — but she’s concerned about safety, even though it was recommended to her. Saw palmetto is usually prescribed for men with prostatitis… yet she’s a woman and is using it for her skin.

I took her query to three experts in order to get a balanced view of the herb’s benefits and limitations, whatever they might be. One was Jacqueline Jacques, ND, a naturopathic physician in private practice. Another, Richard Fried, MD, PhD, is a board-certified dermatologist and clinical psychologist who specializes in adult acne. And the third is a familiar name, Daily Health News contributing medical editor Andrew L. Rubman, ND. All agreed that saw palmetto may be helpful for women with acne, though Dr. Fried advises against its use for pregnant or breastfeeding women since saw palmetto may adversely affect their hormones. Also, people with hormone-dependent cancer and those taking warfarin or iron should consult with their physician before taking saw palmetto. I asked each if there is any basis for Jenny’s belief that the herb has helped clear her skin.

HORMONES MAY CAUSE ACNE

All three physicians agreed that acne is often associated with hormones, such as the hormonal changes of adolescence. Everyone sheds cells — constantly and invisibly — from the hair follicles located all over the body (except palms and soles). Small sebaceous glands located beneath the surface of the skin secrete an oily fluid called sebum. The sebaceous glands are sensitive to testosterone and its metabolites — in acne-prone individuals, testosterone may over-stimulate those glands, causing changes in sebum production that may lead to clogged pores, says Dr. Rubman.

WHY SAW PALMETTO?

Here’s where saw palmetto comes in. In both men and women, testosterone converts to DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which is thought to be related to many different conditions, including male pattern baldness, enlarged prostate and, yes, acne. Saw palmetto has been shown in some studies to inhibit conversion of testosterone to DHT and therefore is thought to be helpful in addressing these problems.

According to Dr. Fried, some unlucky people are unusually susceptible to the effects of testosterone. “Their follicles serve as a petri dish for bacteria — and the immune system’s attack against that bacteria leads to inflammation… which is how a pimple erupts into a nasty, red, pustule.” He agreed that down-regulating the conversion of testosterone to DHT could stem the over-production of sebum that clogs pores and creates pimples — and in this way might theoretically be helpful to adults with problem skin. “I think it has the potential to improve acne,” he said. Dr. Rubman concurs, noting that the accumulation of DHT can be associated with inflammation that impairs normal function — and resolving that problem could help clear up problem skin. However, he added that effectiveness varies according to individual physiology — saw palmetto can be exactly the right solution for one person and make no difference whatsoever for another. Furthermore, there are a range of saw palmetto products on the market with varying strengths and composition.

Dr. Jacques was more enthusiastic. “I began using saw palmetto with patients a dozen years ago, and I find it amazing for hormone-driven acne,” she told me. “When the acne is associated with problems related to changes in testosterone levels or issues related to its metabolism — often the case for both teenage boys and menopausal women — saw palmetto can really be a boon.”

So, in response to the second part of Jenny’s question, about whether or not saw palmetto is helpful in battling acne, the answer turns out to be a not-so-definitive maybe. There is some basis for thinking it might be helpful. As Dr. Rubman put it, “it’s certainly worth a try.”

Be well,
Carole Jackson
Bottom Line’s Daily Health News

Richard Fried, MD, PhD, a dermatologist and psychologist in private practice in Yardley, Pennsylvania, and author of Healing Adult Acne: Your Guide to Clear Skin & Self-Confidence (New Harbinger).

Jacqueline Jacques, ND, is a naturopathic doctor with more than a decade of experience in medical nutrition. Dr. Jacques is an expert on dietary supplements and frequently appears as an expert on television and radio. She is medical director and board member for Catalina Lifesciences LLC, a company which provides nutritional care to weight loss surgery patients.

Andrew L. Rubman, ND, director, Southbury Clinic for Traditional Medicines, Southbury, Connecticut. www.naturopath.org.

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Hello world!

Whoo HOOO here we go!

Everyone seems to have a blog these days, so why not get myself into the 21st century and start a blog!

We are now on year 8 of this century, the pace of change continues to race ahead. There will come a day soon when we will say, “hey, do you remember when you had to hang out of the bedroom window to talk on your mobile phone which was the size of your hand? and do you remember when the internet would just go off with no warning, or that some people were not near enough to the exchange to be able to get on broadband!”

It is clearly too late at night for me to properly start something like this!

Now, here is the dilema: Do I say upfront what my blog will have on it and risk being one of those peeps who start a blog with good intentions and then never go beyond the first one or two posts, or will it shame me into making sure I put in the effort?

I think I will surprise you!

TheGiantess x

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