The last time we posted about Ask the Scientists, we received a lot of great feedback from our audience. Readers were either happy to discover this nifty tool or quick to mention how much it’s helped them in the past. So we figured, why not feature Ask the Scientists on a regular basis?
As a reminder, Ask the Scientists is an awesome database of science- and product-related questions and answers located on USANA.com under “The USANA Difference” and then the “Science” tab (right here).
Have you ever wondered about the specific ingredients of a particular product or how USANA formulates that product? Look no further than Ask the Scientists, where you can most likely find an answer to your question.
If you don’t have a particular question in mind, browse the database to build your knowledge about USANA’s products — it’s one of the quickest ways to impress potential customers.
Let’s take a look at a small sampling of questions found in Ask the Scientists.
How Do the USANA® Digestive Enzyme Ingredients Work?
Raw food does not generally exist in a form that the body can use as nourishment. Food and drink must be broken down in order to be absorbed and carried to cells throughout the body.
Digestive enzymes work alongside mastication (chewing), peristalsis (muscle contractions), stomach acid, bile, and other gastrointestinal components to help reduce food to smaller, more absorbable forms.
Each enzyme in the USANA Digestive Enzyme product is capable of breaking down a specific food component.
- Amylase: breaks down starch
- Bromelain: breaks down protein
- Cellulase: breaks down cellulose
- Lactase: breaks down lactose
- Lipase: breaks down fat
- Papain: breaks down protein
- Protease: breaks down protein
Can USANA Make Product Recommendations for My Medical Condition(s)?
Current scientific evidence shows that a healthy lifestyle, including sound dietary choices, regular exercise, and nutritional supplementation where appropriate and advisable, plays an important role in reducing the risks associated with the development of certain chronic degenerative diseases.
USANA does not promote its products for use in diagnosing, treating, curing or mitigating any disease, nor can we answer questions concerning medications or other treatments and a potential for interactions with the USANA products.
We strongly encourage individuals to seek the guidance of a licensed physician, pharmacist, or other health care professional in making decisions regarding nutritional supplementation. These health care professionals have the training and expertise necessary to help concerned
We further recommend that as a basis for such discussions, individuals provide copies of labels describing the contents of the USANA products in question. This will better enable health care providers to determine which USANA products may be appropriate.
Can I Take Procosa® if I am Allergic to Shellfish?
The glucosamine used in Procosa is a highly refined vegetarian form of glucosamine. It does not contain chitin sourced from shellfish.
Where Do USANA’s Raw Materials Come From?
Due to company policy, we cannot disclose the names or locations of our raw material suppliers. However, USANA scientists conduct numerous tests on both raw materials and finished products to ensure purity and safety.
Among other testing, we use HPLC, ICP-MS, FTIR, and GLC for quality control purposes. We perform multiple testing and screening procedures to assure that our raw materials are not only pure, but also that they contain no unintentional compounds (pesticides, heavy metals, organic contaminants, manufacturing contaminants, etc.).
Such testing is important because the raw ingredients that go into USANA products come from a variety of sources. Some are derived from plants. Our vitamin E, for example, is the natural form derived from soy.
Chromium is purified from a mined mineral and then chemically reacted to produce the picolinate form. Folic acid in supplements is nearly always synthetic because it is preferentially absorbed and utilized over natural food folates, which must go through several conversion processes to be utilized as folic acid.
But again, regardless of their source, all raw ingredients that go into USANA products are selected for effectiveness, purity, and safety. We use vitamin and mineral compounds in the chemical forms, whether “natural” or “synthetic,” that are best absorbed and utilized by the body. And we purchase the materials with the highest standards for quality.
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