We’re proud to say, we have some of the BEST elite athletes in Team USANA. In the competitive world of sports, millimetres or milliseconds can decide whether a professional athlete is crowned the winner or loser. Hence why supplementation is a popular subject as athletes strive to improve their performance and gain that competitive edge over their opponents.
In our last blog, we revealed three of the top 6 supplements taken by elite athletes: CellSentials ®, BiOmega™ and Vitamin D. The wait is over, it’s time for the big reveal! We hear from our Team USANA Kiwis: adventurer, Mike Allsop, New Zealand’s top Freestyle Snowboarder, Christy Prior, and para-cyclist Byron Raubenheimer, as well as World Number One Track & Field Aussie, Deon Kenzie.
Do you remember playing sport as a kid and your parents would be on the side lines feeding you oranges during half time? Well, Vitamin C does have amazing benefits. It aids in repairing and regenerating tissues, protects you against heart disease, assists in the absorption of iron and decrease your “bad” cholesterol.
Supplementation of vitamin C was found to improve components of the human immune system such as antimicrobial and natural killer cell activities and lymphocyte proliferation. Vitamin C contributes to maintaining the integrity of cells and protects them against reactive oxygen species generated during the respiratory burst and in the inflammatory response Proflavanol® C100 provides superior antioxidant protection with a synergistic blend of grape seed extract and Poly C™.
The two layers of grape seed extract and Poly C are distinctly visible in ProflavanolC100. This technology also supports product stability. This technology is proprietary to the pharmaceutical industry, but USANA is the first nutritional supplement manufacturer to use this technology, to the best of our knowledge.
“Proflavanol C100 is one of my favourite USANA supplements. I use it all the time in my daily routine. There are times during my adventures at high altitude that I can physically feel the effects of taking it and have seen the difference it makes with people I am travelling with as well. It helps me keep a healthy immune function, which is critical on any adventure.”
– Mike Allsop, USANA Adventurer.
10 years ago today I stood on the summit of Everest… Life changed that day and I will be forever grateful. Looking back the most precious thing I took away from Everest wasn't the summit. It was the deep friendships with my fellow climbers and most importantly the Sherpas. I've been back to Nepal and the Himalaya 11 times since and I hold my friendships with my Sherpa and Nepalese friends the most dearest. Thank you Nepal❤️#lovenepal #everest #mteverest #mounteverest #summit #friendship #grateful #icebreakernz #icebreaker #airnewzealand #flyairnz #inspiration #motivation #speaker #celebrityspeakersnz
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“Naturally as athletes, we’re on a never ending quest to get stronger, faster and fitter! In the last few months I’ve found that I train and perform better when I feel like I am playing catch up with the rest of the world in my class. I push myself to train harder and longer to get to where I need to be. Having undergone two major surgeries this year and being set back to what seems like square one, I am in that mind set of catching up. I’m so fortunate to have the support of USANA and Proflavanol C100 to keep my immune system at 110%, keep me on the bike and get me back to where I need to be to compete against the best in the world.”
– Byron Raubenheimer, New Zealand Para-cyclist
“We never know what’s around the corner and we expect a lot out of our bodies in this day and age, so for me, keeping my immune system in tip top shape is one of my highest priorities. Proflavanol C 100 is packed with powerful antioxidants and is a staple for me while I’m travelling around on the Pro Tour, not to mention, it’s a huge help with my recovery and energy levels to meet the demands of my lifestyle. A must-have for anyone looking for that extra oomph!”
– Christy Prior, New Zealand’s top Freestyle Snowboarder
Coenzyme Q10 powers athletic performance. When athletes train, their bodies re on a high demand schedule, they are required to perform better and better each time. Intense training means the bodies Coenzyme is rapidly decrease and the body is aching for more Coq10! Also, as we age, the ability to absorb and synthesise CoQ10 diminishes and the amount of CoQ10 retained in tissues decreases.
USANA’s commitment to quality, using only the best ingredients in the right amounts and proper formulations for optimal bioavailability, can be seen at its best in CoQuinone 100™. CoQuinone 100 contains a full 100mg of CoQ10 and 40mg of alpha lipoic acid per capsule. USANA’s unique formulation provides these important antioxidants in a natural mixture of lecithin and vegetable-derived glycerin monooleate in a base of medium chain triglycerides.
“I take CoQuinone100 every day. It supports my cardiovascular health and is a powerful anti-oxidant. I am also aware that as we age our bodies produce less CoQ10. So, CoQuinone 100 is imperative to ensure I have optimal health.”
– Mike Allsop.
“I train 6 days a week, work as a building apprentice 5 days a week, study 3 days a week… And I know about it if I miss a day taking my Coquinone 100! Trying to find that extra few watts in a training session after a day on a building site is made a lot easier with the boost of CoQ10!”
– Byron Raubenheimer.
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Avoid chronic joint injuries and maintaining healthy joints is crucial for athletes of all stages and ages. Nothing can disrupt an athletes training ability as much as lingering joint injuries.
USANA’s Procosamine® helps to reduce joint inflammation, reduce swelling and increase joint mobility associated with arthritis not just because of the glucosamine it contains, but also due to its added blend of key joint-supporting minerals.
Meriva Bioavailable Curcumin. Curcuminoids in turmeric (the bright yellow spice that gives a golden glow to Indian curries and curry powder) contains potent anti-inflammatory antioxidants. Traditional curcumin from turmeric isn’t absorbed well (isn’t able to enter cells easily). So, in order to deliver any real benefits, you would have to consume very large amounts. Scientists suggest around 10 grams (around two teaspoons) daily to achieve blood concentrations that correspond to pre-clinical studies. USANA’s Procosamine contains patented Meriva®Bioavailable Curcumin to enhance curcumin’s health benefits. The curcunin is wrapped in a protective lecithin (fatty substance) layer which helps to prevent it from breaking down in the stomach allowing for better absorption in the small intestine. The Meriva Curcumin complex allows for 29-times better absorption than standard forms of curcumin.
“For me, good nutrition is the key to me performing at my best and when I don’t have it, I know I cannot perform at my optimum. USANA’s Procosamine has played such an important role in my growth and development as an athlete over the past few years really allowing me to train consistently without getting sick or run down.”
– Deon Kenzie, World Number One Track & Field
Read more about Team USANA and nutritional supplements:
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Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Always read the labels. Use only as directed.