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Meta-analysis: IS Organic Healthier???

Ever since the USDA Organic label began showing up on some food labels in the early 2000s, a debate has raged over whether crops grown without chemical additives and fertilizers rack up more nutrition than their conventional counterparts. Now, a new review of 343 previous studies throws its support behind the pro-organic side. Researchers writing in the British Journal of Nutrition found that organic crops and products made with them (such as cereal) pack 17 percent more antioxidants on average—with levels of some subtypes of antioxidants as much as 69 percent higher. The research team also reported four times more pesticide residue on non-organic foods, as well as significantly lower amounts of some toxic metals in the organic-grown items.

Read the full article at:

Why It’s Worth it to Go Organic | Women’s Health Magazine.


Vitamin / Mineral Supplementation May Improve Children’s Brain Function

It is well known that adequate levels of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are essential for optimal neural functioning. A significant percentage of individuals, including children, suffer from deficiencies in one or more vitamins or minerals. This study investigated whether daily supplementation with a multivitamin could alter cognitive performance and mood in healthy children.


The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study included 81 healthy children aged 8-14. The children were reportedly all healthy and free from food allergies. None of the children used other dietary supplements during the three months prior to the study. Participants were randomly assigned to daily multivitamin and mineral supplements or placebo for 12 weeks.


The children underwent laboratory assessments of their cognitive performance and mood pre-dose and at 1 and 3 h post-dose on the first and last days of the trial. Assessments were also completed at home after 4 and 8 weeks at 3 hours post-dose. Cognitive performance was measured using a battery of laboratory assessments, which included tasks assessing mood and the speed and accuracy of attention and aspects of memory. The children in the vitamin/mineral group performed more accurately on two tests of attention. No effects were observed on measures of the children’s mood.


Although the results of this study require further investigation, it suggests that vitamin/mineral supplementation has the potential to improve brain function in healthy children.


Haskell CF et al. Cognitive and mood effects in healthy children during 12 weeks’ supplementation with multi-vitamin/minerals. Br J Nutr 2008 Nov;100(5):1086-96.


USANA Named Best Of The Best And Collects Five Utah Best Of State Medals For Its World-Class Products And Science

SALT LAKE CITY, May 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — To be considered the best takes years of hard work and dedication. Remaining the best is even more challenging. Yet USANA Health Sciences continues to show its competitors why it is an industry leader, claiming five Best of State medals for its innovative science and exceptional nutritional supplements, personal care and energy products.


“Year after year we put our heart and soul into making USANA the best company it can be and these awards are evidence of our dedication and enthusiasm,” said chief communication officer, Dan Macuga. “It’s a privilege and honor to be recognized as having the best health and nutrition products in a state that houses over 100 dietary supplement manufacturers.”



  • USANA has earned 38 Best of State awards since 2003, including three prestigious Best of State Statues in the merchandising and consumer services category.
  • This is the twelfth year USANA has been recognized as having the best dietary supplements in the state and the fifth year for its health and nutrition products.
  • USANA’s natural Rev3 Energy® earned its seventh consecutive title.
  • The company’s research and development department celebrates its third win since 2012 for its rigorous testing methods, studies and innovative product technology.
  • USANA’s Sense™ Self-Preserving Technology skin-care line received its seventh medal.

USANA currently sells its award-winning products in 19 international markets and sponsors more than 700 elite and professional athletes worldwide.

The Best of State Awards were created in 2003 to recognize outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses in Utah. Best of State candidates are evaluated by a panel of 100 judges based on three criteria: achievement in the field of endeavor; innovation or creativity in approaches, techniques, methods or processes; and contribution to improving the quality of life in Utah.

For more information about USANA’s products and company, visit

Founded in 1992, USANA Health Sciences (NYSE: USNA) is a U.S.-based nutritional company that manufactures high-quality supplements, personal care and energy products in its FDA-registered facility in Salt Lake City. Learn more about USANA by visiting our website or the official USANA blog

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On The Next “Doctor Oz”

Watch The Dr. Oz Show on Thursday, April 16 to learn about reversing the clock on some of your unhealthy habits. For local listings, visit


Blood Pressure: Sugar Worse Than Salt?

Well, this is interesting.  Several recent studies, including a meta-analysis of several controlled trials, seem to point to sugar – particularly fructose – as a greater culprit in damaging the cardiovascular system than excessive salt intake:  increased diastolic and systolic blood pressure, increased heart rate, and possibly causing myocardial inflammation.


Definitely worth a read:  Blood Pressure: Sugar Worse Than Salt? | Medpage Today.