Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Partners in Science

Research Partnerships Help USANA Stay on the Cutting Edge

Science and research are at the core of everything USANA does. That’s what you’d expect from a company founded by a scientist. An outstanding, in-house research and development team carries on that scientific legacy. But USANA also reaches out to the scientific community to build symbiotic research relationships with a variety of prestigious institutions and organizations. Currently, two of the most fruitful relationships are with the Linus Pauling Institute (LPI) at Oregon State University, and The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH) in Murray, Utah.

LPI has a stated mission of helping people live healthy and productive lives through their research into vitamins, essential minerals, phytochemicals, and more—a mission very similar to USANA’s. The namesake, Dr. Linus Pauling—the only man to win two unshared Nobel Prizes—co-founded LPI in 1973. For almost 40 years, LPI has done extensive research on oxidative stress, and the function and role of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals in promoting optimum health.

In 2007, USANA and LPI announced a 10-year partnership. There are already several studies underway, including everything from the interaction between vitamin C and lipoic acid, and an assessment of the micronutrient status of school children. This research helps each organization understand more about how specific nutrients and phytochemicals can lead to optimal health, and it helps USANA find new, effective phytonutrients to add to our product lines.

USANA’s partnership with TOSH is a few years younger, but no less important. Since its opening in 1991, TOSH has been an international leader in orthopedics, sports medicine, and science. It is also one of only a few facilities worldwide that provide surgical, physical rehabilitation and medicine, and sports and nutritional science under one roof.

Since the official partnership started in 2009, USANA has supported a series of studies at TOSH, with even more in the works. One study involves vitamin D and supplementation in patients with osteoarthritis symptoms. USANA products—including BiOmega™, the newly re-formulated Procosa®, the Essentials™, and USANA’s Vitamin D supplement—are involved in four human clinical studies dealing with the relationship between the products and joint health, strength recovery, and athletic performance in athletes. USANA also provides intellectual contributions to study design, analyses, writing, and presentation. And TOSH is well equipped to conduct human clinical studies, which can help further USANA’s product line.

Both of these partnerships play a huge role in helping USANA continue to produce the highest-quality, science-based products that promote health and wellness. For more information, visit
LPI and TOSH on the web.

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