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USANA Digestive Enzyme

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USANA’s Digestive Enzyme supplies supplemental enzymes that support the breakdown of dietary carbohydrates (including sugars and starches), fats, and proteins. It encourages more complete digestion and absorption of nutrients while supporting the body’s natural detoxification processes.* Make sure you’re getting the most from your healthy diet with USANA's digestive support supplement.

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Raw food contains an abundance of enzymes to support digestion. However, most of us don’t live on a raw food diet. When we cook our food, the enzymes in the food are destroyed and our body has to make them in order to digest our food. usana Digestive Enzyme supplements supply enzymes to help us digest our meals more efficiently. And with added spirulina, this unique formula also supports the body’s natural processes for eliminating toxins.*

Digestion
When you eat foods—such as bread, meat, and vegetables—they are not in a form that the body can use as nourishment. Food and drink must be changed into smaller nutrient molecules before they can be absorbed and carried to cells throughout the body. Food enters the mouth and is chewed, while chemical processing begins with chemicals and enzymes in the saliva from the salivary glands. It then moves down the esophagus into the stomach, where acid both kills most contaminating microorganisms and begins mechanical and chemical break down of some food. As part of this digestion process, the stomach has three tasks: First, it stores the swallowed food and liquid. Second, it mixes up the food, liquid, and digestive acids produced by the stomach. And third, it empties its contents slowly into the small intestine.

After the stomach completes these tasks (typically after an hour or two in humans), food is passed to the small intestine where the majority of digestion and absorption occurs. Here it is further mixed with three different liquids. Bile, produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder, emulsifies fats; juice secreted by the pancreas, and intestinal enzymes secreted by the mucosal membranes, further process sugars and proteins.

The results go through the small intestine and into the large intestine. There, some break down products, and complex molecules are further digested and absorbed. Non-digestible food products (dietary fiber) are mixed with water and waste products and concentrated into feces, which are excreted. Without optimal functioning of enzymes, good digestive health may be impaired.

The Importance of Digestive Enzymes
Although raw foods contain an abundance of enzymes, which may play an important role in human health, how many of us actually eat raw foods on a daily basis? Modern diets contain dramatically less enzymes due to cooking and heavy processing of foods, and many researchers over the last century have maintained that this loss of dietary enzymes may be a significant contributing factor to poor health as we age.

USANA Digestive Enzyme supplies the supplemental enzymes our bodies may need to break down the cellulose (from fruits and vegetables), fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and starches that we eat, so the macronutrients are available for our cells.

Spirulina
In addition to promoting healthy digestion, USANA’s Digestive Enzyme supports the body’s natural detoxification processes with the addition of spirulina, a nutrient-rich blue-green algae that contains chlorophyll. Chlorophyll helps promote the elimination of toxins from the body.*

Spirulina is a nutrient-dense “superfood.” It is rich in amino acids; vitamins A, C, E, and the B-complex vitamins, including vitamins B12 and B6; phytonutrients; and minerals, including magnesium. The liver—the body’s primary organ for filtration—depends on all these nutrients to function properly.*

Why USANA® Digestive Enzyme?
Supplementing with USANA’s Digestive Enzyme can help maintain healthy levels of enzymes for optimal efficiency. It is designed to support more complete digestion and absorption of macronutrients. The addition of spirulina makes USANA’s formula unique in the supplement industry.*
Q: What’s the difference between MySmart™Shakes and Nutrimeal™?
A: MySmartShakes are the cleaner, simpler products a growing segment of the population are clamoring for. They don’t have any sugar and are packed with six grams of fat—mainly from coconut oil—to provide the beneficial balance of macronutrients to combat today’s carbohydrate-heavy diets. MySmartShakes also give you the ability to personalize your shake. You’ll have a variety of flavors and proteins to choose from, instead of being stuck with only a few options.

Q: What do the numbers on my shake bags mean?
A: Each part of the MySmartFoods line is numbered to guide you through the process. So making your perfectly personalized MySmartShake is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

1. Choose your protein base—plant, soy, or whey
2. Choose your USANA MySmart™ Flavor Optimizer—dark chocolate, cappuccino, peach mango, banana, orange cream, or stick with the mild vanilla flavor of the base
3. Add in a booster, like USANA MySmart™Shake Protein Plus

Q: Will USANA be adding more flavors in the future?
A: Yes. Over the next few years, we plan to roll out more flavors. Keep checking on The Hub for more exciting MySmartFoods products.

Q: How will these new products affect the RESET™ Kit?
A: We’re changing the RESET Kit to MySmart™Start, and it will feature the MySmartFoods line. This means you’ll experience more personalization with a program that will help you start living a healthier lifestyle.

Q: Are MySmartFoods low glycemic?
A: We can’t talk about MySmartFoods and the glycemic index, but they do have a low-glycemic impact on your body. Here’s why:

There simply isn’t enough sugar to determine a glycemic-index score experimentally. In other words, they are naturally low glycemic in the same way that nuts or fish are. They contain too few carbohydrates to be tested, and their influence on blood glucose would be insignificant. So, while we can’t measure the glycemic index, of course they will help support your low-glycemic diet.

Q What went into the development of these new products?
A: We recognized a desire among consumers for simple, pure products. They want ingredients they can pronounce and easily understand. That means cleaner labels and ingredients that are closer to nature. One thing I was taught was to simply look at the length of an ingredient deck—almost always, shorter is better.

This was also an opportunity to add in more beneficial fats—mainly from coconut oil—to provide a better balance of macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein, and fats. For a long time, the story was that fats were bad. When you dig into the scientific literature, that’s just not the case.

Q: So what’s going on with the saturated fat in the products? A: Fats are a vital nutrient, especially for our cells. And the type of fats found in coconut oil—which is what we use in these products—has quite a few health benefits. It’s been shown to support healthy metabolism, and contribute to satiety. There’s also evidence coconut oil supports healthy triglyceride levels and maintains good cholesterol levels already in the normal range.*

Q: How will the shakes and bars benefit my overall diet?
A: That’s a great question. We are very good at talking about “essential” micronutrients—the vitamins and minerals that are essential to sustain life. However, we often forget there are “essential” macronutrients as well. MySmartFoods offer both essential and beneficial macronutrients designed to help bring our overall diet back into balance.

Around the world, we are consuming more calories coming mostly from refined sugars, and more specifically, from snacking. The primary goal of these new products is to help restore balance in our diet, and combine them with the USANA® Essentials™ to provide the essential macro- and micro-nutrition our bodies need to thrive.

Q: Will the products make me feel full longer?
A: Besides fat, it is well known and scientifically documented that increased amounts of fiber and protein will also help increase the overall sense of satiety and boost your metabolism. Just two of the many health benefits these macronutrients provide.

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