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Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation Improves Performance in Cyclists

May 27, 2015

Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation improves performance in trained cyclists

 At a Glance

A new study shows that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil may improve exercise performance in trained athletes by increasing blood flow, nitric oxide release, and maximum oxygen uptake.

Read more about this research below.

There is a small but growing body of scientific evidence supporting the sports nutrition benefit of omega-3 fatty acids.  In a new study published in the European Journal of Sport Science researchers evaluated the effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on exercise performance of a small group of trained cyclists.

The study included 13 elite cyclists that were randomly selected to take either 1.3 grams of omega-3 supplements or a placebo daily for 3 weeks.  Researcher’s analyzed flow-mediated dilation (FMD, a measure of blood flow and vascular health), pulse wave velocity, serum markers (nitric oxide (NO) and asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), and ultrasound measurements of endothelial function and maximum oxygen uptake both before and after the supplementation period.

Researchers observed a significant difference between the pre- and post-intervention baseline NO levels after the omega-3 supplementation, but not in the placebo group.  There was also a positive correlation between the increased concentration of NO and maximum oxygen uptake in the supplemented athletes. The supplemented group also experienced a 5.25% increase in flow-mediated dilation (blood flow) that was not seen in the placebo group.

These findings suggest that an increase in nitric oxide levels resulting from omega-3 fatty acid supplementation may play an important role in cardiovascular mechanisms of adaptation that may enhance exercise performance in trained athletes.

Aleksandra Żebrowskaa*, Katarzyna Mizia-Stecb, Magda Miziab, Zbigniew Gąsiorb & Stanisław Poprzęcki  Omega-3 fatty acids supplementation improves endothelial function and maximal oxygen uptake in endurance-trained athletes. European Journal of Sport Science Volume 15, Issue 4, 2015.

7 Skills to Boost Your Business

7 Skills to Boost Your Business

By Michael Hollender

Motivating. Inspiring. Business-Changing. No matter how you phrase it, the recent USANA U.S. Celebration was an event to remember.

What made it so memorable? The amazing insights of network marketing expert Eric Worre, of course.

Surely you were there taking notes. But if not, we’ve got you covered.

According to the expert, skills are the key to success in this business. Once you master the seven major skills, the fear disappears.

Which means it’s time to take a close look in the mirror to evaluate where you stand, and find places to improve.

Look over the skills listed below and rate yourself on a scale of 1–10:

Finding Potential Teammates

How are you at finding people? 0 = your address book is empty, 10 = you have more people than you have time to meet with. Make a conscious decision to get out of your shell and contact at least two new people a day.

Inviting

Are you good at getting people to take a look at what you have and helping them understand it? Or are you scared to open your mouth? Your goal is to educate others and help them understand what you have to offer. Then you can help them make a decision.

Presenting

Do you have a way to present that duplicates and gets results? Do you do it all yourself or drag others to join? Try telling your story—keep it brief, impactful, and exciting. And teach your team to do the same. Record yourself and listen to it over and over until you feel confident and the words sound natural. Learn the presentation and become the best on your team.

Following Up

The fortune is in the follow-up. How are you at keeping in touch? It usually takes four to six exposures before someone will join. How many times will you follow up? Amateurs follow up once; experts persevere. Make objections your best friends, and make questions your go-to tools.

Closing

How good are you at sealing the deal? Need some help? Try asking a few questions after you present, for example:
What did you like best?
On a scale of 1–10, how interested are you in joining USANA?
Just between us, how much would you have to earn to make this worth your time?
How many hours are you willing to commit each week?
How many months will you commit to developing your business?
If I show you how to make this happen, would you get on board?

Getting People Started

Once a new team member signs up, do you cut the strings and let them go? Hopefully not, because that’s when the real work begins. Guide your new teammate through our compensation plan and tools, and make sure they connect with us online. Set up regular interviews to find out where they’re at in their business, and make a game plan for meeting their goals.

Promoting Events

Is your business focused on events? If not, it should be. Events are the best way to build belief, boost your business, and bond with your team. Now, that’s some serious motivation. So, how many teammates and guests are you bringing?

Time to tally your score. How did you do?

Now that you have the results, pick a few skills you want to improve over the next few weeks. Then study, study, study, and practice, practice, practice.

Share your skill-boosting journey and connect with other Associates along the way using the ‪#‎myUSANAcommitment‬ hashtag. And be sure to mark August 19–22 on your calendar for the business-boosting event of the year, International Convention 2015—see you there!

“Face your fears. Decide to be done with average. Done with mediocre. Shock people and show them they were wrong about your potential.”
~Eric Worre

How Wantrepreneurs Become Entrepreneurs

How Wantrepreneurs Become Entrepreneurs

Success Doesnt Come To You, You Go To It - CollinsThe key to becoming successful at anything – your job, your career, or your own business – is not rocket science, folks. It’s finding what you’re good at – what you love doing – learning how to do it better than anyone else, and then doing it. That’s what separates real entrepreneurs from the pack.

To be more specific, this is what successful business leaders do:

They do whatever it takes to get the job done.

They don’t wait around for opportunities to just happen. It’s wonderful to have dreams of making it big someday, but if you don’t actually do anything to make that happen, it won’t. Real entrepreneurs are doers.

They don’t believe in utopia.

Your strengths, weaknesses, circumstances, and behavior all play significant roles in the outcome. The best way to become successful is to genuinely understand what’s holding you back. Successful entrepreneurs are always grounded in reality.

They follow their own path, not someone else’s.

They don’t overthink it by worrying about what others think, say, or do. Truth is, nobody else has a clue about what you should be doing and how you should be doing it. Besides, don’t you think you should be figuring that out for yourself through your own experience in the real world?

They listen to smart, accomplished people they know and trust.

I don’t know exactly how to tell you this, but probably the vast majority of online content – more and more business books, too – come from content mills and wantrepreneurs just making it up as they go to get page views and followers. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid.

They’re disciplined about their goals and priorities.

I’ve always been 100 percent clear on my goals and priorities and my activities reflect that because I have discipline. Granted, we all want to be happy and have fun, but screwing around when you should be working accomplishes neither. On the contrary, it holds you back, big-time.

They don’t take handouts … ever.

Sure, we all squeeze our parents when we’re kids, but once we reach adulthood, it’s time to pay the bills with money we earn. All safety nets do is sap our self-reliance and ability to make it on our own. If you need money to start and grow your business, get to work and get investors, not handouts.

They don’t whine and make excuses.

Complaining, making excuses, and blaming others are all victim behaviors intended to absolve us of responsibility for situations we’re solely responsible for. Nobody can or will make your life better but you. If you act like a victim, you’ll always be one.

They know business is about business.

The problem with the personal-branding fad is that it makes people think they’re more important than they are. It feeds the narcissistic beast so many are becoming. Successful entrepreneurs know that business is about the value proposition their products deliver to customers. It’s not about them.

Granted, it’s a lot easier to pump your head full of nonsense and simply make believe things are going to work out for you someday than it is to be disciplined, focused, and realistic about what it takes to make it in the world. Believe me, I know how hard it is to work your tail off doing the right things, day in and day out. But trust me when I tell you it’s the only way to someday build a business you can be proud of.

entrepreneur.com

Long-term use of a daily multivitamin/mineral may lower cancer risk in middle-aged and older men

Long-term Use of a Daily Multivitamin/mineral May Lower Cancer Risk in Middle-aged and Older Men

May 13, 2015

Long-term use of a daily multivitamin/mineral may lower cancer risk in middle-aged and older men

 At a Glance

A daily multivitamin/ mineral supplement taken long-term may help reduce cancer risk in middle-aged and older men.

Read more about this research below.

A large study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, using data obtained from the Physicians’ Health Study II, has found that the use of a daily multivitamin/ mineral supplement long term can reduce the risk of cancer occurrence.

In this randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study of approximately 14,641 male physicians ages 50 or older from the United States, participants were randomly assigned to take a daily multivitamin/ mineral supplement or a placebo between 1997 and June 2011. During the median follow-up of 11.2 years, researchers recorded 2,669 cancer cases, including 1,373 prostate cancer cases and 210 colorectal cancer cases. When examining outcomes at the study’s end, the researchers found an 8 percent reduction in total cancer occurrence among participants assigned to multivitamin use.

Although the main reason to take multivitamins is to prevent nutritional deficiency, this study reinforces the value of long-term consistent use of a daily multivitamin as a convenient and affordable insurance policy for good health and possible cancer prevention in middle-aged and older adults.J. Michael Gaziano et al. Multivitamins in the Prevention of Cancer in Men: The Physicians’ Health Study II Randomized Controlled Trial.  JAMA. 2012;308(18):doi:10.1001/jama.2012.14641.

Network Marketing is not perfect … Its just better

Network Marketing is not perfect … Its just better

I read something today that struck me hard.

“Statistically, college graduates are leaving school with more debt and are less equipped for the modern marketplace than at anytime in history.

Get this… college graduates are expected to earn less in the next 10-15 years than they did the past 20.”

What?! That’s terrible!

Do you know what makes it worse? We have a better way.

One of my mentors recently said that we can show a single mom (or a college graduate) that doesn’t have two nickels to rub together how to make more money than the owner of a McDonald’s restaurant in less time than it takes to get a degree.

By doing a few simple things every day, all of us can build a network marketing business that will provide us with true freedom. Time freedom to do the things we want to do and the money to do them.

Where are you in your life? Are you looking for a change?

Are you struggling with financial stress like the college graduates he spoke of?

Are you struggling to take time off to go on a vacation?

Are you struggling to find financial security for retirement?

Who else do you know in your life who is also struggling with these same problems?

In network marketing we have an answer. Call me today and I will point you to that answer and help you get there if you choose to come along.


I do hope you decide to join us on our adventure. Once that momentum kicks in, there is no telling what peaks we can climb together.

Please feel free to contact us about the USANA products or the opportunity and tell us your thoughts. We appreciate the feedback.