In order to understand why we take nutritional supplements and their benefits, we first need to go back to the basics.
So what are cells?
Without cells, we wouldn’t exist! They are basically the building blocks of all living things. Our bodies are composed of trillions of different types of cells that have varying functions within the body. Cells provide structure for the body, absorb the nutrients from the foods we eat and then convert those nutrients into energy. They also carry out specialised functions and are able to reproduce themselves.
When cells use oxygen they naturally generate free radicals (by-products) which can damage important cellular components – such as the cell membrane – or macromolecules like DNA. But it’s not just internal processes that generate free radicals, external factors such as environmental pollutants, radiation, cigarette smoke, poor diet, certain drugs and pesticides and ozone, too.
The damage resulting from healthy cells being attacked by free radicals can lead to mutation, impaired function, and even cell death. Then comes oxidative stress, which is the result of too many free radicals and too much cell damage. Studies over a few decades have found that oxidative stress can lead to a whole host of diseases and is associated with aging.
When free radicals wage war on our healthy cells, the bodies defence system of antioxidants kicks in to keep free radicals in check and minimise potential damage.
Although there are several enzyme systems within the body that scavenge free radicals, the principle micronutrient (vitamin/mineral) antioxidants are vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and selenium. The body cannot manufacture these micronutrients, so they must be acquired by diet. In addition, there are many plant-derived nutrients (phytonutrients) that can act as powerful antioxidants in the human body.
Why do we need nutritional supplements?
Simply put, in order to be healthy, our cells need to be nourished. How do we stay healthy and nourish our cells? By eating a diet which includes a wide variety of foods from all the food groups –Breads and cereals, vegetables, fruit, dairy and meat or meat alternatives.
And let’s be honest, most of us don’t eat the perfect diet – at least not all of the time. We get busy with work, family, school… the list goes on. Sometimes we skip meals and sometimes we grab the closest sugary or salty snack to satisfy our hunger and call it a day. And this is exactly where nutritional supplements can help and fill any nutritional gaps.
The answer? CellSentials
The CellSentials are USANA’s flagship nutritional supplement: a combination of USANA Vita-Antioxidant and Core Minerals products.
Formulated to not only help prevent nutritional deficiency, the CellSentials provide the necessary vitamins and minerals to retain optimal health and energy levels that everyone needs every day. The CellSentials also contain carotenoids, bioflavonoids, and other phytochemicals and antioxidants to provide a full arsenal of compounds to help protect against daily exposure to free radicals.
USANA InCelligence is building on our past knowledge of nutritional science and taking it a step further. The nutrients in the InCelligence Complex supports your cells in the production of endogenous antioxidants – the type of antioxidants that are produced by your own cells, not from food or supplements and their effects are hundreds of times more powerful – to protect cells against free radicals.
InCelligence sends messages that tap into your cells’ natural protective and renewal abilities. Signalling your cells to optimise these powerful responses—instead of waiting for outside stimuli—makes your cells more adaptable.
It’s like strength training for your cells. This proactive approach helps build cellular resilience and optimise longevity of cellular function. That’s how InCelligence empowers your body to meet your unique health needs, unlocking your unparalleled ability to personalise vibrant health from within.
InCelligence’s powerful nutrients complex also communicate with your cells to enhance their natural renewal response. This purification process removes the harmful by-products of cellular-energy creation, which is key to the health of your cells.
The Science of InCelligence® is a dramatic step forward in nutritional science—pushing the frontiers of cellular nutrition and expanding the horizons of personalised health.
Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Use only as directed. Always read the label.