Science has been at the heart of USANA since the very beginning, over 25 years ago. The company’s research and development (R&D) team is focused on developing high-quality, science-based products that help support long-term health.
USANA’s R&D team includes experts on human nutrition, cellular biology, biochemistry, genetics, the microbiome, as well as medical doctors. In addition to product research, USANA maintains a staff of scientists dedicated to the manufacturing and quality control of its products.
The company also has relationships and collaborates on research with a number of universities and research institutes. This includes the University of Washington; the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas; the University of Utah; The Foods for Health Institute at The University of California, Davis; and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Read below to learn about USANA’s newest research, patents, and past research that went into developing existing products.
Catch Up on USANA’s Newest Research
You’re so unique that it was a one in 400 trillion chance that you turned out the way you did. What are the chances, then, that you would need the exact same nutritional recommendations?
Everything that makes up your physical body came in through your mouth. You are literally made-up of the things you consume—the good, the bad, and the ugly.
USANA In-House Research
Cuomo, J., Brown, M.J., Dixon, B.M., Dern, A.S. Methods for Using Nutritional Supplements Containing Lipoic Acids and Sulfur Containing Compounds. Patent Pending. Filed August, 2011. #13/213,313.
McDonald JH, McDonald SC, Lundmark LD, Kabara JJ, Garruto JA, USANA Health Sciences, Inc. 2007. U.S. Patent No 7,214,391. Salt Lake City, UT: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Cuomo J, Rabovsky AB, USANA Health Sciences, Inc. 2002. U.S. Patent No 6,361,803. Salt Lake City, UT: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Cuomo J, Rabovsky AB, USANA Health Sciences, Inc. 2002. U.S. Patent No 6,358,542. Salt Lake City, UT: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
USANA In-House Peer-Reviewed Publications
Bosse JD, Dixon BM. Dietary protein in weight management: a review proposing protein spread and change theories. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2012;9(1):81.
Bosse JD, Dixon BM. Dietary protein to maximize resistance training: a review and examination of protein spread and change theories. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2012;9(1):42.
Cuomo J, Appendino G, Dern AS, Schneider E, McKinnon TP, Brown MJ, Togni S, Dixon BM. Comparative absorption of a standardized curcuminoid mixture and its lecithin formulation. 2011. J Nat Prod 74(4):664-9.
Eich N, Schneider E, Cuomo J, Rabovsky A, Vita JA, Palmisano J, Holbrook M. Bioavailability of epicatechin after consumption of grape seed extract in humans. FASEB. 2007;21(6).
Gamache P, Rabovsky A, Cuomo J. Lipoic acid analysis in food supplements by HPLC with Coulometric Array Detector. 1999. Presentation, Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Ivanov V, Rabovsky A. Extracellular Matrix Regulates Proliferation Rate of Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells: Role of Hyaluronic acid. 1996. Abstract Presentation, Becton Dickinson Symposium on Extracellular Matrix, ECM Interactions, London, UK.
Jin H, Nicodemus-Johnson J. Gender and Age Stratified Analyses of Nutrient and Dietary Pattern Associations with Circulating Lipid Levels Identify Novel Gender and Age-Specific Correlations. Nutrients. 2018;10(11).
Levy MA, Mckinnon T, Barker T, et al. Predictors of vitamin D status in subjects that consume a vitamin D supplement. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2015;69(1):84-9.
Levy M A, McKinnon T, Goldfine H, Enomoto A, Schneider E, Cuomo J. Consumption of a multivitamin/multimineral supplement for 4 weeks improves nutritional status and markers of cardiovascular health. Journal of Functional Foods. 2019;62.
Mazumder P, Chuang HY, Wentz MW, Wiedbrauk DL. Latex agglutination test for detection of antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii. J Clin Microbiol. 1988;26(11):2444-6.
McDonald J, Preobrazhensky S, Malugin A, Rabovsky A, Wood T, Wentz M. Effect of Vitamin E Supplementation on susceptibility to oxidation of isolated low density lipoprotein and apolipoprotein B-100 in unfractionated blood. 1997. Abstract Presentation, XI International Symposium on Atherosclerosis, Paris, France.
Nicodemus-johnson J, Sinnott RA. Fruit and Juice Epigenetic Signatures Are Associated with Independent Immunoregulatory Pathways. Nutrients. 2017;9(7).
Preobrazhensky S, Malugin A, Wentz M. Flow cytometric assay for evaluation of the effects of cell density on cytotoxicity and induction of apoptosis. Cytometry. 2001;43(3):199-203.
Preobrazhensky S, Rabovsky A, Goldmacher V, Wentz M. Comparative study of cytotoxic action of low density lipoprotein and cumene hydroperoxide on various lymphoid cell lines. 1997. XI International Symposium on Atherosclerosis, Paris, France.
Preobrazhensky S, Trakht I, Chestkov V, Wentz M. Monoclonal antibody-based immunoassay for evaluation of lipoprotein oxidation. Analytical Biochemistry. 1995;227(1):225-34.
Rabovsky A, Cuomo J. Olive oil: Direct measure of antioxidant activity. Free Rad Bio Med 1999;27(Supp 1):S42.
Rabovsky A, Cuomo J, Eich N. Measurement of plasma antioxidant reserve after supplementation with various antioxidants in healthy subjects. Clin Chim Acta. 2006;371(1-2):55-60.
Rabovsky A, Cuomo J, Wentz M. Inhibition of fat absorption with grape seed antioxidants. Free Rad Bio Med 1998;25(Supp 1):96.
Rabovsky A, Preobrazhensky S, Wentz M. In vitro antioxidant activity of flavonoids measured using different procedures. 1996. Abstract Presentation, 3rd Annual Meeting of the Oxygen Society, Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
Rabovsky A, Preobrazhensky S, Wentz M. Protection of cultured human cells from oxidative damage by alpha-tocopherol, ascorbic acid and flavonoids. 1996. Abstract Presentation, VIII Biennial Meeting International Society for Free Radical Research, Barcelona, Spain.
Rabovsky A, Preobrazhensky S, Wentz M. Synergistic action of Ascorbic Acid and Bioflavonoids in protecting Apolipoprotein B from oxidation. 1996. Abstract Presentation, VIII Biennial Meeting International Society for Free Radical Research, Barcelona, Spain.
Third-Party Research Performed in Collaboration with USANA
Ball SD, Keller KR, Moyer-mileur LJ, Ding YW, Donaldson D, Jackson WD. Prolongation of satiety after low versus moderately high glycemic index meals in obese adolescents. Pediatrics. 2003;111(3):488-94.
Barker T, Leonard SW, Trawick RH, et al. Modulation of inflammation by vitamin E and C supplementation prior to anterior cruciate ligament surgery. Free Radic Biol Med. 2009;46(5):599-606.
Barker T, Leonard SW, Trawick RH, Walker JA, Traber MG. Antioxidant supplementation lowers circulating IGF-1 but not F(2)-isoprostanes immediately following anterior cruciate ligament surgery. Redox Rep. 2009;14(5):221-6.
Barker T, Leonard SW, Hansen J, et al. Vitamin E and C supplementation does not ameliorate muscle dysfunction after anterior cruciate ligament surgery. Free Radic Biol Med. 2009;47(11):1611-8.
Barker T, Traber MG. Does vitamin E and C supplementation improve the recovery from anterior cruciate ligament surgery? Journal of Evidenced-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine. 2011;16:114-128.
Barker T, Martins TB, Hill HR, et al. Vitamins E and C modulate the association between reciprocally regulated cytokines after an anterior cruciate ligament injury and surgery. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2011;90(8):638-47.
Barker T, Martins TB, Hill HR, et al. Low vitamin D impairs strength recovery after anterior cruciate ligament surgery. Journal of Evidenced-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine. 2011;16(3):201-209.
Barker T, Martins TB, Hill HR, et al. Different doses of supplemental vitamin D maintain interleukin-5 without altering skeletal muscle strength: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in vitamin D sufficient adults. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2012;9(1):16.
Barker T, Martins TB, Kjeldsberg CR, Trawick RH, Hill HR. Circulating interferon-γ correlates with 1,25(OH)D and the 1,25(OH)D-to-25(OH)D ratio. Cytokine. 2012;60(1):23-6.
Barker T, Martins TB, Hill HR, et al. Circulating pro-inflammatory cytokines are elevated and peak power output correlates with 25-hydroxyvitamin D in vitamin D insufficient adults. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2013;113(6):1523-34.
Barker T, Henriksen VT, Martins TB, et al. Higher serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations associate with a faster recovery of skeletal muscle strength after muscular injury. Nutrients. 2013;5(4):1253-75.
Barker T, Schneider ED, Dixon BM, Henriksen VT, Weaver LK. Supplemental vitamin D enhances the recovery in peak isometric force shortly after intense exercise. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2013;10(1):69.
Barker T, Martins TB, Hill HR, et al. Vitamin D sufficiency associates with an increase in anti-inflammatory cytokines after intense exercise in humans. Cytokine. 2014;65(2):134-7.
Barker T, Henriksen VT, Rogers VE, et al. Vitamin D deficiency associates with γ-tocopherol and quadriceps weakness but not inflammatory cytokines in subjects with knee osteoarthritis. Redox Biol. 2014;2:466-74.
Barker T, Rogers VE, Henriksen VT, et al. Serum cytokines are increased and circulating micronutrients are not altered in subjects with early compared to advanced knee osteoarthritis. Cytokine. 2014;68(2):133-6.
Barker T, Rogers VE, Henriksen VT, et al. Muscular-based and patient-reported outcomes differentially associate with circulating superoxide dismutases and cytokines in knee osteoarthritis. Cytokine. 2019;115:45-49.
Barker T, Rogers VE, Levy M, et al. Supplemental vitamin D increases serum cytokines in those with initially low 25-hydroxyvitamin D: a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study. Cytokine. 2015;71(2):132-8.
Bemer B, Krueger SK, Orner GA. Sulindac pharmacokinetics. The role of flavin-containing monooxygenases. 2008. Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Summer Internship Presentation, Oregon State University, September 26.
Dixon BM, Barker T, Mckinnon T, et al. Positive correlation between circulating cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide (hCAP18/LL-37) and 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in healthy adults. BMC Res Notes. 2012;5:575.
Edwards RL, Lyon T, Litwin SE, Rabovsky A, Symons JD, Jalili T. Quercetin reduces blood pressure in hypertensive subjects. J Nutr. 2007;137(11):2405-11.
Frei B, Birlouez-aragon I, Lykkesfeldt J. Authors’ perspective: What is the optimum intake of vitamin C in humans?. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2012;52(9):815-29.
Greene DA, Naughton GA. Calcium and vitamin-D supplementation on bone structural properties in peripubertal female identical twins: a randomised controlled trial. 2010. Osteoporosis International, in review.
Guo X, Xu Y, He H, et al. Effects of a Meal Replacement on Body Composition and Metabolic Parameters among Subjects with Overweight or Obesity. J Obes. 2018;2018:2837367.
Guo X, Xu Y, He H, et al. Visceral fat reduction is positively associated with blood pressure reduction in overweight or obese males but not females: an observational study. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2019;16:44.
Henriksen VT, Rogers VE, Rasmussen GL, et al. Pro-inflammatory cytokines mediate the decrease in serum 25(OH)D concentrations after total knee arthroplasty?. Med Hypotheses. 2014;82(2):134-7.
Huang Y, Chen Y, Shaw AM, Goldfine H, Tian J, Cai J. Enhancing TFEB-Mediated Cellular Degradation Pathways by the mTORC1 Inhibitor Quercetin. Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2018;2018:5073420.
Johnson S, Hagen TM. Changes in Acute Human Plasma Glutathione Levels Following Lipoic Acid Supplementation. Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Internship presentation, Oregon State University, September 24, 2009, and Center for Health Aging Research Life Scholars presentation, Oregon State University, October 14, 2009.
Jubert C, Mata J, Bench G, et al. Effects of chlorophyll and chlorophyllin on low-dose aflatoxin B(1) pharmacokinetics in human volunteers. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2009;2(12):1015-22.
Kesinger NG, Langsdorf BL, Yokochi AF, Miranda CL, Stevens JF. Formation of a vitamin C conjugate of acrolein and its paraoxonase-mediated conversion into 5,6,7,8-tetrahydroxy-4-oxooctanal. Chem Res Toxicol. 2010;23(4):836-44.
Leonard SW, Barker T, Mustacich DJ, Traber MG. Measurement of vitamin K homologues in biological fluids and tissues by APCI LC/MS. FASEB. 2010;24(Supp 1).
Lotito SB, Zhang WJ, Yang CS, Crozier A, Frei B. Metabolic conversion of dietary flavonoids alters their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Free Radic Biol Med. 2011;51(2):454-63.
Michels AJ, Dickinson BC, Chang CJ, Frei B. Generation of H2O2 by ascorbate auto-oxidation: possible implications for cancer therapy. 2010. Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.
Peluso MR, Miranda CL, Hobbs DJ, Proteau RR, Stevens JF. Xanthohumol and related prenylated flavonoids inhibit inflammatory cytokine production in LPS-activated THP-1 monocytes: structure-activity relationships and in silico binding to myeloid differentiation protein-2 (MD-2). Planta Med. 2010;76(14):1536-43.
Shenouda SM, Hamburg NM, Holbrook M, et al. Chronic Study of the Effect of Grape Seed Extract plus Ascorbic Acid on Endothelial Function in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease p. 104. 2010. Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism Conference, and 50th Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, USA.
Song Y, Chung CS, Bruno RS, et al. Dietary zinc restriction and repletion affects DNA integrity in healthy men. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009;90(2):321-8.
Song Y, Chung CS, Bruno RS, Traber MG, Brown KH, King JC, Ho E. Zinc status affects DNA damage and oxidative stress in healthy adult men. FASEB. 2009;23(Supp 1).
Song Y, Ho E. Effects of zinc deficiency on DNA damage, oxidative stress and oxidant defense in peripheral blood. FASEB. 2008;22(Supp 1).
Traber MG, Barker T. Vitamins E and C in ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Injury. 2009. 3rd International Symposium; Nutrition, Oxygen Biology and Medicine. Paris, France.
Wolinsky LE, Cuomo J, Quesada K, Bato T, Camargo PM. A comparative pilot study of the effects of a dentifrice containing green tea bioflavonoids, sanguinarine or triclosan on oral bacterial biofilm formation. J Clin Dent. 2000;11(2):53-9.
Wyatt HR, Ogden LG, Cassic KS, Hoagland EA, McKinnon T, Eich N, Chernyshev V, Wood T, Cuomo J, Hill JO. Successful internet-based lifestyle change program on body weight and markers of metabolic health. Obesity and Weight Management. 2009;5(4):167-73.
Yilmazer-musa M, Griffith AM, Michels AJ, Schneider E, Frei B. Grape seed and tea extracts and catechin 3-gallates are potent inhibitors of α-amylase and α-glucosidase activity. J Agric Food Chem. 2012;60(36):8924-9.
Yilmazer-Musa M, Tucker AM, Frei B. Inhibition of a-amylase and a-glucosidase activity by bioflavonoids: implications for carbohydrate metabolism and type-2 diabetes. Free Radical Biology and Medicine. 2010;49(S37).