Shaklee Malaysia Spearheads Health & Wellness Awareness Programme for a Healthier Malaysia
From the study, it was discovered that multiple dietary supplement users had:
* 11% lower cholesterol ratios and 33% lower levels triglycerides (associated with heart diseases)
* 36% lower levels of homocysteine (associated with heart and brain related disease)
* 59% lower levels of C-reactive protein (associated with cancer and diabetes)
Conducted by the University of Berkeley, the cross-sectional study involved 1,056 participants across three sample groups – long term non-dietary supplement users, single supplement users and multiple supplement users. The study was designed to observe dietary supplement usage patterns, health and nutritional status among dietary supplement users, with 50% of the multiple supplement users on average consuming supplements such as multivitamin, vitamin B-complex, vitamin C, carotenoids, calcium with Vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, flavonoids, glucosamine, probiotic supplement (for women) and soy protein supplement (for men) for over 20 years.
Long-term multiple dietary supplement users who consumed high bioavailability dietary supplements were also found to have improved health. Bioavailability is a term used to describe the proportion of a nutrient that is absorbed from the diet and is used for regular body functions. Thus, these users are more likely to have lower concentrations of chronic disease-related biomarkers including serum homocysteine, C-reactive protein, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides as well as more likely to have optimal blood nutrient concentrations including folate, vitamin C, alpha and beta carotene and vitamin E.
Based on the findings of the study, the prevalence for general and chronic diseases were found to be lower in multiple dietary supplement users as compared to the non-dietary supplement and single-dietary supplement users.
At the “Reality Check: Do Supplements Work?” expert roundtable session, Dr Bruce Daggy, Senior Vice President, Research & Development and Chief Science Officer of Shaklee Corporation said, “It is important to know the efficacy of the dietary supplements we take, to ensure that we are absorbing the fullest of the focused nutrients. The dietary study gives us a clear snapshot of how important dietary supplements are in our daily life, and that it plays an equally important role in providing quality nutrients together with a balanced diet. The key take-away is that we should always supplement wisely.”
Also present at the expert roundtable discussion, Dato’ Dr Rajbans Singh, President of the Malaysian Wellness Society discussed the holistic approach to leading a healthier lifestyle. “Holistic health is not the absence of sickness. That is why it is important that Malaysians understand the key components to leading a healthy lifestyle. Leading a healthy lifestyle starts with making smart choices from every food group and emphasising on key nutrient benefits that your body requires. While we live by the term “everything in moderation”, we must ensure that a balanced nutrition is not compromised”.
Exercise and Maintain an Optimal Weight
Ranked as the most obese country in Asia, the National Health & Morbidity Survey of 2015, revealed that half of the Malaysian population are either obese or overweight2 making losing weight a crucial step to improving one’s health for Malaysians. A sedentary lifestyle leads to weight gain and obesity which would then increase the risk of various chronic diseases. On-board as a panellist at the roundtable session, expert in nutrition, Ms Celeste Lau Wai Hong, Dietetics Manager of Sunway Medical Centre said, "The Malaysian practice of unhealthy eating due to the abundance of rich food around us and sedentary lifestyles are the main drivers towards obesity. While optimal weight is key to reducing risks of diseases, an active lifestyle should be a priority for all and not just the obese. Malaysians need to undertake healthy eating habits and they can start by cutting down sugar or food that's high in fats."
While the findings of the dietary supplement study is evident that dietary supplements play a positive impact as an important source of nutrients and lowering disease prevalence, it is fundamental that Malaysians are aware of the three key components to leading a healthy lifestyle – eating healthy, staying active as well as supplement wisely.
3 KEY COMPONENTS TOWARDS A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE
The media roundtable session: Reality Check: Do Supplement Works?
Roundtable discussion by
Dr. Bruce Daggy, Senior Vice President & Development and Chief Science Officer of Shaklee Corporation,
Dr. Rajbans Singh, President of the Malaysian Wellness Society
Ms.Celeste Lau Wai Hong, Dietetics Manager of Sunway Medical Centre
During the media session, Ms Helen Lam, President of Shaklee Malaysia said, “As a leading nutrition company for over 13 years in Malaysia, we have been championing wellness, and encouraging Malaysians to take charge of their health. This is the direction that Shaklee Malaysia will continue to steer towards together with the community around us. And we have also put in place health and wellness-focused programmes and on-ground activations to educate our pool of distributors as well as Malaysians in general. We hope that many more Malaysians will be empowered to start by making small changes in their diet and lifestyle towards a longer and healthy life.”
The expert roundtable session marks the beginning of Shaklee Malaysia’s wellness education campaign, “Live Well, Be Well”. More key health and wellness-focused community activities and programmes are targeted to be rolled out, in conjunction with the official opening of Shaklee Malaysia’s new home office in May 2017. Distributors and the public at large can expect thematic ongoing activities and educational workshops during this campaign period via their Facebook page at facebook.com/shakleeproductsmalaysia
For more information on Shaklee Malaysia: Website: www.shaklee.com.my
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