Usana Health Sciences, Inc., or USANA, is a Utah-based multi-level marketing company that produces various nutritional products, dietary supplements and skincare products. Usana products, most of which are manufactured at the company’s West Valley City facility, are sold in 24 countries via a network of independent distributors (referred to as “associates”).
Usana is the 24th largest multi-level marketing company in the world. The company has sponsored and provided products to several athletic organizations.
USANA Nutrition Products
Usana produces three product lines: Usana Nutritionals (Essentials, Optimizers, and Digestion/Detox nutritional supplements), Usana Diet & Energy (Reset meal replacement shakes, protein bars, and Rev3 energy drinks), and Sensé personal care (skin care, skin treatment, and hair & body care products). Usana manufactures 90% of its products in-house, including all of its tableted nutritional supplements.
Some products from the Usana Nutritionals range are listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). Several of Usana’s products are certified for product label accuracy by NSF International in the “Dietary Supplements” category. Usana Essentials were tested in 2011 by ConsumerLab.com in their Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review of 38 of the leading multivitamin/multimineral products sold in the U.S. and Canada. The Essentials passed ConsumerLab’s test, which included testing of selected index elements, their ability to disintegrate in solution per United States Pharmacopeia guidelines, lead contamination threshold set in California Proposition 65, and meeting U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labeling requirements.
Commenting on the relatively high cost of Usana’s supplements, Anthony Almada, Chief Scientist of the nutritional supplement industry consulting firm Imaginutrition, told Forbes “The economic reality of Usana, and other multilevel marketing entities, mandates that their products invariably lack robust distinctiveness and convincing evidence of consumer relevance and superiority—achievable through rigorous clinical trials only—to their retail counterparts.” These comments were supported by natural health product specialist Prof. Jean-Louis Brazier of the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Pharmacy who examined Usana’s products for Radio-Canada’s consumer report show La Facture. Brazier found that they cost two to three times the price of equivalent store-bought items, and no evidence that Usana’s products were of better quality than their competitors.
From researching new ingredients to constantly tweaking and improving even the most tried and true formulas, USANA’s 60+ in-house scientists look at the needs of the human cell, where health begins, and design products to meet those cellular needs.
And USANA’s commitment to cellular science doesn’t stop after our scientists leave the building. USANA is committed to collaborating with prominent institutions to continuously advance the world’s understanding of the effects of nutrition on your health. This research has resulted in award-winning, top-rated products and patents for special ingredients that you can only get when you choose USANA.