Exercise for strong bones…

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Most of us are familiar with many of the benefits of exercise, such as improving muscle strength and endurance, reducing the risk for heart disease and preventing obesity. Perhaps not as familiar with the importance of regular physical activity in building and maintaining healthy bones.

Being physically active and doing exercise helps to keep bones strong and healthy throughout life. That’s because your bones are living tissues that get stronger when you use them. Exercise works on bones in the same way it works on muscles — it makes them stronger. This is the reason why exercising regularly is important for building strong bones when we are younger and essential for maintaining bone strength when we are older.

Exercises that are good for your bones.

Exercise variety is beneficial to your bones. This can easily be achieved with different movements, directions and speeds – for example: dancing. Short bursts of activity may be best, such as running followed by a jog, or jogging followed by a walk.

There are many different types of exercise and they all offer health benefits. The two types that are most effective for building strong bones are:

– Weight-bearing exercise with impact. This could be anyactivity you do on your feet that works your bones and muscles against gravity. When your feet and legs carry your body weight, more stress is placed on your bones, making your bones work harder. Weight-bearing exercise after young adulthood can help prevent further bone loss and strengthen bone1.

Some examples of this type of exercise can include: brisk walking and hiking, jogging, running, dancing, tennis, badminton, football, stair climbing and many more. Higher impact activities such as jogging, increase the weight on bones and provide more bone-strengthening benefits.

– Muscle strengthening exercises. During muscle strength-training activities, resistance is added to movement in order to make muscles work harder and with time, become stronger. Although resistance exercises focus on increasing muscle mass, they also put stress on bones. Common types of strength training include weight machines, free weights, and exercises (such as push-ups) that use your own body weight. Elastic bands can also be used to add resistance to exercises. Use the Nikken KenkoTherm® Wrist wrap to help support your muscle strengthening exercises. Its orthopaedic design provides the ideal combination of support and flexibility.

The UK’s National Health System – NHS recommends that adults aged 35 and over should aim to do muscle-strengthening activities at least 2 days a week in order to reduce the rate of natural bone loss.Make sure to rest for a full day between strength sessions.

– Other Forms of Exercise. Another benefit of exercise is that it improves balance and coordination. This becomes especially important, as we get older because it helps to prevent falls and the broken bones that may result. 

Non-impact exercises, such as yoga and tai chi, might not as effective for strengthening the bones, but they do provide flexibility and balance training benefits. Non-weight-bearing exercises, such as swimming or cycling might not increase bone density but are excellent choices to strengthen muscles as well as the heart and lungs. If you have a musculoskeletal health condition, such as arthritis, that prevents you from doing weight-bearing activities, these are good alternatives.

Good nutrition for healthy bones.

Because the bone is living tissue, it changes over time in response to the forces placed upon it. When you exercise regularly, your bone adapts by building more bone and becoming denser. This improvement in bone requires good nutrition, including adequate doses of calcium and Vitamin D.

If you eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of dairy, fish, fruits and vegetables, you should get enough of the nutrients you need every day, but if you’re not getting the recommended amount from food alone, you may need to complement your diet by taking multivitamins or supplements.

Nikken’s KENZEN® BDZ® is formulated specifically to help the body absorb calcium and contains a natural source of calcium, magnesium, vitamin K2 and other minerals, which play a role in bone development. Find out more about it here.

Take care of your bones. They play a big part in achieving Active Wellness!

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1. https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/bone-health/exercise/exercise-your-bone-health
2. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/exercises-for-strong-bones/

17th August 2020

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Healthy Bone Support

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We all know that our skeleton is a vital component of our body… but the list of its key functions may be longer than what you first thought:

  • Provides support
  • Protect our vital organs from damage
  • Supports Movement
  • Storage of essential minerals (including calcium and phosphorus)
  • Blood cell production (red blood cells which carry oxygen and white blood cells which protect against infection and platelets)
  • Endocrine regulation (releases hormone osteocalcin, involved in the regulation of blood sugar and fat deposit)

These functions mean that we really shouldn’t take our bone health for granted.

The internal dynamics…

Scientists have known for years that the key to building and maintaining strong bones is = calcium. The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) recommends 700 mg per day of calcium for both men and women ages 19+.1  However, the body actually finds calcium difficult to absorb – with less than 20% of the calcium we take in through food or supplements getting absorbed.  If it’s not absorbed and utilised, it can’t do its job of strengthening and building our bones!

The mineral magnesium is also vital. Around 67% of total body magnesium is located in our bones. Magnesium helps calcium in the blood to move into the bones. Its intake with calcium has shown that it helps provide greater bone strengthening benefits than calcium alone.

The external dynamics…

Whilst ensuring you maintain a healthy diet to help give your body the nutrients it needs, there are other external activities that can also help maintain normal bones including bone strengthening exercises and even getting a good nights’ sleep!

Nature meets science…

Most people get enough nutrients from their diet alone, but there will be always be others who have low intake of one or more nutrients, or who have special nutritional needs for a particular supplement at certain times.

Nikken’s KENZEN® BDZ® is formulated to support bone strength and density, and is made with three patented blends:

We talked about the importance of Calcium and Magnesium in bone health above. In KENZEN® BDZ®, both of these are provided in the algae marine plant multi-mineral complex Aquamin®Harvested from the pristine waters off the northern coast of Iceland, in addition to algae, Aquamin® also contains 72 trace minerals that are essential to life and critical biochemical pathways.2

Andrographis Paniculata is a herbaceous plant with extracts that are clinically-proven for healthy anti-inflammatory benefits – beneficial for both bone and joint health. In KENZEN® BDZ®, ParActin® is a patented extract of Andrographic Paniculata.3

Vitamin Kis also required for the formation of some proteins important for the maintenance of healthy bones. One example is osteocalcin, a protein that regulates the amount of calcium that is added to bones. Vitamin Khelps absorb and bind calcium to the bones matrix to help build healthy bones. In KENZEN ® BDZ® vitamin Kis delivered in the complex MenaQ7® – naturally derived, in its natural form its more readily absorbed and has a longer half-life, allowing it to remain in the body for longer.4

KENZEN® BDZ® also contains two single ingredients from the Ayurvedic tradition:

  • CurcuCare– a concentrated amount of the highly studied phytonutrient Curcumin, found in Turmeric, used for over 4000 years to support a healthy lifestyle. Curcumin extract has greater bioavailability than standard Turmeric. It maintains its native form, leading to higher circulating levels that stay in the system longer.5
  • Boswellia Serrata also known as Indian Frankincense, can contribute to maintenance of healthy joint function, mobility and flexibility.

KENZEN® BDZ® can be taken alongside your preferred calcium supplement and is available on Autoship. Sign up to Autoship for products delivered straight to your door monthly or quarterly and you’ll save on the price too!

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1. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/calcium/
2. https://www.nutraingredients.com/Product-innovations/Aquamin-outperforms-calcium-carbonate-in-pre-menopausal-women-bone-study
3. https://paractin.com/
4. http://menaq7.com/health-benefits/bone-health/
5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5664031/

3rd August 2020

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The importance of bone health…

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Bones play many roles in the body – providing structure, protecting organs, anchoring muscles and storing calcium. Regardless of age, everyone needs to keep their bones healthy.

From birth we build bone mass, with bone density peaking between the ages of 20 – 30. Up to age 30, the body makes new bone faster than it breaks down old bone, so bone mass increases.After which, more bone is actually lost than formed, as healthy bone formation slows down.2

Studies show that taking calcium supplements may not be enough for optimum bone health, because the body finds calcium difficult to absorb. Less than 20% of the calcium we take in through food or supplements gets absorbed through the body.If it’s not absorbed and utilised, it can’t do its job of strengthening and building our bones.

Bone health becomes more challenging and critical as we grow older and life spans lengthen. Osteoporosis is a global disease and estimated to affect 200 million people globally, while 55% of people older than 50 are at an increased risk for fracture due to low bone mass.4

That’s why Nikken developed NEW Kenzen® BDZ® – utilising the latest developments in the science of maintaining healthy bones.

Kenzen® BDZ® is formulated to work with the body’s ability to absorb and utilize the necessary calcium that contributes to the maintenance of normal bones.

Kenzen® BDZ® is formulated with three patented blends, each with exceptional bone health attributes:

1. MenaQ7® – is a natural form of Vitamin K2, which contributes to the maintenance of normal bones. It’s alsothe only clinically validated, patented vitamin K2 with long-chain menaquinones. Long-chain means its naturally-derived rather than synthetic. Naturally -derived is more readily utilized by the body and stays in the body for longer.

2. Aquamin® – is a unique marine plant multi-vitamin complex that is rich in calcium magnesium and 72 trace minerals, known to be bioavailable. The marine algae are sourced from the pristine waters of Iceland.

3. ParActin®– also known as the botanical Andrographis Paniculata. ParActin® has been designed to help in the natural support of inflammatory response and joint function.An innovation formulation of world-renowned field researcher and scientific investigator Dr. Juan Hancke.

Kenzen® BDZ® also contains two ingredients from the Ayurvedic tradition:

CurcuCare™ a concentrated amount of the highly studied phytonutrient Curcumin, found in Turmeric, used for over 4000 years to support a healthy lifestyle. Curcumin extract has greater bioavailability than standard Turmeric.

Boswellia Serrata also known as Indian Frankincense, can contribute to maintenance of healthy joint function, mobility and flexibility.

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1,2,4. https://www.iofbonehealth.org/osteoporosis-musculoskeletal-disorders
3. https://connect.uclahealth.org/2019/02/06/calcium-is-key-to-bone-health/

26th June 2019

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