The ABCs of MCTs…

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No matter how much we weigh, each of us needs fat to maintain balance in our diets. Sometimes we are ingesting the wrong type of fats and too much of it. MCTs, on the other hand, are a good source of fat that may also help reverse the effects of harmful fats.

MCT stands for medium-chain triglyceride. Triglycerides are the main constituents of natural fats and oils. High concentrations in the blood are indicators of a higher risk of stroke. In contrast, medium-chain triglycerides are composed of three fatty acids attached to a glycerol backbone. MCTs are sometimes used to counter the effects of high triglycerides in the blood.

The name refers to the way carbon atoms are arranged in their chemical structure. Typically, fats found in the diet are long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) with 20 or more carbon chains.1 MCTs range from six to 12 carbon chains.2 Due to their shorter chain length, MCTs travel straight from the gut to the liver and do not require bile to break them down. LCTs require the break down first. In the liver, fats are broken down to be either used as fuel, or stored as body fat.

Since MCTs enter our cells without having to be broken down, our bodies use them as instant sources of energy that pass through the blood-brain barrier to fuel the brain cells.3 In addition, MCTs may help burn calories more effectively. In one study, the thermogenic effect of a high-calorie diet containing 40 percent fat as MCTs was compared to one containing the same level of LCTs. The thermic effect (calories wasted six hours after a meal) of the MCTs was almost twice as high as the LCTs. With MCTs, 120 calories were used, compared to 66 calories from LCTs over the six hours. A follow-up study demonstrated that MCT oil given over a six day period could increase diet-induced thermogenesis by 50 percent.

Athletes sometimes use MCTs for nutritional support during training, to increase exercise performance, for decreasing body fat and increasing lean muscle mass, and for weight loss.4 During exercise, rising lactate levels can negatively impact exercise performance. MCTs may help reduce lactate buildup when taken before exercising and may also help us use more fat instead of carbs for energy.5

MCTs could provide numerous health benefits for an Active Wellness lifestyle, but how easy are they to access and consume? Nikken has the answer thorough its KVB® Protein Meal Replacement Mix. Looking at the Vanilla and Chocolate flavours, you will see that MCTs are the second ingredients for both.

Furthermore, Nikken’s Kenzen Digestion Complex 4-20 contains twenty natural digestive enzymes that act on all four different macronutrient types: fats, protein, carbohydrates and fiber. This wider range of enzymes may help us derive more energy from the food we eat.

1, 2 https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-915/medium-chain-triglycerides-mcts

3, 4, 5, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mct-oil-benefits?utm_source=Sailthru%20Email&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=authoritynutrition&utm_content=2018-05-14

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(25th June)

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Get Summer ready…

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It’s that time of year when we start to think about getting in shape for Summer…

But how exactly do we do it?

One of the most important aspects is our food intake… As the seasons change, our eating habits change too. Say good-bye to the rich and comforting winter meals and welcome the summer seasonal produce like fruit and salads! What you put in your body, along with exercising, is crucial to a healthy lifestyle as you want to loose weight and tone up. Eating the right foods can help make you feel happier and healthier.

Did you know…

1. Super foodsare nutrient-rich and a catalyst for good health and overall wellbeing. Not only can they help optimize the natural immune system, are known to have body-healing compounds, but may also help reduce inflammation and even eliminate any harmful bacteria. What, when and how much you eat can help keep both your metabolism and energy levels steadily elevated, helping with raised energy levels throughout the day. Tap into the fat-burning power of foods like nuts, avocados, dark chocolate and New Zealand Kiwi.

2. The healthiest way to lose weight is neither crash diets nor bursts of exercise. The body likes slow changes in terms of food and exercise. For example, someone who hasn’t exercised for years shouldn’t rush into running miles a day. Not only will the struggle to do so leave you feeling disheartened and demotivated, you’re also far more likely to injure yourself and set your fitness levels back further. The same goes for people who suddenly cut out certain foods from their diets.

3. Diets that severely restrict calories or the types of food ‘allowed’ can lead you to be deficient in the nutrients and vitamins that your body needs. The Eat Well Guide2, provided by NHS England, offers an abundance of information on how to eat healthy without cutting out produce packed with essential nutrients.

Here are some tips to help you manage your weight and avoid cravings:

1. Replace your daily coffee or regular tea with herbal tea or green tea. Try the Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink and help wake up your body and mind the natural way… According to a study conducted by scientists from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences3, regular consumption of green tea could help keep your bones stronger as you age.

2. Include MCT’s in your meals (medium chain triglycerides). MCT’s are good fats which have also been shown to suppress appetite. In one 14-day study, six male volunteers were allowed unlimited access to one of three diets: a low MCT diet, a medium MCT diet and a high MCT diet. Calorie consumption was significantly lower on the high MCT diet. The researchers noted that substituting MCTs for other fats in a high-fat diet “can limit the excess energy intakes and weight gain produced by high-fat, energy-dense diets.”We’ve made it easy to access these valuable fats by making it our second ingredient in the high protein, low-carb KVB® Natural Food Mix Meal Replacement that offers only 125 calories per serving, allowing you to reap the benefits and enjoy the Nikken Active Wellness lifestyle.

1. Take care of your gut. Nikken’s Kenzen Digestion Complex 4-20 contains twenty natural digestive enzymes that act on all four different macronutrient types: fats, protein, carbohydrates and fiber. This wider range of enzymes may help you derive more energy from the food that you eat.

The healthy choices we make when it comes to food may help us manage weight, maintain focus and avoid cravings.

  1. http://www.superfoods-scientific-research.com
  2. https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/goodfood/Pages/the-eatwell-guide.aspx
  3. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0271531716305619?via%3Dihub
  4. Stubbs RJ, Harbron CG. ,“Covert manipulation of the ratio of medium- to long-chain triglycerides in isoenergetically dense diets: effect on food intake in ad libitum feeding men,” Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord1996 May;20(5):435-44.

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The Brain – Gut Connection

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There are many contributing factors that affect our gut health such as diet, food intolerances, lifestyle, etc. Taking care of your digestive system has instant, positive effects on your overall wellbeing. A balanced diet and stress management for example, play a vital role in how well we sleep, stay active and live a happy, productive life.

It all starts in the gut…

In 2008, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) formed the Human Microbiome Project (HMP). Microbiome is defined as “the collection of microbes or microorganisms that inhabit an environment, creating a ‘mini-ecostystem.’”1

The human microbiome, located in the gut, is made up of trillions of bacteria that send messages to the brain. This communication is known as the “brain-gut connection.” Because approximately 70 to 80 percent of the body’s immune tissue is located within the digestive system, boosting your immune system really requires a healthy gut.2

You can help manage your microbiome and influence the brain-gut connection as well as strengthen your immune system. You can also increase the good gut bacteria that sends the brain positive messages and decrease the bad bacteria that causes bad food cravings. In this way, “you are what you eat.”

Since good bacteria thrives on fiber and nutrient-dense food, eating that type of food consistently is the key to a healthy brain-gut connection. Good bacteria feeds on fibrous food, digests it and releases a gas up to the brain, telling it that the body is well nourished. When the brain is told that the body is well nourished, it doesn’t think there’s a need to fill in the gaps created by a lack of nutrition. It’s a healthy cycle where nutrient-dense food that is fibrous creates more good bacteria.

Fiber does more than curb cravings. It also helps your mood. The Human Microbiome Project has shown that serotonin, the “feel-good” chemical the body generates, is actually created in the gut, not the brain. More fiber and nutrient-dense food in the gut could influence our emotional health as well as our physical wellbeing.

You may be surprised how quickly a healthy gut helps the brain minimize unhealthy cravings and also helps improve your overall health. If you currently don’t eat lots of fibrous foods, integrate them into your daily regimen slowly, so that your body has time to adjust. Incorporate it into each meal or snack. The fiber will give a sense of fullness to help you cut back on sugar and processed food.

The happier your microbiome, the fewer bad food cravings there’ll be. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but the important thing is to get started in helping your gut converse positively with your brain! Best of all, you will discover how delicious these nutrient-dense and fibrous foods are!

To help jumpstart your microbiome, we are introducing the new Kenzen Digestion Complex 4-20 to assist in processing the additional fiber you eat. Containing a combination of ingredients that tackles fats, proteins, carbohydrates and fiber, Kenzen Digestion Complex 4-20 could support the assimilation of all types of nutrients.

https://www.hmpdacc.org/hmp/overview/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515351/ 

(5th April)

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