Small but Mighty: The Powerful Blueberry…

Globally, blueberries are grown in high volumes in Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Morocco, but the United States is the largest producer. In Europe, Poland used to be the leading producer of blueberries but has been overtaken by Spain. Increasing demand for this delicious “snacking food,” as it’s often referred to in Europe, has resulted in new plantations being established in countries such as Lithuania, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, and Georgia.

Did you know…

  1. Blueberries are low in calories but high in nutrients. A single cup (148 grams) serving contains 4 grams of fibre, and RDI (recommended daily intake) of 24% Vitamin C, 36% Vitamin K, 25% Manganese plus smaller amounts of other nutrients. Made up of 85% water, one cup of blueberries only has 84 calories and 15 grams of carbohydrates, making it one of the fruits allowed on virtually every type of diet regimen.
  2. Blueberries are believed to have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all common fruits and vegetables. Available year round in both Europe and North America, it’s an easy and delicious way to incorporate a healthy fruit into a daily diet.
  3. The blue colour in blueberry skins is known as anthocyanins, which are a type of antioxidant that have associated traits, including the possibility of promoting maximum brain function and delaying mental decline. 
  4. Several studies have shown that blueberries have anti-diabetic effects by helping to improve insulin sensitivity and lowering blood sugar levels.1
  5. Research suggests that blueberries may aid muscle recovery after strenuous exercise, so more studies are being conducted to gather additional data.2

Wild blueberries are slightly different from cultivated ones. Wild blueberries are smaller and grow on lower bushes. Many wild blueberries are harvested using hand-held berry rakes, but some are machine harvested. Both wild and cultivated blueberries are usually sorted, cleaned, and processed within hours of being picked. Those not sorted for fresh fruit markets are separated and partially frozen for easier transport and longevity.

Nikken’s Organic Kenzen® Super Ciaga® is an immune-boosting antioxidant superfruit powder made with a combination of berries – Organic Acai Fruit, Organic Blackberry, Organic Elderberry, Organic Raspberry, Organic Blueberry and Organic Lingonberry.

Mixed it with PiMag® water, it makes a delicious cooling summer drink and you can take it anywhere with you!

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5187542/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6124147/ 

18th August 2022

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You Can Have Your Antioxidants On-the-Go…

Antioxidants are substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by unstable molecules that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other pressures.These unstable molecules are known as free radicals, and antioxidants are sometimes called free -radical scavengers. If the body cannot process and remove free radicals efficiently, oxidative stress can result. This can harm cells and cause the body to malfunction.

One of the buzz words in the wellness industry is “inflammation.” Like pollution, UV exposure, cigarette smoke and excessive intake of alcohol, inflammation is the cause of so many physical ailments. Unlike bad habits and environmental elements that cause physical or mental dysfunction from the outside, inflammation is internal and caused by an increase of free radicals produced inside the body.2

Antioxidants can help fight free radicals that are produced inside the body as well as those that the body is exposed to externally. Vitamins C, E and carotenoids are antioxidants that are known to help protect the cells from damage from free radicals. Other types of naturally occurring antioxidants include flavonoids, tannins, phenols and lignans. Plant-based foods are the best sources for these types of antioxidants and are found not only in fruit, vegetables and nuts, but also in seeds, herbs, spices and even cocoa.3

Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and cranberries are among the top fruit sources of antioxidants. Sweet potatoes, carrots, red and green peppers, kale, spinach, and broccoli all contain the antioxidant carotene. Red, orange, deep yellow and dark green leafy vegetables are ideal to eat daily for their antioxidant values as well as for their delicious flavours. Walnuts and pecans are some of the nuts with the highest antioxidant content.As a bonus, these fruit, nuts and vegetables are not only high in antioxidants but also in fibre, low in saturated fat and cholesterol and good sources of vitamins and minerals. When you add them regularly to the diet, you are tripling your potential health benefits.

In addition to eating the right foods, certain things can be done to help prevent cell damage and oxidative stress. All these behaviours are part of the Active Wellness Lifestyle:

  • Limit or eliminate certain foods from your diet, especially refined and processed foods, trans fats, artificial sweeteners and food with certain dyes and additives/preservatives.
  • Don’t smoke cigarettes. Don’t vape.
  • Consider switching to natural cleaners to limit exposure to chemicals.
  • Limit exposure to pesticides and use natural alternatives such as water mixed with vinegar and lemon oil/juice or herbs such rosemary and peppermint. 
  • Use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Exercise regularly but don’t overdo it. When you push your body over its limits, inflammation results and you are doing more harm than good.

Since eating right is so important, summer might be a challenging time of the year, because many people go on holiday or are spending more time away from home, where it’s easy to prepare healthy meals. That’s when Kenzen® Super Ciaga® powder can become your primary weapon against any deficiency in natural antioxidant consumption. Formulated as a powder specifically to make it portable during traveling, Kenzen® Super Ciaga® is abundant with berries – blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. 5

You can take these deliciously combined antioxidants with you virtually anywhere you go and simply mix with water. One scoop of this “power powder” in a couple ounces of water or smoothie can give your immune system a much welcome boost!

With Kenzen® Super Ciaga® powder, you can truly take your antioxidants on-the go! 

1, 2. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/301506#benefits

3, 4. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/multimedia/antioxidants/sls-20076428#:~:text=Antioxidants%20are%20substances%20that%20may,to%20tobacco%20smoke%20or%20radiation

5. https://wordpress.com/post/nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/3174

29th July 2022

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Flavoured Water May Help You Drink More but Be Aware What’s In It…

Considering your own health goals and taste preferences can help guide you in making the water choice that works best for you. “Drinking more water, regardless of type, is crucial in improving energy levels, reducing the risk of constipation and bloat, and even improving the look and feel of your skin,” says Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDCES.1

The consensus of health practitioners is that it’s far better to drink flavoured water than to not hydrate enough due to a dislike of plain water. Hydration experts caution people to stay away from sugary or artificially sweetened beverages. Sugary beverages can add unwanted calories while the multiple negative effects of many artificial sweeteners are the subject of ongoing research.

Flavoured water is simply plain potable water with added ingredients to enhance taste. As people globally become more educated and knowledgeable about the harmful effects of dehydration, the market for flavoured waters has exploded. From carbonated waters with artificial flavourings to filtered water with natural fruit extracts, there are flavours to fit every palate. 

Erin Palinski-Wade says that “while the amount of flavouring added to water is typically too small to provide significant nutritional value, flavoured water can be a benefit in situations where people will consume more water because they prefer the taste with the flavouring added.”2

The ingredients that are added to plain water are what make the difference between a healthy drink versus a less optimal choice. Taste enhancers can be natural or synthetic. “Natural” usually means the ingredient listed is sourced from nature, whereas “synthetic” tends to mean something is made in a lab. Typically, “lab-made” is negatively associated with processed foods and artificial flavourings. Naturally flavoured waters will contain ingredients like fruit extract while synthetically flavoured waters may contain a human-made ingredient that tastes similar to a fruit.

Many people who do not enjoy plain water develop a taste for alkaline PiMag® water. No flavour enhancers are added, but the multiple filtration process removes bacteria, chlorine, contaminants and other particles that can cause tap water to taste less than desirable. Our Organic Kenzen® Super Ciaga® powder and Kenzen Jade GreenZymes® can easily be added to PiMag® water for delicious and beneficial hydration throughout the day. Not designed as flavour enhancers, these two nutritional supplements actually boost Active Wellness and overall health. 

Made with organic ingredients, Kenzen® Super Ciaga® powder and Kenzen Jade GreenZymes® not only may help you drink more water, but also enrich your diets. Made with superfruits such as blueberries, elderberries and acai berries, Super Ciaga® Powder is a convenient way to drink high ORAC antioxidants when mixed with PiMag® water. Jade GreenZymes® mixed with PiMag® water gives you all the goodness of organic barley grass and our proprietary formula – full of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and electrolytes. No wonder it’s known as “nature’s perfect food.”

1, 2. https://www.verywellfit.com/is-flavored-water-good-for-you-5188087

21st April 2022

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What’s the Big Deal with Berries?

Within our bodies millions of processes occur every day, such as turning the foods we eat into energy. These processes require oxygen. By-products using oxygen are called oxidants, often referred to as “free radicals”. Free radicals can also be introduced to our bodies through external sources such as tobacco smoke, pollution, and exposure to the sun. In the same way that oxidation can cause rust on the surface of some objects, free radicals can cause damage to cell walls, cell structures and even the genetic material of a cell. If the genetic material of a cell is attacked, this can lead to changes in the body’s DNA “genetic blue print” and has been linked to a number of health conditions.1

Antioxidants work to deactivate free radicals by binding to oxidants, which prevents the damage from occurring. Diets high in antioxidant-rich foods, such as those containing vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium and carotenoids (beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin), have been linked to a reduced risk of developing heart conditions.

Berries3 contain a variety of antioxidants, which help keep free radicals under control. Anthocyanins, ellagic acid and resveratrol are types of antioxidants found in an assortment of berries. One study showed that blueberries, blackberries and raspberries have the highest antioxidant activity of commonly consumed fruits, next to pomegranates.4

Studies suggest that the antioxidants in berries may help lower inflammation. Long-term inflammation arising from chronic stress, sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy food choices can lead to diabetes, heart conditions and obesity,5 so berries are really important in counteracting those negative effects! But that’s not all that berries can help do.

Test-tube and human studies suggest that berries may protect cells from high blood sugar levels, help increase insulin sensitivity, reduce blood sugar and insulin response to high-carb meals. Importantly, these effects appear to occur in both healthy people and those with insulin resistance.6

Berries are also an excellent source of soluble fiber, which is known to be important for slowing down the movement of food through the digestive tract. This slower movement helps us feel full for a longer period of time. Ideally, this may help us eat less and make weight management easier. One study found that doubling fiber intake could help absorb up to 130 fewer calories per day.7

Unsurprisingly, berries are considered heart-healthy food that may help lower LDL levels and help protect the bad cholesterol from becoming oxidized, which may reduce the risk of heart disease. In a controlled study of obese people, those eating 1.5 ounces (50 grams) of freeze-dried blueberries for 8 weeks noticed a 28% reduction in their oxidized LDL levels.8

Berries are highly nutritious, may provide a variety of health benefits, and are easy to incorporate into an Active Wellness nutritional plan! Kenzen® Super Ciaga® powder makes it even simpler if you find it hard to access fresh berries. Simply combine it with PiMag® water or blend into smoothies for an energy and antioxidant boost!

1, 2. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/16739-antioxidants–heart-health

3. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/superfruit-with-super-powers/

4, 5, 6, 7, 8. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-reasons-to-eat-berries#:~:text=Berries%20are%20some%20of%20the,cholesterol%2C%20while%20reducing%20oxidative%20stress

11th February 2022

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Health Trends for 2022…

It’s no surprise that staying as healthy as possible will continue to be top priority this year. That priority has been the premise for each Nikken product in every category, whether it’s nutrition, magnetic support or PiMag® water, since the company began more than 46 years ago. 

What are some of the health areas that people are focusing on in the year 2022? 

  • According to the international health insurance company BUPA, Google searches for “gut health” are up by 83% and they predict more people will focus on it in 2022.One of the Nikken organic nutritional supplements that addresses this is Kenzen Lactoferrin 2.0®, containing prebiotics and/or probiotics that enhance gut health. 
  • Some health experts predict that people will pay closer attention to their mental health in 2022. Mental health affects how the brain functions, and is also a by-product of our individual ways of responding to stress. Relaxing strategies such as spending more time in green spaces or practicing self-care to reduce stress will continue to be a priority in 2022.
  • Plant-based-eating articles and meal plans were up 31% in 2021 and it is expected to grow even more as more people choose to eat healthier and more sustainably.4
  • Perennial (as opposed to annual) grains like kernza (a new type of wheat) will explode. That is a good thing when it comes to fighting climate change, because perennial grains develop deeper root systems than annuals, and these deep roots help prevent soil erosion and trap harmful greenhouse gases underground, keeping them out of the atmosphere.5
  • Kelp and seaweed will make their way into all kinds of products, not just food. Although common to many cultures, farming kelp has been found to pull carbon out of the atmosphere.Known as a great source of minerals, such as potassium, iron, calcium, and magnesium, seaweed is also rich in antioxidants and vitamins. A great example of using seaweed not just as food is the improved line of TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skin Care. A variety of seaweeds are ingredients in these advanced formulations.
  • A “new school” of vitamins and supplements will evolve in 2022. Known as “smart” and “forward-thinking” supplements, they not only effectively address nutritional sufficiency but also nurture specific areas of health, from our cells to the whole body. The advancements range from delivery format and options that consider our personalized genetic makeup to strategic ingredient combinations, environmental sustainability, and more.7 Nikken began using this smart, forward-thinking approach in formulating nutritional supplements years ago. One example is the Kenzen® BDZ® for optimal calcium absorption.
  • The “green generation” of healthcare is growing. Green health professionals blend healthcare with an understanding of the environmental changes that affect people’s health in different parts of the world. They provide healthcare while advocating for the environment.3 Everyone understands the need for clean water for optimal health and Nikken provides the PiMag Waterfall® and PiMag® Water Bottle that help us decrease our carbon footprint by minimizing plastic waste. Replacing filters in a timely way prolongs the lifespan of your Nikken PiMag® water product!

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In essence, 2022 is the year that asks each of us how to become healthier and stronger personally while respecting and working together with the environment. At Nikken, we pledge to use and share what we learn to build a bigger, healthier and environmentally-conscious Global Wellness Community! 

3. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/doctors-are-becoming-leaders-in-environmental-movement

4, 5, 6. https://www.eatingwell.com/article/7935948/top-10-food-nutrition-trends-2022/

7. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/new-generation-of-vitamins

7th January 2022

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Bones and Joints Work Together…

Walking, jumping, typing, wiggling our toes, bending, pointing, drawing, sitting, sleeping – what do these and virtually all activities have in common? They require our bones and joints to work together. The world acknowledged the importance of healthy joints with World Arthritis Day on 12th October and healthy bones will be the focus on World Spine Day on the 16th October and World Osteoporosis Day on the 20th October. 

Our bones and joints truly make great teammates. Did you know:1

  • The adult human body has 206 bones, with 26 of them in the foot and 54 of them in the hand, including the wrist.
  • The femur, or thighbone, is the longest and strongest bone of the human skeleton. In contrast, the smallest and lightest bone is located in the middle ear and called the stapes.
  • The hyoid is a V-shaped bone located at the base of the tongue. It’s the only bone in the human body that is not connected to another!
  • Bones are composed of calcium, phosphorus, sodium and other minerals, as well as the protein collagen. Making up the skeleton of the body, bones protect organs as well as produce red and white blood cells.
  • The place where two bones meet or connect are joints, which are formed by short bands of tough fibrous connective tissue known as ligaments.
  • Some joints move and others don’t. For example, joints in the skull do not move, while synovial joints do. Synovial joints are located mostly in our arms and legs.
  • Hip and shoulder joints are the most mobile and known as ball and socket joints. They enable our arms and legs to move in multiple directions.
  • Ellipsoidal joints allow our fingers to bend and stretch; hinge joints enable knees and elbows to move; gliding joints work in the ankles and wrists by gliding against each other.

Nikken’s KENZEN® BDZ® food supplement is formulated specifically to help contribute to the maintenance of normal bones. Find out more about it here.

The more we practice Active Wellness, the healthier our bones and joints are and the longer they’ll last. Consistent physical activity, a balanced diet and getting plenty of sleep will help us stay healthy and keep our bones and joints working together our entire lives.

  1. https://www.bidmc.org/about-bidmc/wellness-insights/bones-and-joints/2018/08/fun-facts-about-bones-and-joints

14th October 2021

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How do Probiotics fit into your Active Wellness lifestyle…

From the Greek pro, meaning promoting and biotics, meaning life, these life-promoting compounds offer a bundle of health benefits.

What are they? Probiotics are tiny microorganisms, made of good live bacteria that naturally live in different areas of your body. The body relies on all sorts of microorganisms to keep things working in order to live a healthy life and probiotics play a big part in this. 

The science… Bacteria is usually regarded as something that makes you ill. However, there are two kinds of bacteria constantly in and on the body: good bacteria and bad bacteria.

Good bacteria are exactly what probiotics are made of, in order to keep the body healthy and working well. This good bacteria helps in many ways, including fighting off bad bacteria when there is too much of it in the body, helping you feel better. For example, when you get an infection, this means there is more bad bacteria in the body, knocking your system out of balance. Good bacteria helps eliminate extra bad bacteria, returning that balance.

The structure… Probiotics are part of a larger picture when it comes to bacteria and the body. This is referred to the microbiome. Around 80% of the immune system is composed of microbiome. You can look at the microbiome as a community of organisms that work together to keep your body healthy. This community is composed of things called microbes. There are trillions of microbes on and in the body. These are a combination of bacteria, fungi, viruses and protozoa. Everyone’s microbiome is unique. No one has the same microbial cells – even twins are different. 

For a microbe to be called a probiotic, it needs to survive outside the intestine (after being safely consumed), be isolated from a human and have a proven benefit to the body. They are mainly located in the gut1 but also in the mouth, skin and lungs among other places. 

Benefits… They support the systems in your body from your mouth to your gut and help control harmful microorganisms such as germs. At the right levels, probiotics help aid digestion and improve nutrient absorption. Eating a well-balanced diet rich in fiber every day helps to keep the number of good bacteria at proper levels. By aiding in protein absorption, probiotics can also help your body recover after workout and reduce muscle strain.

A little extra for the body… Probiotics occur naturally in fermented foods and cultured milk (yogurt and pickles). There are also fermented drinks like kombucha (fermented tea) or kefir (fermented dairy drink) that introduce extra probiotics into your diet. Apart from food, you can add probiotics to your diet through dietary supplements. Probiotic-supplements are a way to add good bacteria to your body.

Nutritional supplements such as KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® from Nikken, contain probiotics – not only do they help boost the immune and digestive systems, but they also promote healthy minds.2 Lactoferrin 2.0® (a naturally iron-binding supplement) is gentle on the digestive system, therefore supporting the gastrointestinal tract and all its functions such as optimal digestion, nutrient absorption, the proliferation of good gut bacteria and overall health.

  1. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/healthy-gut-healthy-you/ 
  2. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2018/04/05/the-brain-gut-connection/ 

22nd February 2021

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Let’s Keep Moving… for our bones!

From our brain to our joints, moving every day has the power to improve every part of the body. Some of the benefits of exercise are that it’s free, it adds structure to the day, relieves stress and it’s an activity that can be shared with others in the household.

Remember, everyday activities count, so look out for opportunities to be active during the day while you’re indoors. Do some stretches while watching TV, or squats while brushing your teeth. Every minute counts!

Exercising outdoors is a major stress reliever and can help reduce anger, depression and tension. It doesn’t have to be strenuous exercise; it can just be a simple walk in the fresh brisk air. According to NHS UK1, adults aged 19 to 64 years old should do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity a week.

We need to make a special effort to get our bodies moving on a daily basis, not only for our health’s sake but just as importantly to keep our bones healthy and strong. Looking after your bone health is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. 

Taking calcium supplements may not be enough for optimum bone health, because the body finds calcium difficult to absorb. We can help our body by making sure we are getting enough calcium in the form of food and complimentary supplements.

Vitamin D (also referred to as “calciferol”)… promotes calcium absorption in the gut and maintains adequate concentrations of serum calcium and phosphate to enable normal bone mineralization. It is also needed for bone growth.

Levels of Vitamin D are critical for bone health. The sun is a natural source of vitamin D but being indoors and not being able to get enough natural sunlight, especially during the Autumn and Winter months can affect our Vitamin D levels. The Department of Health and Social Care (NHS UK) recommends that you take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of Vitamin D to boost your Vitamin D levels during certain times of the year if you don’t get out into the sun much .2

Make sure you eat plenty of fresh produce. Eating too many ready-made or processed foods may deprive us of the nutrients that are necessary to help protect, build and maintain bones too. Nikken’s Kasai Multi Vitamin and Mineral food supplement is made with vegetable and fruit powders and contains 100% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of Vitamin D – along with Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, B2, B6 and B12 Calcium, Magnesium, Iron and Zinc!  

Nikken’s KENZEN® BDZ® food supplement is formulated specifically to help contribute to the maintenance of normal bones. BDZ®’s formula contains a unique marine plant multimineral complex: Aquamin® that is carefully harvested under exclusive licence and certified organic.

Derived from a naturally sourced marine algae from the pristine waters of Iceland, this unique, highly bioavailable marine plant based multi-mineral/vitamin complex is rich in Calcium, Magnesium and 72 trace minerals. Minerals not only benefit our bones; there are literally no bodily processes on either the cellular or systemic level that can operate without the right amounts of minerals. They are that critical to your body’s daily functioning. BDZ®’s main role is to help support bone strength and density. Discover more about the benefits of KENZEN® BDZ® in our previous blog: https://bit.ly/3rwmIRx

Save up to 10% on your regular Food Supplements when you place your regular food supplement order through the Wellness Subscription Program. Plus, you’ll receive your order delivered directly to your door every month or every quarter. To find out more, contact your Nikken Consultant or email our Customers Services Team at UKsupport@nikken.co.uk.

  1. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/
  2. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/

8th February 2021

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Essential Nutrition for Active Wellness…

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates

This statement has never been more appropriate – eat foods that nourish you both physically and mentally. The year 2020 has brought challenges for many people around the world and our everyday habits and behaviours have dramatically changed. Our priorities have also changed, with many of us focusing more than ever on our health and wellbeing, including what we eat.

As a result, food and health culture has seen a big movement. We know that eating healthy is important to maintaining a healthy body and mind. Everything we eat and drink really does matter.

This year, more and more people have been looking for food and food supplements that can help support a healthy immune system. According to Market Research1, over 50% of consumers reported taking more food supplements to support their immune health in 2020 than ever before.

This growing interest in immune health is set to be a top focus in the health and wellness industry in 2021. Rather than focusing on treating conditions, many consumers will strive to prevent them via a strengthened immune system. 

In 2021 Nikken will continue to focus on its’ exceptional nutritional food supplements to help support a healthy and Active Wellness lifestyle…

Green super heroes – Organic Jade GreenZymes® barley juice powder. The inspiration of a Japanese medical scientist – Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara. He devoted his life’s work to finding a natural formula that would promote health with natural ingredients that help support the body’s nutritional needs. Jade GreenZymes offers a combination of natural vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and more through its’ concentrated essence of green barley grass, a plant food recognized as an amazing natural wonder. 

Healthy gut, healthy you – A fantastic probiotic food supplement; Nikken’s Lactoferrin 2.0®. Lactoferrin has many benefits for our overall health with one of the main advantages being its ability to help bind and transport iron. It also helps hemoglobin carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. All this is done in a way that is very gentle on the digestive system, supporting the gastrointestinal tract and all its functions.

Strong and healthy bones – Not only is the health of our bones critical for supporting our body – but they also aid our movement, safeguard vital organs and support the production of red blood cells. Nikken’s KENZEN® BDZ®2 provides several of the vital vitamins and minerals our bodies need to process calcium. BDZ®’s main role is to support bone strength and density. 

Cold season nutrients – Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients needed by our body to help keep us healthy. Whilst it’s important to top up on these vital nutrients all year round, in the cold weather season it’s even more important – your immunity is likely to take a dive because you’re exposed to less sunlight and vitamin D plays a part in the immune system. There are also lifestyle factors – you might be less likely to exercise or eat less healthy (comfort food).  Temperature can also interfere with your body’s responses to viruses. The Kasai Multi-Vitamin and Minerals supplement contains 17 wholesale fruit and vegetable powders, all in one tiny capsule to support your body’s nutritional needs.

SAVE on your favourite Nikken food supplements; All Nikken’s food supplements are available on the Wellness Subscription programme. This Subscription will enable you to receive your favourite supplements directly to your door, each month or each quarter whilst giving you extra savings on the product price and postage too!

2021 is fast approaching – set your New Year goals to keep active and healthy both physically and mentally.  Make 2021 the year you focus on eating healthy and eating well.

14th December 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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