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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Also available in our Summer Offer is our Kenzen Ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink. Wake up your mind and body the natural way!

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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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NEW Kenzen Lactoferrin 2.0™

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We are excited to launch new Nikken Kenzen Lactoferrin 2.0™.

The word Lactoferrin derives from Latin; Lacto = Milk and Ferrin = Iron. This new formulation contains more than three times the amount of Lactoferrin compared to our previous formula and may help address the body’s need for iron. We have also sourced more of the ingredients as organic – something that we always strive to do at Nikken.

What is Lactoferrin?

Lactoferrin is a protein that has several important biological functions to help support your overall wellness. One of the main benefits of Lactoferrin is that it helps bind and transport iron, an essential mineral that helps the body to carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.

Why Lactoferrin 2.0™?

In addition to helping your body to increase iron absorption, Lactoferrin 2.0 is gentle on the digestive system and supports the good gut bacteria that is so crucial for your overall wellbeing.  Lactoferrin helps the body absorb what is already there and importantly, does so without upsetting the stomach.

Lactoferrin 2.0™ takes the formulation up a level with the addition of four organic ingredients:  Organic Inulin, Organic Rhodoil, Organic Ginger and Organic Turmeric

Benefits of Kenzen Lactoferrin 2.0™

  1. With Kenzen Lactoferrin 2.0™ there is 200 mg of Lactoferrin in each capsule – three times more than in the previous Lactoferrin 1.8.
  2. The product is lactose-free, gluten-free, and suitable for vegetarians.
  3. Organic Inulin, organic Ginger, organic Turmeric and organic Rhodiola work together with Lactoferrin to help produce anti-oxidant effects and anti-inflammatory properties that may help in the support of overall health.
  4. Lactoferrin 2.0™ is premium quality and sourced from the world’s leading manufacturer.
  5. Lactoferrin 2.0™ is a perfect fit with the Nikken Active Wellness lifestyle.

Try the new formulation – available now.

Contact your Independent Nikken Consultant or discover more at: http://www.nikkenwellbeing.co.uk/p/lactoferrin-gold-20.html

Kenzen Lactoferrin 2.0™  (30 Capsules)

New product code: #15700

LAUNCH OFFER GIFT: Unisex Synergy Bracelet (#19382) – NEW Customer and NEW Registered Customer Autoships, set up and paid for before 25th March 2018, that contain the new Kenzen Lactoferrin 2.0™ will be sent the Unisex Synergy Bracelet as a thank you gift.

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