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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Probiotics for a Healthy Gut…

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Probiotics are in the news now more than ever. From the Greek pro, meaning promoting, and biotics, meaning life, these life-promoting compounds are gaining in usage for a good reason.

Our bodies naturally have good or helpful bacteria as well as bad or harmful bacteria. Maintaining the correct balance between these is necessary for optimal health. This is where probiotics come in. The wrong bacteria in the wrong place can cause issues but the right bacteria in the right place can have benefits. Probiotics are ‘good’ bacteria found in food products or supplements that can beneficially affect our health by improving the balance and function of the gut bacteria.1

Age, genetics and diet may influence the composition of the bacteria in the body. When the bacteria in our bodies are not in balance, we are in “dysbiosis” and may experience certain illnesses linked to the digestive system. Probiotics help shift the balance in favor of good bacteria for healthy digestion. When the digestive tract is healthy, it filters out and eliminates things that can damage it, such as harmful bacteria, toxins, chemicals and other waste products.

The other way that probiotics help overall health is how they affect the immune system. Since the immune system protects against germs, dysfunction can cause allergic reactions and autoimmune disorders. Just like the digestive system, the immune system functions optimally when in balance, and probiotics have been shown to be of benefit.

A happy gut is responsible for overall health in a big way.Fermented foods have been shown to be probiotic-rich and may help balance the microbiome and support the immune system. Taking probiotics through natural foods and beverages such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha can easily be part of an Active Wellness diet. Nutritional supplements such as KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® and KVB® Natural Food Mix – Chocolate contain prebiotics and/or probiotics. Not only they can help boost the immune and digestive systems but they also promote healthy minds! 3

Incorporating them into a daily regimen is a big part of an Active Wellness lifestyle.

1. https://www.bda.uk.com/resource/probiotics.html
2. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/how-prebiotics-probiotics-help-the-gut/
3. https://nikkenactivewellness.com/2017/11/03/have-you-heard-of-the-brain-gut-connection/

16th March 2020

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This September, go Organic…

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It’s Organic September month. But what does this mean? “Organic September” is a campaign run by the Soil Association, designed to promote and educate people about organic food and farming practices.

Using more organic farmed produce can have many advantages such as benefiting nature, wildlife and building healthy soils. According to the Soil Association, approximately 95 % of food production relies on soil.1

 Organic always means:

  • No artificial colours and preservatives
  • Fewer pesticides
  • Always free range
  • No GM ingredients
  • No routine use of antibiotics

There are many ways in which you can get involved in the organic movement.
Here are just a few:

1. Reduce waste. The first step to sustainable living is going zero waste and what better way to start then at home. Learn the rules of recycling in your area and stop using plastic bags. Get used to reusable containers and you can even have a compost bin in the garden for the leftover food.

2. Shop local. Shopping at an independent store or farm shop is one of the easiest ways to support your local economy. These places have many less known organic brands that aren’t as easy to find in the supermarkets. More demand for organic food means more organic farms, and more organic farms means more wildlife and healthier soils.

3. Eating out? Ask where your food comes from. It could be ordered in bulk from a major supplier, or just simply supplied by the local farm. It’s always good to know.

4. Grow your own. Growing your own fruit and vegetables is not only fun, but also very satisfying knowing you have grown them yourself and that they are 100% organic. It is also about passing on the knowledge to future generations of gardeners and food lovers and learning more about where our food comes from. Even if you missed out on this summer’s harvest, it’s not too late to start planting your own seeds. For example, spring cabbages and spinach seeds can be planted now and picked next spring, whilst broad beans, onions and pea seeds are hardy during the upcoming winter season and should crop in early spring.

Whatever products you’re buying, when you choose organic food, drink or beauty and textiles, you choose products that promote a better world. Organic food comes from trusted sources. All organic farms and food companies are inspected at least once a year with the standards for organic food being laid down in European law.

Both KENZEN® Super Ciaga® (#17001) and Jade GreenZymes® (#20310 – Sachets / #20311 – Jar) from Nikken are certified Organic by the Soil Association, something we are very proud of.

Campaigning for more organic food and farming and getting involved, means that together, we can slow down climate change, setting an example for future generations.

1. https://www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/organic-september/

9th September 2019

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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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(25th June)

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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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