Why KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0®?

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Lactoferrin is a naturally occurring protein that is found in milk and the human body. It is a potent anti-microbial and modulator of the immune system. Lactoferrin helps kill bacteria, and helps protect from infections and inflammation. Therefore, natural lactoferrin levels in our bodies rise during times of infections and inflammation.

Nikken’s KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® helps address the body’s need for iron: iron deficiency can result in anemia, fatigue and poor circulation, as well as many other physical discomforts. Women are most vulnerable to iron deficiency and depletion, along with people who are very active. KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® is a great solution.

Lactoferrin is a protein.  Its main biological function is to help bind and transport iron, an essential mineral that helps hemoglobin carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. No matter how much iron is in your body, if it can’t be retained and utilized, you could end up deficient. You may eat lots of green, leafy vegetables, and / or lean red meat, which are natural sources of iron but it does not mean your body can absorb or process it.

KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® helps address this dilemma by supporting the body’s natural delivery system, helping the body to better utilize and balance the iron.* Studies have shown that because lactoferrin is naturally iron binding, it has a positive effect on iron absorption, which in turn increases blood iron levels.

KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® is also gentle on the digestive system, therefore supporting the gastrointestinal tract and all its functions. Rather than adding elemental iron – the kind you find in virtually every iron supplement on the market – which has been shown to cause intestinal inflammation1, lactoferrin helps the body absorb what is already there without upsetting the stomach. It has been shown in clinical research to be more bioavailable, allowing for more efficient absorption of iron, compared to other iron sources.2

*Just take a look at the graph:

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With KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0®, you receive 200 mg of lactoferrin per capsule. It is also lactose-free and gluten-free with non-GMO lactoferrin and supported with four more organic anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients.

1. Uchida, T. (2006) Availability of lactoferrin as a natural solubilizer of iron for food products. International Dairy Journal 16. 95-101.

2. (Rezk, Dawood, Abo-Elnasr, Halaby, & Marawan, 2015), (Rezk, Kandil, Dawood, Shaheen, & Allam, 2015), (Nappi, et al., 2009), (Paesano, et al., 2010), (Paesano, et al., 2014)

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Healthy gut – Healthy you…

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Hippocrates once said: “All disease begins in the gut”. The health of our digestive system (or gut) is vital to our overall wellbeing. Largely responsible for the critical functions of the body’s digestive and immune systems, is the microbiome found in the digestive system and which can affect the body’s vitamin and mineral absorbency, hormone regulations, digestion, vitamin production, immune response and the ability to eliminate toxins as well as the overall mental health.

The microbiome is defined as the collective genomes of the microbes, composed of bacteria, bacteriophage, fungi, protozoa and viruses that live inside and on the human body. The microbiome lives in the gut and in any openings of the human body. 80% of the immune system is the microbiome.

An unbalanced gut microbiome leads to many symptoms, which are common these days and include: acid reflux, bloating and irregular bowl movements to name a few.

Here are some things you can do to help support the natural microbiome process that keeps your gut healthy:

  • Consume more polyphenols1 rich foods. Polyphenols are micronutrients that we obtain through certain plant-based foods. They’re packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits.
  • Enjoy more foods naturally high in probiotics and in the fibre-rich prebiotics that help those good bugs thrive.
  • Include more nutritional proteins and minerals in your diet to help maintain beneficial bacteria. Rich in the protein Lactoferrin and containing four organic plant ingredients, Nikken’s Kenzen® Lactoferrin 2.0™ can help with the natural absorption of iron and is gentle on the digestive system, supporting the good gut bacteria that is so crucial for overall wellbeing.
  • Add more enzymes to your diet. The more effectively your stomach is able to work at properly breaking down foods before they enter the rest of the digestive tract, the better. Nikken’s Kenzen® Digestion Complex 4-20 is a balanced combination of twenty natural enzymes, which may help support normal digestion and nutrient absorption. Another great supplement that works in synergy with this supplement is the Nikken Kenzen® Cleansedx, formulated with a blend of 100% organic ingredients, including Milk Thistle, all of which may contribute to the support or maintenance of normal liver function and digestion.

Take care of your gut to support better bathroom habits, a healthier immune response — and even a better, brighter mood.

1. https://www.healthline.com/health/polyphenols-foods

This blog provides information only. It is not intended as medical advice, or a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  You should also consult your doctor before taking any nutritional supplements if you are already taking any nutritional supplements, if you are already taking medicines prescribed by your doctor, if you have an illness or if you think you might be pregnant.

(29th October)

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Be a champion to your natural defence system

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On Sunday, 28thOctober 2018 the clocks go back one hour, which means we are truly heading towards the Winter season.

Researchers speculate that since our internal body clock, also known as our circadian rhythm, is affected by changes in daylight, that the seasonal variation of the immune system is also caused by environmental cues, such as daylight and temperature.

Have you ever noticed how healthy you feel in the summer, while certain conditions tend to flare up around the winter months? This isn’t the result of more time spent at the beach, but rather seasonal changes in how our immune system functions.

A recent study1, conducted at the University of Cambridge, has revealed that the activation of around a quarter of our genes, associated with the human immune system, is influenced by the time of the year. Seasonal differences were present across mixed populations in geographically and ethnically diverse locations. However, the pattern of seasonal activity was not reflected as strongly in the Icelandic population. The researchers speculate that this may be due to the near-24 hour daylight during summer and near-24 hour darkness in winter.

As winter approaches, it’s important to maintain a strong and balanced immune system. Taking additional food supplements can help, as can a variety of other activities, such as:

1. Eat a hearty breakfast. Winter is the perfect season for a warm breakfast like porridge. Eating a bowl of warm porridge on a cold morning isn’t just a delicious way to start your day, but it also helps boost your intake of fibre.

2. Get outdoors in the natural daylightas much as possible. Walking for just 20 minutes a day can help maintain your immune system.

3. Consume more fruit and vegetables. Kenzen Super Ciaga® exclusively from Nikken, is an organic super fruit juice concentrate that is not only delicious on its own, but also makes a great mixer with water whilst helping your immune system. The numerous organic berries in the formula are harvested at the peak of their growth cycle for high potency and a natural sweetness. A healthy immune system depends on a balanced mix of vitamins and minerals over time. Nikken’s Kasai® Multi-Vitamin and Minerals provides a supportive range of vitamins and minerals, as well as the associated phytonutrients and nutritional matrices, to help count towards your daily nutritional needs.

Winter can take a toll on our mind, body and soul – so make sure you take time to look after yourself both inside and out.

1. https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms8000

(22nd October)

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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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(25th June)

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Men’s health…

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Everyone knows the importance of a healthy lifestyle. If you have a busy schedule, you may find it hard to make time for regular exercise or find yourself eating a lot of takeout and junk food. But you can’t afford to be passive about your health.

Diet, exercise, sleep and stress management all count towards optimising men’s health at any age. Here are some key tips which could help towards men’s overall health and wellbeing.

Stay fit

There are some basic but very important things men should do regularly to stay in good health. Start exercising! Men (and all adults) need at least two-and-a-half hours a week of moderate – intensive aerobic activity, like a brisk walk. Plus, strength training at least twice a week, that helps work all major muscle groups.

Eat right

Consuming a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight are important in reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other significant health issues. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. Experts recommend eating a balanced diet, which is high in fruit and vegetables and low in red and processed meat, fat and salt.

A UK study1 suggested that a high intake of plant foods, particularly tomato products, may benefit men’s health. Tomatoes are well known for containing lycopene, which is an antioxidant compound that gives tomatoes and certain other fruits their colour. Lycopene2 is an antioxidant that also protects our body cells from oxidants that have been linked to cancer. Two capsules of Nikken’s Kasai® for Men provide 6mg of high- quality lycopene, together with powdered garlic and pumpkin seed; this variety of Kasai® is designed to help contribute to men’s overall wellbeing.

Stick to a sleep schedule

Good “sleep hygiene” (things that promote regular, sound sleep) can help men lead healthier happier lives.

Look after your skin

Given today’s busy lifestyle, adequate skin care is just as important for men as for women. Environmental factors, as well as constant shaving, makes men’s skin sensitive and prone to skin conditions such as acne, dehydrated skin, dullness and shaving ingrowths. Nikken’s TRUE elements® Marine Organic skincare offers all the products necessary for a good skincare regime. Not just for women, but for men too! The TRUE elements® Youth Active Serum contains Ulva algae which helps natural cellular renewal plus hyaluronic acid, known to helpstimulate collagen synthesis which may help improve skins overall appearance.

  1. http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/early/2014/07/12/1055-9965.EPI-14-0322
  2. http://www.britishtomatoes.co.uk/health-nutrition/miracle-fruit-report/ 

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(5th June)

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Lower your sugar intake…

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Breaking the sugar habit can be difficult. But as more health research comes to light, its shows its necessary to reduce sugar consumption, if not eliminate it completely from our diets. Research continues to show that sugar reduction is among the top product claims sought after by consumers.

A technical report, produced by Public Health England1, shows set guidelines for the food industry on how to achieve a targeted 20% sugar reduction across the top nine categories of food that provide the majority of sugar in the diets of children up to the age of 18 years. Although the programme focuses on foods consumed by children, the reality is that families eat the same foods.

The 3 sugar reduction approaches the food industry has been advised to take are:

  • reformulating products to lower the levels of sugar present
  • reducing the portion size, and/or the number of calories in single-serve products
  • shifting consumer purchasing towards lower or no added sugar products

The increased focus on sugar consumption in relation to health had lead to new regulatory guidelines in markets globally. In the United Kingdom, the government has published a great report “Sugar reductions: from evidence into action”2 which focuses on actual evidence in regards to how much sugar can be found in the products that we include in our diet. Public Health England will judge the success of the sugar reduction programme by measuring the net amount of sugar removed from key food categories. The principles are to encourage the industry to go further and faster in sugar reduction in order to improve health outcomes.

Here are some tips that you can take immediately to help reduce your own sugar consumption in the pursuit of Active Wellness:

1. Eliminate fizzy drinks and other sugary beverages.

2. Need a sugar fix? Eat a piece of fruit or a sweet vegetable, such as a carrot or beetroot. Frozen berries, grapes, cherries and bananas are delicious as sorbets when blended.

3. Are you a coffee or tea drinker? Replace your daily beverage with Kenzen ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink. Made with high quality organic matcha green tea from an elite tea-growing area in Japan, with only 8 calories per serving.

4. Be careful with “alternative” sweeteners, such as honey and molasses. They are still forms of sugar, high in calories and have limited nutritional value. Instead, choose no-calorie natural sweeteners such as monkfruit and stevia. Nikken has already taken steps to avoid sugar in its KVB®Natural Food Mix, a healthy protein meal replacement mix, naturally sweetened with stevia.

5. Check out what’s in your food supplements. Nikkens Cleansedx helps support natural liver function and contains a high amount of chicory root powder. According to Women’s Health Magazine3, chicory is a very healthy alternative to sugar.

6. Drink more water. An amazing new study4 has found that people who drank just 1% more water daily cut sugar intake by one to four teaspoons.

7. Read labels. Packaged food contains lots of hidden sugar, so eat fresh food whenever possible.

Sugar is a bad habit, but the good news is, together we can beat it!

  1. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sugar-reduction-achieving-the-20
  2. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sugar-reduction-from-evidence-into-action
  3. https://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/a19928359/the-truth-about-4-natural-sweeteners/
  4. https://www.healthyhubb.com/drinking-water-helps-reduce-calorie/ 

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(29th May)

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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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(8th May)

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