Vital nutrition for Active Wellness…

Focusing on our wellbeing has become increasingly important. Not just for our psychological wellbeing… but physical too. So where do we start? 

It’s really important to acknowledge and understand what we are putting into our bodies – and eating a diet that is going to support us. When we shop for food, we want to benefit from as many organic and natural ingredients as possible in order to help support our bodies functions and immunity.

Two vital ingredients that we can look for are Chlorophyll and Amino acids. These bring a great number of benefits to our diet and subsequently to our bodies… 

Chlorophyll – an antioxidant powerhouse

Chlorophyll is a pigment / compound that gives plants their vibrant green colour and helps them transform sunlight into energy through the process of photosynthesis, playing an important role in making them green and healthy. It can be found in foods such as green, leafy vegetables (spinach, asparagus, green beans, peas, parsley and broccoli to name a few). It contains vitamins, antioxidants (enzymes) and therapeutic properties that have the potential to benefit the body. 

Chlorophyll can help benefit our body in a number of distinct and unique ways – such as helping to cleanse it of harmful toxins, especially our liver. Chlorophyll also nourishes the liver with oxygen and magnesium. Getting rid of the toxins lying dormant in the liver helps the rest of our organs, such as the muscles and digestive system, get even more nourishment too.

It’s also regarded as an active agent that the body uses to help fight infection and help the circulatory and digestive systems to stay healthier. 

According to a study1 published in the Journal of Physiology, chlorophyll found in food, or very small purified amounts of chlorophyll, may stimulate the synthesis of red blood cells in the bone marrow, helping with accelerating the body tissue and cell re-growth. 

Amino acids – small but mighty biomolecules

Amino acids, also referred to as the building blocks of proteins, play many vital roles in the body. 

Our body needs 20 different amino acids to grow and function properly. Even though all 20 of them are important for our health, only nine amino acids are classified as essential: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine. Unlike nonessential amino acids, essential amino acids can’t be produced by the body and must be obtained through our diet. Natural sources of amino acids include green leafy vegetables, potatoes, meat and dairy. 

When we consume protein, this is broken down into amino acids, which are then used to help the body with various processes such as building muscle and regulating immune function.2

Amino acids play an important role throughout our body, assisting in the creation and growth of muscles, normal digestion, supplying energy and even regulating moods by helping produce hormones.

Both Chlorophyll and Amino Acids are present in the foods we consume but we would have to eat a great deal to receive the recommended amounts. We can however help our bodies by consciously supplementing these vital nutrients to our food intake.  Nikken’s Jade GreenZymes® organic barley juice powder 3 is a formula that contains both chlorophyll and amino acids and that you can enjoy the fresh flavour of on a daily basis.

At Nikken we know how important it is for you to be able to access your nutritional products safely and efficiently. Having a Wellness Subscription will give you SAVINGS off your products and they’ll be delivered directly to your door.

To find out more contact your Nikken Consultant or email our Customers Services Team at UKsupport@nikken.co.uk.

1. Hughes, J. and Latner, A. 1936. Chlorophyll and haemoglobin regeneration after haemorrhage. Journal of Physiology 86:388-395.

2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19301095/

3. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2019/10/28/fuel-for-active-wellness-fuel-for-life/

11th January 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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Exercise for strong bones…

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Most of us are familiar with many of the benefits of exercise, such as improving muscle strength and endurance, reducing the risk for heart disease and preventing obesity. Perhaps not as familiar with the importance of regular physical activity in building and maintaining healthy bones.

Being physically active and doing exercise helps to keep bones strong and healthy throughout life. That’s because your bones are living tissues that get stronger when you use them. Exercise works on bones in the same way it works on muscles — it makes them stronger. This is the reason why exercising regularly is important for building strong bones when we are younger and essential for maintaining bone strength when we are older.

Exercises that are good for your bones.

Exercise variety is beneficial to your bones. This can easily be achieved with different movements, directions and speeds – for example: dancing. Short bursts of activity may be best, such as running followed by a jog, or jogging followed by a walk.

There are many different types of exercise and they all offer health benefits. The two types that are most effective for building strong bones are:

– Weight-bearing exercise with impact. This could be anyactivity you do on your feet that works your bones and muscles against gravity. When your feet and legs carry your body weight, more stress is placed on your bones, making your bones work harder. Weight-bearing exercise after young adulthood can help prevent further bone loss and strengthen bone1.

Some examples of this type of exercise can include: brisk walking and hiking, jogging, running, dancing, tennis, badminton, football, stair climbing and many more. Higher impact activities such as jogging, increase the weight on bones and provide more bone-strengthening benefits.

– Muscle strengthening exercises. During muscle strength-training activities, resistance is added to movement in order to make muscles work harder and with time, become stronger. Although resistance exercises focus on increasing muscle mass, they also put stress on bones. Common types of strength training include weight machines, free weights, and exercises (such as push-ups) that use your own body weight. Elastic bands can also be used to add resistance to exercises. Use the Nikken KenkoTherm® Wrist wrap to help support your muscle strengthening exercises. Its orthopaedic design provides the ideal combination of support and flexibility.

The UK’s National Health System – NHS recommends that adults aged 35 and over should aim to do muscle-strengthening activities at least 2 days a week in order to reduce the rate of natural bone loss.Make sure to rest for a full day between strength sessions.

– Other Forms of Exercise. Another benefit of exercise is that it improves balance and coordination. This becomes especially important, as we get older because it helps to prevent falls and the broken bones that may result. 

Non-impact exercises, such as yoga and tai chi, might not as effective for strengthening the bones, but they do provide flexibility and balance training benefits. Non-weight-bearing exercises, such as swimming or cycling might not increase bone density but are excellent choices to strengthen muscles as well as the heart and lungs. If you have a musculoskeletal health condition, such as arthritis, that prevents you from doing weight-bearing activities, these are good alternatives.

Good nutrition for healthy bones.

Because the bone is living tissue, it changes over time in response to the forces placed upon it. When you exercise regularly, your bone adapts by building more bone and becoming denser. This improvement in bone requires good nutrition, including adequate doses of calcium and Vitamin D.

If you eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of dairy, fish, fruits and vegetables, you should get enough of the nutrients you need every day, but if you’re not getting the recommended amount from food alone, you may need to complement your diet by taking multivitamins or supplements.

Nikken’s KENZEN® BDZ® is formulated specifically to help the body absorb calcium and contains a natural source of calcium, magnesium, vitamin K2 and other minerals, which play a role in bone development. Find out more about it here.

Take care of your bones. They play a big part in achieving Active Wellness!

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1. https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/bone-health/exercise/exercise-your-bone-health
2. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/exercises-for-strong-bones/

17th August 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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The Male Mental Health Revolution…

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It’s important to take care of ourselves and get the most from life. Our mental health influences how we think, feel and behave in daily life. It also affects our ability to cope with stress, overcome challenges, build relationships, and recover from life’s setbacks and hardships.

Strong mental health isn’t just the absence of mental health problems. Being mentally or emotionally healthy is much more than being free of depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues.

Mental health issues in one way or another impact us all, whether personally or by someone we know. Despite the fact that talking about issues, including mental health ones, is one of the best ways of dealing with them, almost half of people (47%) also admit they feel uncomfortable opening up about emotions to anyone, especially to people close to them.

This is noticeably higher in men, over half of whom are uncomfortable opening up (52%), compared with two in five women (42%), according to mind for better health charity1.

There are practices that can be adopted to elevate the mood, become more resilient, and enjoy life more. But just as it requires effort to build and maintain physical health, so it is with mental health. We have to focus more on our mental health, simply because there are so many ways that life takes a toll on our emotional wellbeing.

Here are a few tips that men can follow for better mental health:

  • Talk to someone you trust, a close friend or family member, maybe even your doctor.
  • Consider why you find it uncomfortable asking for help and whether those reasons are actually stopping you from getting the support you need.
  • Read more about mental health and the varied guidance and advice that is easily accessible.
  • Find a support group in your local area. There are many around that are free and open to anyone. Don’t be afraid to reach out.

Good nutrition and consistent physical activity are the keys to sustained health in general. Nikken’s nutritional supplements are of particular importance in supporting Active Wellness. There are two that specifically address the Healthy Mind Pillar.

–  Kasai for men contains lycopene, powered garlic, tomato, pumpkin seed and is designed to help contribute to men’s wellbeing.

– Since the connection between brain function and gut health is critical for optimum results, KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® contains four organic ingredients that specifically support the G.I. tract as well as helping to promote better mental health2.

Active Wellness is important, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. This has been the Nikken approach from the company’s inception and continues. Eat well, exercise daily and stay safe!

1. https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/men-twice-as-likely-as-women-to-have-no-one-to-rely-on-for-emotional-support/
2. https://nikkenactivewellness.com/2017/11/03/have-you-heard-of-the-brain-gut-connection/

15th June 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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Vitamins and Minerals from the sea, to your skin…

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Vitamins and minerals are considered essential nutrients. Working together, they perform hundreds of roles in the body. They help maintain bones, heal wounds and bolster the immune system. They also convert food into energy, and repair cellular damage. Eating a healthy diet is the best way to get the vitamins and minerals you need, however applying them topically can also give your skin a boost too.

The skincare industry is constantly evolving, but one thing remains the same: we continue to make use of ingredients around us, more often using plants that our ancestors have turned to for centuries including marine plants and seaweed.

Seaweed naturally absorbs its nourishment from the sea. Just like plants that grow on land, seaweed is chock-full of natural nutrients. Vitamin C, potassium, iron, vitamin B12 (niacin) and choline are only a few of the star players found in seaweed. It’s also known to aid in the natural cleansing and purifying of the skin, helping to improve suppleness and elasticity. With the abundance of vitamins and minerals, the benefits of using seaweed in skincare products are vast.

Nikken’s TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range includes seaweed, marine plants and seawater, making the products rich in natural minerals that are easily absorbed by the skin.
At the heart of the TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range is organic algae Chondrus Crispus, Crithmum Maritimum, Ulva Lactuca and Laminaria Digitata. All of which help maintain the skin’s natural moisture level promoting natural regeneration, improving hydration and promoting a healthy glow.

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Natural and genuine, respectful of the environment, providing all the richness of algae and sea water to your skin with an eco-responsible and sustainable approach. The TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range is certified organic by EcoCert.1 

 

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Support your skin from the inside out with: Kasai Multi-Vitamin and Mineral (#2561).

Incorporate the TRUE elements® products in your everyday Active Wellness lifestyle. Your skin will thank you!

1.http://www.ecocert.com/en

2nd March 2020

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Declutter for Wellbeing…

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The benefits of decluttering go beyond just the tangible benefits of a clutter-free, tidy home. Decluttering can become an important way to practice self-care because it helps you take control of your home, your belongings and your life to improve your overall wellbeing.

Here are a few examples of the ways decluttering is important for self-care by helping to improve your overall wellbeing and quality of life:

More space
The more surfaces you can create, the more space you have, the easier it is to relax into that space. Tackle one room at a time and see how much more calming it is to use when all the clutter is gone. Relaxation is great for our health and wellbeing and helps reduce stress levels. Less clutter means less stress too.

The more clutter you have, the more mental power it takes to think about it. Few people walk into a cluttered space and feel relaxed and at ease there. Quite the opposite.
So, by decluttering a space, however big or small, you’ll waste less mental power thinking about it.

More time
You’ll spend less time cleaning, tidying and taking care of things you own, simply because there’s less of it.

More ‘me’ time
Declutter your mind and body with ‘me’ time. Use this time to simply reconnect with Mother Nature. The Earth is a source of natural healing energy and has its own energy in the form of a mild ‘negative’ charge. Tap into the streams of electrons from the Earth with Nikken’s KenkoGround® (88011). A conductive mat that works by connecting you to the Earth’s natural charge – helping restore a healthful natural balance.

More energy
Are there things you want to do and achieve, yet you never seem to have the energy?
Less stuff means less time and less energy required to manage it, freeing up more energy and attention to devote to what matters most to you.

More focus
Freeing space in your immediate surroundings frees space in your mind too1. As the space opens, so will your mind and you’ll find you have far more time and energy to focus on what you want to do.

Maybe you are surprised at how closely clutter is associated with your state of mind.  There are other ways you can look after the wellness of your mind on a daily basis too including through diet

Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara, the discoverer of barley grass, talks about the benefits of Green Barley and how this rich nutrient could help ‘remove mental stress’ – in his best-selling book Green Barley Essence.2

Barbara Simonsohn writes – ‘Good for the Brain and the Mood! Barley grass contains substantial amounts of important amino acids. One hundred grams of barley grass juice powder contains approximately 240 mg of glutamic acid, an amino acid important for neural transmission and 110 mg of phenylamine. With the latter amino acid promoting vitality and mental agility.’ 3

Nikken’s Jade GreenZymes® (20311) is an organic Barley Grass Juice Powder – certified Organic by The Soil Association. Rich in the multiple benefits of nutritional ingredients including vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, amino acids, enzymes, plant protein, fibre and many more.  Just add water for an instant refreshing beverage.

Live a life of Active Wellness with Nikken.

1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/how-decluttering-your-space-could-make-you-healthier-and-happier/art-20390064
2. Publication: Green Barley Essence The Ideal Fast Food’ (Yoshihide Hagiwara, M.D.) Keats
3. Publication: Barley Grass Juice (Barbara Simonsohn) Lotus Press, Shangri-la

24th February 2020

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Discover the “Plantivore” lifestyle…

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2020 is the year we’ll be welcoming Plantivores to the healthy eating scene. The new Plantivore lifestyle will embrace a well-balanced plant based diet.

Plants contain very powerful anti-oxidants and utilizing fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes in their unprocessed and unrefined form leaves their nutrient and healing benefit at its optimum.

In the human body, oxygen generates reactive molecules throughout all the tissues called ‘free radicals’. These free radicals can be harmful to body cells as they can damage essential molecules such as DNA and the enzymes necessary for optimum cell function. Anti-oxidants capture these reactive free radicals and safely convert them back to normal. Although the body produces anti-oxidant molecules on its own, additional plant based anti-oxidants can also be delivered through diet, mainly from fruit and vegetables.

A plant-based diet is not strict like veganism or vegetarianism. Instead it gives you the flexibility to eat mainly plant-based wholesome foods the majority of the time. You can still eat meat every once in a while if you want to. Having a balanced lifestyle is often more sustainable and easier to follow, especially for those who are new to eating wholesome plant-based foods.

Here are a few benefits of a plant-based lifestyle:

1. Care for the environment. A diet based on whole grains, fruits and vegetables reduces water and land use, lowers pollution, slows deforestation and reduces destruction of topsoil, among other benefits.1

2. Save money. Switching to a plant-based diet could save you quite a bit of money each week. Furthermore, you can even grow some of your own fruits and veggies at home, which is even more cost effective.

3. Decrease in Body Fat. The foods that you eat when following a plant-based diet are generally much more nutrient dense. Compared to processed foods, they are also relatively low in calories. Therefore, it could be pretty easy to shed excess body fat while on a plant-based diet.

Plant-based diets, including vegan diets, can be healthy as long as they are balanced and nutritionally adequate. When followed consistently, a well-balanced, plant-based diet that focuses on wholegrains, fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds may provide health benefits.2

As you start to embrace the new Plantivore lifestyle, KVB® Natural Food Meal Replacement Mix can help you with the transition to being more plant-based in your diet. It contains organic Moringa as well as organic pea protein, organic vegetables and prebiotics and probiotics.

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1. White, T. 2000. Diet and the distribution of environmental impact. Ecological Economics. 34, 145-153
2. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-plant-based-diet

17th February 2020

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BOOST your Winter Health and strengthen your IMMUNITY with KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0®

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Lactoferrin is an iron-binding glycoprotein (sugar-protein) naturally present in milk: Lacto = milk, ferrin = iron. It belongs to the transferrin family that transports iron ions and it is a natural constituent of body fluids such as saliva, breast milk and tears.

Lactoferrin binds the iron already present in the body, helping the body utilize and absorb it more efficiently. This removes the need to add additional non-native sources of iron, allowing the body to receive the right balance of iron without the stomach and intestinal discomfort.1

However, this is not lactoferrin’s only role within the body. Its iron-binding properties give it several secondary functions:

  • Boost your immune system. Lactoferrin is also essential in providing an increased defence for your immune system. Lactoferrin deprives unwanted bacteria in the body from the nutrients they need to continue spreading and is able to boost your body with beneficial antioxidants, enhance oxygenation of the tissues and improve white blood cell health.
  • Clear skin. If you are having trouble maintaining healthy or clear skin, lactoferrin also works at reducing acne activity and preventing breakouts.
  • Maintain a healthy gut. Gut health refers to the balance of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract. Looking after the health of the gut and maintaining the right balance of these microorganisms is vital for physical and mental health, immunity, and more. These bacteria, yeasts, and viruses are also called the “gut microbiome” or “gut flora”. Many microbes are beneficial for human health, and some are even essential.

To maintain a healthy gut, increase your fibre intake. Good examples of high fibre vegetables are artichokes, leeks, onions and garlic, which all contain high levels of inulin (a prebiotic fibre). Some vegetables like lettuce have little fibre or nutrient value. Choose food and drinks with high levels of polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants that act as fuel for microbes. Examples are nuts, seeds, berries, olive oil, brassicas, coffee and tea – especially green tea.

You can also consume plenty of fermented foods containing live microbes. Good choices are unsweetened yoghurt; kefir, which is a sour milk drink with five times as many microbes as yoghurt; raw milk cheeses; sauerkraut; kimchi, a Korean dish made from garlic, cabbage and chilli; and soybean-based products such as soy sauce, tempeh and natto.

Nutritional supplementation is also helpful. Lactoferrin may help the body absorb what is already there and importantly, does so 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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Take a look at our KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® (#15700) (200 mg of lactoferrin per capsule) which is gentle on the digestive system and may help support the good gut bacteria that is so crucial for your overall wellbeing.

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1. https://www.glanbianutritionals.com/en-gb/node/1101
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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