This September… celebrate all things Organic!

OS-Home-EmailBanner1Organic food has become very popular. The term “organic” refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. How your food is grown or raised could have a major impact on your health as well as the environment. Organic foods often have more beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants, than their conventionally grown counterparts.

Here are some of the benefits of going Organic:

Organic produce contains fewer pesticides. Chemicals such as fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides are widely used in conventional agriculture and residues remain on (and in) the food we eat.

Organic food is often fresher because it doesn’t contain preservatives that make it last longer. Organic products are usually produced on smaller farms near where it is sold. This way, by going organic you support the local economy.

Organic farming is better for the environment. Organic farming practices reduce pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility and use less energy. Farming without pesticides is also better for the nearby wildlife as well as people who live close to farms.

Organically raised animals are NOT given antibiotics, growth hormones, or fed animal by-products. Feeding livestock animal by-products increases the risk of mad cow disease (BSE) and the use of antibiotics can create antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Organically raised animals are given more space to move around and access to the outdoors, which help to keep them healthy.

Organic meat and milk are richer in certain nutrients. Results of a 2016 European studyshow that levels of certain nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, were up to 50 % higher in organic meat and milk than in conventionally raised versions.

Organic food is GMO-free. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or genetically engineered (GE) foods are plants whose DNA has been altered in ways that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding, most commonly in order to be resistant to pesticides or produce an insecticide.

Did you know? 2

  1. 43 % of the amount of British food was found to contain pesticide residues by Government testing in 2015.
  2. 98 % of the research conducted suggests pesticide use would drop in England and Wales if all farming was organic.
  3. 50 % is the average increase in wildlife on organic farms.

This September, Nikken is supporting the Soil Association’s “Organic Your September” campaign and is proud to have the Kenzen Super Ciaga® (#17001) and Jade GreenZymes®(#20310 / #20311) both certified Organic by the Soil Association.

It’s simple – more people buying organic food means more organic farms. More organic farms mean fewer pesticides, more wildlife and more animals raised under the highest standards.

The choices you make with the food you eat have an impact on the world you live in. Switching to just one organic item can really help contribute to changing our food system for the better.

  1. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160215210707.htm
  2. https://www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/organic-september/

(10th September)

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Berry boost this winter with Ciaga®ᵛ organic juice blend

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At this time of year many of us can feel the stresses and strains of the Christmas period as well as the joy and excitement. Our bodies are also often subjected to battling against the annual influx of winter colds.

Although, many people start their day with Ciaga®ᵛ all year long, others often try this all-natural, certified-organic, 100% juice drink for the first time during the winter months. The ‘V’ in Ciaga®ᵛdenotes its vital, select group of fruits chosen for their nutrients and beneficial characteristics – and for your vitality. Let’s face, it we all need some extra vitality at this time of year!

Ciaga®ᵛ unique formulation

The foundation of Ciaga®ᵛ is the Organic Maqui-Acai fruit blend. Science has discovered that the Maqui Berry, Acai Berry and Grape Seed Extract have some of the highest ORAC (antioxidant) values of any fruit – giving Ciaga®ᵛ an ORAC* rating of more than 1500 units per 30ml. The Maqui and Acai Berry fusion also has very high levels of phenols and anthocyanins which, combined with other berries and extracts, give the remarkable blend of nutrients that Ciaga®ᵛ affords.

Natural in every way

Ciaga®ᵛ is an all-natural, certified-organic by the Soil Association, 100% juice drink with no added preservatives and a naturally sweet flavour. The organic, fresh foods in Ciaga®ᵛ are harvested at the peak of their growth cycle. No pesticides are used in the growing or processing. No sugar (only those naturally occuring from the natural ingredients), artificial colours or artificial flavours are added. Flash sterilising and aseptic bottling allow Ciaga®ᵛ to be prepared without prolonged pasteurisation, to preserve the natural nutrients.

Serve 30ml Ciaga®ᵛ chilled each day or add it to a KVB Smoothie.

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* ORAC: Short for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity – the ORAC is established by independent laboratory testing and analysis and attempts to quantify the total antioxidant capacity of a food.