Organic Your September for Active Wellness…

“The health of soil, plant, animal and man is one and indivisible” – Albert Howard

September is here and every year we celebrate all things Organic. What does Organic really mean and what are the benefits you might wonder…

Organic foods come from crops that were produced without using synthetic pesticides, fertilizers or other genetically modified components. They also include animal products such as cheese, milk, meat or honey that were also produced free of growth hormones and antibiotics. In the face of climate change and other ecological issues such as a widespread decline in wildlife, the need to change our food systems is now more important than ever – a transition towards ‘agroecological’ farming systems, such as organic, can make a world of difference not just for Mother Earth but for all of us.

Why Organic?

It’s Better for the Planet… Respecting nature and enhancing the health of soils, water and air, organic farming is leading the way on sustainability. According to the Soil Association UK, if Europe’s farmers all followed organic principles, agricultural emissions could drop by 40-50% by 2050. 1 Organic farmers are encouraged to make use of what they have and limit the use of imported resources. This means no artificial fertilisers, healthier soils that store more carbon and meat that is more environmentally friendly. 

Nikken’s JadeGreen Zymes® barley grass powder is certified Organic by the Soil Association, a certification we are extremely proud off. The Soil Association wants to ensure the highest possible standards of animal welfare, environmental and wildlife protection.

Higher Welfare for Animals… Organic farming has the highest animal welfare standards of any international farming system. Free range animals are encouraged to forage, graze and roam, with plenty of space, fresh air and conditions that allow them to express their natural behaviours. More access to the outdoors means organic animals don’t have to be routinely treated with antibiotics and wormers.

It’s Better for People… Is organic food safer than conventional products? This is a question that most of us are asking ourselves. Well, organic farming makes the connection between our own health and the health of our planet, our animals and our wildlife. As Ludwig Feuerbach once said: “We are what we eat” – so why not consume produce that contains fewer pesticides, additives, preservatives and with no GM ingredients whilst supporting our farmers and the planet at the same time?

A few ways to becoming more Organic friendly…

Grow your own… Growing your own saves on food miles, tastes delicious and couldn’t be any fresher. Even a few salad leaves and herbs are better than nothing and can be grown in pots if you have no garden space. At the same time, you will be encouraging wildlife by putting up nest boxes, leaving piles of leaves in corners for hibernating creatures and leaving areas of long grass where insects and other creatures can hide.

Reduce, reuse and recycle… Choose loose fruit and vegetables from your local farm shop and try upcycling the packaging from your favourite organic brands too. Buying organic food from independent local businesses is an important way to support them and boosting your local economy at the same time.

Eat with the seasons… Eating more seasonally is a great way to reconnect to the rhythm of the natural world, as well as reducing the food miles of what’s on your table everyday. Find out what fruit and vegetables are in season and follow the path to becoming more sustainable.

Organic offers a simple, trusted way to be more sustainable in our daily lives and this is an important part of an Active Wellness lifestyle: Being in Harmony with Nature.

  1. https://www.soilassociation.org/causes-campaigns/a-ten-year-transition-to-agroecology/iddri-report-ten-years-for-agroecology-in-europe/

2nd September 2021

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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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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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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.