Why are Omega Fatty Acids Important?

The “3” in Omega-3 refers to the three major types of fatty acids that are found in food and used by our bodies. They are: ALA-alpha-linolenic acid, EPA-eicosapentaenoic acid and DHA-dicosahexaenoic acid. Once consumed, the human body converts ALA to EPA and DHA. Because the human body can create EPA and DHA in this way, they are not considered essential fatty acids. On the other hand, ALA cannot be produced by the human body and is considered an essential fatty acid that needs to be obtained from the diet. Omega-3s are important components of virtually all cell membranes, so having a balance of these fatty acids are necessary to maintain good health.

ALA is found in land-based plant foods, especially nuts, seeds, soybeans, green leafy vegetables, and some refined oils like walnut and flax seed oil. Since EPA and DHA are found in so few food types, when you hear people say omega-3 fatty acids, they are almost always referencing alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).1

Due to the many reported health benefits, many healthcare professionals recommend daily supplements, whether they’re omega vegetarian capsules made from algae, from fish oil (salmon, mackerel, anchovies, tuna, etc.), or from a crustacean (krill). For those with shellfish allergies, krill oil should be avoided.

Known as a primary source of omegas, supplements made from fish oil are by far the cheapest. Given how polluted the oceans are, fish oils can be contaminated with a variety of toxins. The process of detoxifying fish oils increases the oxidation and diminishes the omega and nutrient content. In addition, the world’s fish supply is diminishing in direct contrast to the increasing toxic load of the fish.

Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 oils have been identified as being especially important. An omega supplement must offer all three of these oils to be of greatest value. The importance of supplementation with omega fatty acids for heart health and brain health2 is in direct conflict with the risk of ingesting toxins through fish oils.

Nikken has been aware of this dichotomy for years. The answer is Kenzen® Omega Green+DHA. The plant sourced omega fatty acids for Kenzen Omega Green + DHA are cranberry seed oil, flax seed oil and red algae, each of which is easily renewable.

  • Cranberry seed oil contains naturally occurring substances called phytosterols that structurally resemble the human body’s cholesterol. Phytosterols reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) but do not affect HDL (good cholesterol). Eating foods with phytosterols may cut the risk for heart disease when consumed as part of a healthy eating plan, according to the Cleveland Clinic. 3 Cranberry seed oil is considered unique among fixed oils because it contains a very high essential fatty acid profile in addition to a high antioxidant load. 4
  • Flax seed oil contains ALA and has been advocated to combat cardiovascular disease. The use of flax seed oil as a nutritional intervention for the prevention of heart disease has received increasing amounts of research attention. 5
  • Red algae has been used for thousands of years as a food source, especially in Asian cultures. It is high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are easily utilized by the human body to help boost the immune system and nourish skin.  The main benefits of red algae are its ability to promote healthy circulation in the body, to help regulate blood sugar levels and to help lower bad cholesterol levels. High in dietary fiber, it is also a rich source of calcium and magnesium so it contributes to bone health.6

Consuming Kenzen® Omega Green+DHA gives you all the benefits of an omega supplement and none of the risks. It helps carnivores, vegetarians and vegans to obtain the right balance of omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 for Active Wellness without the risk associated with fish oil toxins.

We’re offering our Consultants a special on Kenzen® Omega Green+DHA from 8:00 AM PST, August 16, 2017 until 5:00 PM PST, August 22, 2017. Place a minimum order of two bottles and receive 75 Nikken Reward Points.  This offer applies to retail or wholesale orders, excluding Autoship. Maximum of 450 NRPs per consultant can be awarded. Nikken Reward Points will be issued on August 24th, 2017. NRPs are nontransferable, not valid toward Autoship, shipping, taxes, and cannot be redeemed for cash or to pay outstanding balances. Nikken Reward Points expire six months from the date issued.

1          https://www.superfoodly.com/benefits-of-vegan-omega-3-epa-dha-sources-vs-fish-oil/

2          http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

3          http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-cranberry-seed-oil-10043.html

4          http://www.ingredientstodiefor.com/item/Cranberry_Seed_Oil_Unrefined/1164

5          https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2989356/

6          http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-health/the-many-benefits-of-red-algae

 

Get Smart and Get Rid of Sugar

Why is it so hard for so many of us to get rid of added sugar in our diets? It makes us gain unwanted weight, it’s bad for the teeth and it virtually shortens our lifespans. And, more research continues to show how bad it is.

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health conducted a number of studies on fructose and its impact on heart health. One large study found that people who drank two or more servings of sweet beverages a day had a 35 percent higher risk of developing heart disease, and people who drank at least one serving daily had a 16 percent greater chance of stroke, when compared to those who had none.1 In addition, research showed that people who drank one or two sweet drinks a day also had a 26 percent increased risk of developing diabetes.2 

As explained by physicians, sugar calories provide no nutrients yet contribute to weight gain and even obesity, which puts consumers at a greater risk for heart issues. According to Robin Miller, MD, “Fructose is dangerous to the heart because of the way the body metabolizes it—in the liver. This can cause fatty liver disease, higher levels of fat in the blood and insulin resistance. I urge all my patients to stop drinking them.” 3

Carbonated sugar-filled sodas aren’t the only beverages that add to the risk of heart problems, stroke or diabetes. Every type of sugary drink contributes to the risk factors. These include sports drinks, sweet teas and fruit juices with or without added sugar.

According to Robert Lustig, professor of pediatrics and member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, about 10 percent of the U.S. population are true sugar addicts and research indicates the cravings are similar to those induced by addictive drugs.4 Lustig says, “There is not one person who wouldn’t benefit by eliminating added sugar from their diets.” His research revealed that when obese children eliminated added sugars from their diets for only nine days, every aspect of their metabolic health improved.

Registered dietician and co-author of “The Sugar Detox: Lose the Sugar, Lose the Weight—Look and Feel Great,” Brooke Alpert is a proponent of going cold turkey off sugar, even if it’s just for three days. Speaking of her clients, she explains, “It was just ineffective to ask people to eat less of something when they’re struggling with this bad habit. When they would go cold turkey, the number one positive effect was that it recalibrated their palate. They could now taste natural sugars in fruits, vegetables and dairy that they used to be so dulled to.” 5

Alpert’s sugar detox takes place over 31 days. During the first three days on a sugar detox, she recommends no fruit or starchy vegetables, no dairy, no grains and no alcohol, in addition to no added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Different foods are gradually re-introduced into the diet, with the exception of sugar. Dairy, grains, fruit and vegetables are all incorporated and by the fourth week, you are allowed five glasses of red wine per week.

“Depending on how intense your addiction is, you can experience withdrawal symptoms, such as brain fog, crankiness and fatigue…but if you can push through and stay well-hydrated, you can really break your cycle of sugar addition,” Alpert concludes.

In support of Active Wellness and sugar-free eating, Nikken has several nutritional supplements that are especially helpful during a sugar detox: Kenzen® Cleanse & Detox, Kenzen® Ten4® Energy Drink Mix to replace sugary drinks and Kenzen® Clarity to help with brain fog.

We’re offering our Consultants a special on the taste-enhanced Tropical Fruit Kenzen Paleo Bar® through August 31, 2017. When you order two or more boxes exclusively by phone, get 1-cent standard shipping within the contiguous 48 states and Canada. This offer applies to retail or wholesale orders, excluding Autoship. 

1, 2, 3 www.sharecare.com/health/heart-attack/article/sugary-drinks-increase-heart-attack-stroke-risk

4, 5 www.cnn.com/2017/06/09/health/sugar-detox-food

Summer Hair Care: Conditioner is Crucial

Virtually everyone knows that ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun can burn and damage skin. But did you know that UV rays can practically “fry hair?” According to dermatologist Jessica J. Krant, MD, MPH, UV rays actually “cook the hair shaft.”1 She explains that damage is most obvious when color-treated “hair becomes faded, bleached and brassy.” Hair that is not color-treated also suffers from “sun-induced stress. UV rays dry out hair and rough up the normally smooth cuticle, or outer layer, of the hair shaft.”

Fortunately there are certain simple precautions to take for summer hair care:

  1. Keep hair trimmed. Snip off any split ends. Since hair grows faster in the summer months, pay attention to straggly ends.
  2. Wear hats. This will not only protect your hair but will also shield your scalp from sunburn. Regardless of skin type, it is important to prevent sunburn.
  3. Use a moisturizing shampoo to help keep hair from drying out. Follow with a moisturizing conditioner. Using conditioner is crucial, even with short hair, because it helps to seal in moisture. Conditioner helps “maintain the natural nourishment of your hair even after doing treatments such as straightening, coloring, perming and other hair enhancers.2
  4. Try air drying instead of blow drying hair. The heat from dryers tends to take the natural moisture out of hair.
  5. Use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush. Wide-tooth combs are gentler for detangling hair while brushes may pull and tear snags.

Although both men and women shampoo their hair regularly, not everyone uses hair conditioner, even though it’s recommended. According to men’s image consultant and stylist Aaron Marino, “Certain people don’t need to condition quite as often, such as those with oily hair and if you buzz your hair under an inch in length (condition once every two weeks). Guys with regular hair should condition once or twice per week. A quality conditioner, free of paraffin, keeps your hair looking good and healthy longer.”3

Trichologist (scientist trained to deal with hair and scalp issues) David Kingsley, PhD, also recommends using conditioner regularly. He says, “You can have greasy roots but fried ends, so even if you’re afraid conditioner will make your hair greasier, apply it to your ends to prevent sun-related dryness and damage.4

Many hair care brands use harsh and harmful ingredients, such as sulfates, parabens and PEGs that are irritating and damaging to the scalp and hair. In contrast, True Elements® contains quality, natural ingredients.

In fact, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (aloe vera) is second only to water in the True Elements® Conditioner formula. Aloe vera provides lectin and amino acids that can be absorbed into the cortex of hair to add structural integrity to the hair. Aloe vera is known to benefit the hair by improving detangling, moisture-retention, scalp restoration of pH levels while decreasing frizz and inflammatory action. It enhances cellular regeneration for hair growth.5

If you’ve never used conditioner before, now is the time to get started and help improve your hair quality. Currently we have a special offer for our Consultants and customers on True Elements® Hair Care. Buy or sell two Shampoo and receive a Conditioner FREE! Your free Conditioner will be added to your order after checkout. This offer applies to retail or wholesale orders, excluding Autoship, through the end of 2017. This offer cannot be combined with other promotions.

1 Archives of Webmd.com

2 http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/12627/1/Why-Is-Conditioning-Your-Hair-Essential

3 www.iamalpham.com

4 www.prevention.com/beauty/hair/

5 www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/ingredients/the-science-of-aloe-vera-gel

Delicious with Thinning Effects

Not all food is equal. Some food is good for you but tastes awful. Some food is bad for you and tastes great. The best food is good for you and also delicious—it can help you maintain a healthy weight and even lose extra pounds. Here are five foods that are nutrient dense, versatile, tasty and easy to incorporate into an Active Wellness regimen.

Green tea: Catechins make this beverage a super beverage. Catechins are antioxidants that help hinder the storage of belly fat and aid in weight loss. A study published in The Journal of Nutrition found that exercisers who drank four to five cups of green tea daily and worked out for 25 minutes or more lost more belly fat than counterparts who did not drink green tea. 1

Almonds: A great source of mono- and polyunsaturated fats, almonds contain fewer calories than most other types of nuts (163 for 23) plus fiber and vitamin E. The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition printed a study that found almonds to be helpful in burning fat and carbs during workouts. By eating a little more than a quarter cup of almonds, exercisers noticed a more significant weight reduction in only two weeks than when they ate snacks made of complex carbs and safflower oil. The same group experienced a 62% greater reduction in weight and BMI after 24 weeks.2

Legumes: Weight management experts often recommend a high-protein diet to help lose and maintain weight. Vegetarians and vegans often find it easier to reach protein intake goals by eating lots of legumes (lentils, chickpeas, peas, beans, etc.) or adding a supplement such as pea protein. Pea protein’s high levels of branched-chain amino acids are believed to make it exceptionally beneficial for muscle mass preservation and stimulation of fat loss. 3 Pea protein powder is among the most hypoallergenic of protein powders, as it contains no gluten or dairy; it doesn’t cause bloating, a common side effect of many other protein powders.

Broccoli: Only 30 calories per serving, this cruciferous vegetable is a substantial source of calcium and antioxidants. Because it is high in fiber, you don’t need to eat a huge amount to feel full. Calcium helps increase the body’s core temperature, which may boost metabolism and help burn fat.4 Since calcium is found largely in dairy products, broccoli is a viable alternative. A versatile veggie, you can incorporate it into stir fries, boil, steam or eat it raw in salads or as crudite.

Brown rice: Filling but low in calories, brown rice is a staple in Active Wellness households. It’s full of fiber, a source of phytonutrients and contains 1.7 grams of fat-burning resistant starch.5

Legumes, brown rice and broccoli are easy to cook and eat, but if you want to forgo pots and pans, you can simply make a shake with Kenzen Vital Balance® Meal Replacement mix. In either vanilla or chocolate flavors, it contains organic pea protein as its primary ingredient and also has organic broccoli and organic rice protein, among many other beneficial ingredients, such as MCTs, organic chlorella and organic cilantro.

For that antioxidant boost, Kenzen Ten4® Energy Drink Mix eliminates brewing with top quality organic matcha green tea powder and organic brown rice solids that are stirred for a quick hot or cold pick-me-up.

All three flavors of the Kenzen Paleo Bar™ are made with no more than four natural foods, one of which is almonds! Combined with dates for natural sweetness, these bars are delicious yet healthy snacks. With convenience provided by NikkenWellness nutritional supplements, healthy eating has never been simpler.

We’re offering our Consultants a special on the Everyday Organic-Based Weight Management from 8:00 AM PST, July 26, 2017 until 5:00 PM PST, August 1, 2017. You can order the Pack with DOUBLE PV and 1-cent standard shipping within the contiguous 48 states and Canada. This offer applies to retail or wholesale orders, excluding Autoship. Retailing two Packs with double PV satisfies almost 90% of the 1500 QPV requirement for reaching the Executive rank—a fast start to building your Nikken business.

 

1          http://www.eatthis.com/

2          http://www.eatthis.com

3          http://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library

4          http://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/features/calcium-weight-loss

5          http://www.health.com

Lose Weight and Gain Cash

The NikkenWellness Everyday Organic-Based Weight Management system is based on three basic assertions for a healthy lifestyle: Cleanse, Balance and Energize. It’s simple and convenient. With the Everyday Weight Management pack that is designed for 30-day consumption, the focus is on creating a lifestyle, not just a temporary weight loss. Winners of the first quarterly contest have results that speak for themselves.

After only 11 weeks on the Everyday Wellness Challenge, Susan Goodwin lost 27 pounds and three sizes. She won $2,000 in cash and says, “I’m planning to use my prize money to travel to Mexico and visit my Nikken group there! I feel so much stronger and this is my start of a whole new lifestyle. This nutrition program is easy to follow, the supplements are delicious and the way to consume them is flexible. I’ve been able to sleep seven hours every night and no longer have problems with apnea. My sugar levels are under control and I’m living the Active Wellness lifestyle, thanks to Nikken.”

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Victoria Jaso Walters spent the full three months on the Everyday Wellness Challenge and lost 19 pounds and four dress sizes. She says, “I get a good start every morning with Kenzen Vital Balance® Meal Replacement Mix. The $1,000 cash I won is just in time to take a vacation. With the next quarter’s challenge, I hope to lose another 25 pounds!”

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Can you imagine not being able to walk upstairs or bend down to put on your socks or shoes? That’s exactly how Alex Medina was living before starting on the Everyday Organic-Based Weight Management system. After only nine weeks, Alex lost 35 pounds! He says, “I definitely can put my shoes on very comfortably now. I feel more energetic and am really excited to continue on this challenge as a new way of life. I will be using my $1,000 winnings to pay my bills and am planning a big before and after “revelation” for the next round!”

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How does losing six inches from the waist sound? That’s what Mark Simpson accomplished in three months while losing 34 pounds! He says, “With the Everyday Organic-Based Weight Management pack, I may need a new belt soon! My energy has improved as well as my outlook. I am in the process of looking for our dream home and the $500 reward helps us get closer to that goal. I intend to start a support group to help others with Active Wellness through the Everyday Weight Management program!”

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Bill Cottle reached his target goal of 180 pounds by losing 16 pounds in three months on the Everyday Organic-Based Weight Management system. He says, “I felt satisfied, energized and experienced increased mental clarity. I was so excited to receive a congratulatory letter from Nikken CEO Kurt Fulle and a check for $500. I encourage everyone to step up and participate in round two of the challenge!”

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“People have been noticing the changes in my weight, so I have been sharing information about the Everyday Organic-Based Weight Management system and other Nikken products as well,” says John Berkheim. “This is a win-win for me, as I’m becoming healthier, I also can motivate others to do the same. My goal is to lose 36 pounds in the next three months with round two of the challenge. The $500 I won will help us make a trip to visit my Dad who will be 92 years old this year!”

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Another 3-month challenge is currently underway. See the details here. Will you be the next weight losers and cash winners?

We’re offering our Consultants a special on the Everyday Organic-Based Weight Management pack from 8:00 AM PST, July 19, 2017 until 5:00 PM PST, July 25, 2017. You can order the Pack with DOUBLE PV and 1-cent standard shipping within the contiguous 48 states and Canada. This offer applies to retail or wholesale orders, excluding Autoship.

Does Fast Food = Fat Food?

The fast food industry appeals to our two primary tastes: salty and sweet. That’s why fast food contains so much added sugar (in its many forms) and salt. The same holds true for pre-packaged fast food, the kind you pop in the microwave. So what happens when we eat lots of fast food?

  • Hydrogenated oils are a source of trans fat, which is shown to be negative for human health in many ways. Trans fat occurs during food processing and is commonly found in fried foods, pastries, pizza dough, crackers and pre-packaged food. It is also in the oil that many restaurants use to cook French fries, chips and more. Eating foods that contain trans fat can increase LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower HDL (good) cholesterol and increase the risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.1
  • The Obesity Action Coalition(OAC) reports that the number of fast food restaurants in America has doubled since 1970. The number of obese Americans has also doubled.
  • Fast foods like bacon burgers, some fried foods and milkshakes can be high in saturated fats. “It’s been long established that saturated fats can negatively impact the heart, but there’s also research that suggests high saturated fat intake may negatively impact brain function and memory,” says Marissa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD.2 She adds that higher intakes of saturated fatty acids may impair memory speed and flexibility and prospective memory (your ability to remember to do what you intended).
  • Many fast-food meals have added sugar. Not only does that mean extra calories, but also little nutrition. The American Heart Association suggests only eating 100 to 150 calories of added sugar per day. That’s about six to nine teaspoons. A 12-ounce can of soda contains eight teaspoons of sugar. That equals 130 calories, 39 grams of sugar and nothing else.
  • Frequent soda intake can lead to poor oral health, says Leah Kaufman, MS, RD, CDN. Drinking large amounts of soda increases the amount of acid in your mouth, which eventually causes tooth decay and cavities. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is the cheap sweetener most fast food restaurants use in their sodas, desserts, and many other products. Princeton University researchers linked HFCS consumption to obesity in an animal study. 3
  • The combination of fat, sugar, and lots of sodium (salt) can make fast food tastier to some people. But diets high in sodium can lead to water retention, which is why you may feel puffy, bloated, or swollen after eating fast food. 4
  • Some foods naturally contain higher amounts of sodium, but sodium is also added to many fast-food products. Some of these additives are monosodium glutamate (MSG), sodium nitrite, sodium saccharin, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), and sodium benzoate, which are used as flavoring or preservatives. Sodium can contribute to existing high blood pressure or an enlarged heart muscle. If you have congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, or kidney disease, too much salt can contribute to a dangerous buildup of fluid. A high sodium intake can cause your bones to weaken, leading to possible osteoporosis. The American Heart Association recommends adults eat no more than 2,300 milligramsof sodium per day. One fast-food meal could have half your day’s worth.

The good news is that palates can be trained. Once you consistently eat fresh, healthy whole foods and wean off fast foods, your body should start craving fruit instead of sugary sweets, and the desire for extra salt also abates. Nikken Silver Consultant Nancy Clyde wrote, “Well, I must confess since being on the Everyday Organic-Based Weight Management Program, I really taste the sweetness of Kenzen Ten4®. I have about 10 of the old formula and it is way too sweet. Thank you Nikken.” Welcome to a life of Active Wellness!

We’re offering our readers a special on the Kenzen Ten4® and/or Kenzen Vital Balance® from 8 am PST, July 12, 2017 until 5 pm PST, July 18, 2017. When you buy any combination of the two or more, receive 1-cent standard shipping within the contiguous 48 states and Canada. All orders must be phoned in, excludes autoship, and applies to retail or wholesale orders. Additional products may not be added to the 1-cent shipping offer.

1 www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/overweight-obesity

2 http://www.eatthis.com/what-happens-to-your-body-when-you-eat-fast-food

3 https://www.princeton.edu/news/2010/03/22/sweet-problem-princeton-researchers-find-high-fructose-corn-syrup-prompts

4 http://www.healthline.com/health/fast-food-effects-on-body

Retail and Sponsor with Social Media

You don’t need an advanced education or be a math whiz to succeed in network marketing. Network marketing success comes from mastering a few things and doing them over and over. This means anyone who has a willingness to learn and follow simple directions has a good chance at achieving success.

At Nikken, we make it as simple as possible so that anyone who is willing to perform two basic behaviors consistently, may make a little money, good money or lots of money—you choose how much you want to commit to in terms of time and effort. Breaking it down to basics, successful network marketing requires the repetition of two basic behaviors:

  1. Retail the products. Retailing is basic sales. When you retail products at Nikken, you get a percentage of the sales price, so you are earning commission.
  2. Sponsor new Customers and Consultants. Sponsoring is how you grow the networking part of network marketing. When you enroll team members who also retail the products, you earn commissions according to our compensation plan on what they purchase and retail. The more people in your group, the more you potentially can earn.

Retailing and sponsoring are what you need to do, but how do you do it over and over again? Once you’ve shared the products and the income opportunity with your friends and family, what next? The truth is, even if you have hundreds of relatives and friends, you need to branch out so you can stay in business and continue building. That’s why social media is so important. It’s the fastest way for you to reach people you’ve never met and make connections. Here’s how it works:

  1. Use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to share products and opportunity. Post your personal testimonials and those of others. Make your posts short and sweet and remember that a photo is worth a hundred words. Remember to set your posts to “public” so everyone can see them, not just your friends. The whole point is to attract new people.
  2. Check daily for responses and follow up with those who reply or “like” your social media posts. Gather contact information such as email addresses and phone numbers, so you can connect privately.
  3. Enroll those who are interested in consuming products as Registered Customers. Enroll those who are also interested in the income opportunity as Consultants and explain how to retail and sponsor. Tell them to repeat these two behaviors so they’ll have a growing Nikken business.

For those who have already made a purchase and/or enrolled with you, follow up and see how they’re doing. Remind new Nikken Customers to re-order or sign up for Autoship. Consultants also need reminders and it’s your job as their sponsor to remind them to duplicate your efforts. Retail and Sponsor. Follow up. Repeat. Duplicate.