July 28, 2015 Vital Wellness Call with Linda Morris about Kenzen Ciaga. Previously Linda wrote in an email: "I didn't realize if you were to only take one nutritional from Nikken, Ciaga V is the one to take. Very fascinating and great tasting too. Enjoy."
Kenzen® CiagaV™ FAQs
What is new in this product, and why was it reformulated?
New Kenzen CiagaV contains a variety of ingredients that contribute different characteristics to its formulation, and the most exciting additions are the maqui berry and açai berry.
These two superfruits are found in South and Central America, and carefully harvested using traditional methods. The maqui berry for example is collected by the local population, the Mapuche people of Patagonia’s forest lowlands. The crop is gathered by hand in accordance with sustainable practices.
Maqui and açai berries have been found to provide impressive antioxidant capacity — the highest ORAC (antioxidant) values of any fruit. They are combined with elderberry, blackberry, grape seed extract, and raspberry, for additional healthy phytonutrients. The reformulation maximizes the benefit of these components.
Unlike many health drinks or nutritional supplements, CiagaV is 100% organic. It is costly to obtain all the ingredients from organic sources, and produce CiagaV in a way that preserves these ingredients naturally, but we consider it worth the expense.
CiagaV has fewer ingredients than the original Ciaga. Why?
For CiagaV, Nikken identified a core of superfruits that are recognized as nutritional powerhouses. To increase the potency we raised the levels of these core ingredients and adjusted the ratio to provide more synergy. This select group of super-ingredients is what makes CiagaV different from products which may contain some of the same berries and extracts but not this balanced combination of core superfruits. CiagaV offers a significantly higher antioxidant value than the original Ciaga, through this enhanced formulation.
Many products are labeled organic. What does the “organic” statement for CiagaV represent?
CiagaV is a USDA-certified organic formulation. It is 100% organic. This means that CiagaV contains no preservatives, no artificial flavors or colors, no refined sugars — in fact no sugar is added.
Organic also means that the ingredients in CiagaV were cultivated using no pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Even the way that Ciaga is prepared maximizes
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The natural properties of its ingredients. Flash sterilization and aseptic packaging (a carefully controlled environment) help to preserve its organic character.
The Organic Maqui-Açai Superfruit Blend is listed in the ingredients section of the bottle label as “Ciaga Proprietary Antioxidant Super Fruit.” Are these two the same?
Yes, these both refer to the blend. Labeling practices call for each individual ingredient to be named, so these components were listed under that more general term on the bottle. Nikken believes that the identifier Organic Maqui-Açai Superfruit Blend does a better job of saying what this formulation offers, and we are taking steps to see that our labels will show it as well.
Why are antioxidants important?
Antioxidants have been recognized for their role in fighting disease and helping to minimize aging. They are found in fresh fruits and vegetables, but most of us do not consume as many fresh or organic fruits and vegetables as are recommended by medical authorities. CiagaV offers a convenient and delicious way to increase our daily antioxidant intake.
Is water added to CiagaV?
Many liquid nutritional supplements or juice drinks are composed mainly of added water. Not CiagaV. Because no preservatives are used in any stage of CiagaV preparation, the maqui berries are dried before transporting in order to prevent spoilage. Their water content is restored when blending the ingredients, to bring these berries back to their natural level of hydration.
Why did the CiagaV bottle change from glass to plastic?
This was done for a number of reasons. CiagaV bottles are made from an environmentally-friendly polymer that is easily recycled. Compared to glass, these bottles require fewer resources to store and transport. This reduces the production carbon footprint and the impact on natural resources. It also reduces shipping costs, to help us keep the price more competitive.
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Plastic bottles are easier to handle, for consumers of all ages. The compound used in CiagaV bottles contains no BPA (a form of bisphenol) or other potentially harmful chemicals.
Can this product be used by everyone? Are there age restrictions?
CiagaV is an all-natural, delicious formulation that may be enjoyed at any age. As with any product, persons who are allergic to any of the ingredients or who may have other health concerns should consult their health care practitioner before consuming.
Is there a right time of day to consume CiagaV?
CiagaV can be enjoyed at any time, with meals or by itself.
How long will CiagaV stay fresh?
Aseptic bottling and flash sterilizing help to keep CiagaV stable for up to two years unopened. After opening, keep CiagaV refrigerated. It is best when consumed within 30 days after opening.
Is this product safe to use for a person with high blood pressure, or a person who takes medication?
As with any product, anyone with a medical concern should consult a health care professional before use.
Can I take this product with other Kenzen® products?
CiagaV is designed to complement the other elements of Kenzen Wellness® Organic-Based Nutrition, as part of a comprehensive nutritional program.