Nordic Nutraceuticals and its products
When was Nordic Nutraceuticals created?
The Nordic Nutraceuticals brand was founded in 2017 as a part of the Danish company Biosym – which was itself founded in 1986 by Kurt Winberg Nielsen and his son, Kim Nielsen. Kurt Winberg Nielsen was the founder of Biopathy in Denmark. He was a Danish Naturopath practitioner, educator and impressive author with a true Scandinavian outlook. Both Biosym and Nordic Nutraceuticals are today part of the the Finnish family-owned business OY Verman AB, which has been producing dietary supplements since 1987.
Where can I buy Nordic Nutraceuticals products?
On the UK territory you can buy our products directly on this website or on our Amazon.co.uk store.
Furthermore our company's products are available in leading retailers across Europe under different brand names. Find our products in the following countries:
Sweden - Under the brand name OmniSym Pharma.
Norway - www.arnika.no under the brand name Biosym.
Spain - Anni's Vital Shop under the brand name Biosym.
Finland - Under the brand name OmniVegan, in selected pharmacies and health stores.
Mini guide to the use of food supplements
What time of day is best to take my food supplements?
Nordic Nutraceuticals recommends that you take your supplements in combination with your main meals, as this is when your digestion is active and bioavailability is as high as possible. If you take more tablets / capsules of the same product, it is preferable to break up the dose, for example during morning and evening meals.
I have trouble swallowing pills - can I open the capsule / crush the tablet?
Yes, you are allowed to open the capsules / crush the tablets and mix them up in something, for example, liquid or yogurt, as long as you ingest it immediately.
Can I use Nordic Nutraceuticals supplements after the expiry date?
Our supplements have a best before date printed on the label. These are in the Month/Year format, so for example, 01.2023 on a product means that product is best before the end of January of 2023.
Supplements taken past their best before date will not necessarily be harmful. Products may lose some of the ingredients’ strength stated on the label after the best before date over the following few months. The product is still safe to consume past the best before date, though we cannot guarantee their efficacy.
Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free & lactose-free
Can vegetarians and vegans consume Nordic Nutraceuticals products?
Do Nordic Nutraceuticals products contain gluten and lactose?
All Nordic Nutraceuticals products are free from gluten and lactose. Common allergens are banned in our preparations.
The body's use of nutrients in the products
What does bioavailability mean?
Bioavailability means digestibility and availability in the body. When we consume, for example, a vitamin product, the vitamin is absorbed from the intestine and enters the body, so the vitamin should be in a form that is accessible and useful to the body.
What are phospholipids?
Phospholipids are essential components of cell membranes of the body. Nordic Nutraceuticals uses phospholipids in a number of products because phospholipids contribute to the efficient use and bioavailability of the active nutrients.
Why does Nordic Nutraceuticals use activated B-vitamins?
Nordic Nutraceuticals uses the activated B-vitamins to ensure effective bioavailability of these essential vitamins in the body. These activated forms do not require conversion in the body to be absorbed, as is the case with the more commonly used forms.
Is there a difference between the absorption of different mineral preparations?
The absorption of different types of minerals may vary greatly, depending on the substances they are bonded to.
A mineral or trace element, as we know it in supplements, consist of two parts:
1. A chemical element. This is the active part to be absorbed from the intestine and transported into tissues and cells, where it is included as construction elements in the body’s structure, for example. calcium in the bones, or to activate biochemical processes. Zinc, Copper and Manganese act as components and precursors of enzymes and antioxidants.
2. A so-called ligand (ligare of: binding together), to which the nutrient is bonded. It may be an ion (a second element), a molecule or a group of substances. The element is, as mentioned, the active part of the mineral, but the ligand is essential for the bioavailability, i.e. the proportion of the ingested mineral that the body can absorb and utilize. The stronger the bond between the element and the ligand, the greater the bioavailability. As a rule of thumb, simple ligands (inorganic minerals) create weak bonds. For example, oxides (oxygen ligand), chlorides (chlorine ligand), sulphates (sulphur ligand) and carbonates (carbon-ligand).
The organic ligands, however, form much stronger bonds, and as a general rule, will increase the complexity and hence bioavailability. Examples include gluconates, lactates and citrates, which are all more easily absorbed than inorganic minerals.
Vegan lifestyle essential nutrients
What are the most common vegan nutrient deficiency symptoms?
Some of the most common
deffiencies when following a vegan or vegetarian diet are B12 deficiency, iron
deficiency and vitamin D deficiency.
Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency are:
• Weakness, lethargy, lightheadedness, fatigue
• Pale or yellow-ish skin
• Trouble with balance or coordination, dizziness
• Swollen and smooth tongue
• Feelings of pins and needles
• Shortness of breath
• Mood changes (depression, dementia).
Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency are:
• Poor immune system, getting sick a lot
• Fatigue, tiredness
• Depression, lethargy
• Bone, back, muscle pain, aches
• Bone loss, hair loss
Symptoms of iron deficiency are:
• Tiredness, fatigue, anxiety
• Pale skin
• Shortness of breath
• Heart palpitations
• Headaches, dizziness, disorientation
• Dry skin, damaged hair
• Sore/swelling tongue and mouth
• Cold extremities
What vegan foods have iron?
Iron is an essential mineral for supporting development. It plays an important role in many bodily functions such as: blood production health as it is found in the red blood cells carying oxygen, as well as physical and mental health. Iron can be found in animal-derived food but also plant-derived food. Good plant sources where vegans can find iron are found in lentils, chickpeas, beans, tofu, quinoa, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, swiss chard, collard and beet greens, dried fruits such as dried apricots, figs and raisins. It is recommended to intake iron together with vitamin C, to help enhance iron absorption. If you don’t eat enough iron through plant-based sources, it might
be a good idea to supplemnent with iron daily. Vegans need up to 1.8 times more iron than people who eat meat. In the UK, it is recommended that most adults have a dietary iron intake of 8.7 mg per day. However, those who menstruate should aim for a higher intake of 14.8 mg per day.
OmniVegan Multi contains 7 mg iron and 150 mg vitamin C per tablet.
What vegan foods have calcium?
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body and it’s essential for bone health as well as helping the cardiovascular, muscular, and nervous systems function properly. With a daily recommended intake between 1000-1300 mg per day depending whether you are an adult of a child, there are a few calcium rich sources to keep in mind as a vegan.
The plant-based sources to contain the most calcium are:
• Soy beans or foods made from soybeans such as tofu, tempeh and natto can provide up to 175 mg calcium per cup.
• Beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils - you can get between 80-126 mg calcium per cooked cup of each. As an added plus there are also rich in iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium and folate.
• Nuts such as almonds - which provide 97 mg calcium per 1/4 cup and brazil nuts - which provide 58 mg of calcium per 1/4 cup.
• Seeds or products made out of seeds. Tahini - 2 tablespoons of this sesame made butter provides 130 mg calcium. Chia seeds provide 179 mg per 2 tablespoons.
• Collard greens pack 268 mg of calcium per cup
• Kale - just 1 cup contains 00 mg of calcium
• Edamame - 1 cup of frozen, prepared edamame contains 98 mg of calcium
• Broccoli, sweet potatoes, okra and butternut squash - each contain an average of 80 mg per cup.
What vegan foods have protein?
A common concern with a vegan diet is the lack of sufficient protein. The plant-based sources to contain the most protein are:
• Seitan - a common mock meat made from gluten, the main protein in wheat - contains about 25 g of protein per 100g.
• Grains such as:
- amaranth 15,9 g of protein per 100 g.
- spelt 15 g of protein per 100 g.
- quinoa 14,8 g of protein per 100 g.
- oats 11 g of protein per 100 g.
- millet 10,6 g of protein per 100 g.
• Legumes such as:
- kidney beans 24 g protein per 100 g.
- chickpeas 19 g g protein per 100 g.
- lentils 9 g protein per 100 g.
- peas 5 g protein per 100 g.
• Nuts such as:
- Cashews 18 g protein per 100 g.
- Peanuts 26 g Protein per 100 g.
- Almonds 24 g Protein per 100 g
- Hazelnuts 15 g Protein per 100 g
• Soy products such as tofu, tempeh or edamame beans contain between 12-20 g of protein per 100 g.
• Avocado contains 10 g of protein 100 g.
• Seeds such as pumpkin, hemp and sesame seeds contain between 18-30 g of
protein per 100 g.
What are vegan supplements for hair growth?
• All cells need vitamin A for growth. This includes hair, the fastest growing tissue in the human body. Sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, spinach, and kale are all high in beta-carotene, which is turned into vitamin A.
• Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron, a mineral necessary for hair growth. In addition, your body needs vitamin C to create a protein known as collagen — an
important part of hair structure. Strawberries, peppers, guavas, and citrus fruits are all good sources of vitamin C.
• Similar to vitamin C, vitamin E is an antioxidant that can help prevent oxidative stress. Sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, and avocados are all good sources of vitamin E.
• Iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen to your cells. This makes it an important mineral for many bodily functions, including hair growth. Vegans can find
plant-based iron in dried beans and legumes, dark green leafy vegetables, dried
fruits, nuts and seeds, and wholegrain cereals and breads.
• Zinc plays an important role in hair tissue growth and repair. It also helps keep the oil glands around the follicles working properly. To avoid to supplement with too much zinc, it may be better to get your zinc from whole foods. Foods high in zinc include spinach, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, and lentils.
Does being vegan help hair growth?
Leading a vegan diet could benefit your hair more than you think. Once you dramatically increase the quanities of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, your hair can benefit greatly. It is important to focus on a handful of foods than contain evertyhing your hair needs to be healthy. Eat whole foods like avocados, chia seeds, hemp seeds, almonds, kale, cucumber, açaí, walnuts, tahini, whole grains, butternut squash, apricots, papaya, adequate B12 supplements, iron-rich foods, leafy greens, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and carrots. And remember to stay hydrated and drink at least 2 litres of water per day.
Should vegans take biotin?
The short answer is yes. Many foods contain biotin, however the foods that contain the most biotin are animal based foods such as organ meats, eggs and fish. This is because biotin usually bounds to protein. Aside from animal protein, nutritional yeast packs the biggest biotin amount out of plant-based food sources, also containing protein, B vitamins and trace minerals and providing almost 20% of the daily recommended biotin intake in just 2 tablespoons. Seeds, nuts and certain vegetables also contain biotin, though biotin content might vary depending on season. Most worthy plant-based sources of biotin to mention would be: sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes and almonds containing between 1,5-2,4 mcg per serving. But that only accounts for around 5-9% of the daily recommended intake. So in order to ensure a sufficient intake, vegans would need to have a varried diet containing biotin rich foods or supplement it through food supplements.
What are vegan supplements for athletes?
Vegan diets normally lack vitamin B12, this being the most important vitamin vegans actually need to supplement. Vitamin B12 is essential to several biological functions and especial for vegan athletes is plays an essential role in energy metabolism by carying oxygen via red blood cells. A deficiency in B12 could affect strength and power performance. As B12’s role it to maintain the sheath which covers nerve fibers, having a comprimised transmision of nervous signals could cause reduced muscular function.
Iron is important for athlete’s endurance capacity and is essential for those doing heavy training, whether they are vegan or not. Iron is needed when your body is burning calories in order to create energy, so if your iron leves are low general fatigue can occur.
Vitamin D plays an important role in the absorption of calcium. So in order to maintain healthy and strong bones, prevent muscle weakness and reduce the risk of injury, consider supplement with vitamin D daily. Athletes would often observe a performance peak in the summer months, rich in sunlight. As it is very hard to obtain enough vitamin D via diet alone, consider taking a supplement with vitamin D from september to march. Depending where you live and how much sunny days you get in your country, or if you are prone to vitamin D deficiency, supplementing all year around with different daily doses might be a good idea.
VEGAN NUTRIENT DENSE FOOD: What are the most nutrient dense vegan sources?
Nutrient dense foods are labeled as such due to their high levels of vitamins, antioxidants, protein or minerals. It is ideal to consume nutrient dense foods daily in order to fuel your body with nutrients that would keep you energized. Some of the most nutrient dense vegan sources as clasified* by ANDI are: kale, watercress, bok choy, nappa cabbage, spinach, arugula, brussel sprouts, carrots, broccoli, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, basil, coriander.
*Dr. Fuhrman created the aggregate nutrient density index, or ANDI.
Labels and understanding them
What is %NRV?
NRV stands for Nutrient Reference Value. NRV is indicated on all Nordic Nutraceuticals product labels where relevant.
The purpose of the nutrient reference value is to make it easier to compare the content of vitamins and minerals in various products. For example, it is easier to see that a product containing 25% of the nutrient reference value of vitamin C contains more vitamin C than a product containing 15% of the nutrient reference value for this vitamin.
Nutrient reference value is not an indication of the recommended daily amount of vitamins and minerals per day. It is purely for comparative means.
The values of the nutrient reference value are an indication of the average need for vitamins and minerals for adults. The average requirement, however, differs from person to person, as the need is very individual. For example, the needs of men and women, the young and the elderly are very different. Therefore, one cannot say that the values are an indication of the amount of vitamins or minerals recommended per day.
What does the unit µg stand for?
µg refers to micrograms and can also be specified mcg. One microgram of a 1,000-fraction of a milligram, which in turn is a 1000-fraction of a gram.