Dear colleague(s),

My name is Tom Van Biesen, I work as an (European) osteopath and physiotherapist in private practice.

From a holistic point of view, to support recovery, I always strive to improve my patients’ metabolic function. Dietary supplements can be of great help.

I would like to present you the Zinzino brand, innovative nutritional supplements designed to combat chronic low-grade inflammation, a subtle yet impactful health concern. 

Chronic low-grade inflammation, unlike acute inflammation, is a persistent, often unnoticed activation of the immune system. It lacks standard biomarkers for detection and is usually subclinical, making it challenging to identify through routine medical tests.

Understanding Chronic Low-Grade Inflammation:

Chronic low-grade inflammation (CLGI) is a subtle yet insidious health concern that can have far-reaching implications for overall well-being. Unlike acute inflammation, which is a direct and temporary response to injury or infection, chronic low-grade inflammation is a prolonged, low-intensity immune response that often goes unnoticed due to its subclinical nature.

This type of inflammation significantly impacts the body in various ways (Pahwa et al., 2023):

Increased Risk of Musculoskeletal Injuries: Chronic inflammation weakens musculoskeletal tissues, making them more susceptible to injury. This is particularly concerning for athletes and individuals with physically demanding lifestyles.

Hindered Recovery: Inflammation is a crucial part of the body’s healing process. However, in the case of CLGI, it disrupts normal healing and recovery mechanisms, leading to prolonged and often incomplete recovery from injuries.

Prolonged Internal Stress and Tissue Damage: Persistent inflammation places continuous stress on the body’s tissues, leading to gradual and sometimes irreversible damage. This can manifest in various forms, such as organ damage, joint pain, muscle weakness, and decreased functional capacity.

Link to Chronic Conditions: CLGI is increasingly recognized as a key factor in the development of various chronic diseases. It plays a significant role in conditions like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and autoimmune disorders. It also contributes to the aging process and is associated with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Elusive Nature and Early Detection Challenges: Due to the lack of standard biomarkers and its subclinical presentation, CLGI often evades early detection. This delay in diagnosis allows the inflammatory process to continue unchecked, exacerbating the risk of chronic diseases and complicating treatment efforts.

Chronic systemic low-grade inflammation is influenced by various lifestyle factors, including diet, physical activity, stress, medication use, smoking and alcohol consumption. 

As a holistic healthcare professional, I’m used to look at health issues from different angles. In these modern times, many people present with metabolic disturbances that underlie their complaints.

Key Contributing Factors:

Omega-6 to Omega-3 Disbalance: A disproportionate intake of omega-6 fatty acids, commonly found in processed foods, relative to omega-3s, found in, e.g., fish and algae, can exacerbate inflammatory processes (Simopoulos, 2008). Omega-3s are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, whereas excess omega-6s promote inflammation.

Gut Dysbiosis: The imbalance of beneficial and harmful bacteria in the gut can lead to increased intestinal permeability and systemic inflammation (Shreiner et al., 2015). A healthy gut microbiome is crucial for regulating immune responses and preventing chronic inflammation.

Extracellular Acidification: Modern diets high in processed foods can lead to increased acidity in the body’s tissues. This acidic environment can activate inflammatory pathways and contribute to chronic inflammation (Trivani et al., 1999).

In my search for supplements that could help tackle those imbalances, I came across the brand Zinzino. 

Zinzino is a Norwegian nutritional supplement manufacturer. Their formulas are science-based and made with high-quality natural ingredients.  

They focus exactly on fighting chronic low-grade inflammation on the three main levels:

  • Balancing the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio
  • Restoring gut health
  • Restoring acid-base balance in the tissues

As a healthcare professional, I put my trust in Zinzino because of the following reasons:

Test-based, personalised nutrition:

Adopting a personalized method yields superior and long-lasting outcomes. Analyzing your body’s condition scientifically and using dietary supplements tailored to your specific requirements revolutionizes the approach to wellness. 

Since 2012, Zinzino has been at the forefront of this movement. Recognized as trailblazers in the industry, they have conducted over a million fatty acid dried blood spot tests globally. Their portfolio is constantly expanding with new tests, reinforcing a proactive and effective nutritional strategy.

Baseline testing and re-testing after four to six months of treatment helps document and visualize your patient’s progress. A valuable tool for you and them. 

For their testing Zinzino collaborates with the renowned VITAS laboratory. VITAS is spearheading the contemporary application of dried blood spot testing and is acknowledged as a key contributor in this area. 

This GMP-certified contract lab specializes in chemical analysis and boasts 25 years of expertise in delivering top-notch, customized chromatographic analysis services, leveraging advanced knowledge and technology. 

The roots of Vitas trace back to the Department of Nutrition at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo, which stands as the most extensive nutrition department in Europe.

Science-based formulas backed by an impressive Scientific Advisory Board:

To make a real difference, their actions are grounded in the finest natural resources, the most pertinent scientific research, and the collective wisdom of medical professionals, researchers, and foremost health specialists. 

The intellect driving the test-oriented nutritional approach is the Scientific Advisory Board. This board is composed of a meticulously chosen team of distinguished experts, who are among the most insightful and respected authorities in today’s health and wellness sector:

  • Dr. Paul Clayton, clinical pharmacologist and a pharmaco-nutritionist
  • Dr. Angela M. Rizzo, professor of Biochemistry
  • Dr. Ananthara J. Abraham, MD
  • Dr. Colin Robertson, nutritionist and exercise physiologist

All of them have decades of experience in both public and private organizations and companies and together they make sure that Zinzino supplements are top notch. Read more about it here.

Informed Sport Certification

Almost every Zinzino supplement has the Informed Sport Certification. Informed Sport serves as an international protector within the sports supplement sector. Powered by LGC (Laboratory of the Government Chemist), a globally recognized lab specializing in sports doping control and research on supplement testing, this program guarantees the security and authenticity of sports nutrition products.

This doesn’t only boost trust for competing athletes, any of your clients can be sure that the supplements they take are free from contaminants and possibly harming substances.

In the end, for us as healthcare providers, it’s important that we can be confident that the products we recommend to our patients and clients do what they promise to do. 

The supplement market is flooded with poor quality products. 

Having seen and felt the results for myself, Zinzino has taken away any doubt and I’m happy to have them in my professional toolbox. 

If you are interested in discussing the possibilities, don’t hesitate to book a videocall with me.

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All the best,

Tom Van Biesen
Osteopath Msc. Ost. (Eur.)
Physiotherapist

References:

Pahwa et al., Chronic Inflammation. In: StatPearls. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2023 Jan.
Shreiner et al., The gut microbiome in health and in disease. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2015 Jan;31(1):69-75.
Simopoulos AP. The Importance of the Omega-6/Omega-3 Fatty Acid Ratio in Cardiovascular Disease and Other Chronic Diseases. Experimental Biology and Medicine. 2008;233(6):674-688.
Trevani et al., Extracellular Acidification Induces Human Neutrophil Activation. J Immunol 15 April 1999; 162 (8): 4849–4857.