A CORK woman with a passion for health and nutrition and is playing a key role in improving Ireland’s heart health has won her place on the coveted Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers programme.
Celtic Nutrition Business Development & Sales Manager Kim Costa is part of a close-knit team which has just launched a new health heart supplement, Body Balance for a Healthy Heart. It was developed by renowned nutrition, sports psychology and hypnotherapy expert David Burke.
While Kim left behind the world of HR and pursued a career in Nutrition, David abandoned modern medicine to follow his passion for natural therapies. Body Balance for a Healthy Heart was inspired by his own sister’s heart scare. Enterprise Ireland has now spotted its export potential and enrolled Kim, from Youghal, on its coveted New Frontiers enterprise programme.
Kim holds a BA hons in English Literature and Spanish from UCC, a Diploma in Public Relations from CIT, a Diploma in Personnel Management from UCC and a Diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition from the College of Naturopathic Medicine.
She’s revelling in her new role at Celtic Nutrition and has very high hopes for the new 100 per cent Irish company and the series of high-quality supplements it plans to bring to market.
“New Frontiers is an excellent programme for start-up companies. It gives you more confidence as an entrepreneur, knowing that you have support and guidance for business decisions that need to be made. It covers Business Model development, Marketing, Financial advice and much more. We know that this programme will have a huge positive impact on our business.”
The supplement is the first in a series planned by Celtic Nutrition. David Burke teamed up with geopathic stress consultant, Brendan Murphy, and the health-conscious architect who designed the 5 Star Monart Destination Spa in Wexford, Stephen Carr, to form the company behind the new supplement. Kim joined as Business and Sales Development Manager shortly afterwards.
The passionate group’s first supplement for the Irish and global market is Body Balance for a Healthy Heart. Feedback from consumers has been so encouraging they’re planning a clinical study to definitively and independently prove its efficacy and grow its market potential in the UK and even further afield.
The new healthy heart supplements have been fine-tuned over several years to produce a quality product that, unlike most in the market, is completely devoid of fillers or bulking agents. Consumers are required to take just three supplements together daily, with food, and are advised to continue the regime over 90 days. All of its ingredients are natural and do not impact on prescription medication being taken for any underlying ailments.
Body Balance for a Healthy Heart is just one of about a dozen high-quality supplements they plan to bring to market. But they chose the Healthy Heart product first, given the high number of deaths from heart disease in Ireland and across the globe in recent years, David Burke said. A 30-day supply retails in select pharmacies and health food stores at just under €60 a month and is also available directly from their website on www.celticnutrition.ie
“My own sister developed heart disease, even though she didn’t smoke, wasn’t overweight and there’s no history of heart disease or diabetes, high cholesterol or blood pressure issues in our family. She’d felt unwell, went to her GP, got the all clear and next thing, she had a heart attack. She was on 28 tablets before she started taking it. She’s taking it daily and within 3 months she was off 22 of her medications.
“We’ve seen some amazing transformations, even in people with no underlying heart issues but are taking Body Balance for a Healthy Heart as a preventive measure. People who’ve taken it say they’ve more energy. Others have said it has improved their memory. Anyone who is into sport would really benefit from it. The key to heart health is nitric oxide – the stuff that dissolves the ‘gunk’ in your blood. Healthy Heart has helped lots of my clients and others who’ve bought it in their health store or pharmacy. I’m confident the clinical study will back up what we’ve seen,” David Burke added.
For more on Body Balance for a Healthy Heart, log on to www.celticnutrition.ie
Kim Costa of Celtic Nutrition
Start-up Celtic Nutrition has been backed by Enterprise Ireland for its export potential with Business Development and Sales Manager, Kim Costa, being accepted onto their New Frontiers programme. From left; Stephen Carr, Kim Costa, David Burke and Brendan Murphy Celtic Nutrition.Photo;Mary Browne