So What Goes Into Our Supplements?
Nutrients from Food or Supplement
Your body does not produce its own nutrients, therefore, it relies on the food you eat, or supplement you take, to deliver the level of nutrients (organic substances) it needs to function in a balanced and energised manner.
Our immune system also uses these nutrients to operate at an optimal level. We do not need all nutrients in the same quantities to function well. Some nutrients are needed by the body in large amounts and are known as Macro nutrients e.g. Protein, Fats, Fibre, Carbohydrates. Other nutrients are only needed in small amounts and are known as Micronutrients e.g. Vitamins, some minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants. The exact amounts needed at any one time by any one person can vary, but the recommended daily average (RDA) can give us a guide to the amount the average person should consume to stay well nourished and healthy.
A key component in keeping well is to have a reliable and consistent source of these nutrients. With the seasonality of fresh food sources along with the varying quality and cost of fresh food, it is not surprising that people naturally look to supplements to ensure their nutritional needs are met each day.
Why a Different Supplement for Shift Workers?
Shift workers encounter many challenges not faced by day workers, even those working in similar roles. Rotating shift patterns can lead to dysynchronisation of the body’s natural body clock as shift workers work against their natural Circadian Rhythm.
Although shift work brings many lifestyle benefits, it is demanding physically, mentally and socially. Delivering many demanding but essential front line roles, through long and less sociable working hours, means many shift workers do not have the time or access to the healthy lifestyle they would want for themselves. Overtime this lifestyle can take its toll on health.
Knowing the tendency towards certain health concerns along with natural bodily wear and tear, one proactive approach is to provide some protection through nutritional intake.
Why Bio-Thrive's Shift Worker Total Health?
Creating the correct nutritional environment for the body to function in a balanced, energised and protected manner, contributing to current and future health, is a key focus of the Bio-thrive’s ‘Total-Health – Shift worker’ Food Supplement.
Developed from years of working closely with shift workers on their specific support needs, this is a unique product meeting a niche customer need through one convenient go to product which offers lower cost than purchasing many of the high quality ingredients it contains separately. With many supplements on the market offering varying degrees of general nutritional support, Total Health Shift worker is designed specifically for shift workers with their specific nutritional and health needs in mind.
What Shift Workers Say About Our Products
Since taking Shift Worker Total Health, I have experienced a significant change in my wellbeing.
I feel healthier and have a greater level of energy. I feel good about taking positive action to support my
health, my only regret is not having found it sooner. I would encourage anybody who is working shift to
invest now in their health
In getting through exams whilst putting in a hectic week, I felt a better able to cope thanks to Shift Worker Total Health. I maintained my energy levels and concentration. It's a must have product for me.. Thank you BioThrive for keeping me going.
After a bad dose of Covid, I continued to feel fatigued and lethargic when I went back to work, since taking Shift Worker Total Health, I feel more productive and enthusiastic for the day ahead. I have now made the supplement part of my daily routine, it works well for me, if I skip a day I miss it., I have no hesitation in recommending Shift Worker Total Health.
The Ingredients That Work Together To Make It Happen
What type of ingredients can I expect to find in Total Health Shift Worker?
What are vitamins?
Vitamins are organic compounds which the body needs to function normally. Needed in small amounts, there are 13 known vitamins which can be classified as fat or water soluble. Fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) are easier for the human body to store than water soluble vitamins (C and the group of B-complex). Fat soluble vitamins get stored in the liver therefore regular consumption may not be required, whereas water soluble vitamins need to be consumed regularly as they cannot be stored in the body.
What do they do for me?
Each vitamin serves its own distinct purpose in the human body, supporting essential bodily functions, health and normal growth.
What foods can I get vitamins from?
Vitamins are present in animal and plant based foods. Whilst many foods can be a source of multiple vitamins, certain foods are rich in certain types of vitamins.
B6 - Helps the body make the hormone Serotonin (which regulates mood) and norepinephrine (helps body cope with stress); supports melatonin for sleep.
B9 – Known as folate (a natural occurring form B9) – nerves, adrenal system, support essential metabolic processes.
B12 - Nerves and blood cells at genetic level, prevention of anaemia (megaloblastic) which makes people tired.
B3 (Niacin) - Lowers cholesterol, protect heart disease/ cardiovascular, type 1 diabetes treatment, boosts brain function, improves skin, reduces arthritis symptoms
Rice / Grains / Meat / Fish / Eggs / Milk / Cheese / Beans / Lentils / Seeds & nuts / Broccoli / Spinach / Citrus fruits / Avocado / Banana
Supports Immunity, cardiovascular, eyes and skin, as well as being a strong antioxidant.
Broccoli / Cauliflower / Kale / Kiwi / Melon / Orange juice / Peppers / Sweet potato / Strawberries / Tomatoes
Supports the immune system, regulates absorption of calcium and phosphorus; supports normal growth and maintenance of bones and teeth, improves resistance.
Milk products / Fish / Mushrooms / Egg yolk / Sun exposure
For strong immunity and healthy skin and eyes; antioxidant, protect cell damage.
Olive oil / Coconut oil / Sunflower oil / Broccoli / Kale/ Spinach / Avocado / Almonds / Peanuts
Bone / Brain / Heart
Bone health and wound healing. Fat soluble vitamin that makes proteins for healthy bones and normal blood clotting - produces 4 of the 13 proteins for blood clotting. K2 is specifically for bone and heart health and may play role in peripheral nervous system as K1 is for blood coagulation.
Spinach / Asparagus / Broccoli / Eggs / Beans / Strawberries / Meat / Fish oils
What are minerals?
A mineral is a chemical element from the earth which plants and animals feed on to provide nutrients i.e. an inorganic substance. Like vitamins the human body needs some minerals in larger quantities than others. Those needed in larger quantities are known as macro minerals and those needed in smaller (less than 100mg) are known as trace minerals. Minerals required for our bodies to operate effectively are hard to consume in necessary amounts through diet alone. Drinking filtered or purified water can take away another natural source of minerals in our diet. Minerals essential for health include calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, chloride, magnesium, iron, zinc, iodine, chromium, copper, fluoride, molybdenum, manganese, and selenium.
What do they do for me?
Minerals are essential nutrients to allow life supporting functions to be performed. They are important for building strong bones and teeth, blood, skin, hair, nerve function, muscle and for metabolic processes such as those that turn the food we eat into energy.
What foods can I get minerals from?
Minerals can be found in many foods and in the water we consume. The highest minerals in food include nuts, dark leafy greens, beans, seeds, shellfish, fish, mushrooms, whole grains, low-fat dairy, beef and lamb, whole grains, avocados, cheese, dried fruits, and tofu.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Like Q10 Alpha Lipoic Acid is a naturally occurring compound that is made in the body. It supports cellular energy and other vital functions at a cell level.
It has been shown to enhance the body's ability to use its own insulin to lower blood sugar, reduce nerve damage (neuropathy) which can be caused by diabetes; reduce inflammation, slow skin ageing and improve nerve function. It has also been shown to restore vitamin levels e.g. E and C.
Chloride helps maintain the balance of fluids in the body, helps send nerve impulses and is an essential component of our stomach’s digestive juices.
Chromium became a popular mineral in the 1950's by it's association with diabetes treatment (via consumption of brewer’s yeast) and a ‘glucose tolerant factor’.
Enhances the action of insulin, a hormone critical to the metabolism and storage of carbohydrate, fat, and protein in the body.
Metabolism / Bodily balance
Copper is vital to health. Aids making of red blood cells and absorption of iron, supports nerve cells and immunity.
High copper foods include seafood, mushrooms, tofu, sweet potatoes, sesame seeds, cashews, chickpeas, salmon, dark chocolate, and avocados.
Blood / Nerves / Immunity
Co-Enzyme Q10 is a compound vitamin like substance which is a naturally occurring nutrient in the body.
It aids the provision of energy to cells as well as being an antioxidant and supporter of cell growth and maintenance. Q10 also works to support the immune system and reducing high cholesterol levels in the blood. Lower levels are associated with many diseases and it has been known to be used in the treatment of heart health.
Cellular Energy / Heart / Immunity /
Iron is important for the making of red blood cells. Deficiency can lead to anaemia.
Eliminate fatigue, support immune system, blood pressure and heart (proper function of haemoglobin, a protein needed to transport oxygen in the blood), vital body processes.
Energy / Immunity / Blood
Magnesium is involved in over 600 cellular reactions in your body including the signalling between your brain and body and regulation.
Supports cellular energy production, reduce muscle soreness, stiffness and leg cramps, promote bone health, calcium transportation, detox and may help support healthy blood sugar levels; metabolic.
Cellular energy / Bones / Heart
Potassium is important in body as it regulates fluid balance, muscle
contractions and nerve signals. It also aid digestion in the breaking down of carbohydrates.
Blood / Energy
Selenium is a powerful antioxidant, identified as potentially defending
against chronic diseases (heart, asthma symptoms, mental decline) and important for Thyroid Health.
Antioxidant / Disease defence
Supports a healthy immune system, wound healing, taste and smell
senses, necessary for the activity of over 300 enzymes that aid in metabolism, digestion, nerve function and many other processes.
Immunity / Wound healing / Supports enzymes - nerves, metabolism and digestion
What are Amino Acids?
Amino acids are compounds that combine to make proteins. So they are in essence the building blocks of protein. Your body needs 20 different amino acids to function and grow, of these 9 amino acids are classified as essential meaning they cannot be made by the body and must come from food, namely histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.
What do they do for me?
The body combines amino acids in various amounts of ways to carry out a range of important bodily functions e.g. protein synthesis, hormones and neurotransmitters, tissue repair and nutrient absorption.
What foods can I get Amino Acids from?
When you eat a food that contains protein, your digestive system breaks that protein down into
amino acids. The best sources of essential amino acids are animal proteins like meat, eggs and
L-Leucine is an essential amnio acid. Leucine has potential benefits for weight, maintaining lean muscle mass
and cholesterol levels as well as other reported health benefits.
Leucine has been associated with slowing muscle degeneration/ wasting, endurance, increased energy production, (used in the biosynthesis of proteins, increases protein and muscle); reduces hardening of
arteries, liver and kidneys.
Muscles/ Endurance / Energy
Acetyl L-carnitine - Building block for proteins (helps produce energy but does not make protein as it transports fats and enzymes central to fat metabolism into the energy producing structures of every cell). This form of carnitine has been associated with supporting mental health, depression, memory, dealing with shock, trauma, resilience, nerve pain.
It has also been shown to be important for heart and brain function, muscle movement, and many other body processes. Meat is a primary source of Acetyl L-Carnitine.
Mental health / Brain / Nerve function
An anti inflammatory, cardiovascular, organic acid which acts as a lipid/membrane stabilizer in the body and can aid various anti-oxidant defence systems. Heavily researched as an anti-diabetic compound due to its actions on organs of the body of most concern to diabetics (kidney, eye, nerve health) as well as controlling blood sugar while reducing some forms of insulin resistance.
Taurine is only found in meats and dairy.
Anti inflammatory / Heart / Eye / Nerve health
What are Plant Extracts?
A plant extract is a substance or an active ingredient which has properties of benefit or interest that is systematically removed from the tissue of a plant to be used for a specific purpose. The plant extraction process is usually via treatment with a solvent – ethanol or water. Plant extracts can be put into a liquid, tincture, powder or absolute form depending on the strength or concentration required – pure extracts being the strongest.
What do they do for me?
Plant extracts normally deliver the targeted property they were extracted for.
What foods can I get these plant extracts from?
Extracts are taken from many spices, herbs, fruits and flowers.
Milk Thistle - Silymarin
Milk thistle is a traditional herbal treatment for the liver. The seeds of the milk thistle plant contain silymarin, a flavonoid (group of compounds) known for antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties.
Liver health-therapeutic compound and detox and positive bile impact, Diabetes and heartburn.
Liver / Detox / Digestion
Turmeric Extract - Curcuminoids
Turmeric is one of the oldest and most esteemed health benefiting plant extracts in the world – which can be traced by to more than 5,000 years of Ayurveda herbal support. Curcumin is the most abundant curcuminoid – the component of turmeric associated with health benefit.
Anti inflammatory and antioxidant; healthy digestion as it helps with the two measures of digestive efficiency - gut inflammation and gut permeability.
Digestion / Anti inflammatory
What are Fatty Acids?
Fatty acids are the building blocks of the fat in our bodies and in the food we eat. During digestion, the body breaks down fats into fatty acids, which can then be absorbed into the blood. Fatty acid molecules are usually joined together in groups of three, forming a molecule called a triglyceride. Triglycerides are also made in our bodies from the carbohydrates that we eat.
What foods can I get Fatty Acids from?
Fatty Acids can be found in fish and other seafood (especially cold-water fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring, and sardines), nuts and seeds (such as flaxseed, chia seeds, and walnuts); plant oils (such as flaxseed oil, soybean oil, and canola oil)
Fish Oil Microencapsulated
Key role in many bodily functions - heart, brain, vision.
Fish oil has been shown to help increase “good” HDL cholesterol, lower triglycerides (or blood fats), reduce blood pressure, prevent plaques from forming in arteries, and stave off hardening of the arteries. Microencapsulation is a process by which the fish oil is treated to limit its taste and smell so giving the benefit of the oil without the after taste or fishy smell.
Heart / Brain / Vision
(caprylic acid, capric acid and lauric acid)
Enhanced performance body and brain – cognitive function, memory, Antimicrobial and Antiviral support.
Coconut Oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm and contains more than 80% saturated fat. It is made of up of three fatty acids: caprylic acid, capric acid and lauric acid. Pure coconut oil contains about 50% of lauric acid – a strong anti bacterial component of Coconut Oil. Caprylic acid is a medium-chain fatty acid with potent antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Brain / Bodily Function
What are Live Cultures?
Live cultures are friendly bacteria (living microorganisms) which may also be known as probiotics e.g. Lactobacillus acidophilus or Bifidobacterium infantis. They are commonly consumed for health and have gained a lot of recent attention in the media for their health promoting properties. Most live cultures are the same or similar to bacteria already naturally found in the body.
What do they do for me?
Each type of bacteria brings different types of benefit to the body, with all showing a link to supporting immunity, digestion and stress resistance. Some live cultures support the levels of gut friendly bacteria colonies present in the body, produce substances to support specific health effects and/or support the body’s own immune system response.
What foods can I get these Live Cultures from?
Dairy and fermented foods are the main sources of live cultures. Yogurt is the best source, Kefir,
Sauerkraut, Tempeh, Kimchi, Miso, Kombucha, pickles, buttermilk, some cheeses e.g. cheddar,
mozzarella and gouda. No minimum level for benefit has been defined but the consumption of
products containing a few million bacteria relate to health support.
Live Culture - Bacillus Coagula
Bacillus coagula (also known as B. coagulans) is a friendly bacteria strain which directly supports digestive health and encourages a healthy immune system as well as supporting the absorption of nutrients.
Bacillus coagula assists gut health by producing lactic acid in the digestive tract.
General Health / Immunity / Digestive Health