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So what goes into our Supplement?

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.

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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

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The ingredients that work together to make it happen

What type of ingredients can I expect to find in Total Health Shift Worker?

 

Vitamins

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 was 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.

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Vitamin B

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

Vitamin C

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

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Vitamin D

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

Vitamin E

For strong immunity and healthy skin and eyes; antioxidant, protect cell damage.

Olive oil / Coconut oil / Sunflower oil / Broccoli / Kale/ Spinach / Avocado / Almonds / Peanuts

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Vitamin K

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

 

Minerals

What are minerals?

A mineral is a chemical element from the earth which plants and animals feed on to provide a human edible form of nutrient 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.

Bodily balance

Chloride

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.

Bodily Balance

Chromium

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

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

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 /
Cholesterol

Iron

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

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

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

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

Zinc

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

Amino Acids

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 but only 9 amino
acids are classified as essential, 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 and ways to carry out a range of important
bodily functions e.g. protein synthesis, balancing hormones, neurotransmission, 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
poultry.

 
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L-leucine

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

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Acetyl L-carnitine

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

 

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Taurine

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

 

 

Plant Extracts

What are Plant Extracts?

A plant extract is a substance or an active ingredient which has properties of benefit or
interest that are 
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.

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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

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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

Fatty Acids

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)

 
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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

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Coconut oil
(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

 

Live Cultures

What are Live Cultures?

Live cultures are friendly bacteria (living microorganisms) also 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 with
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.

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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

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