What are Probiotics? (live beneficial bacteria)

It’s not just our own body that is important in supporting our health. We have trillions of bacteria living inside us. In fact they outnumber our own body cells. And that must mean they are quite important, surely? Yes, it does. In fact, they are essential to health.


Having such a large community or other organisms living inside us might sound somewhat scary, but we have ‘symbiotic’ relationship with them. We’ve evolved together, and just like the animals we share our environment with, we depend on each other. The good bacteria, often called probiotic, or beneficial bacteria need a place to live, eat and reproduce, and in turn their metabolic activity supports our own health in multiple ways. In fact, we literally could not live without them.


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Top Five Digestions Tips from Lepicol

The Great Loo Taboo: research suggest that the number of people suffering from digestive health issues, including IBS, is higher than thought. Yet talking about bowel health is still a taboo subject for many people.


Maintaining bowel health is incredibly important and lifestyle changes, which include sufficient hydration, exercise, relaxation and potential dietary adjustments are paramount. Here are the top 5 digestion tips to address by our partners Lepicol:

  1. Live Bacteria
  2. Fibre
  3. Stress
  4. Water
  5. Exercise


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Pregnant? Ensure sufficient Vitamin D3!

Insufficient levels of Vitamin D during pregnancy can be detrimental to child development*


Aside from all other already established general health benefits, Vitamin D deficiency in expectant mothers during pregnancy may also have a negative effect on the social development as well as on the motor skills of pre-school age children, a new study in the British Journal of Nutrition reveals.


*University of Surrey, July 2017 

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Unsere 6 Top Tips für Kinder zum Immunschutz und für optimale Energie in der Schule

Das neue Schuljahr hat bereits wieder angefangen - wie können Eltern Ihre Kinder unterstützen hinsichtlich deren Ernährung, um sowohl die Immunabwehr optimal zu gewährleisten als auch um die Gehirnfunktion & Energie positiv zu beeinflussen. Lesen Sie einige Tips in englischer Sprache von unserem BioCare Clinical Nutritionist Team:


As the new school year approaches, the manic school runs, last minute homework and unexpected spelling tests are out of our control, but as parents, we can provide our children with all the tools they need to keep their health in check. With optimum baseline nutrition, we can look to strengthen their immune defences and gear up their brains ready for the new term ahead!

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Healthy heart: Omega-3 vs. Statins. Nature wins!

Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development and contribute to a normal heart function*. Your body cannot produce them, hence the necessity to obtain omega-3 through food.

So how does Omega-3 supplementation compare with statins when it comes to preventing cardiac issues? Comparing the two major reviews done for each - for Omega-3 seems to suggest the natural way is more effective. The Omega-3 review in total was pooling 14 trials over 71,000 people while the Statins review looked at 17 trials involving 57,000 people.

A recent review in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology looked at all major studies testing the effects of supplementing Omega-3 fish oils. Fourteen randomised-controlled trials involving over 71 thousand people, were pooled, out of which there had been 1,746 cardiac deaths. At first sight, Omega-3 supplementation was associated with an 8% reduction in cardiac death. Good but not great. However, larger effects were present with higher dosages and in higher risk subgroups. Those taking 1 gram or more of omega-3 (combined EPA + DHA) had up to 29% lower risk. For those with cardiovascular risk factors (raised triglycerides or LDL cholesterol) the risk reduction was 17%. You can read the full review here.


So how does this compare to the benefit you would expect with statins? The European Heart Journal published results of a major European study in 2015. The results of 17 trials where pooled, involving over 57 thousand people in which there had been 433 cardiac deaths. There were 213 deaths in people on statins and 220 in those not taking statins. This risk reduction was only 3%. You can read the full summary here.

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Grapeseeds - Long History of Medicinal and Nutritional Benefits

Grapes have been heralded for their medicinal & nutritional value for thousands of years:

Egyptians ate grapes over 6,000 years ago, and a number of ancient Greek philosophers praised the healing power of grapes (most frequently in the form of wine). European healers used to make ointments from the sap of grapevines to treat skin and eye diseases. Additionally, the leaves were used to stop bleeding, inflammation, and pain. Unripe grapes were used to treat sore throats, and dried grapes (raisins) were used for constipation and thirst. Round, ripe, sweet grapes were used to treat a range of health problems including cancer, cholera, smallpox, nausea, eye infections, and skin, kidney, and liver diseases. Vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid, and OPCs are highly concentrated in grape seeds, making them a popular natural antioxidant.

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High Blood Pressure and Magnesium: Further Study Results

New research suggests that low dietary intake of magnesium increases the risk of hypertension.*


Previous research has shown that magnesium intake can help to reduce blood pressure but to date there has been little evidence to show that those who have high blood pressure have a diet that is low in magnesium.


*University of Hertfordshire research study, May 2017 

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Spirulina: Goodness from the Ultimate Source of the Food Chain

Spirulina (formerly Sea Plasma) is a natural supplement of phytoplankton, a highly nutritious food containing trace amounts of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and amino acids. 


Phytoplankton is the basis of the food chain and is the first organism to convert sunlight, heat, water and minerals into the substance of life.  


Phytoplankton has a completely unique combination of phytonutrients -including chlorophyll, phycocyanin and polysaccharides. As such, it may help support detoxification in the liver and a is an ideal adjunct during breastfeeding when nutrient requirements are increased.

Phytoplankton is a highly nutritious food, containing approximately 60% easily digested protein. It contains beneficial pigments, such as chlorophyll and carotenoids (in particular beta carotene), a range of vitamins (in particular across the B range and Vitamin E), a broad array of minerals (amongst others calcium & magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, potassium and sodium), fatty acids (Omega3 and 6) and a range of beneficial amino acids.


Sea Plasma is an ideal adjunct during pregnancy and breastfeeding when nutrient requirements are increased. If you'd would like to discuss increased nutrient requirements during pregnancy and breastfeeding in more detail, we recommend a discussion with a qualified nutritional theraphist . Chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants and phyto-plankton, is an ideal adjunct to support detoxification and an elimination diet. 


Given its broad range of nutrients and its vegan base, it is also frequently used by vegetarians and vegans to enhance their diet and to ensure an improved and more varied nutrient intake. The capsules can also be opened and content mixed with food - which makes spirulina a great nutrient boost in particular in green smoothies.


Click here to shop BioCare Spirulina. We also offer this product as part of our Detox Package.

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Peppermint: plenty of benefits for your health

Easy to grow, easy to incorporate into your diet, plenty of benefits: 


We grow lots of peppermint in our garden during the summer. It is easily maintained and grows like a weed, and once the colder month approach, you can dry it and continue using it during the winter months.


Aside from its use as a popular flavoring, peppermint is also used to soothe an upset stomach and to aid digestion. Given its calming and numbing effect it is often used to treat headaches, skin irritation, nausea, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, flatulence and anxiety associates with depression.

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Ginseng: Energy, Mental Performance & More

Ginseng use in ancient China, dating back more than 2,000 years, was driven by its perceived benefits for vitality, to support natural immunity, and to promote a feeling of wellbeing. 


We recommend supplementing with Ginseng in periods of low energy and/or high stress in order to support energy levels, alertness, cognition and to help counter fatigue and tiredness. 


Today, ginseng is sometimes called an "adaptogen," which is a substance that is supposed to help the body better cope with mental or physical stress. Scientists have not found any evidence that adaptogens exist. But ginseng has been studied for several conditions, and it is one of the most popular herbs not only in Asia but also in the United States and Europe.


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Our Toxic World

We are in constant contact with harmful organisms and pollutants. They are in our water, in our food, and in the air we breathe and it’s very difficult to get away from them. Over the past few decades the toxin levels have gradually increased with the employment of pesticides and insecticides in agriculture, our changing lifestyles that include excessive smoking and drinking and air pollution from power plants, cars and landfills.


Fortunately, there are ways to counteract some toxins, through healthy detoxification. Everyone can benefit from detoxification from when you are feeling below par to if you suffer from complex chronic diseases.


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Magnesium & Depression: Interesting new Study Results

Magnesium may be a supplement to consider for those with depression.


Pinpointing a treatment to alleviate depression can be difficult. As you weigh all the options, here’s new research to consider: a study published in PLoS One found magnesium may help reduce the symptoms of depression.

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Vegan? How to get enough Omega-3

With more and more evidence about both the benefits of sufficient EPA and DHA levels and the challenge obtaining sufficient amounts of it as part of a vegan or vegetarian diet, how can you ensure to get sufficient quantity and quality of omega-3 fats, which are essential for brain, heart, eyesight and immune system.


Looking at numerous studies, here are some of our takeaways:

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Magnesium - The Miracle Mineral

Every human organ requires magnesium, especially the heart, the muscles, and the kidneys. Magnesium also contributes to the makeup of bones and teeth, it activates enzymes, contributes to energy production and assists to regulate the levels of a whole range of other minerals, vitamins and nutrients in the body.


A range of foods can provide you with magnesium, in particular whole grains, nuts and green vegetables. Medical conditions lifestyle and other factors (such as stress, exercise/sweating, drinking too much coffee/soda/alcohol, too much salt, heavy menstrual periods) can lead to deficiencies.

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Reizdarmsyndrom in der Praxis (full article in English attached)

Das Reizdarmsyndrom ist eine relative häufige Funktionsstörung des Darms die Symptome wie Bauchschmerzen, Durchfall, Verstopfung sowie Blähungen mit sich bringen kann.


Die Betroffenen, im übrigen etwa doppelt so oft Frauen wie Männer, leider unter Darmbeschwerden, für die sich trotz gründlicher ärztlicher Untersuchungen, keine körperliche Ursache findet. Bei verschiedenen Menschen scheinen unterschiedliche Faktoren eine Rolle in der Entstehung zu spielen.


Eine einheitliche ursächliche Therapie des Reizdarms gibt es derzeit nicht, jedoch kann über eine Umstellung der Ernährung, der Behandlung mit Medikamenten, dem Nutzen von Nahrungsergänzungsmitteln, sowie körperlicher und psychisch unterstützender Massnahmen versucht werden den Reizdarm in den Griff zu bekommen.


Anbei ein weiterführender Artikel (in englischer Sprache) unserer Partner von BioCare zu diesem Thema.

Attached below, please find the full english article, with thanks to BioCare.

Hochwertige Nahrungsergänzung für Sportler - achten Sie auf das Informed Sports Gütesiegel!

Qualität für Athleten und Jedermann


Informed-Sport ist ein Qualitätssicherungsprogramm für Sporternährungsprodukte und Lieferanten für die Sporternährungsindustrie, sowie deren Produktionsstätten. Das Programm bescheinigt, dass jede Charge eines Ergänzungsprodukts und/oder Rohmaterials, das das Informed-Sport-Logo trägt, für verbotene Substanzen von LGCs Sport-Anti-Doping-Labor getestet wurde. 


Die Forschung hat gezeigt, dass einige Ergänzungsprodukte mit niedrigen Substanzen verunreinigt wurden, die von der WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) und anderen Sportorganisationen verboten sind. Das Informed-Sport-Programm arbeitet eng mit Ergänzungsherstellern und -lieferanten zusammen, indem sie die Qualitätssicherungssysteme der Produktionsstätten überprüfen, sowie analytischer Tests durchführen hinsichtlich der Produkte und Zutaten im Hinblick auf verbotenen Verunreinigungen oder Substanzen, die sonst ihren Weg in den Sport finden könnten. 


Das Programm zielt auch darauf ab, Athleten mit einem effektiven Risikomanagement-Service zu versorgen, damit sie Produkte auswählen können, die im Elite-Sport zusätzliche Qualitätskontrolle unterzogen haben. Mehr Informationen zu Informed Sports und den akkreditieren Produzenten und Produkten hier:

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Neue Studie zu Probiotika im Ausdauersport und deren Auswirkung auf die Darmfunktion

Darmgesundheit ist ein wichtiges Thema für Triathleten, Marathonläufer und andere Ausdauersportler


Die Studie von Roberts et al. veröffentlicht in dem Journal "Nutrients", bewertet die Auswirkungen von hochdosierten LAB4 Probiotika, sowie spezifischen Antioxidantien, auf Giftstoffniveaus im Darmtrakt am Beispiel von Langstrecken-Triathleten.


Das Team um Dr. Roberts kommt zu folgenden Schluss: "Durchgehende Ergänzung der Nahrung mit Multistammkulturen bestehend aus Probioitka und Prebiotika können eine individuelle Unterstützung zur Minimierung der GI-Symptome durch die Aufrechterhaltung der Darmpermeabilität bieten.  


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Healthy heart: focus on improving your omega-3 vs. omega-6 balance!

Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development and contribute to a normal heart function*. Your body cannot produce them, hence the necessity to obtain omega-3 through food.


It is very important though to get the balance right between omega-3 and omega-6. The Mediterranean diet - emphasising on fish, vegetables, olive oil, garlic and fresh fruit - does it much better than a traditional western diet, that can contain 10-25x more omega-6 than omega-3, which in turn can lead to high levels of inflammation and other negative effects.


Good food sources for Omega-3 include: flaxseed oil,  nuts (in particular walnuts & walnut oil), oily fish (such as mackerel, salmon, herring, anchovy, sardines), oysters, seeds (such as chia seeds), and - albeit in much lower dosage - a number of vegetables such as spinach, winter squash, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale and broccoli.

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Essential Facts About Fish Oils

Essential Facts about Fish Oils

We all know that consuming essential fats contained in fish oil can have great health benefits, including supporting heart health and brain function. Getting the right level through diet alone may be difficult, so how do you choose the right supplement?


Choosing the Best Fish Oil

Choosing a fish oil supplement can be complicated. Some fish oil products are marketed as natural, some pure, and some sustainable with no negative impact on the environment. All of these things are important. BioCare® fish oils are all of these things. And more.

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Limited time offer on BioCare Probiotics - extended to the end of February!

The month of love = loving your gut:


For each purchase of BioCare BioAcidophilus Forte 30 Caps we will automatically add one complimentary pack of TravelGuard® (worth CHF25.50).


(Note: No need for you to select the TravelGuard® product in the webshop, otherwise the system will charge you for it. We will add it for you!) For each BioCare BioAcidophilus Forte 60 Caps, you will receive two complimentary packs of TravelGuard® (or one bottle of 30 Caps MicroFloraGuard - same product as TravelGuard® in a bigger pack with a different name).

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