The best Vitamins to take when you work nights.

The best Vitamins to take when you work nights.

Many South Africans work while most of us sleep, While the roles of these workers — which include individuals in health care, transportation and other industries — is vital, it can also take a toll on their health. Night shift workers are at risk for sleep disorders and nutritional deficiencies as well as gastrointestinal problems and impaired organ functioning. Certain vitamin supplements may help address nutritional deficiencies, facilitate sleep and reduce your risk of developing chronic illnesses associated with night shift work. Check with your doctor before using any vitamin supplement.

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

Individuals who engage in shift work have a higher incidence of medical problems explains a 2005 article published in the “Journal of Circadian Rhythms.” This article also included a research study that found that men who worked a rotating shift schedule that includes night shifts have more evidence of oxidative stress in their blood. Oxidative stress is associated with cellular damage and certain types of cancer. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals that are produced by oxidative stress and cause the damage. Vitamin C also can reduce the duration of a cold or flu, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University in the USA. McNab’s Supercharge Fizz are naturally flavoured with lemon extract and contains all the vitamins needed to turn food into energy for your brain and muscles, helping to keep you both mentally sharp and physically active. Vitamin C together with selenium provides added antioxidant protection and a boost to your immune system,  helping you to stay fighting fit.

Vitamin D

Your body produces vitamin D when you are exposed to sunlight or consume vitamin-D-enriched foods like milk. Vitamin D plays an important role in the absorption of calcium in the body. Night shift workers may be at higher risk for thinning of the bones from inadequate vitamin D. A 2009 study published in “Osteoporosis International” found that female nurses who engaged in night shift work for more than 20 years had a higher incidence of wrist and hip fractures. The researchers suggest that the results may be attributed to inadequate vitamin D stores that subsequently impede the absorption of calcium.

Vitamin E

The adverse effects of chronic antioxidant stress include an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Like vitamin C, vitamin E is an antioxidant in the body that can reduce this risk. A 1995 study published in “Circulation” found that women who worked night shifts as nurses had a higher incidence of heart disease. In addition, vitamin E provides your body with protection against damage caused by toxic substances. These substances, which include cleaning chemicals and industrial solvents, are often present in night shift work environments, particularly those that are performed indoors. McNab’s Superguard is a convenient and affordable single dose sachet that provides you with a carefully formulated dose of the vitamins A, B, C, D, E and the minerals, and herbs to boost your immune system and also give you that much-needed boost of energy.