Archturus Range Information
Achieve the Balance - The Theory Behind The Archturus Range.

Homeostasis: the balance we all strive to achieve where our body receives the exact nutrients and exercise it needs to maintain its functions at optimal levels.

Why Should We Take Nutritional Supplements?

Many people question the need for taking vitamins and minerals, whilst others swear by the increased sense of well-being they feel as they follow a regular supplementation program. We also hear from people that taking supplements gives us ‘expensive water’ and that a ‘well balanced diet’ provides all the nutrition your body needs. So what are we to do?
If our vitality is strong and vibrant, our bodies are able to resist the accumulation of toxins thrown at it so that we remain in good health: Homeostasis. However this vitality (also known as life force) can all too often be depressed by many factors such as poor diet, stressful jobs, financial difficulties, unhappy relationships… the list is very long, especially in the fast paced, convenience driven world we live in. When our vitality is compromised, toxins accumulate more readily and the production of energy within the cells is badly affected. The cells try to expel the toxins as they do so they use higher levels of vitamins and minerals as their fuel to replenish our vitality.

Why Are The Archturus Special Formulations More Effective?

Archturus believes that illness or non optimal body function is more likely to occur if the body is knocked out of homeostasis by lifestyle or environmental factors. To maintain health and vitality, the body regulates itself within certain parameters whatever the outside environment is. For instance, body temperature is optimal if it is kept constant. So when it goes into a cold environment, the body will conserve heat constricting the blood vessels nearer to the skin and directing blood flow to major operating organs. Similarly in a hot environment the body will dilate blood vessels nearer to the skin create sweat to allow it to cool through evaporation.

Most nutrients don’t work in isolation, they depend on each other for optimum absorption and use within the body. For instance, zinc requires vitamin B6 for optimum use within the body. Therefore, supplementing with zinc in isolation will eventually cause a deficiency of vitamin B6. The Archturus products are based on naturopathic principles, but have integrated scientific research done by Dr Lawrence Plaskett. His research assures that our unique formulations are safe, gentle, balanced and based upon their complementary action at cellular level.

Our supplements work with the individual’s own resources towards building the necessary blocks to regain balance. Dr Plaskett’s formulations are not based on high doses, but well balanced components. Each of our capsules contains carefully studied nutrient combinations in very safe and effective doses. This gives both the individual and the practitioner more flexibility to target their specific needs. All of our products are manufactured in the UK under Pharmaceutical Standards, using only prime quality materials. We only use those nutrient forms with proven maximum bioavailability.

We are dedicated to an increased understanding of health through a true balance.

The Archturus range gives both practitioners and patients a reliable range of multi-mineral and vitamin formulae containing the right proportions of nutrients for the most favourable results. This means that if someone has an extra requirement for a specific nutrient, the formula of choice will be designed accordingly so that the overall nutrient balance is maintained and the risks of inappropriate supplementation reduced. Supplementary nutrients make powerful and effective tools in the healing process, but only when used correctly and in the right proportions. The Archturus range provides this opportunity.

Immune support action plan

Allergies are caused by an altered immune response to substances that are usually harmless. They are not only triggered by pollens and fungi which are at their most prolific at this time of year. Many people suffer year round with allergies to foods, animal fur or chemicals. The symptoms of allergies range from blocked sinuses, foggy-headedness, tight chest, watering eyes, sneezing and itching to IBS, asthma, fatigue and depression. An optimally functioning immune system is an important focus when managing allergies. Immune support action plan.

1. Ensure your intake of antioxidants

Antioxidantsare important protector nutrients. They destroy destructive substances called free radicals. Free radicals attack cell membranes and our bodies are subjected to them on a daily basis, from, for example normal metabolic processes, medications, stress and pollutants. Healthy cell membranes are vital to immunity since they act as protective barriers against foreign invaders.

Fruit and vegetables are the best food sources of antioxidants. Vitamins A, C and E and the minerals zinc and selenium are the primary antioxidant nutrients. There are also many plant antioxidants e.g. catechins from green tea, curcumin (from turmeric), pine bark and grapeseed.

2. Ensure intake of other specific nutrients

Vitamin A strengthens the delicate outer membranes of the nose, throat, digestive tract and lungs. These membranes are the first line of defence against attack from the outside. Vitamin A deficiency increases the risk of infection. We are talking about vitamin A “proper” here or retinol, not beta carotene which has to be converted into vitamin A and is not always done so efficiently.

Vitamin C is a major immune support nutrient. Eat more peppers, watercress, cabbage, blackcurrants, peas, strawberries, lemons, kiwi fruit, oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes.

Bioflavonoids
sometimes referred to as vitamin P, are potent antioxidants which occur naturally with vitamin C. In plants, flavonoids help protect against cell damage, parasites and bacteria. They help promote good circulation of blood to lung tissue and support healthy immune function. Found in peppers, berries and citrus fruits.

Zinc is absolutely vital for a healthy immune system. The production and function of immune cells and immune related hormones are all dependent on adequate zinc levels. A poor sense of taste or smell, reduced appetite, frequent infections and white spots on the nails may be signs of zinc deficiency. Stress, alcohol and pollution deplete zinc levels. A very high fibre diet is likely to interfere with zinc absorption. Zinc is not found abundantly in foods apart from meat such as lamb and seafood. The best vegetarian sources are pecan nuts, oats, rye, dried split peas and ground pumpkin seeds.

Vitamin D is vitally important for immune function. It is now recognized that deficiency is much more widespread across the whole population than was previously thought. The body will make vitamin D but it needs sunlight to do so. Advice to cover up and use high factor sun protection creams as well as the fact that we aren’t overwhelmed with sunshine in the UK, makes us vulnerable to low vitamin D. Food sources: butter, cheese, oily fish, seeds.

3. Alkalise your diet

Excess acidity goes hand in hand with chronic diseases and will weaken your defences. Vegetables and fruit are supremely alkalizing. Other alkalising foods are avocados, fresh coconut, maple syrup and molasses. Fresh vegetable juices are highly recommended not only for their alkalising effect but to supply concentrated antioxidants.

4. Keep these foods low

Chemically modified (hydrogenated) oils and fats. These will mostly be found in baked goods, ready meals and confectionary. Sugar blocks the uptake of vitamin C, a key immune enhancing vitamin and it provides ideal food for yeast organisms to flourish in your gut. Alcohol and processed food full of additives give the liver a lot of extra detoxification work to do.

5. Relaxation

Do everything you can to manage stress. The adrenal glands help defend the body against stress and infection. If we are constantly stressed the adrenals are producing large quantities of adrenalin which has a wear and tear effect on the body. Strong negative emotions and stress also contribute to acidity and are known to weaken immunity.

6. Exercise

Exercise regularly to stimulate the lymphatic circulation which is the body’s waste disposal system. Use a natural bristle brush to dry skin brush, stroking towards the heart before bathing or showering is also great for stimulating lymphatic flow. A cardiovascular workout will help sweat out toxins and burn off excess adrenaline which the body produces under stress.

Is your Gut Imbalanced?
Imbalanced Gut Flora

The average gut contains around 3lb of micro organisms, some beneficial and some disease causing. In a healthy gut, the “friendly” bacteria predominate and they help support good digestion.

Food Intolerances

Food intolerances can cause digestive problems and can also in turn, be caused by poor digestion. They may result in unpleasant symptoms that occur up to 72 hours after eating a food. Food intolerances can be detected by following an elimination diet or using a food intolerance test kit, that can be purchased from Archturus.

Stress

How you eat is as important as what you eat, in order to provide your body with the right conditions for digestion. Learning how to relax is one of the best things you can do to help your digestion! There are a multitude of nerve endings in the gut and it is often called the second brain for this reason. If you are stressed when you eat, digestive function slows down as the body goes into “fight or flight” mode as if it were preparing for an emergency. Taking time over meals can be a real challenge in our 24 hour society but it is really important.

Getting to the cause of the problem depends on each individual case and you may want to work with a nutritional therapist. If you need help finding a practitioner in your local area, call Archturus.

FOODS TO SUPPORT DIGESTION
  • Eat more sprouted foods, which are the superfoods for the intestines. A sprout is a germinating plant, which is packed with nutrients. Because the plant is in such an active growth phase, the nutrients in sprouts are particularly charged with life force and they are very bio available to the body. Seeds, beans and grains are all good for sprouting e.g. Mung, quinoa, alfalfa, chickpeas, radish, sunflower, buckwheat, barley and oats are just a few examples. Buy ready sprouted foods or find an inexpensive sprouter in a health food shop or department store.
  • Live yoghurt. Unlike other dairy products such as cheese and pasteurised milk, live yoghurt is highly beneficial because fermentation alters the milk solids and creates live bacteria. Look for goat or sheep varieties which contain easier to digest protein molecules.
  • Brown rice and Millet form a soft fibrous mass, which is non irritant and cleansing to the gut. Linseeds, oats and Oat bran are also good.
  • Fruit and Vegetables, in plentiful quantities and ideally organic to avoid pesticide residues.
  • Vegetable as opposed to animal protein, for example from tofu, nuts (except peanuts) beans, lentils and peas. Lentils and beans need soaking well to remove the gas producing substances.
  • Asafoetida is an Aromatic resin from the root of the giant fennel. Added in small quantities to bean and lentil dishes it helps prevent gas.
  • Black pepper, nutmeg, garlic and ginger root are supportive foods for the colon.
Probiotic Range:

Archturus Probiotic Plus contains 3.5 billion live bacteria per capsule and includes 5 new strains of bacteria in response to the latest research.

Supplementing omega 3 fish oil as well as a probiotic is thought to improve implantation and colonisation of the good bacteria. ESKIMO-3 is a one of the purest fish oils available, having undergone rigorous decontamination processes.

The Archturus Guarantee
  • We do not use artificial flow agents, fillers and binders in our supplements. In fact we add very few additional ingredients and those that we do use are entirely natural, such as brown rice flour.
  • We use vegetable based, nongelatine capsules which many people find easier to swallow and absorb. Using capsules means we need minimal extra additives. This is because the contents of a tablet need to be held together, for example with binding materials whereas a capsule provides an outer casing which can be more completely filled with active ingredients.
  • We use minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc in the citrate form for maximum absorption. We never use carbonates or oxides. When you take an Archturus multivitamin and mineral, you’ll really feel it working!
  • We use pre-formed vitamin A (acetate) rather than beta carotene due to the poor conversion of beta carotene into vitamin A.
  • Archturus have always insisted on using the purest ingredients from trusted British suppliers, even when it costs more. Some companies compromise quality for cheap raw materials bought overseas from unchecked sources. This means higher profit margins for the company but less benefit for the consumer. No wonder that so many kinesiologists tell us that Archturus supplements repeatedly “muscle test” better than many other brands.

Try them for yourself and find out!

Why should we take Nutritional Supplements?

Many people question the need for taking vitamins and minerals, whilst others swear by the increased sense of well-being they feel as they follow a regular supplementation programme. We also hear that taking supplements gives us ‘expensive urine’ and that a ‘well balanced diet’ provides all the nutrients our body needs. So, what are we supposed to do?

If our vitality is strong and vibrant our bodies are able to resist the accumulation of toxins so that we remain in good health. But this vitality can all too often be depressed by many factors such as poor diet, stressful jobs, financial difficulties, unhappy relationships… the list is very long, especially in the fast–paced, convenience–driven world we live in.

Toxins are all around us, in the environment, in food and in water. The immune system defends us against invading organisms but in doing this it produces harmful substances. Metabolising food to produce energy also generates a degree of toxicity. The colon can be another major source of ‘pollution’, particularly in western diets. Many people have inherited toxicity through their parents and some people have weak constitutions or weak organs which concentrate toxicity more readily.

When the environment we work in is depressed or stressed, toxins accumulate more readily and the production of energy within the cells is badly affected. As all the cells in the body try very hard to expel toxins they use high levels of vitamins and minerals as their fuel. The nutrients make a direct and strong attack on toxins. This in turn means that more energy is produced further enhancing a person’s vitality. This leads us back to good, vibrant health.

Health can be improved by influencing by both reducing the levels of toxicity coming into the body from the diet and the environment and is also helped by supplying plentiful amounts of minerals and vitamins.

As Nutritionists, our preferred route is to give the body a plentiful supply of minerals and vitamins so that it can fight toxicity and break down the vicious cycle of ill health and chronicity many people are locked into.

The fight against toxicity is not a ‘one off’ cleansing which one does every month or every year, but a constant balancing act. In simple terms we could say that the difference between health and disease is directly related to the levels of toxicity you carry in your body—the lighter the load, the more robust your health will be and the more vital you will feel!

We can all enhance our health by taking these simple steps:

  • Consume a wholesome diet.
  • Take good levels of minerals and vitamins to help in the fight against toxicity and to rectify any nutritional
    deficiencies that may be present.
  • Improve bowel conditions by taking a good bowel flora supplement.
  • Reducing the levels of stress in our lives.
Why Are The Archturus Special Formulations So Good?
Most nutrients don’t work in isolation, they depend on each other for optimum absorption and use within the body. For example, Zinc requires vitamin B6 for optimum use within the body. Therefore, supplementing with zinc in isolation will eventually cause a deficiency of vitamin B6.

Many people however, are unaware of this fact and often read about a specific nutrient, buy it in their local health food shop, and the result is inappropriate and out-of-balance supplementation. The Archturus Formulae are designed to take account of the complex interactions between nutrients so that the best possible results can be achieved.

The Archturus range gives both practitioners and patients a reliable range of multi-mineral and vitamin formulae containing the right proportions of nutrients for the most favourable results. This means that if someone has an extra requirement for a specific nutrient, the formula of choice will be designed accordingly so that the overall nutrient balance is maintained and the risks of inappropriate supplementation reduced. Supplementary nutrients make powerful and effective tools in the healing process, but only when used correctly and in the right proportions. The Archturus range provides this opportunity.

The formulae provide a convenient way to take several nutrients at once, reducing the need for many different bottles or jars of individual nutrients. This in turn makes it a more economical way to supplement the diet.

They are free of commonly used additives, such as binders, fillers, flow agents, some of which may cause allergic reactions and can upset the overall balance of nutrients.

The formulae are encapsulated, rather than made into tablets. This makes them easier to swallow and they are likely to be absorbed easier. Both the contents and capsules are vegan.

All the minerals within the formulae are in the citrate form, such as calcium citrate, magnesium citrate etc. for increased absorption. Citrates do not upset the stomach like some other types of inorganic minerals.

The comprehensive range of formulae allow great flexibility within treatment, since specific nutrients can be increased and highlighted as appropriate, without losing the fundamental balance of the whole.

The Rationale Behind The Archturus Range

In order to get the best results from supplements an ideal diet will be:

  • Free from salt, sugar, dairy products, yeast, processed foods, chemical additives, stimulants and alcoholic beverages.
  • High in leaf, root and stem vegetables and in ‘neutral grains’ (ie. without gluten), such as millet and brown rice.
  • High in antioxidant vegetables eg: onions, garlic, cabbage, broccoli, watercress, Brussels sprouts.
  • Low in saturated fats, high in essential fatty acids, especially of the Omega-3 variety which are abundant in fish, edible linseed oil and fish oil.
  • Low in animal-derived foods. These foods are main sources of protein so they should be replaced to some extent with pulses which also contain good levels of dietary protein.
  • Organically grown rather than conventionally grown to avoid the intake of pesticides, herbicides, hormones and antibiotics.
How To Use The Archturus Range Of Special Formulations In The Maintenance Of Good Health

Minerals and vitamins are the foundation of good health and you may want to take a good multi–nutrient supplement to help you cope with a busy life, stress and polluted environments.

The Archturus range of special formulations has been designed with the complex interactions of many nutrients in mind, so you know the balance is right. The choice of formulation may vary according to your particular circumstances eg your diet, depth of disease, stress levels etc. If you are unsure which one is best for you, please call our Advice Line on 01342 888 099 and we will be happy to assist you.

Basic Formula 1 up to 6 Capsules per day

Basic Formula 2 up to 5 Capsules per day

Magnesium Formula 1 and 2 up to 5 Capsules per day

High Zinc and Manganese Formula 1 and 2 up to 4 Capsules per day

Choline and Inositol Formula 1 and 2 up to 5 Capsules per day

AA Formula (in acute reactions) up to 12 Capsules per day

Special Antioxidant Formula up to 6 Capsules per day

Free Aminos Formula up to 6 Capsules per day

Comprehensive Formula up to 9 Capsules per day

Practitioner Supplement Prescriptions

Usually Consist Of Several Items From Amongst:

  1. A Bowel Flora product (eg Acidophilus, Bifidobacteria)
  2. A form of Magnesium/Calcium Supplement
  3. Vitamin B Complex and Vitamin A, or A & D
  4. Trace Minerals
  5. Extra quantities of Zinc and Manganese
  6. Extra quantities of Choline and Inositol
  7. Extra Pantothenate, Vitamin C or Vitamin E
  8. Potassium supplementation
  9. Individual free-form Amino Acids or a free-form Amino Acid Formulation
    1, 2 and 3 are usually essential; 4 – 9 more optional; Other nutrients may be required for specific healing purposes, eg. psyllium husks, bowel cleansing herbs, EFAs etc