2 October 2018 | Editor
Getting the best nutrition for you and your baby is a top priority when youíre pregnant. But for many women, eating a healthy and varied diet isnít an easy choice. If you suffer from Ďmorningí sickness, some days you might find you canít eat anything, while on other days only a doughnut will do Ė and the thought of green leafy vegetables or a helping of quinoa can be nothing short of nauseating.
A solution to this temporary problem might be to support your diet with some high quality supplements. But with safety of paramount importance during pregnancy, which supplements should you take to ensure the best environment for your growing baby?
18 October 2017 | Editor
A mother’s levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids during pregnancy can impact upon childhood emotional and behavioural issues, a study has reports.
The study, published in the journal Pediatric Research, examined maternal levels of the long chained polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and omega-6 AA (arachidonic acid) alongside the 3/6 ratio in mid-pregnancy. Once the children reached the age of 6, behaviour and emotional problems were assessed using a combination of school teacher reports and parental behaviour checklists.
5 October 2017 | Editor
In today’s more stressful lifestyle, with snatched meals, hectic schedule and pre-packed, badly designed, packaged food, we don’t get what we need. That’s why such a high proportion of people now take multivitamins to top up the deficiency in their diets.
At different times of life and at times of more specific needs, we need to examine what nutrients are necessary and a “one size fits all” multivitamin just won’t cut it. So you need two special multivitamins: one for women and one for men. This article shows where they are different and why.
15 May 2017 | Editor
It goes without saying that a healthy diet is crucial to a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby but many people are unaware that diet can help to correct hormone imbalances that may affect your ability to conceive. There are also certain foods and drinks that are known to lower fertility.
But can supplements help and should you consider them?
22 September 2016 | Editor
When you consider that about 300 million sperm will be trying to make their way to the cervix, but only one million will make it that far, and out of that one million only 200 will make it to the fallopian tubes, only to bounce off the egg while trying to get in (through a wall thatís 300% thicker than the head of the sperm), itís a wonder that any of them ever make it.
18 April 2016 | Editor
A Spanish study has shown how supplementing with the B vitamin choline during pregnancy leads to offspring with a better memory.
A research team from the University of Granada compared the offspring of rats who were either supplemented with or deprived of choline during pregnancy, plus a control group on a standard diet.
7 March 2016 | Editor
A new study has shown that we need to start supporting our bone density much earlier that we imagined. We have known for some time that our bone density peaks in our 20s, and so it may be wise to actively nourish our bones through diet and weight-bearing exercise throughout our adult life. This study goes one step further, showing that the motherís vitamin D status during pregnancy affects the health of her offspringís bones in later years.
7 December 2015 | Editor
The American Pregnancy Association states that the typical American diet is lacking in omega-3 fatty acids, so finding ways to add fish oil to your diet in pregnancy is important.
25 November 2015 | Editor
Adding folic acid to bread and flour would save hundreds of babies, say health experts. The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition is calling for folic acid to be added to bread and flour. Pregnant women are still not getting enough folic acid, health experts warn.