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Vitamins, minerals and amino acids for mother and baby...

With babystart® FertilCare no longer is there need to purchase complicated and expensive combinations of vitamins and minerals - just 1 tablet a day provides safe levels of essential nutrients for conception and beyond.

babystart® FertilCare has been formulated to provide a single unique nutritional supplement for use by women when planning a pregnancy. The ingredients have been carefully selected and are used in moderate safe levels according to EU standards.
The formulation contains no herbals, only pure scientifically proven compounds with known effects giving babystart® FertilCare a high “quality” status. Only those ingredients known to especially benefit fertility, conception and pregnancy are included. It has also been carefully formulated to help safeguard dietary requirements as soon as you start trying to conceive and contains essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients such as folic acid, zinc, vitamin B6 and particularly vitamin B12, iron, magnesium and vitamin D3 which contribute to normal cell division and neural tube development early in pregnancy. FertilCare should then continue to be taken during pregnancy as research has shown that even with a good diet, extra nutrients may be required throughout the whole pregnancy.



 
Reproductive Health

Nutritional therapies and antioxidants that have proven beneficial in helping support reproductive health in women include zinc which contributes to normal fertility and reproduction and vitaminB6 which contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity. 

The FertilCare formula also includes vitamin B12,iron, magnesium and vitamin D, which contribute to normal cell division in early pregnancy.

 


Manufactured in the UK to high GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) quality standards.

Suitable for vegetarians.


 
 

Nutritional support

FertilCare® provides all round support with additional nutrients including biotin & copper which contribute to normal energy release and iron which contributes to the normal function of the immune system and formation of red blood cells and hemoglobin. Vitamins B6 and B12 are also important to help maintain the normal functioning of the nervous system. The FertilCare® formula also includes Beta-carotene and L-Arginine, which helps to stimulate the reproductive organs in women by improving circulation. A lot of interest has been created by recent research suggesting that L-Arginine can improve female libido. This could be useful for the pre-conceptual couple. 

Higher rates of conception have been recorded after preconceptional multivitamin supplementation (1) and ALL of the ingredients below are included in FertilCare.

 
Nutritional Information Average per capsule % Recommended Daily Allowance
Calcium 200mg 25
Magnesium 150mg 40
L-Arginine 100mg ___
Vitamin C 80mg 100
L-Taurine 50mg -----
Niacin (Vitamin B3) 20mg 125
Iron 17mg 121
Zinc 15mg 150
Vitamin E 12mg 100
Vitamin B6 10mg 714
Pantothenic acid 6mg 100
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) 5mg 455
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 2mg 143
Beta-carotene (Vitamin A) 2mg ___
Copper 1mg 100
Folic acid
 400ug
200
Biotin
150ug
300
Iodine
140ug
93
Vitamin K
70ug
93
Selenium
50ug
91
Vitamin D3
10ug
200
Vitamin B12
6ug
240
Ug = microgramme Mg = milligramme Energy, protein, fat and carbohydrate content negligible



























Ingredients: 
Calcium carbonate, Magnesium oxide, L-Arginine, Ascorbic acid, L-Taurine, Nicotinamide, Ferrous fumarate, Zinc oxide, Alpha tocopherol, Pyridoxine hydrochloride, Calcium pantothenate, Thiamine mononitrate, Beta carotene, Riboflavin, Cupric sulphate anhydrous, Folic acid, D-Biotin, Potassium iodide, Maltodextrin, Sodium selenate, Cholecalciferol, Cyanocobalalamin. Anti-caking agent: Magnesium stearate, Silicon dioxide. Bulking agent: Microcrystalline cellulose.

Higher rates of conception have been recorded after preconceptional multivitamin supplementation (1) and ALL of the ingredients below are included in FertilCare®

Calcium: the requirement of this essential mineral double during pregnancy and are particularly high during the last ten weeks of pregnancy when calcium is being laid down in the babies bones.

Magnesium: when pregnant, magnesium helps build and repair the body's tissues. A severe deficiency during pregnancy may lead to preeclampsia, poor fetal growth, and even infant mortality. Magnesium and calcium work in combination: Magnesium relaxes muscles, while calcium stimulates muscles to contract. Research suggests that proper levels of magnesium during pregnancy can help keep the uterus from contracting prematurely. Magnesium also helps build strong bones and teeth, regulates insulin and blood sugar levels, and helps certain enzymes function. (2-3).

L-Arginine: is an amino acid which helps improve circulation to the reproductive organs; that may enhance oocyte development and implantation of the embryo. (4).

Vitamin C:  also known as ascorbic acid, is essential for tissue repair, wound healing, bone growth and repair, and healthy skin. Vitamin C also helps the body fight infection, and it acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from damage. Both mother and baby need this vitamin daily – it's necessary for the body to make collagen, a structural protein that's a component of cartilage, tendons, bones, and skin. Based on animal studies, some researchers believe that vitamin C deficiencies in newborn babies can impair mental development. Vitamin C also helps the body absorb iron. (5-6).

L-Taurine: studies suggest that taurine is important in fetal growth, neural and eye development, and endocrine function. In animal studies where taurine was restricted during pregnancy, adult offspring showed signs of impaired neurologic function, and were prone to develop diabetes. During pregnancy, taurine accumulates in the maternal tissues, to be released in the perinatal period to the fetus via the placenta and to the newborn via the maternal milk. (7).

Niacin: is a naturally occurring B vitamin, which is found in many food products and is also synthetically produced.  It plays a crucial role in various body processes and in pregnant women niacin contributes to the unborn child’s brain development. Niacin has also been reported to increase milk production. (8).

Iron: the iron demands of pregnancy and lactation are particularly pronounced due to the expanded red cell volume, blood loss around the time of delivery and the demands of the developing fetus and placenta. Iron-deficiency anemia during pregnancy is associated with preterm delivery, low birth weight, and infant mortality. (9-10).

Zinc: the body needs zinc for the production, repair, and functioning of DNA – the body's genetic blueprint and a basic building block of cells. So getting enough zinc is particularly important for the rapid cell growth that occurs during pregnancy. This essential mineral also helps support the immune system and maintains the mothers sense of taste and smell, and heals wounds. (12).

Vitamin E: during pregnancy, the body will demand higher levels of vitamin E due to an increase in blood volume. Normal levels of vitamin E are important for the maintenance and health of tissues in the body and for the proper development of the fetus during pregnancy. (13).

Vitamin B6: has been shown to improve conception rates as well as treat PMS symptoms. Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, helps the body metabolize protein, fats, and carbohydrates. It also helps form new red blood cells, antibodies, and neurotransmitters, and is vital to the baby's developing brain and nervous system. (14).

Pantothenic Acid: is the common name for Vitamin B5 and works in the body to help release energy from the food we eat. Pregnant women need more of this vitamin as the levels of pantothenate in the body drop during a term of pregnancy - this lowering of blood levels of pantothenic acid indicates an increased requirement for the vitamin at the cellular level. For this reason, all pregnant women must make sure that they receive enough of this vitamin in the diet.

Thiamin: also known as vitamin B1 or thiamine, enables the mother and baby to convert carbohydrates into energy. It's essential for the baby's brain development and aids the normal functioning of the mother’s nervous system, muscles, and heart. When pregnant, women need increased amounts of many vitamins, including B1. (8).

Riboflavin: results suggest that pregnancy, and rapid growth, increases the demand for iron turnover, and deplete ferritin stores, and that riboflavin deficiency may impair iron mobilisation for these purposes. Riboflavin, or vitamin B2, is an essential vitamin that helps the body produce energy. It promotes growth, good vision, and healthy skin, and it's important for the baby's bone, muscle, and nerve development. (15-17).

Vitamin A: is critical for proper cell growth and the development of the eyes, skin, blood and immunity and resistance to infection.

Copper: a trace mineral found in all plant and animal tissues, is essential for forming red blood cells. This is especially important during pregnancy, when the blood supply doubles.

Copper also boosts the body’s ability to mend tissues and break down sugars whilst also helps keep hair growing and looking healthy. During pregnancy, copper helps form the baby’s heart, blood vessels and skeletal and nervous systems. (12).

Folic Acid: recommended by the Department of Health for all women who are trying to conceive. As well as playing a role in the process of cell division, folic acid also contributes to maternal tissue growth during pregnancy. (10, 18-19).

Biotin: the main role of biotin in the body is to assist in the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. Biotin deficiency occurs during pregnancy, possibly as a result of the increased demand for nutrients placed on the mother by the growing fetus. Animal studies have demonstrated that biotin deficiency can cause birth defects. For that reason, some researchers have recommended that pregnant women use a prenatal multiple vitamin-and-mineral formula that contains biotin.

Iodine: pregnant women need about 66% more iodine than non-pregnant women. This

nutrient is essential for healthy brain development in the fetus and young child. Iodine is a micronutrient required for healthy thyroid function, and is also important in pregnant women and school children for healthy brain development.

Vitamin K: is a fat-soluble vitamin that is most well known for the important role it plays in blood clotting. However, vitamin K is also absolutely essential to building strong bones, preventing heart disease, and crucial part of other bodily processes.

Selenium: there is some evidence that low selenium levels may be linked to first-trimester miscarriages and recurrent miscarriages. However, this does not necessarily mean that taking selenium can help prevent miscarriages, especially in women who do not have a selenium deficiency. (12).

Vitamin D3: recommended by the UK Department of Health for all pregnant and breast-feeding women. (20-25).

Vitamin B12: some reports suggest women with low levels of Vitamin B12, just before or after conception, are more likely to give birth to children with neural tube defects. Neural tube defects are birth defects of the brain and spinal cord, these happen when the baby’s neural tube fails to develop properly in the womb. (26-28).

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FOOD SUPPLEMENT: This product is not a substitute for a healthy balanced diet. Anyone taking anticoagulants (blood thinners), should not take these capsules except on the advice of a doctor. Also professional advice should be sought before using these too, should there be a history of food intolerance or allergies.

 
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