A healthy diet is a woman's best friend. It helps boosts energy levels, supports mental health, helps you maintain a healthy weight and look your best no matter what stage of life you're in. But, a woman's reproductive years are especially demanding when it comes to good nutrition. In fact, pregnancy and breastfeeding are two of the most nutritionally demanding times in a woman's life because it's the time when the body needs enough nutrients to support the growth and development of a baby, while maintaining the health of the mother's body.
Recent research also reveals the importance of mom's nutritional status on the future health of her child.
GOOD NUTRITION IS MORE THAN JUST VITAMINS AND MINERALS - FORMULA IV
In the 1920’s, medical researchers began to identify and document the link between nutrition and health. They soon discovered that several diseases - were caused by dietary deficiencies of single vitamins and minerals. As researchers continued their investigations, they found an ever-increasing degree of complexity. It was becoming clear that vitamins and minerals alone were not the only healthful nutritional “links” in the “Chain of Life.” Other nutrients - lipids, sterols, food-related factors (such as phytonutrients), enzymes, proteins and carbohydrates - were also needed.
BALANCED AND POTENT
Nutrients exist in natural foods in certain balances and potencies. Balance is an important aspect of all NeoLife formulations. We strive to create balanced formulations that provide both nutrient density and nutrient diversity. Based on whole-food ingredients, Formula IV delivers balanced ratios of broad-spectrum nutrients, rather than the mega-doses of isolated nutrients found in many other supplements. These products are produced under strict laboratory conditions with the same care for quality, purity and potency that has come to be expected of NeoLife. No manufacturer goes to greater lengths to produce safe and effective formulas.
BEYOND THE BASICS
While most multivitamin/mineral preparations address - at best - only a few “links” in the “Chain of Life,” NeoLife’s Formula IV offer supplementation to fortify the major nutritional links required for optimal health. For example, Products contain a plant based enzyme to assist with digestion and absorption of nutrients. Your body can’t benefit from nutrients unless they are efficiently absorbed. And each Formula IV product provides NeoLife's Exclusive Tre-en-en Grain Concentrates, providing lipids and sterols that support your health at the cellular level. The Tre-en-en in Formula IV works in synergy with the vitamins and minerals in the products to ensure that the cells in your body are fully able to receive and process these critical nutrients. No matter how good your diet, your vitality and health won’t be well supported if your cells don’t receive the nutrients they need. Whereas other supplements don’t even begin to cover the “basics” of human nutrition. Formula IV clearly go well beyond just the basics.
SPECIAL NEEDS DURING PREGNANCY AND LACTATION - OMEGA 3 SALMON OIL PLUS
At no time in life is the need for long-chain omega-3 fatty acids more important than during pregnancy, breast-feeding, and infancy, when infant eyes, nerves, and brain are developing. Omega-3 fatty acids present in mother’s milk influence the structure and function of the retina and central nervous system. For instance, researchers found that infants fed formulas without the omega-3 fatty acid DHA had vision that was not as sharp as that of breast-fed infants.
Despite the importance of omega-3 fatty acids, many infant formulas still lack them. At an international scientific conference held in 1990, health experts recommended that all infant formulas include omega-3 fatty acids, and that steps be taken to stop marketing formulas that fail to include omega-3 fatty acids. Most nutritionists now advocate adding omega-3 fatty acids at least to formulas for premature infants, who tend to have lower omega-3 stores than full-term babies.
WHO HAS GREATER OMEGA-3 NEEDS?
The following groups may benefit from greater intakes of omega-3 fatty acids:
- pregnant women
- breast-feeding women
- young adults
- premature infants
- elderly adults
- full-term infants
CHELATED CAL MAG (CHELATED CALCIUM MAGNESIUM COMPLEX) WITH VITAMIN D
A soon-to-be-mother’s health and nutrient intake has a great impact on the long-term health prospects of your child. Vitamin D helps the developing fetus accumulate calcium, which is needed for growth and development.
Calcium to Help Build Strong Bones
It has been frequently reported that women of childbearing age do not consume the dietary reference intake for calcium. Women who chronically consume suboptimal amounts of calcium (<500mg/day) may therefore be at risk for increased bone loss during pregnancy. The recommended dietary intake for calcium for pregnant women is 1000mg a day and some of the best food sources include milk, yoghurt, cheese and some dark leafy green vegetables. Taking supplement calcium may also be helpful to ensure needs are met, especially for women following a vegan diet.
Vitamin D is Important for both Mom and Baby
Recent evidence suggests that vitamin D deficiency is common during pregnancy especially among vegetarians, women with limited sun exposure, and certain ethnic groups with darker skin. In newborns, maternal vitamin D deficiencies have been associated as rickets and bone fractures. Recent studies suggest that insufficient maternal vitamins D levels may also increase risk of mothers developing gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy).
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