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Nutrition in Pregnancy – So why all the fuss about folate?

Nutrition in Pregnancy – So why all the fuss about folate?

Most of you will be aware (and have surely been told by your doctor) that you need extra folate in Pregnancy. But why? What does it do? Has anyone ever explained? Folate is one of the B-complex group of vitamins. It is known as folate in its naturally occurring form in food, or folic acid when in synthetic supplemental form. In the body it is essential for the building and

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Zinc and Pregnancy

Zinc and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an amazing time of growth and change. In this process, Zinc is an essential nutrient to support both mum and the growing bub. It is integral for proper growth of the foetus, and to promote the immunity. Zinc also helps to form the organs, skeleton, nerves and circulatory system of the growing baby. A mother’s blood contains around 30% less Zinc during pregnancy, due to the increased demands

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Tired all the time? Is it Hypothyroidism?

Tired all the time? Is it Hypothyroidism?

The thyroid gland is a small glandular organ that sits at the front of the throat. It produces the hormones T3 and T4. These govern the body’s metabolic processes, including growth and energy usage. A poorly functioning thyroid may fail to produce enough T3 and T4, which can lead to a number of symptoms. These symptoms are quite vague, and so are often missed or misdiagnosed. A person may simply

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Can what you eat now affect your baby in 30 years time?

Can what you eat now affect your baby in 30 years time?

Most pregnant women are aware that what they eat during their pregnancy can have a large impact upon the health of their future children. We now know, for example, that good levels of folate help to prevent birth defects like spina bifida, and that omega 3’s are good for a child’s developing brain. But new research is starting to show that a mother’s diet can also affect her baby more

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Herb-Drug interactions: Natural doesn’t necessarily mean safe

Herb-Drug interactions: Natural doesn’t necessarily mean safe

It is a popular belief that because herbs are natural, they are safe and don’t necessarily have any adverse effects. As more scientific evidence is being gathered on the chemistry of herbal medicines, it is becoming evident that certain herbs can indeed change the way some prescription medications work. This is known as a drug-herb interaction. In some cases, these interactions can cause the prescription medication to be excreted from

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