Zita West Vital Essence 1 – 90 tablets (1 month’s supply)
DOES NOT CONTAIN VITAMIN A
The First Trimester (0 -12 weeks)
The first three months of pregnancy are in many ways the most crucial stage of a baby’s development – the time when all of his or her organs and systems are forming, as well as hands, feet, and limbs. It is now recognised that a mother’s diet immediately before conception and in the first weeks of pregnancy can influence the way that the embryo develops. Investing at this stage in the best nutrition may not only help your baby’s start to life, but also give you a better chance of a healthy pregnancy.
This new formulation of Vital Essence 1 supplies all the micro-nutrients that are most important to meet the demands of early pregnancy, including Folic Acid, which is useful for a whole range of cellular activities, not just for helping to minimise the risk of spina bifida. Also includes increased levels of Vitamins D, plus lots of new ingredients such as Beta Carotene (a safe way to protect against Vitamin A deficiency) and Lutein and Lycopene (to help protect against free-radical damage to developing cells). One tablet taken three times a day (with food) contains everything you need, alongside a good quality diet, to meet the changing demands of the first three months of your pregnancy.
We recommend that it should be taken in conjunction with Vital DHA for maximum benefit to your overall nutrition.
All Zita West products are developed in response to the very latest research and are regularly reviewed and reformulated to remain at the cutting-edge of clinical and nutritional thinking for optimum reproductive health.
Vital Essence 1 is suitable for vegetarians. It is free from artificial colours, preservatives and gluten and is certified non-GM. Contains yeast.
Three tablets a day typically provide:
Vitamin D 25ug 500
Vitamin E 18iu 12mg 120
Vitamin C 180mg 300
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) 10mg 714
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 10mg 625
Niacin (Vitamin B3) 36mg 200
Vitamin B6 10mg 500
Folic Acid 400ug 200
Vitamin B12 20ug 2000
Biotin 200ug 133
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) 25mg 417
Vitamin K 40ug
Calcium 400mg 50
Phosphorus 200mg 25
Iron 14mg 100
Magnesium 200mg 67
Zinc 15mg 100
Iodine 150ug 100
Beta Carotene 4mg
Coenzyme Q10 10mg
Choline Bitartrate 40mg
Alpha Lipoic Acid 33mg
N-Acetyl Cysteine 50mg
Pomegranate extract 60mg
Grapeskin extract 25mg
Vital Essence 1 – Ingredients and their Benefits
Biotin – essential for the healthy division of cells and the normal function of the central nervous system. The concentration of biotin in breast milk is 15 times higher than in the mother’s blood, which suggests that biotin may be very important for a baby’s growth and development. Now increased to 200ug.
Calcium – needed initially for the development of the nervous system and strong healthy bones and teeth. The foetus accumulates calcium rapidly in the first trimester so it is important to have a good maternal store. Vegetarian and vegan mothers and those under 18 need to be especially careful to maintain healthy levels. Now increased to 400mg per day.
Choline – an essential nutrient required by the body to make important compounds necessary for healthy cell membranes. Demand for choline during pregnancy is very high due to its transfer from the mother to the foetus. Now increased to 40mg.
Co enzyme (CO Q 10) – helps deliver extra energy. Now increased to 10mg.
Folic Acid – essential for the rapid growth and cell division of the first trimester (the neural tube closes on days 26-27 in the life of the embryo). Neural tube defects such as spina bifida are related to folic acid deficiency. Supplementation can be important as good supplies are hard to supply from food alone. Also important for the normal functioning of the immune system and normal maternal tissue growth throughout pregnancy.
Fruit extracts – (pomegranate and grapeskin). Newly added, along with Alpha-Lipoic Acid and N-Acetyl Cysteine, to provide a broader spectrum of anti-oxidants.
Iodine – an essential micro-nutrient in the human diet, most particularly as a component of thyroid hormones, which play a vital role in the regulation of metabolic processes such as growth and energy expenditure. Now increased to 150ug.
Iron – makes haemoglobin, the substance which carries oxygen in the blood. Women can have low iron status entering pregnancy because of menstrual blood loss. A common symptom of deficiency is pica, a craving for strange foods. Iron is not absorbed well without vitamin C and taking it on its own can lead to the loss of other essential minerals. Also important for normal function of the maternal immune system and normal cell division. Vital Essence 1 will help to build the maternal store from the beginning of pregnancy.
Lutein and Lycopene – Newly added. Thought to help, amongst other things, to protect against free-radical damage to cells.
Magnesium – essential for energy production, for normal neuro-transmission and for many major metabolic reactions. Few enzymes (the protein molecules which carry out the DNA’s instructions in the body) can work without it. Also important for normal synthesis of proteins as well as the growth of healthy bones and teeth. Now increased to 200mg.
Phosphorus – plays an important role in maintaining the normal function of cell membranes and contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism.
Selenium – a powerful antioxidant. Especially important for the protection of maternal DNA, as well as proteins and lipids from oxidative damage. Also supports the normal functioning of the mother’s thyroid system.
Vitamin C – added to help with the absorption of non-haem iron. Also helps to protect maternal DNA and supports the normal function of the nervous system and immune system.
Zinc – Vitally important for male and female reproductive health. Essential for many of the body’s functions, including normal cell division. Also supports normal cognitive development. Zinc deficiency is often found in women with fertility problems and in long-term users of the contraceptive pill.
Dicalcium Phosphate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Magnesium Citrate, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Citrate, Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid), Magnesium Oxide, Anti-caking agent: Silica, Crosslinked Cellulose Gum, Magnesium Stearate, Modified Tapioca Starch, Stablisers: Acacia Gum, Hydroxpropyl Methyl Cellulose; Pomegranate Extract, N-Acetyl Cysteine, Ferrous Fumerate, Zinc Citrate, Choline Bitartrate, Niacin (as Nicotinamide), Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin E (as D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate) 1, Pantothenic Acid (as Calcium Pantothenate), Colour: Titanium Dioxide, Grapeskin Extract, Sunflower Oil, Olive Oil, Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Thiamine (as Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1)), Inositol, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Manganese Gluconate, Soya Oil 1, Glycerin, Coenzyme Q10, Beta Carotene, Copper Citrate, Lycopene, Lutein, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide, Biotin, Antioxidants: Natural Mixed Tocopherols 1, Ascorbyl Palmitate; Chromium Chloride, Sucrose, Vitamin K (as Phylloquinone), Vitamin D (as Ergocalciferol), Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin). #
Allergen Information: 1 – From Soya
Allergen InformationFrom Soya: Soya Oil, Natural Mixed Tocopherols Contains yeast