Zita West Vital Essence 2 – 90 tablets (1 month’s supply)
The Second Trimester (13-28 weeks)
By the second trimester your baby’s limbs will be fully formed and the joints able to move. Eyelashes and eyebrows are beginning to grow, teeth are starting to develop in the jaw bones and fat stores are being laid down. The organs are maturing and the developing bones are continuing to ossify. The nervous system is becoming more developed and the brain is beginning to rapidly increase in size, its brain cells multiplying at an amazing 50,000 to 100,000 per second.
As your pregnancy progresses it is obviously important to make sure your vitamin and mineral intake is adequate. Your appetite should return as early feelings of nausea and tiredness pass, but don’t be tempted to ‘eat for two’. It is quality not quantity that counts, and excess weight gained now may be hard to shift later. Good nutrition is important for your baby’s development and for your own health during the pregnancy.
The new formulation of Vital Essence 2 provides everything you need to safeguard your everyday diet, including 400ug of Folic Acid (useful for a whole range of cellular activities, not just for helping to minimise the risk of spina bifida) and increased levels of Vitamins D, plus lots of valuable new protective ingredients such as Beta carotene (a safe way to help protect against Vitamin A deficiency) and Lutein and Lycopene (to help protect against free-radical damage to developing cells). Take one tablet, three times a day (with food), alongside a good quality diet.
We recommend that Vital Essence 2 should be taken in conjunction with VitalDHA 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 2 is suitable for vegetarians. It is free of artificial colours, preservatives and gluten and is certified non-GM. Contains yeast.
Three tablets a day typically provide:
Vitamin D 1000iu 25ug 500
Vitamin E 45iu 30mg TE 300
Vitamin C 180mg 300
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) 10mg 714
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 10mg 625
Niacin (Vitamin B3) 36mg NE 200
Vitamin B6 10mg 500
Folic Acid 400ug 200
Vitamin B12 20ug 2000
Biotin 200ug 133
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) 25mg 417
Vitamin K 80ug
Calcium 500mg 62.5
Phosphorus 250mg 31
Iron 21mg 150
Magnesium 250mg 84
Zinc 15mg 100
Iodine 220ug 147
Beta Carotene 4mg
Coenzyme Q10 8mg
Choline Bitartrate 40mg
Alpha Lipoic Acid 33mg
N-Acetyl Cysteine 50mg
Pomegranate Extract 60mg
Grapeskin Extract 25mg
Vital Essence 2 – Ingredients and their Benefits
Betacarotene – helps protect, safely, against Vitamin A deficiency and cell mutation. Newly added, at 4mg.
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 – need continues to rise through the 2nd trimester even though the body becomes very efficient at absorbing it from food. Needed initially for the development of the nervous system and healthy bones and teeth. The foetus accumulates calcium rapidly in the 1st trimester and a mother needs to continue to build up good stores so that plenty is available for her baby without depletion of her own bone material. Vegetarian mothers and those under 18 need to be especially careful to avoid deficiency. Now increased to 500mg 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. Increased intake of choline during pregnancy may help to lower the risk of neural tube defects. Now increased to 40mg.
Co enzyme Q 10 – for increased energy and to help with cell division. Now increased to 8mg.
Folic Acid – Increased evidence of benefit of Folic Acid supplementation for a whole range of cellular activities throughout pregnancy, as well as helping to minimise the risk of spina bifida. Supplementation can be valuable as good supplies can be hard to find from food alone.
Fruit extracts – (pomegranate and grapeskin). Newly added, along with Alpha Lipoic Acid and N-Acetyl Cysteine, to provide a broader and more effective spectrum of antioxidants.
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 220ug.
Iron – makes haeomoglobin, the substance which carries oxygen in the blood. Women often 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 essential minerals. Now increased to 21mg.
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 proper nerve function and for every major metabolic reaction. Few enzymes (the protein molecules which carry out the DNA’s instructions in the body) can work without it. Now increased to 250mg.
Phosphorus – along with Calcium, one of the main constituents of bone. It is present in every cell in the body, plays a part in every chemical reaction and is vital for energy production and proper skeletal growth.
Selenium – a powerful antioxidant, especially important to help protect DNA, proteins and lipids from oxidative damage. Also important for the normal functioning of the immune and thyroid systems. Now increased to 100ug.
Vitamin C – A valuable antioxidant. Helps to protect against damage to chromosomes. Also added to help with the absorption of Iron.
Vitamin E – essential for metabolism and the development of your baby’s nervous system.
Vitamin K – essential for making blood clotting factors in the liver.
Zinc – vitally important for much of the body’s cellular activity, including cell division, maintenance of hormone levels and cognitive functions. Critical for normal fertility and reproduction.
Dicalcium Phosphate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Magnesium Citrate, Magnesium Oxide, Calcium Citrate, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid), Anti-caking agent: Silica, Crosslinked Cellulose Gum, Choline Bitartrate, Magnesium Stearate, Modified Tapioca Starch, Stablisers: Acacia Gum, Ferrous Fumerate, Hydroxpropyl Methyl Cellulose; Pomegranate Extract, N-Acetyl Cysteine, Zinc Citrate, Niacin (as Nicotinamide), Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin E (as D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate) 1, Pantothenic Acid (as Calcium Pantothenate), Colour: Titanium Dioxide, Grapeskin Extract, Olive Oil, Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Thiamine (as Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1)), Coenzyme Q10, Sunflower Oil, Inositol, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Manganese Gluconate, Soya Oil 1, Glycerin, Beta Carotene, Copper Citrate, Lycopene, Lutein, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Antioxidants: Natural Mixed Tocopherols 1, Ascorbyl Palmitate; Sucrose, Vitamin K (as Phylloquinone), Chromium Chloride, Vitamin D (as Ergocalciferol), Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin).
Allergen Information: 1 – From Soya
From Soya: Vitamin E (as D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate), Soya Oil, Natural Mixed Tocopherols. Contains yeast.
Frequently Asked Questions
My GP says if I am eating a good diet, I do not need to take vitamins?
In our view, even if you have a healthy diet – which many people don’t these days, with missed, hurried and convenience meals – you may not be be sure you are getting the vitamins and minerals you need. Not least because intensive food production has stripped many foods of a lot of their nourishment. In our opinion, a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement is extremely valuable during pregnancy, if only as an insurance policy.
What is "RDA" and why are so many of the ingredients in Vital Essence 2 higher than 100%?
"RDA" is an abbreviation of "Recommended Daily Allowance." The RDA was devised by the Dept of Health in the UK in 1979 to provide guidance on the intake of a limited number of specific vitamins and minerals that an average adult should have daily in order to avoid a deficiency that may lead to disease or general ill-health. Whereas this was, and remains, a useful benchmark for judging the contribution that any supplement may make to reaching those minimum requirements, it wasn’t intended to represent an indication of optimum intake. You will probably have noticed that many supplements, particularly premium priced ones such as our own, contain daily levels that are frequently many times higher than the RDA, sometimes substantially so. This is because the vitamins and minerals concerned have been set at therapeutic levels in an attempt to boost the body’s store of the nutrients concerned, often for a particular and limited period of time, the need for which can of course vary depending on factors such as general health, age etc. It is universally recognised that pregnancy, and preparing for pregnancy, for example, benefit from special attention to nutrition on the part of both partners. All of the formulations within the Zita West range are well within the Government’s guidelines for what represents the upper safe limit (USL) for long term daily supplementation of any given nutrient.
What is the difference between Vital Essence 1 and 2?
Certain vitamins and minerals have been increased to meet the changing demands of mother and baby during the second trimester.