Zita West – Vitamen – 90 capsules (1 month’s supply)
Nutrition for conception
Healthy parents tend to produce healthy babies. And healthy babies, in general, grow into healthy children and adults. Much emphasis is given to the importance of a woman’s health and nutritional status before and during pregnancy. But her male partner plays an equally crucial role at conception. The creation of a healthy baby requires not just a healthy egg but a good supply of properly formed mobile sperm as well.
Over the past few years we have seen an increase in the number of men with low sperm counts. Recent research suggests that of the one in four couples who take longer than the average to conceive, the cause, in around one-third of cases, lies with the male partner.
Other research has indicated that up to eighty percent of birth defects are caused by defective male sperm. And it is now known that the cause of a Down’s syndrome baby may also lie with either the mother or the father.
But don’t worry – there is a lot that can be done simply by making changes in nutrition and lifestyle. Poor sperm health, whether it be a low count, poor motility or malformations, can generally be improved by optimising the father’s overall health and nutritional status. But it is sensible to start this process as soon as possible. Sperm take ten weeks to develop sufficiently to leave the body, so planning for a pregnancy should start at least four months before conception takes place. That means giving up smoking, alcohol and social/recreational drugs, checking for genito-urinary infections, avoiding hot baths and tight clothing, eating healthily and taking supplementation, when necessary, to help redress nutritional imbalances.
Vitamen is a fantastic supplement specially formulated for men. So far as we know, it is the only one of its kind. But remember, it is no good taking vitamins if you are not getting the rest of the basics right. Drinking plenty of water is one of them – at least 2 litres a day. Water is a large component of sperm, so a good, regular supply is vital in the process of production.
Vitamen is a premium multivitamin and multi-mineral supplement. It contains essential nutrients that contribute to a healthy conception and, in particular, the production of healthy sperm.
One capsule should be taken three times a day, ideally for at least 3 months prior to conception. Vitamen is suitable for vegetarians. It is free from artificial colours, preservatives and gluten and is certified non-GM.
Three capsules a day typically provide:
Vitamin E 180iu 120mg 120
Vitamin C 600mg 1000
Niacin (Vitamin B3) 30mg 167
Vitamin B6 10mg 500
Magnesium 150mg 50
Zinc 15mg 100
Coenzyme Q10 5mg
Korean Ginseng 210mg
Vitamen – Ingredients and Their Benefits
·Arginine – an amino acid vital for sperm health.
·Ginseng – an all-round general tonic.
·Lysine – an amino acid that contributes to sperm health.
·Selenium – important for normal spermatogenesis. Also helps protect DNA, proteins and lipids from oxidative damage, as well as supporting the normal function of the immune system and male thyroid function. Research suggests a possible link between low levels of selenium in older parents and babies with Downs Syndrome.
·Vitamin B12 – helps to maintain the normal synthesis and metabolism of steroid hormones, Vitamin D and important neurotransmitters.
·Vitamin C – contributes to further protection of male DNA and the maintenance of normal metabolic functions. Particularly important if the diet is low in fresh fruit and vegetables.
·Vitamin E -important anti-oxidant.
·Zinc – needed to make the outer layer and tail of the sperm. Zinc is lost with each ejaculation, so an active sex life and a low zinc diet can place a man at risk. Highly important for normal fertility and reproduction.
Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid), L-Arginine Hydrochloride, Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose, Magnesium Oxide, L-Lysine Hydrochloride, Modified Corn Starch 1, Korean Ginseng (Panax Ginseng), L-Carnitine-L-Tartrate, Vitamin E (D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate 2), Taurine, Soya Oil 2, Silica, Zinc Citrate, Sunflower Oil, Vegetable Magnesium Stearate, Niacin (Nicotinamide), Water, Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Lycopene, Colour: Titanium Dioxide, Coenzyme Q10, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin) Allergen Information: – 1 From Corn 2 From Soya
Derived from Corn: Modified corn starch
Derived from Soya: Vitamin E (D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate); Soya Oil