NATURE’S BEST INGREDIENT SOURCES:
We understand the connection between our ingredients and the health of you and your baby. We are on a mission to make our products as natural as possible, never using any artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners and we are continuously working with our suppliers to replace vitamins and mineral sources with natural product forms that are non-GMO, organic, and sustainable.
PRENATAL NUTRITION REQUIREMENTS:
Women who are trying to conceive, pregnant, or breastfeeding have increased nutritional requirements that should be supplemented through a healthy diet composed of meat, fish, vegetables, and whole grains in combination with the best prenatal multi-vitamin supplement. At eauLife®, we want to not only provide the best prenatal supplements available, but also to educate women on the importance of the vitamins and minerals we use and the natural food sources where they can consume as a part of a healthy diet.
VITAMINS AND MINERALS UNDERSTOOD:
Dietary Sources: dark leafy greens, asparagus, broccoli, seeds, nuts, citrus fruits, and avocado. Folic acid or folate has been shown to dramatically reduce the incidence of NTDs (neural tube birth defects) such as spina bifida. Unfortunately, these birth defects occur soon after conception, before women even know they are pregnant. Low folic acid levels present a risk even later during your pregnancy increasing the potential for preeclampsia, premature delivery, low birth weight, and other complications. Because of this, many doctors strongly recommend that all women take some type of supplemental folic acid very early while trying to conceive and continue throughout their pregnancy.
Dietary Sources: salmon, fish oil, and flax seed. Certain fatty acids are needed during pregnancy and breastfeeding, particularly DHA in support of healthy brain and eye development.
Dietary Sources: fish, poultry, red meats, lentils, beans, and spinach. Your blood supply nearly doubles during your pregnancy, and your Iron requirements increase dramatically, so that red blood cells can transport oxygen to support the growth of the fetus and placenta. Many women are deficient in iron, and the dietary requirements can be as high as 27mg per day. Ask your doctor about your iron dietary supplementation requirements in conjunction with taking glë.
VITAMINS B6 & B12
Dietary Sources: Vitamin B6 - fish, beef liver, poultry, non-citrus fruits, and starchy vegetables such as potatoes. Vitamin B12 - fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk products and fortified breakfast cereals Vitamins B6 and B12 have many functions in the body, and have been used for decades to treat the symptoms of morning sickness including nausea and vomiting that many women experience during pregnancy. Low B12 has also been associated with pre-eclampsia, low birth weight, and other complications.
VITAMINS C & E
Dietary Sources: almonds, raw seeds, swiss chard, mustard greens, spinach, turnip greens, plant oils, avocado, broccoli, and papaya. Vitamins C and E are antioxidants important in the prevention of such conditions as pre-eclampsia as well as help during conception through the production of adequate cervical mucous.
Dietary Sources: fatty fish, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks. Vitamin D supplementation is required throughout your pregnancy to achieve levels sufficient to benefit fetal and maternal health. Sunlight exposure is the main source of Vitamin D and it is found in very few foods in sufficient amounts.
Dietary Sources: almonds, carrots, yeast, grains, cold water fish, walnuts, halibut, spinach, chicken, meat, seafood, and yogurt. Biotin is utilized for a process known as “biotinylation”. Rapidly dividing cells of a developing fetus require Biotin for synthesis of essential enzymes and proteins. Biotin appears to be broken down more rapidly during pregnancy, so supplementation is often needed to meet the increased demands and avoid potential associated birth defects. It is important to ensure adequate biotin intake before conception and throughout your pregnancy.
Dietary Sources: liver, fish oils, milk, and eggs. Vitamin A as β-Carotene- leafy green vegetables, orange and yellow vegetables, tomato products, fruits, and some vegetable oils. Although normal development requires sufficient vitamin A intake, consumption of excess preformed vitamin A (including retinol, retinal, and retinyl esters) during pregnancy can lead to birth defects. Because some foods in the US are already fortified with vitamin A, many doctors recommend that women avoid supplements that contain high levels of preformed vitamin A. β-carotene is the natural precursor to Vitamin A and is converted to Vitamin A by your body. Because of this, we use only β-carotene in our glë formulations to get the Vitamin A you need.
Dietary Sources: leafy greens, whole grains, beans, and nuts. Maternal Magnesium deficiency has been associated with premature labor and has also been implicated in the pathogenesis of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Dietary Sources: shellfish, whole grains, and dairy. Demand for Zinc is increased during your pregnancy and many women are already deficient in this key mineral. Poor nutritional status of Zinc during pregnancy has been associated with low birth weight, premature delivery, labor and delivery complications, and congenital anomalies.
Dietary Sources: lamb, beef liver, milk, yogurt, spinach, and almonds. Riboflavin is important to energy metabolism, as well as the function of antioxidants.
Dietary Sources: wheat germ, eggs, pork, and liver Choline is essential for embryonic and fetal brain development, helping modulate gene expression and cell differentiation. Similar to folic acid deficiency, women with low dietary intake of Choline have been observed to have a higher risk of neural tube defects.
Dietary Sources: whole grains, beef liver, pork, milk, eggs, and nuts. Thiamine (Vitamin B1) is essential for your baby's brain development, central nervous system, muscles, and heart during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It plays a role in converting carbohydrates into energy for you and your baby.
Dietary Sources: various meats, tuna, mushrooms, broccoli, asparagus, peanuts, coffee, kidney beans, and tahini. Niacin (Vitamin B3) is particularly important during your pregnancy. Your body uses Niacin to turn food into energy, and for DNA, cell signaling, and cell differentiation.
Dietary Sources: animal liver and kidney, fish, shellfish, pork, chicken, egg yolk, milk, yogurt, legumes, mushrooms, avocados, broccoli, and sweet potatoes. Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5), is essential for synthesizing cholesterol and the breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats by your metabolism.
Dietary Sources: beef liver, shellfish, nuts, lentils, mushrooms, and chocolate. During your pregnancy, your blood supply doubles and Copper is essential for production of red blood cells as well as your baby's heart, blood vessels, and skeletal and central nervous systems.
Dietary Sources: whole grain breads, cereals, pastas, brown rice, beans, legumes, tea, and nuts. Manganese helps protect cells from damage and activates metabolic enzymes required for the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats, and amino acids.
Dietary Sources: beans, lentils, peas, grain, and nuts. Molybdenum, an essential mineral, acts as a catalyst for enzymes and helps facilitate the breakdown of certain amino acids in the body.
Dietary Sources: leafy greens, eggs, kiwi, and zucchini. Lutein is an antioxidant that protects the nerve tissue and brain against oxidative stress during development. Lutein is essential for both eye and brain development.
Dietary Sources: leafy green vegetables, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower. Vitamin K is important during pregnancy to maintain heathy calcium levels. It works closely with vitamin D to help transfer calcium into the bones. Vitamin K also plays a crucial role in regulating blood coagulation.
Dietary Sources: milk, yogurt, cheese, leafy greens, seafood, legumes, and fruit. Calcium is needed to build strong bones and teeth. Calcium also helps in development of a healthy heart, nerves, and muscles.
Dietary Sources: whole grains, bread, brown rice, meat, broccoli, mushrooms, green beans, chicken, liver, cereals, cheese, eggs, fish, seafood, corn, potatoes, and diary products. Chromium helps the body break down and store fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Chromium also works with hormone insulin to maintain normal glucose levels.
Dietary Sources: potatoes, cheese, strawberries, cranberries, beans, yogurt, and kelp. Iodine is essential for healthy brain development, thyroid function, and efficient metabolism.