FertilCare

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Introduction
FertilCare® is a 1 tablet per day formulation which provides vitamins, minerals and other selected nutrients to support female fertility. It is important to appreciate that both the mother and father should try to be at optimum health before conception, in order to provide the best possible start to the foetus. Just one tablet a day provides a unique blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acids carefully selected for their properties beneficial to normal fertility, reproduction, hormonal activity and cell division in early pregnancy. This high – quality supplement contains only pure ingredients that especially benefit fertility, conception and pregnancy.


Contributes to normal:
Fertility & Reproduction
Regulation of hormonal activity
DNA synthesis
Function of the immune system
Also contains L-Arginine, L-Taurine and helps maintain general wellbeing

Key Benefits
The primary benefit from any good food supplement is that it provides appropriate levels of nutrients to support the health of the consumer. FertilCare® does this by providing 20 nutrients including those well-known and scientifically validated for preconception – Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Iron and Zinc. When we consume food, we always take in a complex blend of many nutrients which work together synergistically to help support good health. Food, like complex blends of nutrients is the way our bodies are used to receiving nutrition, and so in that way it helps the body choose how it wants to distribute and handle the nutrients. This approach is the right one for nutritional support, as it builds upon the diet and doesn’t attempt to replace a varied diet through pharmacological doses of individual nutrients.

Cell division & Reproduction
Folic acid directly supports maternal tissue growth and the prevention of neural tube defects. Supplementing with 400mcg every day for at least one month prior to conception and up to three months after increases maternal folate status which is particularly important as low maternal folate status is a risk factor in the development of neural tube defects in the developing foetus. Other nutrients that help with normal cell division to support a developing foetus include Zinc, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium.

Bone health
Calcium & Vitamin D3 contribute to healthy bones. It is widely understood the importance of Calcium within the bone matrix, along with protein and other nutrients and also generally well known that the body needs Vitamin D to absorb Calcium. Large portions of the general population tend to have low levels of Vitamin D, particularly in the winter which is why FertilCare provides the UK recommended minimum.

Energy B
Vitamins and Magnesium are essential to support normal energy yielding metabolism and can help with the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.

Hair, Skin & Nails
When the body is short of nutrients it will pull them from whatever stores it has to focus on the key functions, as a result sometimes it is possible for skin, hair and nails to be deprioritised. Making sure adequate intakes of; Vitamin B2, Niacin, Biotin, Iodine and Zinc will ensure normal skin, hair and nails are still maintained.

Cognition
Iodine, Iron and Zinc all support normal cognitive function with calcium also supporting normal neurotransmission - enhanced by the presence of Pantothenic Acid which is involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters and steroidal hormones.

Immunity
Vitamin C, D, various B vitamins, Copper, Iron, Zinc and Selenium all support the normal functioning of the immune system.

Why should you use FertilCare?
A sensible decision for any woman planning a pregnancy, is to make sure their intake of vitamins, minerals and amino acids gives them the best chance of conception.
 
How to use
Take one tablet per day after a meal. Swallow with a glass of water. You can take FertilCare at any time while trying to conceive, but for optimal use, take at least 3 months prior to trying to conceive.

FertilCare is blister packed to keep each capsule fresh by reducing exposure to the atmosphere.

Pack size: 30 tablets – 1-months’ supply
 
Vitamin D3
The UK Government advises that everyone should supplement with 10 micrograms of Vitamin D a day in the autumn and winter months because the majority of this vitamin is made in the body by the action of sunlight on the skin. Anyone who doesn’t get enough sunlight should consider supplementing for longer periods. Vitamin D regulates the amount of Calcium and Phosphate in the body, which are needed to keep bones, teeth & muscles healthy

Vitamin E
This fat soluble vitamin works with the long chain fatty acids that make up all cellular membranes to protect them from cellular oxidation keeping them healthy and functioning normally

Vitamin K1
There are two main types of Vitamin K found in the diet, known as K1 and K2. Vitamin K1 is found in vegetables and is known mainly as part of the blood coagulation system in the body.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is vital in the formation of collagen. Collagen serves as a kind of glue that holds cells together, therefore Vitamin C plays a role keeping the integrity of every tissue and organ in the body

Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
The key role of Thiamine in the nervous system is through nerve conduction which is seen in brain signalling and the control of regular heart contractions.

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
This vitamin is an essential component of coenzymes which play major roles in energy production; cellular function, growth, and development; and metabolism of fats, drugs, and steroids. Interestingly as an example of the interdependence of nutrients Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) helps activate Vitamin B6 in the body. Pregnant or lactating women who rarely consume meats or dairy products are at risk of riboflavin deficiency.

Niacin
After ingestion this vitamin is converted into either of the two active forms, NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) and NADP (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate). Similarly to Riboflavin these co-factors are involved in the generation of energy from food. NAD is intimately involved in ATP (the body’s cellular fuel) production. NADP is involved in the breakdown of carbohydrate and fatty acids also supporting energy levels.

Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)
Vitamin B6 has a variety of metabolic functions especially in amino acid metabolism and in the central nervous system. B6 is also involved in the formation of several ‘amines’ vital for cell-to-cell communication (neurotransmitters) such as histamine, dopamine and serotonin. Vitamin B6 is also required in the production of prostaglandins as well as in haemoglobin synthesis.

Biotin
Biotin is involved in the formation of fatty acids and energy production. It is also essential for the maintenance of healthy skin, hair, nerves, and glands producing sex hormones.

Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5)
Helps metabolize fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, aids in the release of stress-relieving hormones.

Calcium
98% of the body’s Calcium is used to help form bones and teeth, but the remaining 2% is equally vital in its support of muscle function, blood balance (e.g. helping blood clot in cases of injury), nerve transmission and removal of toxic metals from the body.

Magnesium
Magnesium deficiency is prevalent in women of childbearing age in both developing and developed countries. The need for Magnesium increases during pregnancy, and many pregnant women likely do not meet this increased need.

Folic Acid
Folic Acid supplementation during the periconceptional period (about one month before conception until the end of the first trimester) dramatically reduces the incidence of neural tube defects). Thus, Folic Acid supplementation (at least 400 μg/day) is recommended for all women capable of becoming pregnant.

Vitamin B12
Together with Folic acid, it works to produce DNA synthesis and red blood cells. It also aids the development and functioning of brain, nerves and blood cells as well as helping to maintain the normal central nervous system and neurological functions.

Iron
During pregnancy, your body produces more blood to support the growth of your baby. If you’re not getting enough Iron or certain other nutrients, your body might not be able to produce the amount of red blood cells it needs to make this additional blood. Iron-deficiency anaemia occurs when the body doesn’t have enough Iron to produce adequate amounts of the haemoglobin protein found in red blood cells which carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.

Zinc
Zinc is involved in cell replication, tissue and bone growth and immunity. Zinc is essential for the production, storage, secretion and utilization of Insulin and also has a close relationship with Vitamin A; supporting it and the transport of Iron through the blood. In addition Zinc contributes to normal cognitive function, DNA synthesis and normal fertility and reproduction.

Copper
Adequate Copper supplies are essential for normal foetal development. During pregnancy, many changes occur in Copper levels and transport in both mother and foetus. Copper levels in maternal serum rise. At the same time, total body Copper levels increase, but not in the tissues normally associated with Copper homeostasis. The placental transport system changes during development, increasing during the latter stages and resulting in the transport of more Copper towards the end of gestation than earlier in pregnancy.

Selenium
Like Vitamin E, with which it is associated in some functions, Selenium is an antioxidant. It is a vital part of the important Glutathione based enzyme that helps the immune system.

Iodine
The main function of Iodine is in normal thyroid function which is essential for metabolism. Iodine is the key component of the thyroid hormones, e.g. thyroxine which is necessary for growth, mental and physical development and the maintenance of health.

L-Arginine
Arginine is an amino acid known to be involved in vascular dilation and therefore normal circulation. Sufficient levels of Arginine allow the body to appropriately manage arterial wall flexibility.

Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle is a vital part of leading a fulfilling life. It is doubly important when considering pregnancy so as well as ensuring your diet is broad based and full of fresh foods and the right supplements, also make sure you exercise well and most importantly spend time resting and sleeping as this is one of the best ways of managing stress.
Calcium Carbonate Prep. (Maltodextrin), Magnesium Oxide, Bulking Agent (Cellulose E460 (i)), L-Arginine Hydrochloride, Ascorbic Acid Prep. (Ascorbic Acid, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose) (Vit. C), Tablet Coating ((Polyvinyl Alcohol, Colour (Titanium Dioxide), Polyethylene Glycol, Colour (Iron Oxide), Talc)), Ferrous Fumerate (Iron), L-Taurine Prep. (Silicon Dioxide), DL-Alpha-Tocopherol Acetate Prep. (Silicon Dioxide) (Vit. E), Nicotinamide (Vit. B3), Zinc Oxide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vit. B6), Anti-Caking Agents: (Silicon Dioxide, Magnesium Stearate), Beta Carotene (Modified Food Starch, Corn Starch, DL-Alpha-Tocpherol), Calcium Pantothenate (Vit. B5), Thiamine Mononitrate Prep. (E464, Hydroxypropylmethyl Cellulose) (Vit. B1), Vitamin D3 Prep. (Maltodextrin, Starch, Sucrose, Cholecalciferol) (Vit. D), Copper Sulphate, Riboflavin (Vit. B2), Vitamin K1 Prep. (Maltodextrin) (Vit. K), Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenate (Selenium), Cyanocobalamin (Vit. B12).

Food supplement: Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied, balanced diet or a healthy lifestyle.

Caution: If you are taking any medication or have an existing medical condition please consult your doctor or a health care professional before using this product. This product contains iron, which, if taken in excess, may be harmful to very young children.

Manufactured in the UK to high GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) quality standards.
Suitable for vegetarians.
Store in a cool dry place
1. How long should I take FertilCare for?
You can start taking FertilCare as soon as you know you are planning to have a baby, ideally at least 3 months before you are planning to become pregnant. You can then continue to take FertilCare throughout your pregnancy.

2. Can I take this as well as folic acid?
No. FertilCare already contains 400µg of folic acid as recommended by the Department of Health, so this is not something we would advise without first speaking with your doctor. Some women may need a higher dose of folic acid, which may be as much as 5mg (or 5000µg) but you should only take higher doses when specifically prescribed by your doctor.

3. Is FertilCare suitable for vegetarians?
Yes, you can take FertilCare if you are vegetarian.

4. Is it ok to take FertilCare with other medicines?
We would advise checking with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any dietary supplement alongside other medication. FertilCare contains vitamin K, which is an important vitamin to include in your diet and is involved with helping your blood to clot to stop you bleeding. If you are taking any anticoagulant medication (blood thinning tablets) then you should not take FertilCare without first talking to your doctor.