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How much folic acid to I need before getting pregnant?

How much folic acid to I need before getting pregnant?

The link between folate (or folic acid) and healthy pregnancy outcomes is widely accepted and most women will be advised to take folate when their pregnancy has been confirmed. However, the timing for supplementation is key, and research shows that it is best to start as early as possible, and ideally before conception. Indeed, the NHS recommend that you start taking 400 micrograms of folic acid as soon as you start trying for a baby, or ideally for three months before, to ensure that you have adequate levels when you do fall pregnant.

27 July 2022
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There are so many probiotics on the market. How do I know which to choose?

The health benefits of taking a probiotic supplement are well documented and you can read all about them in my previous “ask the expert”, but with so many probiotic formulas available, it can be difficult to know which is right for you.

20 July 2022
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What do probiotics  do in our bodies?

Probiotics can help to regulate our gut flora which can, in turn, assist in digestion, vitamin production, providing structural integrity to the gut lining barrier, protection against pathogens, and serve as a communication centre. Our gut microbiome, therefore, plays a pivotal role in the regulation of metabolic, immune and endocrine functions and can have far reaching effects on our health.

13 July 2022
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Can ashwagandha help with sleep?

Ashwagandha, also known as Withania somnifera or Indian ginseng, is a shrub that has long been used by Ayurvedic practitioners to promote an inner calm. It falls under the category of an apoptogenic herb; a substance which promotes adaptation by the body to all kinds of stressors, be they emotional, environmental, or physical. Adaptogens have thousands of years of historical use and have been used in both Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. These herbs contain active phytochemicals that help account for their adaptogenic functions. Due to the heightened levels of stress in the modern world, they are now experiencing a revival in health and wellness practices today.

How much folic acid to I need before getting pregnant?
6 July 2022
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How much folic acid to I need before getting pregnant?

The link between folate (or folic acid) and healthy pregnancy outcomes is widely accepted and most women will be advised to take folate when their pregnancy has been confirmed. However, the timing for supplementation is key, and research shows that it is best to start as early as possible, and ideally before conception. Indeed, the NHS recommend that you start taking 400 micrograms of folic acid as soon as you start trying for a baby, or ideally for three months before, to ensure that you have adequate levels when you do fall pregnant.

15 June 2022
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You do lots of different omega 3s, which one is right for me?

The myriad of health benefits to be gained from taking an Omega 3 supplement is well known – from their role in protecting our heart health and maintaining normal blood pressure, to supporting brain function and vision, joint mobility and skin health. While oily fish provide a great source of the omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, increasing our intake is not always convenient, or desirable, plus with the concerns of environmental toxins and heavy metals in seafood – this is where a supplement can help. 

18 May 2022
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What are prebiotics?

While the therapeutic use of probiotic bacteria is well publicised for their role in supporting the growth and diversity of the microbiome, and the subsequent health benefits received, an important adjuvant to probiotics is the practice of using prebiotics in both diet and supplements.

5 May 2022
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How can I support post-natal recovery?

In my previous “Ask the Expert” I have discussed the importance of adequate nutrition when breastfeeding, not only to nourish your baby but also to ensure your nutrient stores are replenished to support your own health and wellbeing. As such, a comprehensive prenatal supplement, or other suitable multivitamin and mineral formula, taken alongside a varied, nutrient-dense diet is recommended throughout breastfeeding.

21 April 2022
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What is Omega 3 and Omega 6?

There are only two fatty acids that are known to be essential to human health, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) an omega-3 fatty acid and linoleic acid (LA) an omega 6-fatty acid. Neither can be synthesised by the body, so adequate levels must be obtained from the diet. The long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which can exert several health benefits can be synthesized from ALA, although this conversion is often inefficient.

14 April 2022
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Is collagen just broken down in the body?

Collagen itself is a complex protein molecule with a quaternary structure, therefore it needs to go through several stages of digestion to be broken down into amino acids to be absorbed, this is why there has been conflicting opinions as to whether collagen supplements are effective.

14 April 2022
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What is CoQ10 and why should I take it?

Coenzyme Q10 (commonly referred to as CoQ10) is a potent antioxidant needed by every cell in the body to support growth and maintenance. It also plays a key role in energy production, and as such can help to support the body’s function in a wide range of areas.

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