To ensure that cell division processes take place undisturbed and that the thyroid hormones function well ‒ both of which are a basis for the healthy development of your child ‒ you should take folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin D3 and iodine on a daily basis as soon as you are planning to conceive as well as during pregnancy and the breastfeeding period.
Folio®forte or Folio®forte+D3 are recommended from the time when you are planning to conceive up to the end of the 12 week of pregnancy, as these contain the ideal amount of folic acid (800 micrograms) + vitamin B12 / vitamin D3+ iodine).
From the 13th week of pregnancy and during the breastfeeding period, Folio® or Folio®+D3 are optimum (400 micrograms of folic acid + vitamin B12 / vitamin D3 + iodine).
If you suffer from thyroid disease, you can safeguard your supply of folic acid and vitamin B12 / D3 without additional iodine intake by opting for Folio®forte iodine-free / Folio®forte iodine-free+D3 or Folio®iodine-free / Folio®iodine-free+D3.
Did you know that according to the German Food Association (DGE), many people in Germany have a folic acid deficiency? It is hard to believe when you consider that Germany is an industrial nation with a wide range of foodstuffs available on a daily basis.
And folic acid is certainly found in many different types of food. You can find it, for instance, in green leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and green salad. Other sources of folic acid include kale, Brussels sprouts, pulses, tomatoes, yeast, wheat germs, eggs and nuts.
So how come most people only have an inadequate folic acid intake? There are many reasons for this. Freshness and food quality play a key role. Folic acid is a highly sensitive vitamin which is easily attacked by heat and light.
Storing foodstuffs for too long or incorrectly causes them to lose folic acid. The way in which food is prepared can likewise lead to a diminishment of the folic acid contained within them (for instance, through cooking food in a microwave oven or through washing salad too excessively).
In short, even if you have a healthy and varied diet, it is not easy to ensure that your body takes up sufficient amounts of this unstable vitamin.
And during pregnancy and the breastfeeding period, it is especially important to ensure a good supply of folic acid – for mother and child! That is why experts recommend taking folic acid supplements at this time.
Vitamin B12 is only present in foodstuffs of animal origin. The main sources of this vitamin are provided by meat and meat products. Although smaller amounts are also found in fish, eggs and dairy products, these foodstuffs are not sufficient in themselves to cover the body’s vitamin B12 requirement.
Yet particularly when planning to conceive as well as during pregnancy and the breastfeeding period it is especially important to ensure an adequate intake of vitamin B12. After all, this vitamin is a partner to folic acid; both vitamins work closely together. For this reason, all Folio® products additionally contain vitamin B12.
In Nausema®, this vitamin supports the effect of vitamin B6 in alleviating nausea and sickness during pregnancy. Also known as a “nerve vitamin”, B12 plays a role in nerve sensitivity and the transmission of stimuli.
Vitamin B6 is an all-rounder among the vitamins and is found in a wide range of foodstuffs. Fish, meat, fruit, grain cereals, vegetables, milk and cheese are all rich in vitamin B6.
Nevertheless, during pregnancy it is possible to suffer from a deficiency of this vitamin ‒ especially if you have taken oral contraceptives previous to this.
An increased supply of vitamin B6 helps to regulate and normalize the excessive hormone production which takes place at the start of pregnancy. In this way, it supports you in coping with the changes which occur particularly during the first few months.
This is why we developed the supplement Nausema®.
Furthermore, vitamin B6 contributes to a healthy immune system, to the normal production of red blood cells and to reducing tiredness.
Vitamin D3 is the only vitamin which the body can produce itself. 80 - 90 % of vitamin D3 is produced by sunshine exposure of the skin.
It can also be taken up via the diet as well. Cod liver oil and fish supply low levels of vitamin D3.
However, many people do not cover their requirement of this valuable vitamin to an adequate degree. This vitamin is highly important both for a healthy pregnancy as well as for the cell growth and bone development of your child and for the maturation process of his/her immune system.
If you are pregnant or if you are breastfeeding your baby, your iodine requirement is much higher than usual. You should thus complement your diet not only with folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin D3 but also with more iodine. A daily intake of an additional 150 micrograms of iodine is recommended. And you can obtain exactly this amount by taking one tablet of Folio®forte or Folio®forte+D3, or else Folio® or Folio®+D3 on a daily basis. In this way, you can ensure that neither you nor your child will suffer from an iodine deficiency at any time!
Iodine is found in our farmland in relatively small amounts. This means that many foodstuffs of animal or vegetable origin are markedly low in iodine.
Iodine is mainly found in saltwater fish, iodized salt and ‒ to a lesser extent in milk and dairy products (in so far as the animal feed was enriched with iodine).
However, as long as you eat saltwater fish twice a week and use iodized salt for seasoning, your chances of covering your iodine requirement are very good.