The vitamins folic acid, B12 and D3, which are contained in Folio® and Folio®iodine-free, as well as the mineral nutrient iodine (only in Folio®) play a highly important role in the development of your child.
Folic acid is a B vitamin which is indispensable in all cell division and cell growth processes as well as for the growth of maternal tissue. Accordingly, it also plays prominent role in the development and growth of nascent life: 100 billion new cells are generated from a fertilised egg during the course of pregnancy!
And even the rapidly growing baby requires an extra portion of folic acid during the breastfeeding period. As the baby receives this vitamin via the mother's milk, he/she is dependent on your folic acid intake.
Covering the daily requirement of this heat- and light-sensitive vitamin through diet alone is not easy, however. This is because it is attacked during cooking, when preparing food in the microwave, if salad is washed too intensively or if food is stored incorrectly.
By the way, you also benefit from a good folic acid supply. Folic acid plays a crucial role in ensuring that the immune system can carry out its tasks. In addition, it reduces tiredness and ensures a low level of homocysteine in the blood (homocysteine = harmful amino acid which, with the help of folic acid and vitamin B12, is converted into other useful amino acids.)
If you rarely eat foodstuffs of animal origin, you run the risk of not getting enough vitamin B12. Yet, only when vitamin B12 is available in adequate amounts can folic acid carry out its tasks, as both vitamins work closely together.
Many people have a vitamin D3 deficiency. However, for the development of your child, an adequate supply is highly important. This vitamin supports the development of the skeletal and immune system as well as the development of muscle function. An adequate supply of vitamin D3 also reduces the risks of various complications during pregnancy. Besides this, studies have also shown that the allergy rate among children is lower if their mothers had sufficient levels of vitamin D during pregnancy.
Also crucial is an appropriate supply of iodine – a mineral nutrient which our food only contains in insufficient quantities.
Iodine is a key component of the thyroid hormones. These hormones control the growth and development of organs, the nervous system, the brain, the muscular system and the skeletal system. Moreover, they also make a decisive contribution to intellectual development.
If you are not permitted to take additional iodine for medical reasons, the intake of Folio®iodine-free is recommended.
Did you know? If you regularly do sport, you also have an increased requirement for folic acid, vitamin B12 and iodine! This is due to a higher cell division rate as well as increased sweat production, which causes water-soluble vitamins and minerals to be flushed out of the body to a greater extent.