Eating for Two: Vitamins and Minerals for Optimum Health

Vitamins and Minerals for Healthy Babies

Papaya tree with green fruit

Papaya tree with green fruit

While it has been known for years that folic acid is a necessary supplement to support proper development of the foetus during pregnancy – but did you know that our bodies are unable to benefit fully from the supplement?

Folic acid – Also known as vitamin B9, folic acid helps the body perform many essential functions, including nucleotide biosynthesis in cells, DNA synthesis and repair, red blood cell creation, and prevention of anemia. Folic acid also encourages normal fetal development. In fact, folic acid, calcium, and iron have long been considered the holy trinity of prenatal wellness for many years.  Research even suggests that intake of folic acid during pregnancy may even help children be more emotionally stable.  Further, preliminary studies suggest that a multi-vitamin supplement during pregnancy may reduce the incidence of autisum in children.

However, folic acid is not completely bio-available, whereas folate (the plant derived form of folic acid) is 100% bio available and digestible by the body.  Folate can be derived from:

  • Dark, leafy vegetables (romaine lettuce, kale,spinach, mustard greens, etc)
  • Asparagus (best for folate)
  • Citrus fruit
  • Beans, peas and lentils
  • Red Peppers

But are Vegetables Enough?

mixed-fresh-vegetablesWhile the above sources are easily obtainable to get the folate you need — did you realise that:

Even an organic diet is INSUFFICIENT to provide the essential vitamins and minerals you need?

It’s true — due to modern farming practices, the soil has become nutrient-poor, so much so that an organic diet is no longer a guarantee you’ll get the minerals and vitamins your body needs from your food.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t eat organic — it’s the best chance you have of eating food that hasnot been tampered with too much! But it’s important to be aware that you are not getting all the goodness you and a growing baby need.

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