Vitabiotics Pregnacare His & Her Conception Dual Pack (60s) There is a clear scientific rationale and growing awareness of the need for preconceptional care. Pregnacare® His & Her Conception now provides the opportunity for couples to take a convenient, balanced daily formula specifically developed for male and female reproductive health as well as overall wellbeing. The extra value dual pack contains both Pregnacare®Conception and Wellman® Conception nutritional tablets, which have been specifically designed to support both men and women who are trying for a baby. When couples decide to try for a family, both women andmen need to look after their diet and lifestyle in order to maximise their health and support conception. It is important for couples to be in the best possible health nutritionally, ideally at least 6 months before a baby is conceived. The sperm and ovum are formed well in advance of fertilization and need to be provided with the best nutrition possible for when they combine. For example sperm take 75 days to form and up to 21 days to mature, which means a mans current lifestyle and health will affect the sperm he produces 3 months from now. The effect of nutrition on conception rates has been rigorously studied and shows that certain nutrients help support healthy ovulation, fertilization and embryo implantation. As part of helping to ensure a healthy conception, couples are now routinely counselled to look at their lifestyle and diet as practical measures which can help to improve their fertility and their chances of success, including nutritional supplementation. It is now widely accepted that nutritional deficiencies can have a direct impact on male as well as female fertility. Furthermore, research in this area indicates that certain specific nutrients e.g. vitamin C & E, lycopene and amino acids can all affect fertility in men. In women, iron, zinc, inositol and vitamin E have been shown to support conception. For couples who are serious about conception and the very best start for their developing baby, it is recommended thatboth partners address their diet and nutrition. Pregnacare® Conception tablets for women For women: Pregnacare® Conception contains a carefully balanced comprehensive formulation of micronutrients to help build nutritional stores ready for pregnancy and support good reproductive health: Key Nutrients Include: Folic Acid Pregnacare® Conception provides 400mcg folic acid, (the exact level recommended by the UK Department of Health for all women who are trying to conceive). As well as the healthy development of the foetal neural tube, folic acid may also play a role in conception, and is required in the first days and weeks of life, before you are even aware that you are pregnant. Inositol May help support ovarian function and influence fertility. It is involved in the cell signalling pathway which influences fertilization and cell growth. N-acetyl cysteine A precursor of glutathione, an important antioxidant in the body. N-acetyl cysteine is also important for healthy cervical secretions. Vitamin B12 Part of the B complex group of vitamins, it has been found that B12 supplementation can help to maintain healthy ovarian function and reproductive health. Essential trace minerals – Pregnacare® Conception also combines specific minerals which can help support reproductive health and the early stages of foetal development. These include zinc, iron and magnesium which are of particular importance from the very first moment of conception, for neural tube development and cell division. Wellman® Conception tablets for men For men: It is now known that folic acid is not only essential for women who are planning a baby, but men too. As well as folic acid, Wellman® Conception provides a potent blend of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals which have been specifically chosen for their role in male reproductive function and health. Key Nutrients Include: Peruvian MACA Extract Sourced from the Peruvian herbaceous plant, this organic source Maca contains important nutrients including amino acids and fatty acids, which are essential for male reproductive health. Co-Enzyme Q10 Acts as an antioxidant and energy-releasing agent and is thought to stabilize the integrity of the sperm flagella (tail of the sperm). Folic Acid Studies suggest that supplementation of folic acid along with zinc supports sperm health. Lycopene Highly regarded for its exceptional antioxidant properties, nutritional studies have shown intake of lycopene is directly linked to prostate health. Siberian Ginseng Extract Widely used to help maintain overall male vitality. Pine Bark Extract ( 95% Proanthocyanidins ) Highly effective antioxidants which may play a role in protecting sperm. Free radicals (responsible for oxidative cell damage) are said to be responsible for 40 percent of sperm damage. When to use Pregnacare® His & Her Conception Men and women should use Pregnacare® His & Her Conception as soon as they start trying for a baby. To help build the bodys nutritional stores it can even be taken for 3-6 months before you start to try for a baby. Once you have confirmed you are pregnant, women can continue to use up any remaining Pregnacare®Conception tablets, before moving on to Pregnacare® or Pregnacare® Plus with Omega-3, which are specially formulated for the remainder of your pregnancy and during breast-feeding. Following conception, men can move onto Wellman® original tablets which provide a comprehensive formulation of over 28 essential bio-elements to help maintain general health and vitality in men of all ages. Always read the product directions before use. Do not exceed the recommended intake. As with other food supplements seek professional advice before using if you suffer from food allergies, and consult your doctor or pharmacist if your have an underlying medical condition (e.g. diabetes, epilepsy, hyperthyroidism), or if on medication. Vitamin supplements are not intended to treat or prevent any disease. Food supplements must not replace a balanced and varied diet, and a healthy lifestyle.