Efanatal – You Are Everything Your Baby Needs

Specially formulated to help provide important nutrients for mother and child before, during and after pregnancy

Pregnant women are advised to ensure that their diet contains all the necessary nutrients including those particularly important for their baby’s health, such as folic acid, calcium and iron. Recent scientific research indicates that mothers-to-be should also be thinking about getting enough of a particular group of nutrients known as Long-Chain Polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPs).

What are LCPs and Why are They Important?
LCPs are present as structural components of all cell membranes including areas such as the brain, eyes, heart and joints. Through their conversion to hormone-like messengers, they are involved in the regulation of many body processes such as blood flow and the reproductive cycle. LCPs are considered to be just as important to our health as any vitamin or mineral. Getting enough in our diets means our bodies are able to build and maintain supplies to help keep us healthy, and to prepare for the important times of our life such as pregnancy.

A mother’s supply of LCPs before, during and after pregnancy and whilst breast feeding, is vital for her baby’s development and to satisfy her own needs. Recent research indicates that two LCPs are of particular importance to women before, during and after pregnancy. They are Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) and Arachidonic Acid (AA).

A large proportion of the human brain is composed of fatty acids, the most abundant of these being the LCPs, primarily DHA and AA. Research indicates that DHA and AA are very important for the healthy development of the eye and brain in the developing fetus, particularly during the last few months of pregnancy and in the new-born baby when brain growth is rapid.

LCPs and Pregnancy
Just like Vitamin C, the body is constantly utilizing LCPs. A mother’s supply of LCPs is therefore vital to her baby’s development and to satisfy her own needs.

During Pregnancy
At the beginning of pregnancy mothers-to-be use DNA and AA for the growth of their placenta, for their developing breast glands and for laying down stores ready for the all important last three months of pregnancy. This is the time when the baby’s brain grows rapidly, increasing its weight by four to five times. DHA and AA are the two LCPs which have been shown to be vital for the growth spurt of the brain. The LCP status of the mother’s diet may also influence the general health status of her offspring. In addition, it is important that the mother maintains adequate levels for her own needs.

Whilst Breast Feeding
For many reasons, breast milk is the best food for the young infant. The nervous system of a new baby continues to grow very rapidly in the first months of life, and once again the LCPs: DHA and AA are vital for this process. Crucially a mother’s breast milk, unlike cow’s milk, naturally contains high levels of DHA and AA.  It also supplies another LCP: Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) which is converted to AA in the body. The LCP content of breast milk is dependent on the mother’s diet and varies widely from mother to mother. A good intake of LCPs when breast feeding is therefore important to safeguard the supply to the baby and herself.

After Pregnancy & Breast Feeding
Pregnancy and breast feeding place huge demands on the mother and as babies start to become independent on the dietary front, this is no time for mums to start letting things go in their own diet. Replenishing supplies of LCPs after pregnancy is just as important as stocking up on iron, calcium and vitamins. Good LCP supplies will help maintain hormonal balance and healthy looking skin, hair and nails.

Getting Enough DHA and AA
Rich sources of AA are foods such as liver, red meat and eggs; oily fish provides DHA. However not everyone chooses to eat these foods, and as far as liver is concerned because of its vitamin A
content, pregnant women are advised not to eat it anyway. The body can make DHA and AA from other fatty acids in the diet, but the conversion process may sometimes be compromised. In addition, fatty acids may also be used for supplying energy for the mother. For this reason, supplementing the diet with DHA and AA may be important for pregnant women, those who are breastfeeding and those who have recently had a pregnancy. To help safeguard your supply of LCPs, you may like to supplement with two Efanatal capsules which should be sufficient to maintain your body’s levels.

Specially Formulated by Efamol
The Efanatal formulation is unique and rich in the two important LCPs, DHA and AA, together with the antioxidant vitamin E, in a convenient capsule form. In addition to these two LCPs, the Efanatal formulation provides GLA. GLA can be converted in the body to AA and is also involved in helping to maintain hormonal balance, and soft, smooth-looking skin. You can be confident in this product because published research, including research funded by Efamol Limited, has shown that the LCPs provided by the Efanatal formulation are those involved in eye and brain development in babies. The Government’s Chief Medical Officers advise that all women planning a pregnancy should take a 4O0mg folic acid supplement daily from the start of trying to conceive until the 12th week of pregnancy.  Efanata| capsules can be taken together with Folic Acid.

No Artificial Colourings or Flavourings
This product contains no sugar, yeast, milk derivatives, corn starch, no artificial colouring or flavoring, so it is ideal for people who want to avoid these substances.

After Breast Feeding
Once you have finished breast feeding you may like to consider taking Efamol Pure Evening Primrose Oil every day to help ensure your LCP intakes are maintained. The Efamol formulation combines Efamol Pure Evening Primrose Oil with essential nutrients, including significant amounts of Vitamin B6, for something a little extra around the time of your period.

What About Other Sources of DHA, GLA and AA?
Cod liver oil and most other Fish Oils provide DHA, but not as much as the carefully selected Fish Oil used in the Efanatal formulation which is particularly rich in DHA. In addition, cod liver oil usually contains high levels of Vitamins A and D which may be harmful if taken in high amounts, especially Vitamin A during pregnancy. The Efanatal formulation contains Fish Oil extracted from the body of carefully selected fish and contains only trace amounts of these vitamins. Furthermore, the extraction process ensures a quality oil which is rich and consistently high in its DHA content.

Other supplements providing GLA may contain starflower oil (otherwise known as borage) as their source of GLA. Even though there is more GLA gram for gram in starflower than Evening Primrose Oil, Efamol Ltd do not use starflower oil as a source of GLA. This is because research indicates that the GLA in Evening Primrose Oil may be more biologically active than starflower GLA. Starflower oil, unlike Evening Primrose Oil, is a complex oil and some of its constituents may inhibit the activity of its GLA in the body, regardless of the amount of GLA it may contain.

Essential Fatty Acids are vitamin-like substances which cannot be made by the body so must be present in the diet. Essential Fatty Acids are convened to Long Chain Polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPs) for use by the body.

Efamol Quality
Efamol Ltd is the world leading specialist field Essential Fatty Acids and is responsible for most of the scientific research into the properties Evening Primrose Oil. This expertise extends to cultivation of new types of evening primrose plants and has resulted in the awarding of several Plant Breeders Rights (plant patents). Efamol Ltd is also an expert in the selection and handling of other oils such as those from fish. All of Efamol products are produced to stringent pharmaceutical standards to guarantee purity, quality and potency.

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