Prenatal CellSentials™: What You Need to Know

Pregnancy increases certain nutritional needs. So, taking a lower-dose, one-a-day multivitamin and mineral prenatal supplement may not be enough. It can be difficult to get proper nutrition through food alone, and that becomes even harder during pregnancy.

Getting the best nutrition for you and your fetus starts with the carefully formulated Prenatal CellSentials™, comprised of Prenatal Vita-Antioxidant™ and Prenatal Core Minerals™. Together, they provide advanced levels of the essential vitamins and minerals you need. You can safely support your health and the healthy growth and development of your fetus—from before conception until you stop nursing.*

Summary

  • Prenatal Vita-Antioxidant and Core Minerals provide advanced levels of the essential vitamins and minerals you need to safely support your health and the healthy growth and development of your fetus—from before conception until you stop nursing.*
  • Experts recommend starting a prenatal supplement at least three months before conception.
  • Maternal blood volume increases by nearly 50 percent during pregnancy. That’s why iron supplementation beginning by the second trimester is important for supporting the production of red blood cells. These cells help transport oxygen and nutrients to the fetus.*
  • Calcium is important for a healthy pregnancy and maintaining the mother’s bone density. It’s also important for the baby. Calcium is transferred from the mother to the fetus to support the healthy development of bones, teeth, and muscles.*
  • CellSentials Prenatal Vita-Antioxidant is manufactured to the highest quality and safety standards. Plus, additional nutrients, such as vitamin K, choline, and USANA InCelligence Technology®, make the Prenatal Vita-Antioxidant a well-balanced supplement for supporting the health of your future family.*

What Nutrients Are Important During Pregnancy?

According to the American Pregnancy Association, the following vitamins and minerals are important to support a healthy pregnancy:

Vitamin A & Beta-Carotene.  Vitamin A is an essential micronutrient throughout the life cycle.  Vitamin A is important for organ development during embryonic and fetal growth and helps support the normal development of bones and teeth growth.  The right balance of vitamin A supports healthy  embryonic development.itamin A helps initiate distinct developmental events during healthy fetal growth.

Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps our bodies use phosphorous and calcium, and promotes healthy bones and teeth. Natural sources of vitamin D include some fortified foods and sun exposure.  A healthy Vitamin D status helps  support healthy prenatal brain development *

Vitamin E. Vitamin E helps  the bodys normal formation and use of red blood cells and muscles.*

Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect tissues from damage and assists our bodies in the proper absorption of iron.*

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin). Thiamin supports the maintenance of natural energy levels. *

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin). Riboflavin supports energy levels, good eyesight, and healthy skin.*

Vitamin B3 (Niacin). Niacin helps promote healthy digestion, skin, and nerves.*

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine). Pyridoxine helps support the normal formation of red blood cells and helps relieve morning sickness.*

Folic Acid.  Folic acid is a water-soluble B vitamin that is found naturally in a variety of foods, fortified grain products, and most multivitamin supplements. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of folate for pregnant women is 600 µg.

Folic acid is one nutrient that is especially important to take even prior to conception. Women who consume healthful diets with adequate folate throughout their childbearing years may reduce their risk of having a child with a birth defect of the brain or spinal cord. Sources of folate include fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, fortified cereals, and dietary supplements.

Calcium. Creates strong bones and teeth. . Supports muscles and nerves function.*

Iron. Helps support the production of hemoglobin.

Protein. Helps in the production of amino acids and the normal function of cell repair

Zinc. Zinc is a cofactor for more than 300 enzymes needed for healthy cell function in the eyes, kidneys, muscles, skin, and bones. This essential mineral provides structural integrity to enzymes and/or participates directly in the reaction at the catalytic site. Zinc also serves as a necessary structural component of DNA-binding proteins that affect llgene expression.

Another of zinc’s important physiological roles involves cell membranes. Zinc affects the activity of enzymes attached to plasma membranes. Some of these enzymes include alkaline phosphatase, carbonic anhydrase, and superoxide dismutase. Zinc also directly affects cell membranes by stabilizing phospholipids and thiol groups that need to be maintained in a reduced state to prevent oxidative damage to lipids.

As a cofactor for many enzymes, zinc frees the vitamin folate so it can move across cell membranes. It also aids in the manufacture of heme and in essential fatty acid metabolism. Zinc also helps release vitamin A from its storage place in the liver.

Who Should Take a Prenatal Supplement?

Experts recommend starting a prenatal supplement at least three months before conception. That’s because it’s important for a woman to have sufficient amounts of folic acid in her body the second her baby starts to develop.

What Are the Benefits of Taking a Prenatal Supplement?

Taking a prenatal supplement will help ensure that mother and baby get the nutrition they need.

According to Elizabeth Ward, RD, “Prenatal vitamins are touted for giving your baby the best start in life—and with good reason.

“Prenatal supplements don’t guarantee a healthy child, but they are useful for filling in small gaps in your diet. For example, women who skip or skimp on animal products benefit from the vitamin B12, iron, zinc, and vitamin D in prenatal supplements.”

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that pregnant women take a prenatal vitamin supplement.  The group also advises all women of childbearing age to consume 0.4 mg of folate daily from a supplement or fortified foods and consume food folate from a varied diet to reduce risk of neural tube defects in case of pregnancy. Before taking a prenatal vitamin supplement or any other type of vitamin or supplement, consult with your doctor.

The Science of USANA ® CellSentials™ Prenatal Vita-Antioxidant™

USANA® Prenatal CellSentials™  Vita-Antioxidant supplies a carefully formulated range of pure, high-quality vitamins at safe levels that help support your healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.*

The rapidly dividing cells of the developing fetus require biotin to aid in regulating healthy cellular responses. Prenatal Vita-Antioxidant is an excellent source of biotin.*

Vitamin A is important during fetal development and supports the healthy formation of the circulatory system, heart, eyes, ears, and limbs. Prenatal Vita-Antioxidant is a good source of provitamin A. It contains 10,000 IU (3,000 RAE) of beta carotene and mixed carotenoids per day. The beta carotene form of vitamin A is a safe, non-retinoid form of this essential nutrient that poses no toxicity risk.*

Vitamin C is another antioxidant that’s essential for helping the body make collagen. This protein is a building block for cartilage, tendons, bones, and skin. Vitamin C also supports iron absorption. *

Vitamin D does more than help develop strong bones and teeth by aiding calcium absorption. Recent studies have shown a positive correlation between maternal vitamin D status and healthy neonatal outcomes, including healthy birth weight. Prenatal Vita-Antioxidant is rich in vitamin D.* Depending on your diet and the amount of sunlight you get regularly, you may want to also add USANA’s Vitamin D supplement to your nutritional regimen.

The Science of CellSentials™ Prenatal Core Minerals

Core Minerals is a premium blend of a broad range of essential minerals designed to not only optimally nourish your cells but also support the activity of the InCelligence Complex in Vita-Antioxidant.*

Maternal blood volume increases by nearly 50 percent during pregnancy. So iron supplementation beginning by the second trimester is important for supporting the healthy production of red blood cells. These cells help transport oxygen and nutrients to the fetus. Maternal iron is also needed during pregnancy and lactation to provide the infant with sufficient iron stores to last through the first four to six months of life. After that period, supplementary feeding is usually recommended. Prenatal Core Minerals is an excellent source of iron.

Calcium is important for a healthy pregnancy and maintaining the mother’s bone density. The mother’s calcium status is also important for the baby. Calcium is transferred from the mother to the baby to help support the healthy development of bones, teeth, and muscles.*

A woman’s need for iodine increases considerably during pregnancy and while nursing. It is needed to support maternal thyroid hormone production, which plays a role in healthy fetal neurocognitive development. Adequate Iodine during pregnancy supports the healthy development of cognitive function.Prenatal Core Minerals is a good source of iodine.*

So maintaining adequate levels is especially important for a healthy pregnancy. Zinc also supports healthy fetal cell growth.*

The Benefits of CellSentials™ Prenatal Vita-Antioxidant

Prenatal Vita-Antioxidant provides essential vitamins, including folic acid and vitamin A (as beta carotene), to help support the healthy growth and development of your baby—before, during, and after pregnancy. Plus, it provides added nutrition to help you maintain your energy level, and support your immune system. Additionally, it helps your body recover after giving birth.*

Healthful diets with adequate folate may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a brain or spinal cord defect. Because it is needed for closure of the neural tube in the very first weeks of pregnancy, any woman of childbearing years should take folic acid. When taken as directed, Prenatal Vita-Antioxidant is an excellent source of 600 μg of folic acid, which is more bioavailable than the folate you’ll find in food.

The B vitamins are important to support energy metabolism and healthy organ development. Vitamins B6 and B12 also support red-blood-cell formation. This is critical because a woman’s blood volume increases by nearly 50 percent during pregnancy. Prenatal Vita-Antioxidant provides 32 mg of B6 and 200 μg of B12 in each daily dose.

The Benefits of USANA® CellSentials™ Prenatal Core Minerals

Prenatal Core Minerals provides essential minerals, such as iron and iodine, which you need to support the healthy growth and development of your baby. Plus, it provides the nutrition you need to keep feeling good and help support your body after giving birth.*

Prenatal Core Minerals is also an excellent source of magnesium, which is needed to support healthy fetal growth. Magnesium also supports calcium absorption for strong bones and teeth.*

This supplement contains copper, which aids in the production of red blood cells, along with supporting fetal development.*

The USANA Difference

As with all USANA Nutritionals, CellSentials Prenatal Vita-Antioxidant and Prenatal Core Minerals are carefully formulated by a team of experts in nutritional science. They contain safe levels of the purest ingredients. They are manufactured according to GMPs that are mapped after pharmaceutical level GMPs.This gives Prenatal CellSentials excellent potency and quality.

Prenatal Vita-Antioxidant goes beyond normal prenatal supplementation. It contains additional nutrients, such as vitamin K, choline, and USANA InCelligence Technology™ Complex. So Prenatal Vita-Antioxidant is a well-balanced supplement for supporting the health of your future family.*

Prenatal Core Minerals is also formulated with additional minerals, such as selenium, chromium, and manganese, which may not be found in other prenatal supplements.

Taking USANA Prenatal CellSentials together will give you the balanced and comprehensive nutritional support for the health of your future family.*

  • *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

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