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The Importance of Copper and Zinc in Nourish+

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Did you know that if you’re taking a prenatal vitamin with zinc, it also needs to contain copper? This is because copper and zinc have an inverse relationship, taking zinc can cause copper levels to decrease in the body. Copper is important for keeping your heart healthy, key for optimal development of the brain and healthy bones of the baby in utero. Zinc is an immune-system booster and ensures that your body stays healthy. Learning how to maintain a balance between the two is important in preventing toxicity and even possible neurological ailments. Our prenatal multivitamin Nourish+ contains both the optimal amounts of copper and zinc to support healthy fetal development. 

If you eat a nutritious and diverse diet, you should be getting enough copper to support your pregnancy however, some people may experience a deficit from the diet they consume. Copper is found in seafood, nuts, seeds, whole grain products and even some cocoa products. Some experts suggest that you can get enough copper from your diet, however some research shows that supplementing is the only way to ensure adequate retention of copper. One such study was performed with 24 pregnant women in their second trimester, all of which participated in two seven-day metabolic experiments to evaluate zinc and copper utilization. They self-selected their diets which were only differentiated between having and not having copper and zinc supplementation. Their zinc and copper levels were measured after and the results supported the conclusion that adequate copper retention does not appear possible without the use of a supplement.(1)

Copper is important during pregnancy because it helps form your bones, red blood vessels, and nervous system. During pregnancy your blood volume increases by about 30 to 50 percent! A woman’s needs are higher during pregnancy to maintain growth and development of the baby. If the nutritional status of mom is not adequate, it’s possible mom and or baby could experience complications. In the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, there is actually a reserve of nutrients in the baby that can be utilized after birth! Those babies often have accelerated growth in the first years of life, which is a proven response to the available nutrition pattern. If that nutrition pattern is insufficient, there can be deficits during development, including brain function.(2)

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“I used this as my prenatal vitamin and I have been taking it postnatal as well. I had hyperemesis during pregnancy and the ginger in Nourish made some difference for nausea which was such a relief. I have just had my third child and I have been having the most positive postpartum experience compared to my other two. I enjoy knowing I am getting all the vitamins provided in this supplement. Don’t sleep on this one!”

– Ashton B.

Diet and your body’s mechanisms of absorption, distribution, and excretion of micronutrients are vital for maintaining adequate levels of nutrition. Even though you think you’re eating enough for you and your growing baby, you may not be absorbing it optimally, excreting it right out or it may not be distributed properly in your body. Supplementing with Nourish+ can ensure that you are filling any nutritional gaps in your diet, so that you can support a healthy pregnancy. Nourish+ not only has a balanced ratio of copper and zinc, 0.03mg and 3mg respectively, but it’s also full of other vitamins, minerals and a blend of organic whole foods that is bioavailable for both you and baby. 

Nourish+ is a delicious strawberry pineapple powder, created for better absorption. It was formulated with methylated folate to support healthy fetal development and to support a healthy immune system. Nourish+ makes a great tasting, daily prenatal vitamin drink to support you in your healthy pregnancy.

The contents of this blog should not be taken as medical advice.  It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health problem-nor is it intended to replace the advice of a physician.  Always consult your physician or qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health. 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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