New early test for diabetes risk

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in News/Articles, Pregnancy | 0 comments

Gestational diabetes is a common problem during pregnancy and can pose risks to both the mother and the unborn baby.  It can be well managed through diet, exercise and medication where needed, however early detection and treatment is vital.  “Currently, at mid-pregnancy – 24 to 28 weeks – a glucose challenge test is performed to find GDM,” study author Dr. Atsuhiro Ichihara, of Tokyo Women’s Medical University, told  “However, earlier detection of GDM has been needed for early intervention or prevention,” Icihara and his team have identified a biomarker which can be measured via blood test which can help determine the risk of developing gestational diabetes before symptoms present.  Although not common practice yet, this test could assist in the prevention and early treatment of this potentially serious prengnacy complication. Read more from Fox...

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Choline – Your Super Star Pregnancy Nutrient!

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in News/Articles, Pregnancy | 0 comments

Hailed as the new ‘rockstar’ pregnancy nutrient in the US, choline is a vital nutrient during pregnancy and breastfeeding to support healthy neural tube closure and brain development.   As seen in the current issue of Cosmopolitan Pregnancy Magazine Australia, choline is the new super star pregnancy nutrient! “The importance of choline cannot be overstated as we continue to unravel the role it plays in human health and development.” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal Higher levels of choline are linked to a reduced risk of neural tube defects, conversely low levels of choline are linked to an increased risk.  The neural tube, which connects the brain and the spinal cord, develops and closes during the first 4 weeks of pregnancy, which is often before many women realize they are pregnant.  So it’s recommended to start boosting your choline intake as soon as you begin planning for pregnancy.  A healthy choline intake should also be continued through pregnancy to breastfeeding when requirements again increase to keep up with the rapid brain development of your precious little baby!  Your baby’s brain will never grow as quickly as it does from the time you conceive until 6 months of age and during this time you are their sole source of nutrition, so make it count! Healthy maternal levels of choline are also linked to healthy brain development, particularly the memory centre of the brain which is vital for learning and IQ.  Choline in the mothers diet is also linked to reduced stress and anxiety levels in the infant. Requirements for this essential nutrient increase during pregnancy to 440mg per day and requirements then increase again during breastfeeding to 550mg. Good sources include lecithin granules, eggs, beef, salmon, chicken, baked beans, kidney beans, lentils, brussel sprouts, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, wheatgerm, oats and milk.  Another sneaky source of choline is chocolate!  So mabye giving in to those cravings every now and then won’t be so bad! Zycia Natal Nutrients provides 500mg of choline per day to help ensure healthy levels during conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding. Read more about this essential nutrient on the Mouth of Mum’s website!  Further clinical studies on choline in pregnancy can be found in our Health Care Professionals...

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Experts Establish a Link Between Vitamin D and Pregnancy Outcomes

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in News/Articles, Pregnancy | 0 comments

Low vitamin D levels have long been associated with a number of adverse pregnancy outcomes.  New conclusive research from the University of Calgary, Canada confirms this link in a systematic review and meta analysis of the current data.  This research showed that women with low levels of vitamin D were more likely to develop gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and lower birth weight baby. For more information on this study click here. Zycia Natal Nutrients contains 1000IU of Vitamin D per...

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More Mothers Opting for Early C-section or Induction

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in News/Articles, Pregnancy | 0 comments

A new study shows that more Australian mothers are opting for for a c-section or labour induced birth, weeks before their due date.  Rather than lowering the risk of still birth, the study shows these babies are more likely to suffer complications. Between 2001 and 2009, the number of births scheduled for induction or c-secion between 33 and 39 weeks rose from 19% to 26% with 4.5% of these babies suffering a major health complication and 43 of every 10,000 died. In comparison, 3.3% of babies delivered spontaneously between 33 and 39 weeks had a severe health problem and 40 of every 10,000 died. Although the study did not directly show a causative link between the schedued births and the health problems, the results do elecit further discussion into the reasons for, and the potential risks and benefits of early scheduled...

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Introducing Baby Jonah!

Posted by on Apr 8, 2012 in News/Articles, Pregnancy | 0 comments

Congratulations to our Managing Director, Naturopath and Nutrionist, Tasha Jennings who, after her own battle with conception which lead to the development of Zycia, gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Easter Saturday!  After enjoying a wonderful pregnancy and labour, Tasha is a glowing endorsement of the benefits of Zycia Natal Nutrients and is now home enjoying some well earned time with baby Jonah Ed. During her time at home, Tasha will be personally responding to our customer queries though our contact us page.  So if you have any queries or questions about your own conception and pregnancy journey Tasha is more than happy to share both her professional expertise and her own personal experience to assist you in acheiving your dream of having a happy, healthy baby. Tasha will also be running a free information session at the launch of the new Star Pharmacy in Kew 127 High St Kew (the old Mitre 10 building) on Saturday 2nd June from 11am – 1pm.  (Postponed from the 11th due to construction) This informative session will cover all aspects of pre and post natal nutrition to assist conception and support the health of mother and baby during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  Tasha will also be available on this day to answer any personal questions you may have.  She may even bring little Jonah with her! Wishing Tasha, Jonah and her husband all the best as they embark on this exciting new phase of their...

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