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World Folic Acid Awareness Week
January 10, 2018 Brankings

January 7th-13th 2018 is World Folic Acid Awareness Week.

Folic acid is a B-vitamin that is necessary for proper cell growth. If taken before and during early pregnancy, folic acid can prevent up to 70% of serious birth defects of the brain and spine, called neural tube defects. These birth defects develop within the first few weeks of pregnancy, therefore it is important to have enough folic acid in your body BEFORE becoming pregnant and to continue getting enough folic acid throughout pregnancy.

Women require folic acid even if they are not planning to become pregnant, as many pregnancies are often unplanned.

Folate is found naturally in a wide variety of foods including dark leafy greens including spinach, collard greens, kale, turnip greens, turnip greens, okra, brussels sprouts and asparagus, lentils, beans, peas, nuts and avocado. As folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin (dissolves easily in water), it is lost from vegetables during cooking, this can be reduced by avoiding over-cooking and steaming or lightly frying. 

The NHS and The British Dietetic Association (BDA) recommendations for folate (folic acid) intake (μg = micrograms) are as follows:

  • Adults and children over 11 years: require 200μg (diet/supplement)
  • Any woman considering pregnancy: 200μg plus a supplement containing 400μg
  • Pregnant women: 300μg plus a 400μg supplement throughout pregnancy
  • Lactating women: 260μg (diet/supplement)

Taking a multivitamin with folic acid every day is the easiest way that women can get the recommended amount of 400 mcg.

HI HONEY

£39.99

Hi Honey – Manuka honey has been proven to have some amazing health benefits. Health and great taste come together in this unique hamper. The gift basket is bursting with honey from teas, soap, lozenges and the honey itself. You will receive the softest, cutest bear with your purchase we called it Beryl but feel free to rename when it arrives…

LComvita Manuka Honey Lozenges with Propolis Honey and Lemon, 12 Lozenges.
Manuka Honey Soap 100g – Hypoallergenic Fragrance Free Soap.
Pukka Herbs – Lemon, Ginger & Manuka Honey Tea – 20 sachets Tea Bags
Comvita MGO* 83 Manuka Honey UMF 5+ 250g
Free Cuddly Teddy Bear.

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ME TIME

£39.99

We have put together the ultimate relaxing and rewarding hamper for you or your loved one. In this all encompassing hamper you will find something for your skin, bath, hands and face. Relax like never before. Go on, you know you’re worth it…

Avalon Organics Rejuvenating Rosemary Glycerin Hand Soap 355ml

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Scrub Sea Salt 411g

Good Health Naturally Ancient Magnesium Bath Flakes 750g

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Detox Sheet Mask Anti-Pollution Volcanic Clay

Alba Botanica Camu Camu Anti-Wrinkle Sheet Mask

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NUTS ABOUT TEA

£34.99

With 165 million cups of tea being drunk daily and £483 million spent annually in Britain on nuts, we have combined the two creating a one of a kind hamper with nuts to tantalize your taste buds and some of the most refreshing teas to wash them down with a mug you’ll be proud to keep out and keep refilling.

Organic Raw Vegan Activated Hazelnut Nut Butter
Salus Fennel Tea – 15 Tea Bags.
Pukka Herbs Cleanse Tea – 20 sachet Tea Bags
Heath and Heather Organic Green Tea & Ginger 20 Teabags
Lifeforce Organics Activated Live Trail Mix Bombay Style (Organic) 125g
Lifeforce Organics Activated Mixed Nuts Sweet & Spicy (Organic) 125g​

Free Mug

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