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Women are being urged to take a folic acid supplement if they are likely to become pregnant in a bid to help prevent certain birth defects of the brain and spinal cord.
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) is found in varying amounts in most foods. Hence, the vitamin’s name is derived from ‘panthos,’ the Greek word for everywhere.
This is a great time of year for delicious, healthy, beetroot.
A recent study by Irish doctors based in UCD and the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital has found an increasing number of babies born with neural tube defects (NTD) such as spina bifida, anencephaly, and encephalocoele. Although NTDs are very rare, folic acid intake reduces the risk by promoting the development of a healthy spinal cord. It is a worry that almost 15 per cent of new mums had never taken folic acid. The study also found that only 14 per cent of women had taken folic acid pre-conception and nearly a half of women had only started to take folic acid after conception. It seems timely to get the message back out there.
Do you get confused when it comes to your A, B, and Cs? At Whelan’s Pharmacy the friendly and professional staff are trained to advise on a whole range of topics including vitamins and essential minerals.
Power of probiotics
Beyonce’s growing baby bump has the world eagerly anticipating the birth of her and Jay-Z’s first baby, but has the Destiny’s Child singer got you thinking of a child of your own? If so, here are some tips that could help you to be as baby-licious as Miss Knowles.
Struggling with spots, blackheads, blemishes? International bestseller—Proactiv Solution, a life changing, professional calibre, ‘clear skin’ treatment system, used by some 15 million people as well as an impressive line-up of blemish free celebrities is now available in Mayo at Stauntons Pharmacy in Castlebar.
Gardai in Mullingar are seeking the assistance of the public in the recovery of some stolen pharmaceuticals that could stop a person’s breathing in minutes if taken incorrectly.
Popeye showed us just how powerful spinach really was and our mammies have been telling us for years to ‘eat our greens’. But why is this so – are green veggies all they’re cracked up to be?