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One of the most commonly asked questions we get here at Morlife is if our Alkalising Greens is suitable to take when pregnant or breastfeeding. The short answer for this, unfortunately is no.

As our Alkalising Greens is such an amazing comprehensive product with more than just greens, fruits and vegetable powders, we’ve added other beneficial ingredients such as L-glutamine (an amino acid) along with functional herbs to benefit the body. Because of this, Alkalising Greens is classified as a Formulated Supplementary Sports Food (FSSF). To legally be a FSSF product, it is mandatory to include the warning statement “Not suitable for children under 15 years of age or pregnant women. Should only be used under medical or dietetic supervision”. Therefore, because of this, as a health food company, we legally cannot give advice to pregnant women on whether or not it is suitable to take due to FSANZ (Food Standards Australia New Zealand) regulations. With this in mind, we further generalise that comment to breastfeeding. We at Morlife do recommend you consult a healthcare professional like a naturopath as they are able to give personalised advice to individual situations.

So, with all this legal jargon out of the way, you’re probably wondering, are there any alternatives I can take during pregnancy that are a safer option? The answer is absolutely, 110% YES! If you’re after a comprehensive style product which is similar to Alkalising Greens, our Greens Kidz would be the next best option for you. Yes, the name could possibly throw you off a little, but this product is suitable not just for kids but perfect for the whole family,  this includes pregnant and breastfeeding mums. It contains 22 superfoods including greens, fruits & vegetables. Greens Kidz has an antioxidant equivalent equal to 6 serves of fruit & vegetables and also contain probiotics (L. acidophilus, B. bifidum, B. lactis & B. longum) and prebiotic fibres (Inulin & FOS). Greens Kidz also contains beneficial vitamins and minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin C. Consuming this product is completely safe as the vitamin and minerals were added following the guidelines for children aged 1-3, therefore within safe amounts for women expecting. With this in mind, this product can be of benefit thanks to ingredients such as Magnesium. Magnesium is an essential mineral required to regulate body temperature, nucleic acid and protein synthesis. During pregnancy it may reduce foetal growth restriction and preeclampsia as well as increase birth weight[1]. Good news for expecting mama-to-be’s!

Alongside our comprehensive greens supplements, we have a range of single ingredient Certified Organic supergreens. These include; Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Spirulina, Chlorella and Kale. These supergreens are completely fine to take during pregnancy and breastfeeding and even contain nutrients which are important during gestation. Our Cert. Org. Spirulina Powder is one of the most amazing single supergreens you can take, rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants including Betacarotene and Phycocyanin. It also features the plant pigment; chlorophyll and packs in 14% of the recommended daily intake for iron in just a 3.5g serve. Iron is another important mineral which is vital for foetal growth and development[2]. Iron is also essential for normal neurodevelopment during foetal and early childhood development. This is why women who are expecting have higher requirements for iron. Consuming any of our greens powders couldn’t be easier, as they are super easy to add into smoothies, juices and even in cooking and baking (think soups, sauces, dressings or bliss balls).

Want some green cooking inspiration? Check out this Kale Pesto Zucchini Salad  or Smokey Spirulina Popcorn snack!

To find out more about our supergreens range you can take a look here: https://morlife.com/pages/search-results-page?q=greens+powder

If you are expecting and have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at nutrition@morlife.com

 

[1] Zarean E, Tarjan A, 2017, Effect of Magnesium Supplement on Pregnancy Outcomes: A Randomized Control Trial”, Advanced Biomedical Research, 6:109

[2] Burke, R.M, Leon J.S, Suchdev P.S, 2014, ‘Identification, Prevention and Treatment of Iron Deficiency during the First 1000 Days’, Nutrients, 6,4093-4114