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Baby Wash and Baby
Mater Mothers’ Hospitals has launched
two additions to its range of maternity
and baby care products – Mater Baby
Wash and Mater Baby Moisturiser.
The new products join Mater Body
Balm for pregnancy. According to the
company Mater Baby Wash is a lightly
foaming, tear‐free cleanser developed
for daily use on the baby’s skin and
scalp. Mater Baby Moisturiser Tis an extra
mild lotion to soothe and condition the
Proceeds from these products support
Mater Little Miracles to help fund
specialist life‐saving care for seriously
ill and premature babies at mater
hospitals. More information is available
Based on 14 clinical trials, a new
complementary medicine containing
naturally occurring ademetionine
(S‐adenosylmethionine, SAMe) together
with vitamin B12 and bioactivated B9/
folate (folic acid) has been developed to
assist in the maintenance of healthy mood
and may also assist in the management
of medically‐diagnosed fibromyalgia,
providing symptomatic relief from pain,
fatigue, stiffness and mood swings.
‘Both vitamin B12 and folic acid play
a role in the synthesis of SAMe in the
body, and are required for maintaining
normal healthy mood and cognitive
function. We know that people seek out
natural therapies to support their mental
well‐being, however, it’s important that
anyone intending to use supplementation
for mood does so under the supervision of
a healthcare practitioner, especially if they
are also on other treatments,’ he said.
BioCeuticals has launched NuroSAMe
Plus that it says helps maintain healthy
mood by increasing levels of ‘feel‐good’
hormones, serotonin and dopamine.
NuroSAMe Plus is a practitioner‐only
supplement. Individuals using
prescription anti‐depressants, or those
with bipolar depression, should not use
this product unless under the supervision
of a healthcare practitioner.
With nearly half the Australian adult
population (45%) experiencing a mood
disorder at least once in their lifetime,
researchers have found a clear link
between mental health and nutritional
intake. The study, presented in September
this year, found that a healthy diet
consisting of vegetables, fruits, berries,
whole‐grains, fish and low‐fat cheese was
associated with a lower prevalence of
symptoms of mood conditions.
Dr Jerome Sarris, NHMRC Clinical Research
Fellow at The University of Melbourne’s
department of psychiatry, said that in
addition to overall diet, there has also
been much research into the benefits
of supplementation on maintaining
‘Managing mental and emotional
health and well‐being, while minimising
side‐effects, is at the forefront of research,
particularly into complementary or
nutritional support,’ said Dr Sarris.
‘Research has shown that low levels of
SAMe have been found in patients with
low moods, and that supplementation
leads to increased serotonin and
dopamine, and numerous clinical trials
suggest that SAMe may have beneficial
effects on mood,’ Dr Sarris said.
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