Are Bend products safe to take during pregnancy and breast feeding?
This week, we want to touch on a customer question we get all the time – maybe even our most frequently asked question! Prior to getting into the details, we want to preface this blog post by saying that before you start taking any new dietary supplement or natural health product, we recommend consulting with a healthcare practitioner to make sure the product is right for you.
Our Anti-Aging Formula has been evaluated for safety and efficacy by Health Canada’s Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD), for use in adults aged 19 years and older for health effects described on the product label. During the review process, the NNHPD did not request we include any warning statement (contraindication) on the label to describe any conditions or circumstances when the product should not be used, including the statement: Do not use if you are pregnant. Therefore, our Anti-Aging Formula does not have any known contraindications. From omega 3-fatty acids to Vitamin D, there are lots of wonderful ingredients in Anti-Aging Formula to support your health and the health of your baby.
Marine Collagen + Co-Factors has also been assessed by Health Canada’s NNHPD for safety and efficacy, for use in adults aged 19 years and older for health effects described on the product label. The NNHPD does require we include a statement recommending individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use. This precautionary statement relates to the hydrolyzed collagen found in our formation.
The NNHPD creates ingredient and product monographs which outline specific safety and quality considerations for natural health product
ingredients or combination of ingredients. The information contained within specific monographs serves as guides for industry for labelling of natural health products. An ingredient monograph has been issued for hydrolyzed collagen. (3), which includes the amino acid, lysine, naturally found in this ingredient. It is recommended that products containing more than 2.8 g of hydrolyzed collagen, such as our Marine Collagen + Co-Factors, include the statement, Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, on the product label. Therefore, we have included that statement on our product label, to comply with that NNHPD requirement and to inform our customers of that precaution.
The moral of the story is that our products contain a specific blend of efficacious natural ingredients, directed to be used in adult populations, and when used according to label directions, they do not have any known contraindications. But as is true with all supplements, we recommend you consult with your healthcare practitioner prior to taking them.
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- Hydrolyzed Collagen Product Monograph. Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate, Health Canada. Accessed online on December 18, 2018 at http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/atReq.do?atid=hydrolized.collagen&lang=eng
- Lysine Product Monograph. Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate, Health Canada. Accessed online on December 18, 2018 at http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/atReq.do?atid=lysine&lang=eng