Vital Essence 3 – Third Trimester Vitamins & Minerals


NEW AND IMPROVED FORMULA NOW SUITABLE FOR VEGANS. Three capsules a day of this supplement contain all the most important nutrients your body needs to help prepare you for labour. It contains Zinc, which is important for reproductive health, and extra Iron to safeguard your reserves. 1 month’s supply

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Contents – 90 capsules (1 month supply)

The Third Trimester (28 – 40 weeks)

In the third trimester your blood volume increases by 40 percent, your pelvic joints expand and your breast tissue develops. Your baby is growing faster than at any other time in your pregnancy, doubling in size, increasing nerve cells, strengthening bones, maturing lungs, immune system and digestive tract, and laying down stores of fat, Iron, and Calcium. Brain cells are multiplying faster than at any other time in his or her life.

Vital Essence 3 is designed to help meet all these needs and to help you keep as fit and healthy as possible in preparation for labour, birth, and breast-feeding.

We recommend that you take Vital Essence 3 in conjunction with Vital DHA. The formulation contains 30 of the most important micro-nutrients for this key stage of your pregnancy, including Calcium, to help with muscle growth and nerve and muscle functions, and Magnesium to help with the synthesis of protein and healthy cell division. Most of a baby’s Calcium is deposited in this trimester as his or her bones and teeth harden. The foetus takes up Calcium at the rate of approximately 350mg a day during this stage of the pregnancy, so it is good to have a plentiful supply to prevent it being scavenged from your own skeleton. There’s plenty of Iron too, to help support your immune system and with the manufacture of red blood cells in preparation for the birth, as well as good levels of Vitamin D and Vitamin B3. We’ve also included Choline to help support the structural integrity of your cell membranes, as well as Iodine, Co Q10 and Folate (in the superior L-Methylfolate form). The formula also contains Beta Carotene, to help protect against possible Vitamin A deficiency, plus a wide range of other ingredients, such as Lutein, Lycopene, Alpha-Lipoic Acid and Pomegranate and Grapeskin Extracts.

We would recommend that Vital Essence 3 is taken in conjunction with VitalDHA. We also provide supplements for the first (Vital Essence 1) and second (Vital Essence 2) Trimesters

Directions For Use:

Take one capsule three times a day with food. Should only be taken on a full stomach. Suitable for vegetarians. Free from artificial colours, preservatives, gluten and yeast. Non-GM. If under medical supervision, seek guidance from your medical practitioner before using this product.

Optional Automatic Re-ordering Service

We recommend that supplements should be taken for at least 3 months in order to optimise their absorption into the body and bring your body back into nutritional balance.

Most of our products provide a 1 month supply so if you prefer we can send you a bottle of whatever you initially ordered to reach you before your existing supply runs out. We will only charge your credit card for the new delivery once we have dispatched it and you can amend or cancel your order at any time.

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3 capsules per day typically provide:  NRV%
 Vitamin D 3   1000iu  25ug  500
 Vitamin E    9iu  6mg TE  50
 Vitamin C  240mg  300
 Thiamin (Vitamin B1)  10mg  909
 Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)  10mg  714
 Niacin (Vitamin B3)  36mg NE  225
 Vitamin B6  20mg  1429
 Folate (as 5-MTHF)  400ug  200
 Vitamin B12  20ug  800
 Biotin  200ug  400
 Pantothenic Acid (Vit B5)  25mg  417
 Calcium  225mg  28
 Magnesium  113mg  30
 Iron  20mg  143
 Zinc  15mg  150
 Copper  1000ug  100
 Manganese  1mg  50
 Selenium  100ug  182
 Chromium  20ug  50
 Iodine  150ug  100
Choline Bitartrate  80mg
 Pomegranate Extract  60mg
 N-Acetyl Cysteine  50mg
 Alpha Lipoic Acid  33mg
 Grapeskin Extract  25mg
 Inositol  10mg
 Coenzyme Q10  20mg
 Beta Carotene  4mg
 Lutein  1mg
 Lycopene  1mg

Vital Essence 3 – Ingredients and their Benefits:

Beta Carotene – helps protect, safely, against Vitamin A deficiency.
Biotin – essential for the normal functioning of the nervous system. The concentration of biotin in breast milk is 15 times higher than in the mother’s blood, which may suggest that Biotin is very important for a baby’s growth and development.
Calcium – needed initially for the development of the nervous system and strong, healthy bones and teeth. Most of a baby’s calcium is deposited in this trimester as its bones and teeth harden. The foetus takes up calcium at the rate of approx 350mg a day, so the mother needs a plentiful supply to prevent it being scavenged from her own skeleton.
Choline – an essential nutrient required by the body to make important compounds necessary for healthy cell membranes. Demand for choline during pregnancy is very high due to its transfer from the mother to the foetus.
Folate – critically important for normal cell division and normal tissue growth during pregnancy. Supplementation can be important as good supplies may be hard to find through food alone.
Fruit extracts – (pomegranate and grapeskin). Added, along with Alpha-Lipoic Acid and N-Aacetyl Cysteine, to provide a broader spectrum of anti-oxidants.
Iodine – an essential micro-nutrient in the human diet, most particularly as a component of thyroid hormones, which play a vital role in the regulation of metabolic processes such as energy expenditure.
Iron – makes haeomoglobin, the substance which carries oxygen in the blood. Women often have low Iron status entering pregnancy because of menstrual blood loss. A common symptom of deficiency is pica, a craving for strange foods. Iron is not absorbed well without Vitamin C and taking it on its own can lead to the loss of essential minerals. Also important for the normal functioning of the immune system, normal cognitive function and normal cell division.
Magnesium – essential for energy production, for proper nerve function and for every major metabolic reaction. Few enzymes (the protein molecules which carry out the the DNA’s instructions in the body) can work without it.
Selenium – an important anti-oxidant, helping to support normal thyroid function. Critical for a mother’s defences against infection as well as helping to protect maternal DNA.
Vitamin C – A valuable antioxidant. Helps to protect against damage to chromosones. Also added to help with energy production, the formation of collagen and the (critically important) absorption of Iron.
Vitamin D – important to help maintain a healthy inflammatory response and the normal functioning of the immune system. The Department of Health now recommends that all women should consider supplementing with Vitamin D during pregnancy. Recent research from our clinic shows that over half of all women who have their Vitamin D status tested are deficient.
Vitamin E – essential for metabolism and the protection of DNA, proteins and lipids from oxidative damage.
Zinc – essential for the normal function of the immune system and the proper metabolism of fatty acids and Vitamin A. Critically important for normal fertility and reproduction.

Source Ingredients:

Calcium Citrate, Magnesium Citrate, Vegetarian Capsule Shells (Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose), Calcium Carbonate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Choline Bitartrate, Magnesium Oxide, Ferrous Fumarate, Pomegranate Hull Extract (Punica granatum), N-Acetyl Cysteine, Zinc Citrate, Nicotinamide, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (Vitamin B6), Calcium Pantothenate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Grape Skin Extract (Vitus vinifera), Coenzyme Q10, Rice Hull Concentrate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Anti-caking Agents (Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide), Inositol, Riboflavin, D-Alpha Tocopheryl Succinate (Vitamin E), Sodium Alginate, Corn Starch, Modified Corn Starch, Pea Starch, Beta Carotene, Manganese Citrate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Tapioca Maltodextrin, Acacia Gum, Copper Citrate, Lutein, Sucrose, Antioxidants (Natural Mixed Tocopherols, Ascorbyl Palmitate, DL-Alpha Tocopherol, Sodium Ascorbate), Fractionated Coconut Oil, Lycopene, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Quatrefolic ® 5-Methyltetrahydrofolate Glucosamine Salt, Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Glucose Syrup, Sodium Selenite, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Chromium Picolinate, Methylcobalamin (Vitamin B12)

Allergy Advice:

For allergens (if any) including cereals containing gluten, see ingredients in bold.


Do the ingredients in Vital Essence 3 contain the RDA?

Yes – they have been approved by the HFMA and are formulated in conjunction with Department of Health guidelines.

My GP says if I am eating a good diet, I do not need to take vitamins?

In our view, even if you have a healthy diet – which many people don’t these days, given missed, hurried or convenience meals – you can’t always be sure you are getting the vitamins and minerals you need. Not least because intensive food production and processing have stripped many foods of a lot of their nourishment. In our opinion, a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement is valuable during pregnancy, if only as an insurance policy.

My appetite has gone off, I don’t want to eat as much. May I take Vital Essence 3 instead of food?

No, you must maintain a good diet, especially one rich in carbohydrates, during the end of pregnancy. Carbohydrates will give you fuel for labour.

What is “RDA” and why are so many of the ingredients in Vital Essence 3 higher than 100%?

“RDA” is an abbreviation of “Recommended Daily Allowance.” The RDA was devised by the Dept of Health in the UK in 1979 to provide guidance on the intake of a limited number of specific vitamins and minerals that an average adult should have daily in order to avoid a deficiency that may lead to disease or general ill-health. Whereas this was, and remains, a useful benchmark for judging the contribution that any supplement may make to reaching those minimum requirements, it wasn’t intended to represent an indication of optimum intake. You will probably have noticed that many supplements, particularly premium priced ones such as our own, contain daily levels that are frequently many times higher than the RDA, sometimes substantially so. This is because the vitamins and minerals concerned have been set at therapeutic levels in an attempt to boost the body’s store of the nutrients concerned, often for a particular and limited period of time, the need for which can of course vary depending on factors such as general health, age etc. It is universally recognised that pregnancy, and preparing for pregnancy, for example, benefit from special attention to nutrition on the part of both partners. All of the formulations within the Zita West range are well within the Government’s guidelines for what represents the upper safe limit (USL) for long term daily supplementation of any given nutrient.

Vital DHA during the third trimester

During the last trimester of pregnancy, the baby goes through a period of intense development called the brain spurt. At this time, your baby’s brain will take up 70% of your calorie intake and demand for DHA is greater than ever. We strongly recommend that all our clients consider supplementing their DHA intake before and after this critical period.


A few of the reviews we’ve received for Vital Essence 3:

“Brought these for my third trimester as was feeling super low on motivation and energy.. after a few days I definitely started to feel more active, the vitamins definitely gave me the final boost I needed. Wish I had know about these for my whole pregnancy.” Bex Key

“Excellent. I have become an avid follower of Zita West. After having fertility issues I read her book – I took the vitamins she recommended and then once luckily pregnant I have taken essence 1, 2 and 3 throughout & felt great and had a healthy pregnancy to date (touch wood) I really do value Zitas knowledge and would recommend her products.” JC

“High quality vitamins! If you compere other brands like pregnacare for e.g. This one has more vitamins and in higher amounts. So you can be sure that you and your little one (s) are in good health. Didn’t feel sick while taking them and never had any vitamin deficiency. Very happy” Violeta

“I bought this after a few miscarriages and wanted to make sure I was getting the best vitamins and had heard of Zita West reputation of helping couples conceive. The only downside is you have to take tablets 3 times a day which I often forget.” Familyof4

“Arrived quickly, as expected, been taking throughout my entire pregnancy & think they are brilliant supplements. Would recommend” Claire Young

“Love this range of vitamins. When trying to get pregnant I used pregnacare conception and they didn’t agree with me at all. Been using these vitamins since being pregnant and have had excellent blood results, especially iron. Little one is growing away really well. They even seem gentle on the body.” Claire Benson

“Have used these throughout my pregnancy and have felt really good.” Kate Clarke

“Everything you need for the third trimester to ensure you and baby are well nourished” Kirsty Macnemenin

“Excellent product. I’ve been using them throughout my pregnancy and have never had any doubts that I’m missing any vital nutrients” CJA

“Swear by these supplements during pregnancy. Excellent quality from a recognized brand” One bookish person

“Loved this product and used all the stages throughout my pregnancy. I sailed through the 9 months, though I know this will have far more to do with my genetics than these tablets but I still swear by them!” Alou