The Curious Mummy Meets BUD Fertility
Tell us a bit about yourself?
We are Tim and Sarita Heard – the founders of Bud Nutrition. I (Tim) am originally a designer by trade and run a small creative studio based in south west London. We are very proud parents to three gorgeous children, who since their arrival, have changed our lives dramatically – and for the better.
Tell us more about your Journey with Bud?
TIM – Bud came about a few years after my wife and I suffered from unexplained secondary infertility. We were very lucky with our first daughter, Rohini, arriving within a year of us getting married. We thought it was easy, but trying two years later to conceive again, proved a lot more challenging. Being an only child myself, I felt extra emotional pressure to try and provide a sibling for our daughter. A couple of very difficult and frustrating years passed in which we were poked, prodded and tested for everything – all without conclusion.
We turned to IVF and with help from the amazing team at Guy’s, St Thomas’ Hospital in London, we were blessed with twins; Sunny and Priya, who are now just turning six.
The experience has stayed with us and every day we are grateful to have come out the other end. It has served as inspiration for us to try and help others, (before they get to the IVF stage), to create Bud, which stands forBabies, Under Development!
SARITA – At the time, we received amazing support from the few people that we could share and talk openly with, but it wasn’t easy! We found that information was key. There were a number of disparate online resources, but no single site that combined, information, news, articles, firsthand stories and forums. So, to support Bud, we created our own Littlebud.com – combining all of the above, in to a single, bright, informative and upbeat resource.
Fertility can affect both Men and Women, so how does Bud Fertility supplements help couples conceive?
The facts are that many of us lead busy, stressful and not so healthy lifestyles and are leaving parenthood until later – my wife and I included.
One in Seven couple in the UK, (3.5 million people) have difficulty conceiving* and male sperm count has dropped by 50% in the last 40 years**
We took fertility supplements and whilst they weren’t a magic pill for us, they became an important part of our focus to improve our overall health and chances of conceiving; nutrition, lifestyle, fitness, emotional and overall wellbeing.
In creating our formulas, we worked with Clinical Nutritionist Dr Adam Cunliffe PhD (RNutr), to develop a new and better informed standard of fertility supplement. Our brief was to only use ingredients that are supported by published scientific references.
Bud Fertility Formula for Women:
Bud Female pre-conception formula concentrates on key nutrients and vitamins proven to support healthy conception and preparation for pregnancy.
Zinc which contributes to normal fertility and reproduction & 400ug of Folic Acid (in naturally occuring Folate) as recommended by the UK Department of Health for any women trying to conceive.
Folate contributes to maternal tissue growth during pregnancy and low maternal folate status is a risk factor in the development of neural tube defects in the developing foetus. The NHS state it is important to take a 400μg folic acid supplemental every day while you are trying to get pregnant and until three months after conception.
It also contains Vitamins C, E, D, B6, B12 & Selenium – all important for the normal function of the immune system, to support healthy cell division and protect against cell damage from oxidative stress.
ADDED POWERFUL ADAPTOGENS
Bud Fertility formulas includes Peruvian maca which contains 31 different minerals and 60 different phytonutrients. It is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, aiding the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands and has traditionally been used as an aphrodisiac and fertility enhancer.
Maca is a powerful adaptogen, it works to balance female hormones, improve regularity of cycles, enhance ovulation and support reproductive function. It is also provides a concentrated source of vitamins and minerals to help properly nourish your body in preparation for pregnancy.
Other powerful adaptogens included in the formula are; cordyceps, muira puama and clear water Sea Kelp which work to support your body’s natural fertility both physically and mentally.
Bud Fertility Formula for Men:
For Conception & Spermatogenesis – Essential Vitamins & Minerals
Zinc which contributes to normal fertility and reproduction & the maintenance of normal testosterone levels in the blood
Selenium which contributes to normal spermatogenesis
L-carnitine which improves sperm quality
Vitamins C, E, D, 86, 812 – all important for the normal function of the immune system, support healthy cell division and protect against cell damage from oxidative stress
ADDED POWERFUL ADAPTOGENS
Peruvian MACA which studies have shown support sexual function and improves sperm quality, count & motility
Cordyceps Sinensis is a traditional adaptogen used to reduce stress and fatigue and promote wellbeing. It has also been shown by studies to improve sexual drive & virility and enhance testosterone production
Pycnogenol (pine bark extract) is an antioxident which studies have shown improves sperm quality and function and improve blood flow
Ashwaganda is a traditional herbal adaptogen which helps the body cope with daily physical and psycological stress and demands. Research has also shown it helps to include sperm quality and motility
Bud products are manufactured in the UK in premises licensed by MHRA.
Are they suitable for everyone?
Our products are 100% natural, so the short answer is yes. Improving your Nutritional health doesn’t happen overnight – sperm production takes 90 days to complete – so we recommend you start taking Bud Fertility supplements for at least three months leading up to when you first start ‘trying’.
Could you use the supplements if you are undergoing IVF?
Again, the short answer is yes, but always double check and discuss with your consultants – they will want to know everything about you. Going through IVF is a physical challenge for women and an emotional one for both partners, so you need to do everything you can to boost and maintain all your aspects of your physical wellbeing, whilst going through the cycles.
Can the supplements help regulate your menstrual cycle?
Peruvian Maca is in both our formulas, but for women this powerful adaptogen works to balance female hormones, improve regularity of cycles, enhance ovulation and support reproductive function. It is also provides a concentrated source of vitamins and minerals to help properly nourish your body in preparation for pregnancy.
What are your top tips in getting pregnant?
The best advice I can give, based on personal experience is to stay calm. It is far easier said than done, but positive mental and emotional well-being plays a far bigger part than we might imagine.
We have published a 28-page Bud Fertility Guide that we will send to all The Curious Mummy readers who order with the code below. It is a list and informative A-Z of all the essentials, plus 8 pages of natural fertility-boosting recipes.
30% discount on Bud orders – use the code CM30
** NHS Choices
** University of Jerusalem
** NHS Choices