Thursday, June 04, 2015

Pregnant women can get free evaluation of their vitamins

Check out Every pregnant woman is prescribed prenatal vitamins in this country. But how can you tell which are best and most effective?

After all, you don't want to be throwing down any old stuff--because it goes directly to the developing fetus.

Take folic acid. the US Public Health Service recommends that all women capable of getting pregnant consumer 400 ug of folic acid daily to insure good calcium and iron levels. This helps prevent neural tube defects and abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord.

Pregnant women need 50% more folic acid than other healthy women.

Her daily requirement for Vitamin B12 and calcium will also increase. Many prenatal supplements also contain DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid to support fetal brain development.

LabDoor analyzed 25 best-selling supplements. They looked at the actual amounts of each vitamin in the preparations.

With folic acid, the amounts ranged from a minus 94% of the recommended amount to more than three times what it said on the label. Vitamins A and C were most likely to fall below what the label said. Minerals were better--varying only 10%.

Some supplements, though, had additives, which moms might want to avoid,

To do this testing, LabDoor went to stores and online and bought the supplements retail.

So when you get your prenatal recommendations from the doctor, why not check them out?

By the way--LabDoor's biggest investor? Mark Cuban of SHARK TANK fame.

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