Choosing a supplement for yourself is a difficult task. Choosing a supplement for your baby is even more of an endeavor. As a new mom, you want to do what is best for your little one. With hundreds of prenatal supplements to choose from, how do you know the difference? Read up!
Here are the top four things to look for in a prenatal vitamin:
#1 Bioavailable Ingredients
Bioavailability is the extent to which a nutrient can be utilized by the body for its intended purpose. The average consumer may never consider the bioavailability of their product, but not all supplements are made equal. The reason one supplement may cost three times that of the other may ultimately come down to a difference in quality. What is the point of purchasing a supplement that doesn’t benefit your body?
Choose a product that boasts about using the natural form of the vitamin, not the synthetic. For example, natural vitamin E has approximately twice the biological activity of synthetic vitamin E. One study suggests that even an infant body can discriminate between natural and synthetic vitamin E (1). Persona’s Prenatal contains active vitamin B2, B6, folate, vitamin E, and an easy-to digest iron.
#2 Adequate Folic Acid
Folic acid, a B vitamin, prevents neutral tube defects in infants, a serious birth defect that affects the brain or spinal cord. Over 300,000 infants are affected each year worldwide (2). Because defects can occur early in pregnancy, women are advised to take 400 micrograms of folic acid each day, especially since half of U.S. pregnancies are unplanned. Once you are pregnant, that dose should increase to 600 micrograms per day (3).
Many women have a difficult time absorbing folate due to a gene defect called the MTHRF gene variant. Persona’s Prenatal includes methylated folate (also known as 5-HTHF) to ensure everybody can absorb folate properly.
#3 Transparent Sourcing
Because some supplements are not always regulated well, finding a supplement brand that values transparency and thorough regulation is important. Before purchasing, look for your product’s company online to read more about them, or call the manufacturer.
Great products go the extra mile and have third party certifications to prove their quality. When a product is third party certified, they welcome quality control companies to come and investigate their product. Always read the fine print, allergy warnings, expiration date, and be cautious of “proprietary blends.”
Persona Nutrition values transparency, honesty, and quality. Our Prenatal is created by a naturopathic doctor and nurse and lactation specialist, both experts in the field of prenatal care.
#4 Scientific Support
Do your research and be a supplement critic. All supplement companies are going to compete to encourage you to purchase their product, but great supplement companies are going to explain why their product is superior. For example, some supplements companies may boast about their pharmaceutical grade quality, where other companies may provide reasoning behind why they chose one form of a vitamin over another. It’s best to find a company that can back up their claims with scientific evidence and are willing to share sources.
Comparing products to determine which is best is never easy. The more you understand about nutrition, the better supplement sleuth you will become. Persona nutritionists are available to answer your questions and tell you why our Prenatal is the best choice. Your body and baby will thank you!
To learn more about our prenatal supplement and take our questionnaire to get started on the best supplements for you and your baby, visit our website
If you are looking for the highest quality Vitamin and Mineral Supplements personalized for you, please go to www.personanutrition.com and take our on-line questionnaire providing individualized vitamin and mineral recommendations. Persona is the only Science Based supplement provider on the web today! Take advantage of our knowledge and use it to your health’s benefit!
- Stone WL, Leclair I, Ponder T, Baggs G, Reis BB. Infants discriminate between natural and synthetic vitamin E. Am J Clin Nutr. 2003;77(4):899-906.
- Plan Ahead: Folic Acid Can Help Prevent Birth Defects. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/features/folicacidbenefits/index.html. Updated January 11, 2017. Accessed November 30, 2017.
- Folic acid and birth defect prevention. Medline Plus. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002092.htm. Updated November 6, 2017. Accessed November 30, 2017.