PRENATAL SUPPLEMENTS 101
Choosing a prenatal supplement can be a daunting task, especially when there are so many options available. You want to make sure you’re getting the full benefit from the prenatal you’re taking, but are also unsure of exactly what should be in a prenatal. At Health Over All, we only carry supplements at the clinic that we fully stand by, with our prenatals being no exception regarding the safety, efficacy and quality.
Listed below are some important questions to ask regarding your current prenatal, keeping in mind that not all prenatals are created equally.
Should I be taking folic acid or folate? And what is the difference?
We want our prenatal to be saying folate, not folic acid. Folic acid is the inactive, synthetic form of folate, and it is estimated that up to 60% of the population has a genetic mutation that prevents them from properly converting folic acid into its active form, which means that the dose you think you are getting is potentially doing nothing at all because it is not being absorbed. When it comes to fertility, obtaining enough folate is crucial, most notably within the first trimester when the risk for miscarriage and acquiring birth defects is high. It is common for several other B vitamins to be included in this way, such as vitamin B6 and vitamin B12.
At first glance it may seem like you are getting the best bang for your buck based on the long list of items that appear on the nutrition label. It is important, however, to pay attention to the types of nutrients that are within the bottle, as many over the counter brands contain inactive forms of vitamins, meaning that the body must convert them into their active form in order to be utilized.
Naturopathic Doctors at Health Over All