Prenatal multivitamin/mineral formula by Douglas Laboratories provides essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients based on scientific recommendations for nutrient requirements for women of childbearing age, pregnant women and lactating women.
Each serving contains:
Vitamin A (as beta-carotene) 2,400 mcg
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) 70 mg
Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol) 25 mcg (1,000 IU)
Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl succinate)12 mg
Vitamin K1 90 mcg
Thiamine (as thiamine HCl) 1.6 mg
Riboflavin (as vitamin B2) 1.7 mg
Niacin (as niacinamide) 20 mg
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl) 2.2 mg
Folate (as Metafolin®, L-5-MTHF) 1,667 mcg DFE
(1,000 mcg L-5-MTHF)
Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin) 2.6 mcg
Biotin 300 mcg
Pantothenic Acid (as calcium pantothenate) 6 mg
Choline (as choline bitartrate) 100 mg
Calcium (as DimaCal® di-calcium malate) 200 mg
Iron (as iron glycinate) 27 mg
Iodine (as potassium iodide) 150 mcg
Magnesium (as magnesium citrate) 80 mg
Zinc (as zinc citrate) 15 mg
Selenium (as selenomethionine). 70 mcg
Copper (as copper glycinate) 1 mg
Manganese (as manganese citrate)…2 mg
Chromium (as chromium polynicotinate).... 120 mcg
Molybdenum (as TRAACS® molybdenum glycinate chelate) ... 75 mcg
Proprietary mixed carotenoid blend .....450 mcg
Other ingredients: Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (capsule), ascorbyl palmitate
Metafolin® is a registered trademark of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
DimaCal® and TRAACS® are registered trademarks of Albion Laboratories, Inc. U.S. Patent 6,706,904
ChromeMate® brand niacin-bound chromium. ChromeMate® is a trademark of Lonza or its affiliates.
As a dietary supplement, adults take 2 daily with a meal or as directed by your health professional.
Prenatal is a multivitamin and mineral formula that supports hormone, neurotransmitter, DNA, protein, and energy production. Metafolin® L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (L-5-MTHF), the naturally occurring, universally metabolized form of folate is included to support optimal neural and cellular development. B vitamins are included to support enzymes essential for cellular function and DNA synthesis. This formula contains 1,000 IU of vitamin D based on RDA requirements for pregnancy. It also provides vitamin K to support the carboxylation of proteins for blood clotting and bone health, as well as 100 mg of choline to support fetal central nervous system development, 27 mg of iron, and 150 mcg of iodine to meet enhanced requirements during pregnancy. Studies show that a high percentage of adults in North America and other developed countries eat less than the minimum daily allowance of 10 or more essential nutrients. It is generally accepted that pregnant and breastfeeding women should supplement a healthy diet with a variety of essential vitamins and minerals to ensure adequate intake for both mother and child.
Prenatal contains Metafolin®, a patented, natural form of (6S) 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF). Lmethylfolate is the naturally occurring, predominant form of folate commonly found in cells and is essential for a developing fetus, as it participates as a cofactor in a reaction that involves the remethylation of homocysteine to methionine. Unlike synthetic folic acid, L-methylfolate can be used directly by the body, without the need for an additional conversion via the enzyme (5,10 methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR)). In certain populations, the body’s ability to convert folic acid to 5-MTHF by use of this enzyme may be compromised due to genetic differences. Metafolin® contains only the S isomer of 5-MTHF and has been shown to be the only form of folate to be able to cross the blood-brain barrier.
Lutein is an important antioxidant that helps protect cells from oxidative damage, and is only available through dietary sources such as colored fruits and vegetables. This carotenoid has been found in the cord blood and the mother’s blood during pregnancy and post-partum in breast milk and colostrum. These levels directly reflect dietary intake of lutein by the mother. Lutein is found in the retina and the brain, and therefore a highly beneficial nutrient for the baby’s visual and neural development.