We have continued to review the best prenatal vitamins product for previous two years; here you can check the recommendations in 2015, and 2016. Now we will list some new prenatal vitamins in the market and give you some suggestions before you find the best one in 2017.
As we suggested in previous articles, safety is the first criteria we choose the best prenatal vitamins. And then we will take the following conditions for consideration: quality, easy to serve, and price of daily cost, etc.
Also we have one latest update from FDA, as the Daily Values (DV) for some vitamins and minerals have been changed after reviewed publicly for several months. A part of vitamins and minerals have an increased DV dosage, but others were decreased. For example, folic acid which is very important for pregnant women, especially during her pre-conceiving period has been suggested to be labeled with its forms. If it’s synthetic form then it should be marked as Folic Acid or Methylfolate (one of the synthetic form) and its dose, because of the increased bioavailable after comparing to the folate retrieved from natural food. Normally the synthetic forms will be equal to 170% of its naturally folate from vegetables and fruits.
So the labeling in the multivitamins and minerals product was suggested to follow the new rule as below.
Previous: 400 mcg folic acid, 100% of adult DV;
Now: 680 mcg DFE – Dietary folate equivalents, 170% of adult DV.
New dosage of folate for pregnancy:
And for pregnant women, RDA dosage for folate is 600 mcg DFE, 500 mcg DFE for lactating women.
The new DV for folate is 600 mcg DFE for both of pregnancy and lactating period.
It will be more apparent and accurate for the consumer as the upper intake level – UL of folate is 1,000 DFE for adult. Folate is critical for those planning conceiving women and their first trimester. It will lead to B-12 deficiency, autism in offspring and peripheral neuropathy, etc. if someone takes too much of it. We need the best prenatal vitamins to protect us, not ruin our life and offspring.
This rule went into effect from 26 July, 2016. While for supplement manufacturer, this label rule change will have a deadline, until middle of 2018 or later, thus we have to identify the label in the supplement by ourselves for the time being.
Here are some new prenatal products since 2016, let us review them one by one.
Not recommended list:
- Prenatal Vitamins with Folate and Lutein. The Best Prenatal Vitamins for Nausea. No GMOs,Gluten or Soy
Although it says that it’s free of GMO ingredients, preservatives, flavorings or artificial colors, but it contains Folate (as L-methylfolate, Metafolin®) – 800 mcg, you can say that actually it exceeds the UL (Upper Tolerable Intake Level) of folate as it is 800*1.7=1,360 mcg DFE.
- It contains folic acid 800 mcg, so it actually is in 1,360 mcg DFE. That’s too high for pregnant women.
- There are multivitamins and minerals, although it has 200 mg DHA and 35 mg EPA, sourcing from fish oil. That’s good for women if they just want to take one pill per day.
- 5-MTHF 600 mcg folate included, it is 1,020 mcg DFE. Although there is blaming comment from some customers as the dose were reduced after comparing to the previous formula version, but now 600 mcg folate from broccoli in 5-MTHF form is more suitable for those women with MTHFR gene mutation. But it is a little bit overdose of UL.
- Sourced from food, so it can be taken in empty stomach, minimum the symptom of morning nausea for most of the pregnant women during their 1st trimester.
- Choline, it is much helpful for fetus development, so this supplement can be also taken during women’s postnatal period.
One brand new prenatal vitamins product, and it’s in gummy form, which is quite new for prenatal women.
- It has folate 600 mcg, not in synthetic form, so we think it’s quite safe for pregnant women.
- No iron, no calcium provided in this prenatal gummies. You may have to take another mineral supplement if it becomes necessary for some pregnant women with anemia.
- If you worry about the sugar it contains, actually the 4 g sugar in its daily severing are from 9 fruits. So it doesn’t like “Candy” but with good tasty favor as it made with pectin in each of berry gummy.
- Certificated with USDA, Non GMO and Vegan.org.
- Daily cost per serving: $1.00 per day
- The Folate it contains is in folic acid and calcium L-5-Methyltetrahydrofolate is 360 mcg as 612 mcg DFE, a little bit higher than DV.
- Be carefully of its Iron which is 30 mg in Amino Acid Chelate form, while RDA/DV of iron for pregnant women is 27 mg, so it is a little higher than RDA/DV.
- In capsules, easy to swallow and made with whole food, such as kale, spirulina, beet, broccoli, spinach, blackberry, blueberry, carrot and cranberry which will be gentle for women’s digestion. And it has extra supporting ingredient from enzyme, prebiotic, and probiotic. Organic ginger is especially helpful for soothing women’s stomach.
- Immunity enhancement from citrus bioflavonoids, vitamin C and zinc.
- With Non GMO certification.
- Daily cost per serving: $0.97 per day
In general, we have to admit that Garden of Life have the well control either for the quality of the prenatal vitamins product, or the well-designed ingredients in the formulas.
In 2015, Garden of Life Kind Organics Prenatal Multivitamin was the best prenatal vitamins, but as it contains folate in 800 mcg sourced from food, we suggest reducing 3 tablets per day to 2 tablets based on current point of view.
In 2016, Garden of Life Mykind Organics Prenatal Once Daily Tablet is the best one, don’t worry, it provides folate in 600 mcg from food.
Now we believe that Garden of Life Prenatal Gummy Vitamin – mykind Organics Gummy Multivitamin for Women, 120 Vitamin Gummies is the best prenatal vitamins in 2017. If you want to choose a safe, high quality and brand new form: gummies for your pregnancy then this supplement can satisfy all of your needs.