We leant to know that the best prenatal vitamins is Garden of Life mykind Organics Prenatal Multi (called as “3 tablets”, for it is recommended for 3 tablets per day with food). As of now, do we have any better prenatal vitamins than this one in 2016?
Fortunately, we can find such kind of prenatal vitamins on the market now. Garden of Life Mykind Organics Prenatal Once Daily Tablet (called as “Once Daily”), manufactured in September of 2015, with some new features and improvement than the old formula.
1, Garden of Life Mykind Organics Prenatal Once Daily Tablet is made of whole food source, the same as the all of its ingredients in Garden of Life mykind Organics Prenatal Multi.
We can say that the whole food source, especially if the nutrition is extracted from vegetables and fruits that passed the verification of Non GMO and USDA Organic will be more helpful for human body, if compared with synthetic source. For pregnant women, whole food source also means safer for fetus and herself.
For example, the RDA of folate is 600 mcg per day (lactating women is 500 mcg) is very important for the fetus development at the first few of weeks when conception or may soon before pregnant. It is recommended that pregnant women to take 400 mcg folic acid if she take supplement or fortified food, in addition to those folate from dark green leafy vegetables and oranges. The synthetic source folic acid (L-5-methylfolate compounds, Metafolin or Quatrfolic, which you may find these names in some multivitamin product) is absorbed twice than folate from varied diet, so we have Upper limit for folic acid (not for folate, natural food source), it is 1,000 mcg for those individual s 19 years and older. For 14 – 18 years old, it’s 800 mcg, 600 mcg for 9 -13 years old, 400 mcg for 4 – 8 years old, 300 mcg for 1 -3 years old child. Overdose of folic acid will increase the risk of kidney disease, and make it difficult to diagnosis of vitamin B12 deficiency, and also the occurrence of prostate cancer (Nevertheless no such risk if take folate from natural food).
So the certificated organic whole food sources in “Once Daily” give us insurance for the health of the mom and baby.
Somehow, we may find some supplement which labeled with “Whole Food”, but actually it may just contains some part of the elements that comes from food, but the rest of others were not. For example, Dr. Mercola Whole Food Multi Plus although is labeled as “whole food” source, but if we look into the detail ingredients, it is hard to say that most of them are from whole food.
2, As the competitor of Garden of Life Prenatal Multi-vitamins for the best prenatal vitamin before 2016, we recommended New Chapter Perfect Prenatal Multi-vitamin and Mega Food Baby And Me Prenatal Vitamins at the same time, if we look at the labels of these products, we can find that:
- New Chapter Perfect Prenatal Multi-vitamin owns ICS Organic certification and Non GMO project verified.
- Mega Food Baby And Me Prenatal Vitamins owns Non GMO project verified and Gluten free, diary free, soy free.
- Garden of Life mykind Organics Prenatal Multi owns USDA Organic, Non GMO verified and Gluten free.
- Garden of Life Mykind Organics Prenatal Once Daily Tablet owns USDA Organic, Non GMO verified and Gluten free/Soy free/diary free.
Obviously, the fourth “Once Daily” owns most of the certifications to ensure its high potency quality.
3, Let us have a further analysis for the two Garden of Life Prenatal products (only the differences between two products are listed in below table).
|Ingredient||Garden of Life mykind Organics Prenatal Multi||Garden of Life Mykind Organics Prenatal Once Daily Tablet|
|Vitamin D3||1,000 IU||600 IU|
|B1||2 mg||1.5 mg|
|B2||2 mg||1.7 mg|
|Folate||800 mcg||600 mcg|
|B12||30 mcg||6 mcg|
|Organic Ginger (root)||50 mg||0|
|Organic Peppermint (leaf)||50 mg||0|
|Suggested Use||3 tablets daily with food||1 table daily with food|
We can say that the new “Once Daily” formula is more reasonable than “3 tablets”, for example, folate is reduced from 800 mcg to 600 mcg which is the perfect RDA for prenatal women.
The ingredient of calcium and magnesium are removed from formula, maybe it is considerate to reduce the size of the tablet as it is suggested take one tablet daily now comparing it was 3 tablets in old formula.
The stomach soothing blend: ginger, peppermints are removed. Fortunately, vitamin B6 10 mg also has the soothing function if the pregnant women feel any upset.
Are you interest in what the food source of each ingredient in the formula?
We have a chance to know the detail food source for the Garden of Life Prenatal Multi-vitamins (the “3 tablets”, but not the “Once Daily”), at the first lots of it came into the market, it listed detail food source in the label. But after a few months, it was replaced with “from Organic Food Blend” in the supplement facts as below:
Folate is from Organic Lemon;
Iron is from Organic Murraya koenigil;
Iodine is from Organic Kelp;
As of above, we believe that Garden of Life Prenatal Vitamins Once Daily Tablet is the best prenatal vitamins in 2016.