Equilibrium Nutrition has chosen to carry this particular Prenatal Complete Multi-Vitamin since it offers the most comprehensive all-in-one nutritional supplement formula.
It’s convenient, easy to take, and you’re guaranteed the exact dosage you need to ensure you get all your required vitamins and minerals on a daily basis!
Prenatal Complete Multi-Vitamin Benefits
- Supports a healthy pregnancy
- Provides daily vitamins in a Functional Medicine blend
- Provides daily minerals
- Includes DHA Omega-3 needed for nervous system development
Preconception and pregnancy are periods when it is essential to optimize health and nutrition, both for mother and baby. Research has shown that healthy pregnancies begin with good nutrition during preconception, and it is known that overall nutrition needs rise during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
In addition, factors such as first trimester nausea or morning sickness may impede a woman from being able to consume adequate nutrition to support her expanding needs.
Prenatal Complete with DHA provides the full complement of nutrients essential for pregnancy and adheres to the highest standards of purity, formulated to be free of common allergens, artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives and additives.
Prenatal Complete with DHA is a comprehensive, hypoallergenic, prenatal multivitamin and mineral blend to support healthy metabolism during pregnancy.
The formula includes folate as Quatrefolic™ - 100% 5-MTHF, the biologically active form of folic acid, to meet increased requirements for fetal nervous system development.
It also includes USP* B vitamins. Albion® TRAACS® chelated mineral complexes and Ferrochel® iron are included for enhanced mineral bioavailability and gentleness on the stomach.
Functional Medicine Targeted Ingredients
Nutrients must be highly bioavailable to improve the body’s nutrient balance. Unlike other formulas, which use cheap forms of minerals with slow and limited absorption, and can often cause intestinal distress such as constipation (calcium carbonate) or diarrhea (magnesium oxide), Prenatal Complete with DHA provides a full spectrum of highly-absorbed, Albion® mineral chelates. Albion® is the world leader in manufacturing highly bioavailable mineral chelates, a specialized form of minerals bound to amino acids.
This patented process creates natural mineral compounds that use active absorption mechanisms in the gastrointestinal tract to greatly enhance mineral absorption. In fact, comparison studies have shown significantly superior absorption of mineral chelates to other forms of minerals.
In a magnesium comparison study reported by Graff et al. at Weber State University, Albion®’s magnesium amino acid chelate had (See Figure 1).1
- 8.8 times greater absorption than magnesium oxide
- 5.6 times greater absorption than magnesium sulfate
- 2.3 times greater absorption than magnesium carbonate
In a clinical study comparing calcium absorption in humans, Albion®’s patented calcium chelate delivered the greatest absorption of all calcium sources tested (44% absorption, See Figure 2).2
In addition, mineral chelates are gentle, “gut friendly" minerals that do not cause the constipation that often accompanies calcium carbonate and other mineral forms.
Albion®’s mineral chelates have extensive clinical research proving their superior bioavailability, biologic activity, stability and tolerance.
Folate is needed very early in pregnancy and it is recommended that women take folate when planning to become pregnant, since folate needs are high around the time of conception.3
Adequate folate nutrition before and during pregnancy supports healthy development of the fetal brain and spinal column, and ensures an overall healthy pregnancy outcome.4,5
Prenatal Complete with DHA provides 5-MTHF as 100% Quatrefolic®, a more stable, soluble, and bioavailable form than calcium salt forms of 5-MTHF. Supplementing with bioactive 5-MTHF allows for the bypassing of steps in folate metabolism, which may be especially beneficial in those with digestive concerns or genetic variations in folate metabolism.6,7
Intake of omega-3 fatty acids is critically important during pregnancy for the development of the fetal brain and retina.8 During mid-to-late gestation, DHA plays an important role in the development of cognitive and motor functions.8
An ample supply of DHA is beneficial to baby’s brain and eye development, however, most women don’t get enough DHA in their diets. Thus, it is recommended that pregnant and breastfeeding women consume additional DHA daily,9,10 particularly during the last months of pregnancy and the first few years of life, when a baby’s brain develops rapidly.11
Since iron is critical for energy and oxygen delivery to a developing baby, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends routine iron supplementation during pregnancy, though many forms of iron cause constipation and gastrointestinal discomfort.12 Research shows that about 20% of pregnant women have low hemoglobin and iron levels.13
Ferrochel® iron has been shown to help increase and maintain levels of iron, while being gentle on the stomach and colon. This form relieves the stomach from having to bind minerals to amino acids, allowing iron molecules to pass easily through the intestinal wall at a rate of 3.8 times greater than iron salt forms.14,15
It has long been recommended that pregnant and lactating women take a prenatal supplement containing iodine for optimal thyroid health.
However, only 15 – 20% of pregnant and nursing women currently take supplements containing iodine. A recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics highlights the vital role that iodine plays in the development of a baby’s nervous system and brain development.
New recommendations reflect this finding, stating that pregnant and lactating women should take a supplement containing iodide, a form more easily absorbed by the body.
Prenatal Complete Multi-Vitamin is Equilibrium Nutrition’s choice for the best all-in-one Functional Medicine supplement to ensure you’re getting all your nutrients every day for both mom and baby!
3 capsules and 1 soft gel per day or as recommended by your health care professional.
Does Not Contain
Gluten, yeast, artificial colors and flavors
Consult your health care professional before use.
Scientific Research & References
1. Graff et al. Magnesium: wide spread benefits. Albion Research Notes 1992; 1(2):1.
2. Calcium: Heaney RP, Recker RR, Weaver CM. Absorbability of calcium sources: the limited role of solubility. Calcif Tissue Int 1990 May;46(5):300-4.
3. Folic acid for a healthy pregnancy and baby. March of Dimes Web site. http://www.marchofdimes.com/ pregnancy/folicacid.html.
4. Bukowski R, Malone FD, Porter FT, et al. Preconceptional folate supplementation and the risk of spontaneous preterm birth: a cohort study. PLoS Med. 2009;6(5): e1000061. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000061.
5. Folic Acid Fact Sheet. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health. http://www. womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/factsheet/folic-acid.cfm. Updated May 18, 2010. Accessed June 19, 2012.
6. Prinz-Langenohl R, Brämswig S, Tobolski O, et al. [6S]-5-methyltetrahydrofolate increases plasma folate more effectively than folic acid in women with the homozygous or wild-type 677C-->T polymorphism of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. Br J Pharmacol. 2009 Dec;158(8):2014-21. [PMID: 19917061]
7. Lamers Y, Prinz-Langenohl R, Brämswig S, et al. Red blood cell folate concentrations increase more after supplementation with [6S]-5-methyltetrahydrofolate than with folic acid in women of childbearing age. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Jul;84(1):156-61. [PMID: 16825690]
8. Coletta JM, Bell SJ, Roman AS. Omega-3 fatty acids and pregnancy. Rev Obstet Gynecol. 2010;3(4):163-71. [PMID: 21364848]
9. Denomme J, Stark KD, Holub BJ. Directly quantitated dietary (n-3) fatty acid intakes of pregnant Canadian women are lower than current dietary recommendations. J Nutr. 2005;135:206-211.
10. Simopoulos AP, Leaf A, Salem N Jr. Workshop on the essentiality of and recommended dietary intakes for omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. J Am Coll Nutr. 1999;18(5):487-489.
11. Influence of dietary fatty acids on the pathophysiology of intrauterine foetal growth and neonatal development. Presented at: Consensus Conference on dietary fat intake during the perinatal period—Dietary recommendations for pregnant women; September 11-14, 2005; Wildbad Kreuth, Germany. http://www.early-nutrition.org/perilip/ PeriLipRecommendations.html.
12. CDC Recommendations to prevent and control iron deficiency in the United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR Recomm Rep 1998;47:1-29.
13. Anemia During Pregnancy. Utah Department of Health: Maternal and Infant Health Program. http://health.utah. gov/mihp/pregnancy/preged/duringpreg/Anemia_ during_pregnancy.htm. Accessed March 29, 2011.
14. Szarfarc SC, de Cassana LM, Fujimori E, et al. Relative effectiveness of iron bisglycinate chelate (Ferrochel) and ferrous sulfate in the control of iron deficiency in pregnant women. Arch Latinoam Nutr. 2001 Mar;51(1 Suppl 1):42-47. [PMID: 11688081]
15. Ferrochel Effectiveness. Albion Human Nutrition. http://www.albionferrochel.com/effectiveness. Accessed March 28, 2011.