There are several reasons why prenatal vitamins are recommended for women who are expecting. LabDoor wants to reveal even more information about prenatals so that women can make the best decision for themselves and for their expected children.
Pregnant women actually need 50% more folic acid and iron than other healthy women and proper prenatal vitamins provide women with those needs. Besides that they also require other nutrients, such as B12 and calcium while they are pregnant. For the past 15 years or so, the medical community has recommended that women take DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid that helps to support fetal brain development. Recommended prenatal vitamins contain extra quantities of these nutrients, thus providing more than standard multivitamin supplements.
So that women are aware of what to look for, LabDoor supplies a list of what nutrients can be found in prenatal vitamins. The most important nutrients that should be sought include:
· Folic acid which helps to prevent the neural tube defects and abnormalities of a developing fetus’s brain and spinal cord. Expectant mothers also need folic acid to prevent deficiencies that can lead to anemia developing as well as peripheral neuropathy.
· Iron is the source that help to prevent the mother from developing anemia, which is a condition where blood lacks adequate amounts of healthy red blood cells. The red cells are responsible for transporting oxygen throughout the entire body.
· DHA helps with fetal brain and eye development.
Women that are not pregnant can take prenatal vitamins, but there are some risks. Women only require so much folic acid and iron; too much can be dangerous. Some women want the vitamins because they are said to promote healthier hair, nails and skin. Many studies have been conducted and initial studies point to potential benefits to the currently deficient nutrients like Biotin (vitamin B7).
LabDoor is an online review service. They help consumers, whether expected mothers or not, by providing them with research so that they can intelligently find and buy the best supplements for them. Each product tested is sent, behind the scenes, to an FDA-registered lab. Scientists perform key purity and label accuracy assays, then LabDoor provides the results and presents consumers with a simple grade and ranking on the web, iOS, and Android applications.
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