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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Comparing Pre-Natal Vitamins

Choosing a prenatal vitamin may seem easy for many, because they just get the one their doctor prescribes, but perhaps you may want to go one step further and find out what is the BEST prenatal vitamin for you. Check out the facts below. They may shock you, but it is so important to make the best decision about what feeds you and your baby! That is why I have compared several vitamins for you below, starting with the ones I use.
 
 
  SHAKLEE VITA-LEA with Iron (this is just their multivitamin, which is just part of the Vitalizer pack I take)
~ Contains all essential 24 vitamins and minerals in proper balance; 
~ Contains 27 whole vegetable sources which are readily absorbed by the
body
~ Contains no chemicals,
~ No Herbicides;
~ No Pesticides;
~ No sugar;
~ No artificial colors, flavors or additives of any kind; 

~contains phytochemicals & and the live enzymes not found in synthetic
vitamins
~ Processed by low-heat method keeping enzymes alive
~ Contains 100% of the RDA of Biotin. 



The Vitalizer Women pack I take contains 2 Vita Lea (like the above), B complex (like I recommend below), Vitamin C, Omega Fatty Acids for baby's brain, eyes, and more, Carotenoids, Flavanoids, and a probiotic to help keep your digestive system healthy and prevent against constipation. If you choose just the Vita-Lea, then I also recommend also adding the B-Complex. 

Shaklee's patented B-Complex - with all eight Bs - promotes a healthy cardiovascular system. And what makes this Shaklee product unique is that it's formulated so that the hard-to-absorb but critical B vitamin, called folic acid, is readily absorbed. Plus, adequate amounts of folic acid in healthful diets have been shown to reduce woman's risk of having a child with brain or spinal cord birth defects.


Now, to compare....

THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME OF THE PRENATAL VITAMINS ON THE MARKET TODAY AND WHAT  THEY CONTAIN: 


  ZENATE (SOLVARY PHARMACEUTiCALS)
~  CARNAUBA WAX WHEN HEATED TO DECOMPOSITION AND EMITS ACRID  SMOKE AND IRRITATING FUMES.
~  MAGNESIUM STEARATE (WHEN HEATED, CAUSES TOXIC FUMES)
~ CONTAINS POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL. WHICH MAY PRODUCE BRAIN AND KIDNEY  DAMAGE
~ CONTAINS STEARIC ACID WHICH MAY CAUSE INTESTINAL OBSTRUCTION.
~ SKIN SENSITIZATION IS USUAL.
~ TITANIUM DIOXIDE WHICH MAY CAUSE PULMONARY IRRITATION.
~ NO BIOTIN.
~ NO PANTOTHENIC ACID.
~ LOW MAGNESIUM.
~ NO COPPER
~ NO PHOSPHORUS

PRECARE CAPLETS (NORTHAMPTON MEDICAL)
--CONTAINS NO VITAMIN A
--NO VITAMIN B1
--NO VITAMIN B12.
--NO BIOTIN. ( --DUE TO IMPROPER BALANCE OF B VITAMINS THIS CAUSES A DUMPING  THUS NOT  UTILIZING THE PROPER ABSORPTION OF VITAMINS B6 AND   FOLIC ACID. )
-- NO PHOSPHORUS.
-- NO IODINE.
-- NO PANTOTHENIC ACID.

NATALINS TABLETS (MEAD JOHNSON)
-- CONTAINS NO BIOTIN.
-- LOW CALCIUM.
-- L0W MAGNESIUM.
-- NO PHOSPHORUS.
-- NO PANTOTHENIC ACID.
-- CONTAINS POLYETHLLENE GLYCOL WHICH MAY PRODUCE BRAIN AND KIDNEY DAMAGE

NIFEREX PN (CENTRAL PHARMACEUTICALS)
--CONTAINS NO VITAMIN E.
--NO MAGNESIUM.
--VERY LOW CALCIUM LEVELS.
-- NO PHOSPHORUS.
-- NO BIOTIN.
-- CONTAINS METHYLCELLULOSE WHICH MAY CAUSE INTESTINAL  OBSTRUCTION IF  INSUFFICIENT WATER IS TAKEN.

PRENATE ADVANCED (BOCK)
--CONTAINS NO BIOTIN.
-- NO PANTOTHENIC ACID.
-- NO MAGNESIUM
-- VERY LOW CALCIUM LEVELS
-- MATERNA TABLETS (LEDERLE)
-- CONTAI NS ONLY 19% CALCIUM
-- ONLY 6% MAGNESIUM.
-- NO PHOSPHORUS.
--CONTAINS METHYLCELLULOSE WHICH MAY CAUSE INTESTINAL OBSTRUCTION, IF
INSUFFICIENT WATER IS TAKEN.
--CONTAINS METHYLPARABEN WHICH MAY CAUSE GASTRIC UPSET. CONTAINS SODIUM
LAURYL SULFATE, A TYPICAL COMPOUND FOUND IN ANIONIC DETERGENTS.

NATALINS RX (MEAD JOHNSON)
-- CONTAINS NO PHOSPHORUS.
-- NO IODINE.
-- CONTAINS HYDROCHLORIDE WHICH MAY BE A DIRECT PULMONARY   IRRITANT AND
INFLAME CONJUNCTIVE OF EYES.
--CONTAINS CYANOCOBALAMIN WHICH MAY CAUSE SENSITIVITY REACTIONS,
GASTROINTESTINAL DISTRESS, THROMBOSIS AND ITCHING RASH.

STUART PRENATAL (STUART)
--CONTAINS NO BIOTIN.
--LOW CALCIUM.
--NO MAGNESIUM.
-- NO PHOSPHORUS.
--NO IODINE.
--CONTAINS HYDDROXPROPYL METHYLCELLULOSE WHICH MAY CAUSE    INTESTINAL  OBSTRUCTION, IF INSUFFICIENT WATER IS TAKEN

STUARTNATAL (STUART)
--CONTAINS NO BIOTIN
--LOW CALCIUM.
--NO MAGNESIUM.
--NO PHOSPHORUS.
--NO IODINE.
--NO PANTOTHENIC ACID.
--CONTAINS CYANOCOBALANIIN WHICH MAY CAU SE SENSITIVITY     REACTIONS,
GASTROINTESTINAL DISTRESS, ITCHING ND RASH.

REFERENCES - UNIVERSITY OF MISSlSSIPPI LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER, CLINICAL TOXICOLOGY OF COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS 5TH EDITION GOSSELIN- SMITHODGE, CHEMICAL EXPOSURE AND HUMAN HEALTH CYNTHIA WILSON, HANDBOOK OF POISONING - 12TH EDITION ROBERT H. DREISBACH - WILLIAM ROBERISON, POISONlNG: TOXICOLOGY: SYMPTOMS: TREATMEMTS JAY ARENA - RICHARD H.DREW, HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL. DESK REFERENCE - 2ND EDITION RICHARD J. LEWIS


And here is a story to bring it all home from Nancy and what happened when she switched her prenatal vitamin:

I began trusting and using Shaklee products first with my children, one who has asthma and allergies, and the other is suspected ADHD and had severe eczema.  That's 2 other long successful stories in themselves.  At any rate, I saw and experienced the way 2 little bodies were able to heal and restore health naturally.   After beginning my third pregnancy, I quickly realized that I was back in the same boat as the first two, with nausea, fatigue, constipation, and water retention, and my allergies were out of control -- I relied on Claritin daily.  After pitching the Dr's prescribed prenatal vitamins and starting VitaLea (3 a day), B-complex (2-6 daily), Shaklee Protein shake, Osteomatrix, Alfalfa (20 per day), and the antioxidants, my energy level  and pregnancy took a turn for the better .  This pregnancy was fantastic from that point forward.  It was the first time I did not test positive for gestational diabetes, my blood pressure remained normal throughout, and my naps were no longer a necessity. Also I gained 10  pounds less than I had with either of the first two, and my 3rd baby was a full pound heavier at delivery. He has by far been the healthiest infant, and nursing has been easy and fun. Synthetic "prenatals" cram all the nutrients into 1 tablet that (in many) doesn't even breakdown most of the time.  If we choose to have another baby it will be Shaklee-ized from the womb. I wish I had known about these incredible products sooner.  We need to get them into the OB offices, so people know there are alternatives.  Best of luck, Nancy Mellott


2 comments:

  1. Thanks. I actually just took what the doctor prescribed me and didn't consider any alternatives.

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  2. wow I never thought of using these. I wish i would have . I had two premature births and gestational diabetes and preclampsia , Iam not saying it would have stopped all of it but maybe it would have.

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