FormiCal®: Absorbable, Bioavailable Calcium Supplement
March 15, 2016
When a woman is pregnant, her baby gets calcium from her body as well as the food she consumes. Because of this, women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant need to take in more calcium than the average adult.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that women who are pregnant or lactating obtain 1,300 mg of calcium each day.1
If a growing baby’s daily calcium needs are not met, he or she will draw calcium from the bones the mother.2
A prolonged calcium deficiency can result in a number of issues for both mother and child, including osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones and teeth to weaken and become brittle.
Prenatal Vitamins with Calcium
Calcium is important before, during and after pregnancy. That’s why the Prenate® Vitamin Family includes calcium is many of its supplements.
Calcium Carbonate: Tried and True Form of Calcium
Calcium carbonate is a common form of calcium that’s found in many supplements and prenatal vitamins. Because of its heartburn-reducing benefits, it’s also used in many over-the-counter antacid medications, such as Tums® or Rolaids®. In addition to calcium carbonate, several Prenate® vitamins contain calcium formate in the form of FormiCal®.
FormiCal®: Absorbable and Bioavailable Calcium Supplement
Calcium formate, in the form of FormiCal®, is also gentle on the gastrointestinal tract. It does not cause gas, bloating or constipation.4 It may be taken with or without food, and is 100% water soluble.4 But perhaps just as importantly, FormiCal® is more efficiently absorbed than calcium citrate or calcium carbonate.5 This means that the calcium consumed in the form of
FormiCal® is processed by the body more rapidly and to a greater extent than other forms of calcium supplements.
All calcium supplements are not created equal. The calcium that you take is only as effective as the calcium that the body absorbs. If your body does not absorb the calcium you consume, you won’t get the health benefits it provides, and neither will your baby.
Ask your doctor if the Prenate® Vitamin Family is right for you. For your convenience we’ve provided links to the prenatal vitamins with FormiCal® that the Prenate® Vitamin Family offers: