Prescription Prenatal Vitamins Versus Over-the-Counter Prenatal Vitamins
October 4, 2016
There is no disputing that pregnant women should take a prenatal vitamin. Women should begin prenatal vitamin supplementation at least one month before conception. However, if a pregnancy is unplanned, an expecting mother should start taking prenatal vitamins as soon as she knows she is pregnant.
When it comes to prenatal vitamins, many women choose the lowest-cost option they can purchase over the counter. However, there are several benefits to taking a prescription prenatal vitamin instead of an over-the-counter generic. Below are the unique benefits that products in the Prenate® Vitamin Family provide and that make them different from over-the- counter prenatal vitamins.
Supplements that are considered pharmaceutical grade are 99% pure, which means they contain no binders, fillers, dyes or unknown substances. The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) monitors and regulates the manufacturing process and ingredients in the Prenate® Vitamin Family. By not settling for anything less than pharmaceutical grade supplements, expecting mothers are assured that their supplements contain the nutrients they need and no added or harmful fillers.
Surprisingly, the over-the-counter supplement industry is not regulated by the FDA. Although supplements are consumed, they are not regulated like the foods that we eat. However, the FDA does monitor and regulate pharmaceutical prenatal vitamins. This means that expecting mothers can rest easy knowing that the quality of products in the Prenate® Vitamin Family is backed by the FDA.
Patented Ingredients with Proven Benefits
Some over-the-counter prenatal vitamins may contain folic acid, iron and calcium. However, they do not contain patented nutrient forms. Prenate® Vitamin Family products contain patented nutrient forms with scientifically proven benefits.
- Quatrefolic® is a patented form of folic acid that is found in some Prenate® Vitamin Family products. It is bioavailable to all women regardless of their ability to process folic acid. Every Prenate® product provides 1 mg of folate, as a blend of bioavailable Quatrefolic®, plus traditional folic acid.1
- Sumalate® is a patented form of iron found in several Prenate® Vitamin Family products, including Prenate Mini® and Prenate Pixie®. It is about three times more bioavailable than common iron forms. This means that a smaller dose is more efficient.2,3,4 Plus, patients report less nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea and abdominal pain with Sumalate® than other common iron forms.3,5,6
- FormiCal® is a patented form of calcium formate. Several Prenate® vitamins contain FormiCal®. It is gentle on the gastrointestinal tract.7 Plus, it is absorbed more rapidly and more efficiently, and to a greater extent than calcium citrate and calcium carbonate (common forms of calcium in over-the-counter prenatal vitamins).7
Prescription Prenatal Vitamins to Support Mother & Baby
Prenate® is a leading provider of prescription prenatal vitamins and is committed to providing nutritional support for mothers and babies. With products designed with the patient in mind, Prenate® offers a line of prescription prenatal vitamins for the stages and special needs of each pregnancy. Talk to your doctor to see if Prenate® vitamins may be right for you to help fill nutritional gaps.