Dr. Fuhrman’s Gentle Prenatal multivitamin and mineral supplement is uniquely tailored for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, planning to become pregnant or still menstruating. Gentle Prenatal stands out from other prenatal vitamins. It is made specifically for women who take in sufficient folate from greens and beans and do not desire to expose themselves to the risk from the excess folic acid present in other supplements.
- Gentle Prenatal includes 1000 IU of Vitamin D compared to 400 IU in other prenatal formulas
- Gentle Prenatal does not include the potentially harmful supplements Vitamin A, Vitamin E, beta-carotene, and copper
- Most importantly, Gentle Prenatal does not include folic acid, a potentially dangerous supplement that is typically recommended to every pregnant woman despite the increased risk of breast cancer associated with folic acid supplementation
Gentle Prenatal supplement contains adequate amounts of essential nutrients that may be lacking, even in a healthful diet, yet excludes any ingredients that have the potential to cause harm. Scientific studies indicate that many common ingredients and nutrients in supplements are potentially harmful. In fact, folic acid is typically recommended to pregnant women, yet is associated with risks, including increased incidences of respiratory tract infections in infants and asthma in children. Folic acid is also linked to cancer whereas folate, essential during pregnancy, is protective and naturally found in green vegetables.
Gentle Prenatal supplement has other ingredients, based on the latest scientific research, to best support women before, during, and after pregnancy. Because of the increased blood volume and iron needs of a developing fetus, many women who are pregnant need extra iron. In addition, a mother’s iron stores are also important to assure adequacy in their babies, which is important for brain development and maximizing intelligence. For these reasons, Gentle Prenatal supplements contain 25 mg FerronylÂ® iron, a premium source of supplemental iron. It is a highly bioavailable form and is gentle on the digestive system. The daily dose is split between two capsules to avoid the nausea and constipation commonly associated with iron supplementation.
Vitamin D adequacy is also important during pregnancy as, during the third trimester, calcium demands increase and vitamin D is integral to calcium absorption and fetal bone growth and development. Vitamin D deficiency is common and affects up to 50% of pregnant women and breastfed infants. Gentle Prenatal supplement includes 1500 IU of vitamin D3 to ensure adequate intake to achieve optimal levels without the need for additional supplementation.
supplement also includes vitamin K2, which is low in plant-based foods but is thought to be important for bone health. Studies also suggest vitamin K2 supports cardiovascular health.