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The Truth of Your Prenatal Vitamin

Posted on January 23rd, 2013 by | 1 views
Is Your Vitamin Stealing Nutrients from You and Your Baby?
Learn What to Look For When Buying Prenatals.
by:  James Goodlatte and Kim Nelli

How much thought have you given to your prenatal vitamins? As a pregnant woman, there is no doubt you want to give your unborn child every thing he or she needs to get the best start in life. There is so much to learn, especially if you’re a first time mom, and yet many of us have never questioned the efficacy of healthy prenatal supplementation. In today’s world, vitamins are certainly needed, but are there options that work even better than vitamins?

Unbeknownst to most pregnant women and even their doctors, there are prenatal vitamin alternatives that may optimize your baby‘s development to a greater degree than your current prenatals. Even better, at least a few of these options won’t take any more effort, time, or cost than your current prenatals. Are you ready to find out about optimal supplementation for your little one?

Your Prenatals May Be Missing Many Ingredients

In his book, The Homeostasis Protocol, health educator Blake Sawyer suggests that 95% of vitamins on the market today are isolated synthetic vitamins that have been stripped of their enzymes, phytonutrients, secondary compounds, macronutrients, and cofactors. In Eat, Move, and Be Healthy, world renowned health coach Paul Chek discusses that there are up to 10,000 secondary nutrients in plants. Intuition tells most of us what science continues to find: we obtain a lot more from our food supply than just protein, fat, carbs, and the 50 nutrients listed on the side of your vitamin bottle. In just the last two decades, our scientists have uncovered not only additional nutrients, but entire classes of additional nutrients in our food supply. Isn’t it likely that there are many more secondary or even tertiary nutrients yet to be classified? What if these, too, are needed for your baby’s optimal health?

It would be hard to argue against the idea that most vitamins today are made with profit, not health, in mind. If you look on the label, you’ll find your prenatal contains about 50 different vitamins and minerals and discusses many of the valid conclusions supporting why supplementation is suggested during pregnancy. But contrary to the effective marketing you may read on the label, even most “100% Natural” prenatal vitamins are not only processed and synthetic but missing quite a few ingredients. What about the other 9,950 secondary nutrients?

Your Current Prenatal May Need to “Borrow” a little From You and Your Baby

In “Real or Synthetic: The Truth Behind Whole-Food Supplements,” Doctor Daniel Chong states “If parts of your processed prenatal vitamin are missing, those missing parts will be taken from your body's stored supply.” This means, potentially, that every time you ingest those 50 vitamins and minerals from your prenatal without the additional 9,950 secondary nutrients, your body must actually scramble its own secondary nutrients in order to balance the system. Many years of evolution have taught your pregnant body to utilize vitamins as they appear in “true food” not synthetic vitamins. Is it possible that your pregnancy has already mustered some of your 9,950 nutrient reserves and now your isolated vitamin places additional demand to produce even more? Might your baby’s nutrient supply be at risk?

Your Prenatal May Act More Like A Toxic Drug

It seems your synthetic prenatals may do even more harm than sucking your secondary nutrient reserves. Doctor Chong’s article sites studies showing that your body treats these isolated and synthetic nutrients like foreign substances that force themselves around your body like drugs. Of course, any “foreign substance” is toxic to your body and your baby on some level, but today’s definitions of drugs all come with known side effects. You know those pharmaceutical drug commercials that spend half the commercial spitting out the required list of side effects that “may” affect you by taking their “isolated synthetic” drug? It seems that your “isolated synthetic” vitamins may act very similar.

Imagine for a moment that your computer is like your pregnant body. Taking isolated synthetic prenatals is like uploading your computer with an incomplete version of Microsoft Windows and assuming it will know how to make sense of it. It may not. Your body systems are looking for programs (foods and supplements) in forms that are highly recognizable, like nature’s true foods. The more often you upload incomplete and altered programs (synthetic vitamins), the more often you may risk susceptibility to complications, or viruses, just like your computer.

Does Your Vitamin Require Detoxification?

It is a fact that your body must detoxify foreign invaders like viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. Since synthetic isolated vitamins are man-made versions, your innate foreign detection system may actually attempt to detoxify part of it. This is exactly how your body reacts to other foreign substances, like secondhand smoke. Could it be possible your body views your prenatal as a potential poison that must be detoxified and excreted as quickly as possible? Why put your baby under additional unnecessary stress?

Considered the bible of true-food wisdom, nutrition researcher Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions reports studies showing that synthetic vitamins are often harmful compared to their “true food” counterparts.

  • Synthetic Vitamin A from supplements can be toxic, causing hair loss, drying of mucous membranes, irritability, menstrual abnormalities, and birth defects. However, high levels of natural Vitamin A have no toxic effects.
  • Synthetic betacarotene given to smokers actually increased their risk of cancer, while the natural forms found in fruits and vegetables are protective.
  • Synthetic Vitamin B1 derived from coal tar did not cure the disease, beriberi, in Korean prisoners-of-war but rice polishings with natural vitamin B complex did.

Just as disturbing, if you ask your vitamin manufacturer what the raw ingredients of your vitamins are, The Homeostasis Protocol advises that you may not like the answer. Here are some possibilities:

  • Coal tar derivatives (like what’s stuck in a cigarette smoker’s lungs)
  • Petroleum based chemicals (known central nervous system depressants, carcinogens and respiratory irritants)
  • Acetylene gas (used in chemical manufacturing)
  • Toxic cow livers (no thank you)
  • Human sewage (yuck)

How Did We Stay Healthy before Prenatals?

It turns out that our ancestors used certain “SuperFood” supplements for a select few individuals: athletes preparing for competition, warriors preparing for battle, and women preparing for pregnancy!!!

You too can find and prepare traditional “SuperFoods”, like grass-fed liver, cod liver oil, and organic free range eggs (especially the yolk). Grass-fed liver may be hard to find, but is often rather inexpensive. Cod liver oil is rather easy to find and take, as it comes in capsules. Organic grass-fed eggs are becoming more readily available as well. All three of these “SuperFoods” can be found at your local health food store.

Eating these “SuperFoods” along with an unprocessed whole-food diet is the way healthy babies have been born throughout human history, free of new diseases of “unknown origin” like autism and Attention Deficit Disorders. A diet of true foods and SuperFoods is also the starting point of any sound nutritional program. But is there a prenatal vitamin hero in site?

Whole-Food Supplements Are Your Hero!

“Whole-food supplements” may be a powerful solution to battle the evils of isolated synthetic prenatal supplements. These powerful supplements are actually grown through whole-foods, much like yogurt is grown. Since they are grown more like a food, they may contain most if not all of the “missing nutrients” and are more likely to be recognized and optimally utilized in your pregnant body, free of side effects.

What to Look for in Your Whole-Food Supplement

  • Whole-Food Label—A “whole-food” supplement says so on the label. This means they have only naturally occurring and unchanged nutrients, in proportions that nature selects. This has nothing to do with Whole Foods Grocery Store!
  • Recommended Daily Values—By definition, “whole-food” supplements should never have doses into the thousands! Only in isolated synthetics can you cram “thousands” into the capsule! Expect your whole food vitamins to have a daily value (%DV) less than 100% per pill/capsule.
  • Organic—You will find that many “whole-food” supplements are organically grown, as knowledgeable companies strive to remove all forms of pesticide toxicity from your pregnant body.
  • Low Temperature Processing—Heat anywhere along the vitamin growing and extracting process can alter or destroy many phytonutrients.

These “whole-food supplements,” especially when used in conjunction with an unprocessed whole-food diet, are the most powerful prenatals of all!

James Goodlatte and his wife Kim are Health Coaches for Pre and Postnatal Women. For more information about SuperFoods, Prenatal Vitamins, and a healthy pregnancy, please email them at

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1. Sawyer, Blake. The Homeostasis Protocol. Fredericksburg, TX. A Blake Sawyer Publication, 2008.
2. Chek, Paul. Eat, Move, and Be Healthy. San Diego, CA. A C.H.E.K. Institute Publication, 2004.
3. Chong, Daniel, ND. Real or Synthetic: The Truth Behind Whole-Food Supplements. Online. Internet. 3-3-09.
4. Fallon, Sally. Nourishing Traditions. Washington, DC. New Trends Publishing, 2007.