Thanks for stopping by this blog post: Prenatal Multivitamins that Contain Methylated B-Vitamins. I know first-hand how tough it can be to find a high-quality multivitamin that contains methylated b-vitamins.
For many women, methylated B-vitamins are the most optimal form for supplementation. Lesser forms, such as folic acid (instead of methyl-folate) require many extra steps/processes in the body to be usable. And–in some cases, your body simply does not have the tools to utilize this form.
These extra steps refer to a process called methylation in the body. From my understanding, this is a crucial aspect of your body’s detox pathways. Some individuals have the MTHFR gene mutation. This gene mutation means that you do not methylate efficiently. You can learn more about why methylation is important in this article.
I decided that it’s worth it to me to take the b-vitamin form that has a higher likelihood of being utilized and absorbed; even though I haven’t been tested.
Here are two excellent brands for methylated vitamins. Seeking Health & Needed are both great options. Hopefully, this will be helpful for those on the hunt for a high quality multivitamin. These brands designed 2 of these specifically for women (and both of them formulated as a prenatal). Taking a prenatal can be beneficial for women’s health, even when they are not trying to conceive.
Optimal Multivitamin by Seeking Health is a complete daily multivitamin and mineral supplement containing more than 50 nutritional ingredients, all in a special base of green superfoods plus a fruits and vegetable blend. There are no gimmicks, no shortcuts, only researched nutrients that help provide the body with what it needs to support optimal function and overall health.*
Each ingredient in this optimized multivitamin formula is chosen with its absorption, competitive relationship with other nutrients, allergenic potential, and long-term safety taken into account.
If the body is unable to absorb the nutrients in a multivitamin, they cannot be utilized for optimal health. Certain nutrients such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and a well-rounded B vitamin complex are included in high-potency amounts because of the vital roles they play in supporting the body’s antioxidant defenses, energy production, maintenance of healthy blood cells, nervous system health, healthy endocrine function, and more. Minerals and trace elements are provided in the well-tolerated and bioavailable forms, and the whole formula is encapsulated in easy-to-digest vegetarian capsules that are easier to break down than compressed tablets.*
- Includes active folates to help support healthy fetal development
- May help support healthy methylation processes
- May help support a healthy immune system
- Includes active B6 and ginger to support digestive comfort
Optimal Prenatal Capsules by Seeking Health provide a comprehensive prenatal formula with a unique blend of amino acids, chelated minerals, and vitamins designed to meet the high nutritional needs of women who are pregnant or preparing for pregnancy. While this nutrient blend is specifically formulated to support healthy fetal development and prenatal nutrition, Optimal Prenatal Capsules may also be taken whenever the supplemental need for a potent and pure multivitamin exists.*
This complex formula is made with careful consideration for not only the increased demand for certain nutrients, but also for digestive sensitivity that can occur during pregnancy. This product contains L-5-MTHF, the most biologically available form of folate, which is essential to support healthy cognitive development.
Optimal Prenatal also provides folinic acid, a non-methylated form of folate that can be easily converted to coenzyme forms within the body. This optimal blend of folates may work in conjunction with amino acids, chelated minerals, and other B vitamins to support normal cell growth and cardiovascular, neurologic and immune health.*
Optimal Prenatal Capsules also contain two active coenzyme forms of vitamin B12: methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin, which may help support healthy fetal development, energy metabolism and methylation. The well-balanced vitamin B complex is complete with active forms of riboflavin and B6, plus additional biotin to support healthy growth and development. Biotin may also help support healthy skin, hair and nails. Both vitamin B6 and ginger extract are special features of this formula, supporting digestive comfort.*
Vitamin A is included in two forms: beta-carotene and retinyl palmitate, to help support those who have trouble converting “provitamin A” compounds (such as beta-carotene) into the active retinyl/retinol forms. Vitamin C and coenzyme Q10 provide antioxidant support, supporting a healthy immune system and cellular integrity. Red raspberry leaf has historically been used as a tonic for pregnant women to help support circulation, uterine comfort and digestion.
Trace minerals are included in their chelated forms, as amino acid-chelated minerals are typically well-absorbed and may be more easily tolerated than alternative supplemental forms. Betaine HCl is also added to support healthy digestion and optimize absorption of nutrients.*
Optimal Prenatal does NOT include iron as some women do not process iron well or do not need iron supplementation.
Easy-to-take vanilla powder even nauseous mamas love. Pairs best with a smoothie or latte alongside a meal. Comes in a convenient 30-day supply.
We formulated our Prenatal Multi by testing thousands of mamas’ nutrient levels to know what’s truly needed to thrive, not just survive. Our Prenatal Multi includes 24 optimal vitamins and minerals that mamas and babies need.
Take it before, during, after pregnancy— and even beyond
* We left out Iron because mamas’ needs vary. Add it on if you need it.
Contains all the vitamins, minerals, and botanicals needed for complete, comprehensive nourishment — many of the best nutrients are bulky and can’t fit into your 1- or 2-a-day prenatal capsules.
Needed includes 200mcg of active B12 (most prenatals dose at 3% of optimal levels), a full 550mg of Choline (they’re the only prenatal that does), 4,000 IUs of Vitamin D3 (2-4x what others include), 900mcg DFE of methyl form of Folate, and minerals bound to Glycine for best absorption and digestive comfort.
What’s not in their Prenatal Multi is as important as what is. You won’t find: unnecessary fillers, poor nutrient forms like Folic Acid, unsustainably-sourced ingredients (like Vegan D3), high heavy metal loads, and nutrients better taken separately including Omega-3 and Iron.
Mix one scoop into a smoothie or latte alongside a full meal. The powder pairs best in a smoothie with nut butters, oats, unsweetened nut milks with no fillers, frozen fruit like raspberries and mango, and flavors like cacao and cinnamon. Try using frozen cauliflower rice instead of banana for a fruitless, less-sweet smoothie.
Since many of the nutrients are quite energizing, avoid consuming within five hours of bedtime. When transitioning from a less complete multi, start with 1/4 dose, working your way up to a full scoop/day. Do not take the powder with plain water or nut milk. A more substantial meal is recommended.