What Prenatal to Take with MTHFR

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If you are planning to conceive or you are pregnant, you may have prenatal vitamins in mind. You may be looking for the most important nutrients, how to choose them and how much you need them in addition to your diet. When buying your prenatal supplements, it is important that you choose a reputable brand or be tested by a third party. During pregnancy, quality and purity are major concerns when it comes to taking supplements. In addition, every pregnant woman has unique needs and therefore, it is unrealistic to think that a supplement fits all. Here are some of the best prenatal vitamins.

Active B12 Complete - 3 Fully-Bioavailable forms of B12 - 3 month supply – Chewables

Methyl-Life®’s Active vitamin B12 Complete contains all active forms of B12 (even the rarer forms). The term "bioactive" simply indicates that the B12 has already been transformed into a form that your body can utilize right away. The B12 in these bioactive forms does not need to be transformed by your genes/enzymes before it can be used by your cells (conversion can be a problem for people with MTR, MTRR, COMT as well as other gene defects).

SmartyPants Prenatal Formula Daily Gummy Multivitamin

It is a gummy multivitamin containing 800 mcg of L-methyl folate. The serving size is six gummies daily. It also contains DHA from fish oil but is not a fishy flavour. It is gluten-free, non-GMO, and allergen-free, with no synthetic preservatives or colours. It does not contain iron.

Garden of Life mykind Organics Prenatal Vitamins

It is the best choice with natural folate. This multivitamin is gluten-free, completely organic, vegan, non-GMO verified and contains no synthetic fillers or binders. The manufacturers of Garden of Life have also added lemon peels and organic ginger to help fight nausea, which is common in pregnancy. You need an adequate amount of folate in your pregnancy; consuming one tablet regularly offers 600 mcg of natural folate, which you need the most. If you have an MTHFR mutation you will be less able to absorb 600 mcg; it is needed to ensure that you also get folate from your diet.

Zahler Prenatal DHA, Premium Prenatal Vitamins

Zahler offers softgel prenatal multivitamins that are easy to swallow. It contains 1,000 mcg of folate in the active form for absorption. It also has DHA and includes 60 tablets with a serving size of two tablets daily. It contains 27 mg of a bioavailable form of iron which is 100% of your daily need for pregnancy. It is the only option that includes Lutein Zeaxanthin for visual health. There are no herbal supplements and no synthetic colors or preservatives. It is not vegan or vegetarian but is certified kosher. This is great for those with MTHFR variant, low folate, and not yet taking DHA.

Thorne Research, Folate Multivitamin for Pregnant and Lactating Women

This supplement offers a complete dietary supplement for lactating and pregnant women. It's a vegetarian tablet, but not a vegan. It contains 90 tablets, and you should take three tablets daily to get 1,000 mcg of folate in the form of L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate. This form is not affected by MTHFR gene mutations and is well absorbed by the body. It helps lessen the upset gastrointestinal risk by offering nutrients like iron and folate that are easily digested. It contains 45mg of iron which is more than the recommended daily dose of 27mg for pregnant women. If you are struggling with anaemia and your folate levels are low or affected by a variant of MTHFR, this is a great option.