How Does Citranatal Work?
Citranatal contains vitamins, minerals, and (for all products except Citranatal B-Calm) DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid. These nutrients are important for a healthy pregnancy, and many pregnant women may not get enough of these nutrients, for various reasons. Most importantly, these products contain folic acid, which is an important nutrient that helps to prevent certain birth defects, such as spina bifida.
Citranatal products also contain iron, calcium, and various other vitamins and minerals.
Unlike older prenatal vitamins, Citranatal DHA, Citranatal 90 DHA, Citranatal Harmony, and Citranatal Assure all contain the omega-3 fatty acid DHA. DHA provides a wide variety of health benefits. There is some evidence that it may decrease the risk of preterm birth (having a baby prematurely), improve brain function, and improve vision.
Fish are the main source of DHA, and the typical American diet is usually deficient in DHA. Additionally, because many pregnant women are instructed to limit their intake of certain fish (due to the potential risks of mercury toxicity), it is likely that many pregnant women are not getting enough DHA.
These prenatal vitamins (except for Citranatal B-Calm) also contain docusate sodium, a stool softener that can help prevent or relieve constipation.
Can Children, Men, or the Elderly Use These Products?
Citranatal is typically not recommended for children, men, or the elderly. Sometimes, prenatal vitamins are prescribed in place of regular vitamins in order to get them covered by insurance or Medicaid (although many insurance companies have caught on to this practice and now restrict coverage of prenatal vitamins only to pregnant women). Many prenatal vitamins contain iron in doses that are too high for children.