Prenate DHA Uses

How Does Prenate DHA Work?

Prenate DHA contains a variety of different vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. These nutrients are important for a healthy pregnancy, and many pregnant women may not get enough of these nutrients, for various reasons.
Probably most importantly, Prenate DHA contains two forms of folate, which is important to prevent certain birth defects, such as spina bifida. Specifically, Prenate DHA contains 400 mcg of folic acid, which is converted in the body into folate and 1.1 mg of Quatrefolic. Quatrefolic is the active form of folate. Quatrefolic 1.1 mg is about equal to 600 mcg of folic acid.
Prenate DHA products also contain iron, calcium, and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid. 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.

Prenate DHA Use in Children, Men, or the Elderly

Prenate DHA is usually not recommended for use in 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 and Medicaid programs have caught on to this practice and now restrict coverage of prenatal vitamins to pregnant women only). Many prenatal vitamins contain iron in doses that are too high for children.

Off-Label Prenate DHA Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Prenate DHA for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. People often wonder if taking prenatal vitamins may be helpful for hair growth. Although pregnant women often experience fuller, thicker hair that grows faster, this is due to hormones, not to their prenatal vitamins. It is unlikely that prenatal vitamins will help with hair growth (or that they would be any better than a regular multivitamin for this use).
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