Prenate Mini Uses

How Does Prenate Mini Differ From Other Prenatal Vitamins?

Prenate Mini is a little different from most other prenatal vitamins because it contains folic acid and Quatrefolic®. Folic acid must be converted in the body into its active form, which is called folate. Quatrefolic does not need to be converted by the body, as it is already in an active form.
In addition, Prenate Mini contains the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and blueberry extract. Many newer prenatal vitamins contain omega-3 fatty acids, which may support prenatal brain and eye development. Prenate Mini contains a little more DHA than other Prenate brand vitamins. Blueberry extract is added to provide antioxidant benefits.
Prenate Mini comes as a small softgel capsule that may be easier to swallow than most other prenatal vitamins. This could be beneficial for women who have difficulty swallowing pills. In addition, some women find that taking large tablets seems to make morning sickness worse.
Because it is important to get enough folic acid prior to pregnancy and during early pregnancy, including the early weeks before it is even possible to know if you are pregnant, your healthcare provider may recommend that you take a prenatal vitamin while trying to conceive. In fact, because unplanned pregnancies are so common, it is a good idea for any sexually active woman of reproductive age to take a prenatal vitamin, or at least a multivitamin with a minimum of 400 mcg of folic acid.

How Does It Work?

Prenate Mini contains 13 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 a variety of reasons.
Probably most importantly, Prenate Mini contains folate, which is important to prevent birth defects, such as spina bifida. Specifically, Prenate Mini contains two kinds of folate: 400 mg of folic acid, which is converted in the body into folate, and 1.1 mg of Quatrefolic.
Quatrefolic is a new form of folate, known scientifically as (6S)-5-methyltetrahydrofolate glucosamine salt. Quatrefolic is already in an active form, and does not need to be converted by the body. Quatrefolic 1.1 mg is approximately equal to 600 mcg of folic acid, so Prenate Mini contains the equivalent of a total of 1 mg of folic acid.
Prenate Mini also contains 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. In addition, 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.
Finally, unlike most prenatal vitamins, Prenate Mini contains blueberry extract, which may provide antioxidant properties. Antioxidants may help prevent cell and tissue damage that contribute to chronic diseases.
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