These prenatals are helping me to feel well and energetic during the pregnancy of my 6th child!
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. 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. If iron supplementation is needed, consider Optimal Iron Plus Cofactors; for a gentle, well-absorbed chelated iron.*
For those who have trouble swallowing capsules, consider our great-tasting, naturally flavored Prenatal Essentials Chewable or Optimal Prenatal Powder – available in creamy vanilla or chocolate.
Suitable for Vegetarians
Milk, Egg, Fish, Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soy, Gluten, GMO, Artificial Colors, Artificial Flavors
Take 8 capsules daily, with a meal, in divided doses, or use as directed by your healthcare professional. Do not take within 5 hours of bedtime as it may interfere with sleep.
Children and pregnant or lactating women should consult their healthcare practitioner prior to use. Do not use if tamper seal is damaged. Avoid if allergic to any ingredient. Do not exceed 1,500 mcg RAE intake per day of preformed vitamin A (retinol or retinyl forms). Evaluate total vitamin K intake from food and supplements if you are taking blood-thinning medications. Do not use if tamper seal is damaged.
Serving Size: 8 Capsules
Servings Per Container: 30
|Vitamin A (as beta-carotene and retinyl palmitate)||1,500 mcg RAE||115%|
|Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)||350 mg||292%|
|Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)||100 mcg (4,000 IU)||667%|
|Vitamin E (as Novatol® d-alpha tocopheryl acid succinate)||130 mg||684%|
|Thiamin (as thiamine hydrochloride)||5 mg||357%|
|Riboflavin (as riboflavin 5'-phosphate sodium)||10 mg||625%|
|Niacin (as niacinamide)||25 mg NE||139%|
|Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxal 5'-phosphate and pyridoxine hydrochloride)||20 mg||1,000%|
|Folate (as Quatrefolic® (6S)-5-methyltetrahydrofolate, glucosamine salt and calcium folinate)||1,360 mcg DFE (800 mcg)||227%|
|Vitamin B12 (as MECOBALACTIVE® methylcobalmin and adenosylcobalamin)||150 mcg||5,357%|
|Pantothenic Acid (as d-calcium pantothenate)||150 mg||2,143%|
|Choline (as choline bitartrate)||250 mg||45%|
|Calcium (as DiCalcium Malate§)||400 mg||31%|
|Iodine (as potassium iodide)||250 mcg||86%|
|Magnesium (as DiMagnesium Malate§)||250 mg||63%|
|Zinc (as Zinc Bisglycinate Chelate§)||20 mg||154%|
|Selenium (as SelenoExcell® High Selenium Yeast)||200 mcg||286%|
|Copper (as Copper Bisglycinate Chelate§)||0.75 mg||58%|
|Manganese (as Manganese Bisglycinate Chelate§)||5 mg||192%|
|Chromium (as Chromium Nicotinate Glycinate Chelate§)||120 mcg||267%|
|Molybdenum (as Molybdenum Glycinate Chelate§)||100 mcg||200%|
|Potassium (as Potassium Glycinate Complex§)||99 mg||2%|
|Betaine hydrochloride||250 mg||**|
|Ginger Extract (Zingiber officinale)(rhizome)||100 mg||**|
|Milk Thistle Extract (Silybum marianum)(seeds)(80% silymarin)||75 mg||**|
|Coenzyme Q10 (ubidecarenone)||50 mg||**|
|Mixed Tocopherols||45 mg||**|
|LifePQQ™ (pyrroloquinoline quinone disodium salt)||10 mg||**|
|Lutein [from marigold extract)(Tagetes erecta)(flower)]||5 mg||**|
|Zeaxanthin [from marigold extract)(Tagetes erecta)(flower)]||5 mg||**|
|Boron (as Bororganic Glycine§)||1 mg||**|
|Vitamin K2 (as menaquinone-7)||100 mcg||**|
|**Daily Value (DV) not established.|
Other Ingredients: Vegetarian capsule (hypromellose and water), ascorbyl palmitate, microcrystalline cellulose, and silica.
§DimaCal®, Albion®, and TRAACS® are registered trademarks of Albion Laboratories, Inc.
Quatrefolic® is a registered trademark of Gnosis S.p.A. Produced under US patent 7,947,662.
SelenoExcell® is a registered trademark of Cypress Systems, Inc.
1. Who is Optimal Prenatal Capsules intended for?
Optimal Prenatal Capsules are a comprehensive prenatal multivitamin intended for women of reproductive age who wish to promote health by supporting adequate daily intake of nutrients. This product is beneficial for supporting preconception health, prenatal health, and postpartum health.*
Pregnant women have higher nutritional demands due to the rapid growth and development of the fetus. Taking a daily prenatal vitamin can help to support good health by supplying micronutrients.
Always talk to your doctor before considering the use of this product, especially if you have health conditions or diseases that need to be addressed or are pregnant or breastfeeding.
2. How do I take Optimal Prenatal Capsules?
As a dietary supplement, adults take 8 capsules daily or as directed by a healthcare practitioner. For those new to this product, start with a small dose and work your way up to the recommended serving size.
This product is best taken with meals and may be taken in divided doses. Avoid taking within 5 hours of bedtime as it may interfere with sleep.
If you struggle to swallow capsules, they may be pulled apart and sprinkled on food or in juice.
3. What is the reasoning for each ingredient in Optimal Prenatal Capsules?
|Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin K2, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Biotin, Choline, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iodine, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Molybdenum, Potassium||Daily nutrients needed to support good health(1)|
|Folate||Supports healthy fetal development and is needed for methylation processes.*|
|Vitamin B12||Supports healthy fetal development, red blood cells, and is needed for methylation processes.*|
|Vitamin A||Necessary for fetal eye, brain, and immune system development.*|
|Choline||Necessary for brain development and cell membrane health.*|
|Chromium||Supports normal metabolism of macronutrients in the body.*|
|Betaine HCl||Supports natural digestive function.(2)|
|Inositol||Supports normal insulin response and healthy neurotransmitters.(3)|
|Ginger extract||Supports digestive health.(5)|
|Coenzyme Q10||Supports cellular energy.(6)|
|Milk thistle extract||Supports liver health.(7)|
|Taurine||Supports magnesium absorption.*|
|Mixed tocopherols||Provides antioxidant support.*|
|Lutein||Provides antioxidant support and supports healthy fetal development.(8)*|
|Zeaxanthin||Supports healthy fetal development.(9)*|
Other ingredients found in this product include:
- Vegetarian capsule (hypromellose and water): Holds the supplement together in capsule form.
- Ascorbyl palmitate: Protects shelf-life of product.
- Silica: Anti-clumping agent.
- Microcrystalline cellulose :Anti-clumping agent
4. What are the ingredients in Optimal Prenatal Capsules derived from?
The ingredients in Optimal Prenatal Capsules are sourced as follows:
- Vitamin A (as beta carotene) is from the plant fungus Blakeslea trispora.
- Vitamin C is from corn.
- Vitamin D is from sheep’s wool.
- Vitamin E is from soy.
- Vitamin K is from natto (fermented soy).
- Coenzyme Q10 is from fermentation.
- Vitamin A (as retinyl palmitate), thiamin, biotin, pantothenic acid, iodine, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, chromium, molybdenum, potassium, choline, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, folinic acid, inositol, betaine HCl, L-carnosine, vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin), and taurine are synthetic.
- Vitamin B12 (as adenosylcobalamin) is derived via fermentation.
- Red raspberry is from raspberry leaf Rubus idaeus.
- Ginger extract is from ginger root Zingiber officinale.
- Milk thistle extract is from the seeds of milk thistle, Silybum marianum.
- Lutein and zeaxanthin are from marigold extract, Tagetes erecta.
5. Does Optimal Prenatal Capsules contain gluten, soy, or grains?
Optimal Prenatal Capsules are tested and found free from gluten. Vitamin E and vitamin K are derived from soy but are tested and found to be free from allergens. The vitamin C is from corn. This product also contains ascorbyl palmitate which is derived in part from highly purified corn oil. Due to the processes used to manufacture the finished ingredient, the ascorbyl palmitate is considered non-allergenic. While Optimal Prenatal Capsules have not been tested for corn allergens, it is formulated to be free from corn proteins and common allergens.
6. Is Optimal Prenatal Capsules free from GMOs?
Testing verifies that Optimal Prenatal Capsules are free from GMO markers.
7. Is Optimal Prenatal Capsules vegetarian/vegan?
Optimal Prenatal Capsules are vegetarian. The vitamin D3 is derived from lanolin from sheep’s wool, so this product is not vegan.
8. What are the possible interactions or side effects of using Optimal Prenatal Capsules?
Side effects of this formula may include, but are not limited to:
- Flushed skin
- Mild rash
- Itchy skin
- Feeling warm
- Leg cramps
- Metallic taste in mouth
- Muscle pain
- Upset stomach
- Mild dizziness
These side-effects are more likely if the recommended dosage is exceeded.
If you have bipolar disorder, diabetes, bleeding problems, kidney or liver problems, or if you smoke tobacco, consult your healthcare professional before considering the use of Optimal Prenatal Capsules. If you take any medications or are undergoing treatment for any medical condition, consult with your doctor before starting Optimal Prenatal Capsules.
Pregnant and lactating women should consult their healthcare practitioner prior to use. Avoid if allergic to any ingredient. Do not exceed 3,000 mcg RAE of preformed vitamin A daily. Evaluate total vitamin K intake from food and supplements if you are taking blood-thinning medications.
When taking higher doses of nutrients like B12 or folate, monitor blood levels and use under the supervision of a qualified physician.
If you believe that you are experiencing any adverse reactions, please see your healthcare professional immediately and discontinue use. Each individual may react differently to any product or supplement. We always recommend that you consult with your healthcare professional prior to considering the use of Optimal Prenatal Capsules or any supplement, especially when pregnant or breastfeeding.
9. How do I know which Optimal Prenatal product is right for me?
Consult this helpful chart for a side-by-side comparison of our prenatal formulations, to aid you in selecting the best one that is suitable for your needs.*
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|Cost Per Serving||$2.00|
|Delivery Method||Vegetarian Capsule|
|Storage||Keep tightly closed in a cool, dry place out of reach by children.|
|Dimensions (in.)||Length: 3 / Width: 3 / Height: 5.5|
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I love this prenatal because it is one of the few that delivers minerals and nutrients in their most bioavailable form. The customer service is also amazing! I was traveling a lot during my pregnancy and the support team was incredibly helpful each time I needed to change my mailing address
I really noticed a difference in energy using these prenatals during my 2nd pregnancy. I didn’t have the typical afternoon dip and was able to have the energy to run around with my 3 year old as well. My OB even commented on my great vitamin stores when I went in for my blood work!