Optimal Prenatal - 240 Capsules

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Key Benefits and Actions*

  • Includes active folates to help support healthy fetal development
  • May help support healthy methylation processes
  • May help support a healthy immune system
  • Includes active B6 and ginger to support digestive comfort

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. Red raspberry leaf has historically been used as a tonic for pregnant women to help support circulation, uterine comfort and digestion. 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 Optimal Prenatal Chewable or Optimal Prenatal Protein Powder – available in creamy vanilla or chocolate.

 

Suitable for Vegetarians

Free of:

Milk, Egg, Fish, Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soy, Gluten, GMO, Artificial Colors, Artificial Flavors

Suggested Use

Take 8 capsules daily, with a meal, in divided doses, or as directed by your healthcare professional. Do not take within 5 hours of bedtime.

Warnings 

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 5,000 IU intake per day of preformed vitamin A. Evaluate total vitamin K intake from food and supplements if you are taking blood-thinning medications. Consult a healthcare professional prior to use if you are taking any medications or if you are undergoing treatment for any medical condition. When taking high doses of nutrients such as B12 and folate, monitor blood levels and use under the supervision of a qualified physician.

California Residents:

WARNING: Consuming this product can expose you to chemicals including lead, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/food.
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Serving Size: 8 Capsules
Servings Per Container: 30

AMT %DV
Vitamin A (as beta-carotene and retinyl palmitate) 1,500 mcg RAE 115%
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 350 mg 292%
Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol) 50 mcg (2,000 IU) 333%
Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl succinate) 130 mg 684%
Vitamin K2 (as menaquinone-7) 100 mcg 111%
Thiamin (as thiamine hydrochloride) 5 mg 357%
Riboflavin (as riboflavin 5'-phosphate sodium and riboflavin) 20 mg 1,250%
Niacin (as niacinamide) 25 mg 139%
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl and pyridoxal 5'-phosphate) 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 methylcobalmin and adenosylcobalamin) 150 mcg 5,357%
Biotin 500 mcg 1,429%
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%
Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)(leaf) 250 mg **
Inositol 150 mg **
Betaine HCl 150 mg **
L-Carnosine 150 mg **
Ginger Extract 10:1 (Zingiber officinale)(root) 100 mg **
Coenzyme Q10 (ubidecarenone) 75 mg **
Milk Thistle Extract (Silybum marianum)(seeds)(80% silymarin) 75 mg **
Taurine 50 mg **
Mixed Tocopherols 45 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 **
**Daily Value (DV) not established.

Other Ingredients: HPMC (capsule), ascorbyl palmitate, medium-chain triglyceride oil, silica, and L-Leucine.
§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.*
Red raspberry Supports uterine health.*
Betaine HCl Supports natural digestive function.(2)
Inositol Supports normal insulin response and healthy neurotransmitters.(3)
L-carnosine Provides antioxidant support.(4)
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:

  • Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) (capsule): Holds the supplement together in capsule form.
  • Ascorbyl palmitate: Protects shelf-life of product.
  • Ascorbyl palmitate: Protects shelf-life of product.
  • Medium-chain triglyceride oil: Natural preservative.
  • Silica: Anti-clumping agent.
  • L-Leucine:
  • Citric Acid: Preserves and protects shelf-life of product.

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.

(1) https://ods.od.nih.gov/Health_Information/Dietary_Reference_Intakes.aspx

(2) https://naturalmedicines.therapeuticresearch.com/databases/food,-herbs-supplements/professional.aspx?productid=312

(3) https://examine.com/supplements/inositol/

(4) https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/carnosine

(5) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15802416

(6) https://examine.com/supplements/coenzyme-q10/

(7) https://examine.com/supplements/milk-thistle/

(8) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5579631/

(9) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5579631/

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:

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Flushed skin
  • Mild rash
  • Itchy skin
  • Feeling warm
  • Nausea
  • Leg cramps
  • Metallic taste in mouth
  • Muscle pain
  • Upset stomach
  • Belching
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • 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
Capsule Size 0
Storage Keep tightly closed in a cool, dry place out of reach by children.
Age Suitability Adult
Manufactured In USA
Case Quantity 24
Dimensions (in.) Length: 3 / Width: 3 / Height: 5.5
Weight (lb.) 0.6500
SKU OP-240-CAPS
Barcode 810007520810
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Reviewed by Holly M., from United States
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The perfect prenatal!

I wish I would have had these with my prior pregnancies! I love that they are MTHFR friendly and that I am getting the best, quality ingredients. Out of all of my pregnancies, this is the healthiest I’ve ever felt, with the most energy! Highly recommend!!

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Reviewed by Jessica, from United States
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Love this natural vitamin

Great product! Currently taking 8 capsules a day with all my meals. Once you get a routine down it is alot easier then one thinks. I take an iron on the side at a different time from this product.

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Reviewed by Macauley L., from United States
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Great prenatal

This prenatal has been awesome for pregnancy. It will probably be beneficial after as well. I really like that they don't include the iron since iron and copper interfere with each others absorption so you can take them at different times of day

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Reviewed by Ирина, from Israel
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A prenatal that I trust - -this is precious

I took those during my pregnancy and after. I don't take all 8 capsules in a day, but complete with other vitamins. When I take those, I open a pill and take it as a powder.

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Reviewed by Jill B., from United States
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Changed formula but now it tastes fishy to me.

I have been taking this product for over a year and have loved it! I am on my second pregnancy now and I recently got my new 6 pack in the mail. I was surprised to see brighter bolder, colors on the label compared to my last bottle and the color of the pills had changed from a slightly more yellow color to a more beige color. No problems there but I was surprised to notice a new fishy taste when the capsules are in my mouth before I swallow. I thought maybe one of my fish oil pills may have opened but it is consistent through this bottle and the second bottle I opened to compare. It's not a deal breaker and I will continue the product but I am sad about the change and wish it "tasted" how it used to, completely neutral vs. fishy now. I called and they said I some ingredients were added and removed as of December 2020 (my MFG date is 11/2020 lot number: W0013351) but they had no other contamination or taste complaints. Wondering if anyone else had a similar experience with the new version of the product.

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