There are many multivitamins available on the market but choosing the right one can be a complicated process. The best way to consume your nutrients are from organic, non processed foods. And the most significant time to start taking care of your body is before becoming pregnant.
So, where do you begin? Your best bet is to shop for your products at a health food store. I recommend avoiding big discount chains as they tend to carry synthetic, poor-quality vitamins which don’t serve the body. So, how do you distinguish between synthetic and natural multivitamins? Well, here is the answer.
Mother Nature has designed whole foods to carry an intricate combination of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, cofactors and coenzymes. Your multivitamin should carry the same wisdom. The only way this can happen is if your multivitamin contains ingredients from concentrated whole food sources. Some of these sources are from superfoods such as acai berry, goji berries, and spirulina. Others are from fruits and vegetables like broccoli, blueberries, and garlic. The beauty of consuming high-quality vitamins is that your body is able to recognize these nutrients and absorb them easily.
Synthetic multivitamins are different. For example: If you’re taking a multivitamin that contains vitamin C in its synthetic form, you may be taking ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate. Unlike vitamin C in its natural form ( Camu berry extract, Acerola berry extract, Amla berry extract or Rose hips) synthetic vitamin C is isolated (no minerals, cofactors and coenzymes) and contain chemicals that are not recognizable to the body. See the difference?
That’s not the end of the story, of course. When a woman finds out that she is pregnant, multivitamins will not have such a significant impact if the diet is not right, especially if she is consuming caffeinated drinks i.e. coffee and carbonated drinks that inhibit absorption of essential minerals (like iron). She’ll need to eat nutrient dense, clean foods, keep her stress under control and at the very least, walk consistently. Taking a prenatal multivitamin is only a small part of a big picture.
Note: It is important that your multivitamin does not contain preservatives, artificial colours or genetically modified organisms (GMO’s).