Vitafusion Prenatal, Gummy Vitamins, 90-Count


Vitafusion prenatal chewable adult gummy vitamins, 90 ct.

$ 7.99

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  1. Jackie "Jackie" says
    44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Regarding concerns with Vitamin A/iron, etc., October 18, 2011
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    Jackie “Jackie” (Champaign IL United States) –

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    First off: I LOVE these gummies, and will continue to use them. It supplies the basics, including folic acid, in a way that works for me (tasty gummies!). I give them a four star based on nutritional value/flavor. Minus one star for minor issues below – don’t double up! (They taste good enough to do so.

    Many other reviewers have noted some concerns about vitamin A source, lack of iron, etc. This is a “vitamin” supplement only, vs. mineral. It’s just a *supplement* to your diet, which is probably already stellar. I’m sure most pregnant/TTC women are VERY aware of their diets, and trying to eat healthy. If you’re really concerned, check with your doctor. I was really just looking for extra folic acid and basic anti-oxidants.

    There’s no calcium or other minerals that you might find in a complete multi-vitamin/mineral source. Most of us won’t need those supplemented. Regarding the iron, if you’re eating well, again you may not need an iron supplement, which for many causes stomach upset and constipation.

    USRDA for Vitamin A is 8000IU. One dose (two gummies) supplies 4000IU or 50% of the USRDA for Vitamin A (as preformed Vitamin A, retinyl palmitate). It’s doubtful that birth defects are a practical issue from this amount – scientific evidence suggests that this is related to very high dose as well as source. See NEJM as an example […]). Another study demonstrated increased birth defects with supplementation of vitamin A at 10000 IU, as retinyl palmitate – NOT found with beta-carotene (Rothman 1995, NEJM). So, everything else equal, I would prefer that the company switch to beta carotene. Sigh….

    Because of this risk, the FDA recommends limiting preformed vitamin A to 5000 IU per day. So, if you use these gummies, to make up the balance of your Vitamin A requirement, you should focus on beta-carotene (fruits and veggies) as a dietary source. Try to reduce liver and fortified cereals (preformed vitamin A like retinyl palmitate). Those complaining about the source in these gummies probably don’t realize this is pretty much the same form of vitamin A that’s in most cereals and other fortified foods.

    This product also has some fish oils, which many other prenatal vitamins do not. Note that it has NO FISHY taste, which is a recurring issue with many fish oil supplements. Only has 50mg DHA, and probably you should try for more in your diet. I don’t think any of the standard prenatal vitamins are much higher. Example: Koletzko et. al. 2008 […]

    BTW, I have taken fish oils for years for an inflammatory condition, and I strongly recommend the brand Nordic Naturals if you need them- no fishy taste/burp.

    Hope this helps!

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  2. 27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Tastes like candy!, May 6, 2010
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    theposhmom (KY, USA) –

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    I was very discouraged with regular prenatal vitamins that are the size of horse pills OR with the omega supplement that has a fishy aftertaste. These gummies taste great, I was surprised at how much they taste like candy, and there is no bad aftertaste! I actually look forward to taking my vitamins each day. Great product, would recommend to my friends and family who are looking for an alternative to regular prenatal vitamins.

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  3. M. R. A Bohm says
    171 of 197 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    No iron, yet Retinyl Palmitate (=bad!), June 2, 2011
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    M. R. A Bohm (Cordova, Alaska) –
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    I just got my blood test results back, and am anemic at 30 weeks pregnant. I have been taking my prenatal vitamins religiously so was confused, and this revelation led me to further scrutinize the ingredients in my vitamins.

    I was very surprised to see that these do not contain ANY iron at all – which is ironic (ha!) since iron is pretty darn important when you’re pregnant.

    Also, today I happened upon an article describing the ill-effects of Retinyl Palmitate, which is a synthetic form of vitamin A. I was horrified to find that this is one of the main ingredients in these gummy vitamins. The best type of vitamin A for pregnant women is derived from plant-sources such as beta carotene. There is insufficient research available out there proving that Retinyl Palmitate is safe for pregnant women, and in fact most information out there recommends against ingesting it, as this form of vitamin A is present in most facial moisturizers, sunscreens etc. and getting too much in your system can lead to birth defects!

    It would be much better if these gummies included beta carotene for a healthy vitamin A source, and also included iron. It’s hard enough remembering to take pills each day, let alone downing a multitude of different pills. An ‘all-in-one’ prenatal vitamin would be much more convenient.

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