There is probably no other time in a woman’s life where the taking of a vitamin supplement is more important than in pregnancy. Because the body is truly providing for two and because the fetus is growing and developing so rapidly, beginning a prenatal vitamin supplement before conceiving or as soon as a woman knows she’s pregnant may be very important to the health of the pregnancy.
Women who are vegetarians are often challenged in finding a proper prenatal vitamin containing vitamins with vegan sources. Deva™ Nutrition has taken high quality vegan suitable vitamins and combined them into a vitamin tailored to the pregnant woman.
Two of the important vitamins necessary for adequate fetal development are vitamin B12 and folic acid. Maintaining normal levels of folic acid, in particular, is extremely important for the health of the fetus, especially in early pregnancy.* Deva Vegan Prenatal Formula provides 138% of the recommended daily allowances of folic acid and, over 1500% of the RDV of Vitamin B12 for those who feel taking higher amounts is important for their nutritional goals.
While most prenatal vitamins try to pack in as much as they can into the vitamin, Deva Nutrition has been careful not to promote an excess of potentially toxic fat soluble vitamins. Vitamin A is provided as water-soluble beta carotene at a level that won’t cause vitamin A toxicity at the recommended daily dosage of one tablet. Vitamin E is provided in its d-alpha form, which is derived from plant sources, and is provided in a safe amount. Vitamin K, another fat-soluble vitamin, is also in amounts that avoid toxicity.
Vitamin D, important in calcium metabolism, is provided as vitamin D2, the vegan source of the vitamin, at 100% of the recommended daily allowance. The B vitamins are all well-represented in the Deva Vegan Prenatal Multivitamin as well.
A range of minerals is provided to help support the growth and development of the fetus. Iron is extremely important to have in a good prenatal vitamin; it is provided at 117% of the recommended daily allowance, in amino acid chelated form. Because Calcium takes up a great deal of space in any multivitamin, there is no one-per-day prenatal vitamin that provides the amount of Calcium a pregnant woman needs for proper fetal bone development. For that reason, separate Calcium supplementation may be recommended, especially if the daily dietary intake is lacking.*
Deva Vegan Prenatal Multivitamin with Minerals provides a great package in prenatal supplementation for any expecting mother, not just those on vegan diets. It contains a good combination of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients without providing any of them in harmful amounts.
All Deva Products are 100% vegan, vegetarian and are registered by the Vegan Society, the non-profit organization that actually invented the word "vegan".