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29 Things That Make Advanced Prenatal "Advanced"

Ovaterra

Last updated December 03, 2021

Here's a look at the upgrades we made to Advanced Prenatal - in numbers: 13 additional nutrients, 6 with boosted doses, 9 minerals in bioavailable forms and more. In total, we brought 29 improvements to prenatal vitamins to help women build a stronger foundation.

13 additional key nutrients

The first thing you may notice about Ovaterra’s Advanced Prenatal may be the serving size. Instead of the common one-a-day tablet format, Advanced Prenatal comes in daily pouches of 6 capsules. There’s a reason: There physically isn’t enough room to cram all the essential preconception and prenatal nutrients into one tablet – especially at impactful doses. Advanced Prenatal contains 13 more nutrients than our previous prenatals, to help you build a stronger prenatal foundation. 

 

 

6 nutrients with boosted doses

6 nutrients got a boost in doses so that you get a more impactful amount.

 

9 minerals in more bioavailable forms

Minerals are difficult for our body to absorb. Scientists know more about absorption mechanism of some minerals (like calcium and iron) than others, and some minerals are better absorbed than others, but in some cases less than 1% of the minerals we ingest are actually absorbed and utilized by the body.

This is not only inefficient and wasteful. Some of that unabsorbed minerals can contribute to gastrointestinal issues like nausea, diarrhea and constipation – not a welcome situation at any time, but particularly during pregnancy.

There have been some recent studies suggesting that chelated forms of minerals may be better absorbed than others. While this is still a developing area of research, where possible, we selected these pregnancy-friendly forms of minerals to ensure more efficient absorption. 

There is another side to this that we should note: Our bodies have an amazing ability to regulate the amount of minerals it takes up and avoid toxic effects from too much of the good thing. For example, calcium absorption rate changes depending on our calcium intake. So, it’s important to choose prenatal vitamins that supply the right amount of minerals – not too little, but not too much, either.

 

1 nutrient – folate – in MTHFR variant-friendly form

Our previous prenatal vitamins supplied 1,000 mcg of folic acid. Folic acid – or its reduced form, folate, is a B vitamin that is essential for the development of the baby’s central nervous system, i.e., the brain and spinal cord.

While keeping the dosage roughly the same, Advanced Prenatal switched to using natural folate (methylfolate), instead of the synthetic folic acid. The natural folate is already in an active, reduced form, meaning that the body doesn’t need to generate it from folic acid.

Recent studies have suggested that women with some common variants of the MTHFR gene (that affect up to 20% of women in some ethnic groups) have difficulty with this conversion process. These women may not be generating as much folate as they need – and assume, based on the amount of folic acid in their diet and prenatal vitamins. Taking prenatal vitamins with already reduced folate has been suggested by some studies as a way to ensure adequate folate levels for women with these MTHFR variants.

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