A Comparison of Natural Prenatal Vitamins
 

It is so hard to know what you should take with so many products and opinions out there. It is my belief that as a general rule natural is better than syntheticly produced. Modern science is amazing but we don't know everything. Sea water can be produced in a lab but fish can't live in it. This article explains why natural vitamins are better for you, but like most of what you find on the internet, there is a product line attached. (They imply the only natural source of B vitamins in a supplement is yeast, but I don't think that is so.) below you can find a list of ingredients in popular vitamins for a comparison. None of them are perfect. I have highlighted problem areas. Some low listed amounts may be compensated for in the included herbal and food blends, but it's hard to know how much is in there. When herbs are included as simples (just the one) I don't think they are in advantageous amounts. Look up the individual products for more info. I know it is annoyingly wide, but is the best way to display the information.

 
Buried Treasure Prenatal Complete
Garden of Life
Vitamin Code
RAW
Nature's Plus
Prenatal Liquid
Nature's Way
Prenatal Complete
New Chapter
Perfect Prenatal
Integrative Theraputics
Prenatal Forte
Rainbow Light
Complete Prenatal System
Rainbow Light
Prenatal One
Solaray
Baby Me Now
Source Naturals
Mother's Choice
Super Nutrition
Simply One
Vitanica
Maternal Symmetry
$23.99 SRP / 16 days
$39.95 SRP/ 30 days
$18.60 SRP/30 days
$23.99 SRP/ 90 days
$81.95 SRP/ 64 days
$33.80 SRP/ 30 days
$38.99 SRP/ 30 days
$44.99 SRP/ 150 days
$28.59 SRP/ 30 days
$28.50 SRP/ 30 days
$35.90 SRP/ 90 days
$33.90 SRP/ 30 days
Vit A ...................8,000 IU beta-carotene & retinal palmate Vit A ....................5,000 IU beta-carotene, alpha carotene, gamma-carotene, lycopene Vit A ....................2,500 IU as palmitate Vit A .................16,500 IU 91% as beta-carotene Vit A ....................5000 IU as beta-carotene Vit A .................10,000 IU as beta-carotene Vit A ...................5,000 IU as 50% Beta-Carotene, 50% Palmitate Vit A ....................4,000 IU as Palmitate 2,000 IU, Beta-Carotene 2,000 IU Vit A ...................7,500 IU as 100% as Beta Carotene from Dunaliella salina Vit A ....................7,500 IU as beta-carotene 3,500 IU & palmitate 4,000 IU Vit A Palmitate....... 3,000 IU Vit A beta carotene 11000 IU Vit A ................10,200 IU as betetene (r) natural mixed cartenoids
Vit C ...................180 mg as calcium ascorbate/ acorbic acid Vit C .......................60 mgdoesn't specify Vit C ....................150 mg as ascorbic acid Vit C ....................200 mg as calcium ascorbate Vit C ......................60 mg doesn't specify Vit C ....................500 mg as calcium ascorbate Vit C ....................250 mg as Magnesium Ascorbate, Ascorbic Acid Vit C ....................100 mg as ascorbic acid Vit C ......................60 mg as ascorbic acid Vit C ....................200 mg as ascorbic acid Vit C ....................150 mg as Ascorbic Acid Vit C ...............510 mg as calcium ascorbate
Bioflavonoid cmplx 60 mg       Bioflavonoid cmplx 80 mg Bioflavonoid cmplx 25 mg Bioflavonoid ..........25 mg   Bioflavonoids .........30 mg  
Vit D ......................400 IU as ergocalciferol Vit D3...................1400 IU Vit D ......................100 IU as ergocalciferol Vit D ......................400 IU as cholecalciferol Vit D3 ..................1000 IU Vit D ......................400 IU as cholecalciferol Vit D .....................800 IU as D3 cholecalciferol Vit D ......................400 IU as D2 ergocalciferol Vit D ......................400 IU as D3 Cholecalciferol Vit D3 ....................400 IU as cholecalciferol Vit D ......................700 IU as cholecalciferol Vit D2 ....................390 IU as ergocalciferol
Vit E ......................150 IU as d-alpha tocopheral Vit E complex ...........30 IU alpha tocotierol, gamma toctrienol, delta tocotrienol, alpha tocopheral, beta tocopherol, gamma tocopherol Vit E ......................100 IU as d-alpha tocopheral Vit E ......................200 IU as d-alpha tocopheral Vit E ........................30 IU Vit E ......................400 IU as d-alpha tocopheral acetate Vit E ......................200 IU d-alpha tocopheral succinate Vit E .............,........100 IU d-alpha tocopheral succinate Vit E ..................,...200 IU d-alpha tocopheral succinate none Vit E ......................120 IU as Natural Vitamin E Succinate Vit E ......................390 IU as d-alpha tocopheral succinate
Vit K .....................80 mcg Vit K2 ...................50 mcg none Vit K .....................30 mcg as phytonadione Vit K1 ..................70 mcg Vit K .....................30 mcg as phytonadione Vit K .................. 100 mcg as phytonadione Vit K ................... 65 mcg as phytonadione none none Vit K .....................80 mcg as phytonadione Vit K ...................150 mcg as phylloquinone
        Vit K2...................10 mcg          
B-1 thiamine ..........25 mg B-1 thiamine .........1.5 mg B-1 thiamine ..........10 mg as thiamine HCl B-1 thiamine ..........10 mg as thiamine HCl B-1 thiamine ...........4 mg B-1 thiamine ..........24 mg as thiamine HCl B-1 thiamine ..........30 mg as thiamine mononitrate B-1 thiamine ..........10 mg as thiamine mononitrate none B-1 thiamine ..........50 mg B-1 thiamine .....40 mg as thiamine HCl B-1 thiamine ..........24 mg as thiamine HCl
B-2 riboflavin .........30 mg none B-2 riboflavin .........10 mg B-2 riboflavin .........10 mg B-2 riboflavin ..... ....5 mg B-2 riboflavin .........24 mg B-2 riboflavin .........35 mg B-2 riboflavin .........10 mg B-2 riboflavin .........15 mg B-2 riboflavin .........50 mg B-2 riboflavin .........30 mg B-2 riboflavin .........24 mg
B-3 niacin ..............25 mg as niacinamide B-3 niacin ..............20 mg as niacinamide B-3 niacin ..............10 mg as niacinamide B-3 niacin ..............30 mg as niacinamide B-3 niacin ..............20 mg B-3 niacin ..............24 mg as niacinamide B-3 niacin ..............40 mg B-3 niacin ..............20 mg B-3 niacin ..............20 mg B-3 ......................100 mg niacin and niacinamide B-3 niacin ..............40 mg as niacinamide and niacin B-3 niacin ..............24 mg as inositol hexaniacinate
B-5 panothenic acid 50 mg B-5 panothenic acid 10 mg B-5 panothenic acid 25 mg as calcium pantothenate B-5 panothenic acid 50 mg as d-calcium pantothenate B-5 panothenic acid 10 mg B-5 panothenic acid 50 mg as calcium D-pantothenate B-5 ........................60 mg as calcium pantothenate B-5 ........................15 mg as calcium pantothenate B-5 ................ .......50 mg as calcium pantothenate B-5 panothenic acid 50 mg B-5 panothenic acid 35 mg as calcium pantothenate B-5 panothenic acid 48 mg as calcium D-pantothenate
B-6 ........................25 mg as pyridoxine B-6 ...........................2 mg as pyridoxine B-6 ..........................5 mg as pyridoxine HCl B-6 ........................50 mg as pyridoxine HCl B-6 ..........................5 mg B-6 ........................50 mg as pyridoxine HCl B-6 ........................20 mg as pyridoxine B-6 ........................15 mg as pyridoxine B-6 ........................15 mg as pyridoxineI HCI B-6 ........................45 mg as pyridoxine HCl B-6 ........................35 mg B-6 ........................48 mg as pyridoxine HCl
B-7 biotin ...........300 mcg B-7 biotin ...........300 mcg B-7 biotin ... .......800 mcg B-7 biotin ...........100 mcg as biotin triturate B-7 biotin ...........300 mcg B-7 biotin ...........400 mcg B-7 biotin ...........600 mcg B-7 biotin ...........300 mcg B-7 biotin ...........300 mcg B-7 biotin ...........300 mcg B-7 biotin ...........330 mcg B-7 biotin ...........300 mcg
B-9 folic acid ......800 mcg B-9 folic acid ......800 mcg B-9 folic acid ......800 mcg B-9 folic acid ......800 mcg B-9 folic acid ......600 mcg B-9 folic acid ......800 mcg B-9 folic acid ....1000 mcg B-9 folic acid ......800 mcg B-9 folic acid ....1000 mcg B-9 folic acid .....800 mcg B-9 folic acid ....1000 mcg B-9 folic acid ......780 mcg
B-10 PABA.............10 mg           B-10 PABA ............10 mg     B-10 PABA.............15 mg  
B-11 choline ..........25 mg doesn't say (low B vitamins are ok because of the fruit and vegetable blends below) none B-11 choline .........2.1 mg as bitartrate none (low B vitamins may be ok because of the herbal blends below) none B-11 choline ..........24 mg doesn't say, but has soy lecithin below B-11 choline ........120 mg doesn't say B-11 choline ..........10 mg doesn't say B-11 choline ..........50 mg doesn't say B-11 choline ........450 mg doesn't say B-11 choline ..........15 mg doesn't say none
B-12 ...................100 mcg B-12 .........................6 mg B-12 ....................40 mcg as cyanocobalamin B-12 ....................50 mcg as cyanocobalamin B-12 ....................30 mcg B-12 ....................50 mcg as cyanocobalamin B-12 ....................60 mcg as Methylcobalamin B-12 ....................25 mcg as Cyanocobalamin B-12 ....................10 mcg as Cyanocobalamin B-12 ....................50 mcg as methylcobalamin & dibencozide B-12 ..................150 mcg as cyanocobalamin B-12 ...................100 mcg as cyanocobalamin
Inositol ...................25 mg   inositol ....................5 mg     inositol ..................24 mg inositol ..................20 mg inositol .....................10 mg inositol ...................50 mg   inositol ...................15 mg none
Calcium.................250 mg as calcium citrate Calcium.................125 mg doesn't say source Calcium...................50 mg as citrate complex (amount could ba a typo) Calcium................500 mg as carbonate, citrate Calcium..................75 mg from algae Calcium..............1200 mg as carbonate, citrate, and ascorbate Calcium..............1000 mg as Carbonate, Amino Acid Chelate Calcium................200 mg as Carbonate, Citrate-Malate Calcium..............1000 mg as Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Amino Acid Chelate

Calcium................600 mg as calcium carbonate, citrate, and malate

Calcium................210 mg as carbonate, citrate Calcium..............510 mg as citrate andmalate
Iron ........................20 mg as ferrochel iron bisglycinate Iron ........................18 mg Iron ..........................4 mg as aminoate complex Iron ........................18 mg as iron gluconate Iron ............. ..........18 mg Iron ........................50 mg as ferrous succinate Iron ........................30 mg as Amino Acid Chelate Iron ........................30 mg as Amino Acid Chelate Iron .......................18 mg as Amino Acid Chelate Iron ........................30 mg as ferrous succinate Iron ................ .......30 mg as Iron Carbonyl -- Precoated Iron ........................27 mg as aspartate, ferrous succinate. ferrous fumarate
Iodine .................150 mcg from kelp   Iodine ................150 mcg as potassium iodide Iodine ..................50 mcg from pacific kelp powder Iodine ..................90 mcg Iodine ................150 mcg as potassium iodide Iodine ................150 mcg from Kelp Iodine ................150 mcg from Kelp Iodine ................200 mcg as Potassium Iodide Iodine ................180 mcg as potassium iodide Iodine ................150 mcg as From Kelp Iodine ................150 mcg as kelp
Magnesium ..........125 mg as magnesium citrate Magnesium ............38 mg Magnesium ..........200 mg as as amino acid chelate/complex Magnesium ..........250 mgas aspartate/oxide Magnesium ...........15 mg 70%cultured 30%algae Magnesium ..........600 mg as magnesium citrate and oxide Magnesium ..........500 mg as Oxide, Ascorbate Magnesium ..........100 mg as Oxide Magnesium ..........500 mg as Magnesium Oxide, Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate Magnesium ..........300 mg as magnesium citrate and oxide Magnesium ..........100 mg as Oxide & Glycinate Magnesium ..........255 mg as magnesium citrate
Zinc ........................15 mg as zinc citrate Zinc .......................7.5 mg Zinc .......................15 mg as gluconate complex Zinc .......................20 mg as amino acid chelate Zinc ......................7.4 mg Zinc .......................24 mg as zinc pioclinate Zinc .......................15 mg as Amino Acid Chelate Zinc .......................15 mg as citrate Zinc .......................15 mg as Amino Acid Chealte, Zinc Citrate Zinc .......................15 mg as zinc monomethionine [Opti-Zinc®] and citrate Zinc .......................32 mg as Oxide & Citrate Zinc .......................30 mg as zinc pioclinate
Selenium ..............50 mcg Selenium ..............50 mcg   Selenium ...........100 mcg as L-selenomethionine Selenium .............50 mcg Selenium ...........100 mcg as L-selenomethionine Selenium ...........200 mcg as selenomethionine Selenium ...........100 mcg as selenomethionine Selenium ...........100 mcg as selenomethionine Amino Acid Chelate Selenium .............60 mcg as L-selenomethionine Selenium ...........225 mcg Selenium ..............65 mcg as selenomethionine
Copper ....................2 mg as copper gluconate Copper .................. .7 mg   Copper ....................2 mg as amino acid chelate Copper ..............750 mcg Copper ....................3 mg as copper gluconate Copper .................1.5 mg as Amino Acid Chelate Copper ........... ........2 mg as Amino Acid Chelate Copper ....................2 mg as Amino Acid Chelate Copper ....................2 mg as copper sebacate Copper ....................2 mg as copper glycinate Copper .................1.5 mg as copper gluconate
Manganese ..............3 mg as manganese gluconate Manganese ..............2 mg Manganese .............6 mg as gluconate Manganese ...........10 mg as aspartate Manganese .............2 mg Manganese ...........12 mg as manganese citrate Manganese .............6 mg as Amino Acid Chelate Manganese .............2 mg as Citrate Manganese .............5 mg as Citrate Manganese .............5 mg as manganese citrate and succinate Manganese .............5 mg as Sulfate & Citrate Manganese ...........5 mg as manganese citrate
Chromium ..........120 mcg Chromium ............50 mcg   Chromium ..........200 mcg as polynicotinate Chromium ..........100 mcg Chromium .............100 mcg as chromium aspartate Chromium ..........200 mcg as Amino Nicotinate Chromium ..........120 mcg as Amino Nicotinate Chromium ..........200 mcg as GTF Chromium Polynicotinate ChromeMate® Chromium ..........200 mcg as chromium polynicotinate [ChromeMate® Chromium ..........225 mcg Chromium ..........150 mcg as polynicotinate
          Sodium ..................15 mg   Sodium ..................15 mg Sodium ..................15 mg Sodium ................... 5 mg    
Potassium ..............99 mg   Potassium .............10 mg as citrate, iodide Potassium .............90 mg as gluconate/chloride   Potassium .............90 mg as potassium citrate Potassium .............50 mg as citrate Potassium .............10 mg as citrate Potassium .............25 mg as Potassium Amino Acid Complex Potassium .............99 mg as potassium chelate Potassium .............10 mg as Chloride & Succinate  
Boron .......................3 mg     Boron ..............1500 mcg as amino acid chelate   Boron ................252 mcg   Boron ......................1 mg as Glycinate     Boron ......................2 mg Boron .....................3 mg chelates
  molybdenum.........75 mcg   Molybdenum ......100 mcg as molybdenum triturate Molybdenum ........20 mcg   Molybdenum ........50 mcg as Amino Acid Chelate Molybdenum ........75 mcg as Amino Acid Chelate   Molybdenum ........50 mcg as molybdenum chelate Molybdenum ........80 mcg as Trioxide  
    Phosphorus ...........10 mg as calcium phosphate                  
                     
          Alfalfa ....................75 mg            
                    Betaine (HCI) .........25 mg  
                black curant seed 50 mg bilbery fruit extract 20 mg    
        Carotenoids.............3 mg              
Chamomille Flower 30 mg                 Chamomolle ....... 100 mg    
          Cranberry ..............50 mg            
        Dandelion ..............50 mg           Dandelion ..............12 mg
DHA Omega 3..... 200 mg             DHA ....................100 mg Docosahexaenoic Acid Oil from Tuna Oil   Fatty acid ..............75 mg  
            Digestive support ... protease, amylease, lipase, cellulase, betaine HCI Digestive support .. protease, amylease, lipase, cellulase        
  Fruit / Vegetable ..150 mg blend, organic     vegetable breast support blend ...................100 mg              
Ginger root ............20 mg               Ginger root .........100 mg   Ginger root ...........50 mg
        L-Glutamic Acid ...100 mg         L-Taurine ............100 mg  
        Herbal Blend........300 mg   prenatal blend ...... 89 mg raspberry, chamomille, ginger Prenatal Blend ......90 mg raspberry, ginger, spirulina        
          Japanese Sophora 12 mg            
          Soy Lecithin ........100 mg            
  Sprout Blend........100 mg blend, organic         Superfood Blnd 1210 mg spirulina, alfalfa., chlorella       Papaya, greenfood ..... 50 mg papaya, alfalfa, spirulina chlorella  
          Stinging Nettle ... ...50 mg           Nettles ...................20 mg
          Papaya ..................50 mg       Peppermint leaf ...100 mg    
                       
          Phytozyme Enzyme 24mg            
        Pro-biotics in herbal blend Pro-biotics blend ....24 mg Lactobacillus Sporogenes ...........................30 million CFU Lactobacillus Sporogenes ..............................250,000 CFU        
Raspberry leaf .....120 mg         Raspberry leaf .......75 mg           Raspberry leaf.......20 mg
          Yellow Dock root ....75 mg            
          Hesperidin 50% ...210 mg from citrus fruit         Hesperidin...............5 mg from citrus  
                      Partridge Berry......20 mg
                      Oatstraw.................12 mg
                      Lemon Balm...........20 mg