- 6 years ago
So in my TTC quest I’ve been taking Centrum Materna – a very popular Canadian prenatal vitamin. It was recommended by many so I decided to go with it and also I had no issues with tolerating it. It wasn’t until I ran out of my first bottle and purchased a new one that I actually looked at the ingridients. I was shocked to find the number of additives and colours that they put in there! See below (found from Materna’s website), I underlined those with suspected harmful effects.
Centrum Materna non-medicinal ingridients: Ascorbyl palmitate, BHT,
calcium phosphate, citric acid, corn starch, crospovidone, FD&C red
No. 40, gelatin, hypromellose, lactose, magnesium stearate,
methylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, mineral oil, modified
food starch, polysorbate 80, silicon dioxide, sodium alumino-silicate,
sodium ascorbate, sodium benzoate, sodium citrate, sodium lauryl
sulfate, sorbic acid, soybean oil, stearic acid, sucrose, titanium
dioxide, triethyl citrate.
Now its true that all of these have been approved for use in Canada, but only because for some the research is still inconclusive and the potential effects in humans are not well known. Case in point – sodium benzoate a common food preservative that on its own is not that bad, but has been shown to interact with Vitamin C (which is obviously in the vitamins too) to form benzene – a potent carcinogen. I can’t believe something designed for pregnant women can have so many potentially harmful ingridients!
I looked into PregVit – the prescription vitamins and they also have a ton of preservatives. I did find that Jaimeson brand prenatals had no artificial colours or preservatives so I recently switched to these ones. Here is the info for Jaimeson:
Jaimeson Prenatals non-medicinal ingridients: Acerola Cherry, Rosehips, Lemon Bioflavonoids Cellulose, Modified Cellulose Gum, Vegetable Stearic
Acid, Vegetable Magnesium Stearate, Natural Peppermint
Flavour, Water-Soluble Celluose, Brazilian Palm Tree
Just wanted to post this info as it may be helpful to some of you. Make sure you read the label carefully!!