Thorne’s Basic Prenatal is a daily multi-vitamin/mineral supplement for women. It’s designed to be gentle and effective for women trying to conceive or who are pregnant or lactating.* Among the various nutrients essential for a healthy pregnancy, the importance of iodine has recently been recognized. Iodine is believed to support a healthy fetus and infant development,* and new recommendations from the American Thyroid Association and the Council for Responsible Nutrition have recommended that women take a prenatal multivitamin/mineral supplement that provides 150 mcg of iodine daily (the amount in a daily serving of Basic Prenatal), in addition to eating iodine-rich foods. Sufficient iodine is also essential for healthy thyroid function, which is important for optimal fertility.* A sluggish thyroid can be one cause of fertility problems.
Basic Prenatal contains the active form of folate (5-MTHF). Folate intake is especially important when trying to conceive and during early pregnancy, since its biggest need is during the first trimester – when a woman might not even know she is pregnant.
Omega Plus provides a balanced ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. The body requires raw materials to build, repair, and grow, and these raw materials typically come from a balanced diet. If a diet lacks the necessary nutrients, then it won’t have the resources it needs to maintain good health, let alone conceive and grow a child. Omega-3s are also essential for healthy fetal development.* Omega Plus provides a balanced ratio of fatty acids that support heart, brain, skin, respiration, and bone health.*
5-MTHF 1 mg is an active, tissue-ready form of folate.* Folic acid intake is especially important in fertility health because three out of five U.S. adults have a genetic makeup that makes it difficult to convert folic acid into active 5-MTHF.* Studies have shown that the inability or difficulty to convert folic acid can adversely affect both fertility and pregnancy outcomes.
In one recent clinical study, 30 couples who had a history of fertility problems for at least four years (at least one of the partners had the genetic mutation that affects folate metabolism) were asked to take 800 mcg daily of a 5-MTHF supplement for four months prior to trying to conceive. The study found that of the 30 couples, only three failed to conceive.*