Studies show that some prenatal vitamins may be endangering our children.
Yes, your “100 percent natural” prenatal vitamins are processed synthetics that actually steal nutrition from your baby. “But how bad could my prenatals be?” You eat healthily already, so adding prenatal vitamins is just the icing on the cake, right? As you’re about to find out, your prenatal vitamins may be worse than icing on a cake.
Are Your Prenatal Vitamins Stealing Nutrition From Your Baby?
Ninety-five percent of vitamins on the market today are isolated synthetic vitamins  that have been stripped of their enzymes, phytonutrients [phytochemicals], secondary compounds, macronutrients, and cofactors. Mother nature’s true food vitamins can only work optimally if all secondary nutrients and other unknown compounds are present. If not, your body tries to balance the impact by removing nutrients from elsewhere. Perhaps it will steal from your baby’s placenta.
Your Prenatal Vitamin: A Toxic Drug?
How bad can your prenatal be? Studies show the body treats these isolated and synthetic nutrients like foreign substances . Foreign substances are toxic to your body and to your baby! Synthetic vitamins actually act more like drugs. You know those pharmaceutical drug commercials that spend half the commercial spitting out the required list of side effects that “may” affect you by taking their “isolated synthetic” drug? That’s how “isolated synthetic” vitamins work!
Imagine for a moment that your computer is like your pregnant body. Taking isolated synthetic prenatal vitamins is like uploading your computer with an incomplete version of Microsoft Windows and assuming it will know how to make sense of it. It doesn’t. Your body systems are looking for programs (foods and supplements) in forms that are highly recognizable, like nature’s whole foods. The more often you upload incomplete and altered programs (synthetic vitamins), the more often you risk susceptibility to complications, or viruses, just like your computer!
Does Your Vitamin Require Detoxification?
Since synthetic isolated vitamins are man-made versions, your foreign detection system requires extra nutrition and detoxification in order to protect your body from harm. This is exactly how your body reacts to other foreign substances, like secondhand smoke. Yes, your body actually identifies foreign entities as potential poisons that must be detoxified and excreted as quickly as possible! Why put your baby under the stress of detoxification?
Studies show that synthetic vitamins are harmful whereas true food supplements outperform by a long shot! 
Synthetic Vitamin A from supplements can be toxic, causing hair loss, drying of mucous membranes, irritability, menstrual abnormalities, and birth defects. However, high levels of natural Vitamin A have no toxic effects!
Synthetic beta-carotene given to smokers actually increased their risk of cancer, while the natural forms found in fruits and vegetables are protective!
Synthetic Vitamin B1 derived from coal tar did not cure the disease, beriberi, in Korean prisoners-of-war, but rice polishings with natural vitamin B complex did!
Have you asked your vitamin manufacturer, “What are the raw ingredients used to make my prenatals?” 
Coal tar derivatives (like what’s stuck in a cigarette smoker’s lungs)
Petroleum-based chemicals (known central nervous system depressants, carcinogens, and respiratory irritants)
Acetylene gas (used in chemical manufacturing)
Toxic cow livers (no thank you)
Human sewage (yuck)
Did Our Ancestors Use Supplements?
It turns out that our ancestors used certain “superfood” supplements for a select few individuals: athletes preparing for competition, warriors preparing for battle, and women preparing for pregnancy!
You can find and prepare traditional superfoods, like grass fed liver, cod liver oil, and organic free-range eggs.
Eating these superfoods along with an unprocessed whole-food diet optimizes the health of your unborn child. This is also the starting point of any sound nutritional program. But is there a prenatal vitamin hero in site?
Whole-Food Supplements Are Heros!
Whole-food supplements are a powerful solution to battle the evils of isolated synthetic prenatal supplements! These powerful supplements are actually grown through whole-foods, much like yogurt is grown!
What to Look for in Your Whole-Food Supplement
Whole-Food Label—A whole-food supplement says so on the label. This means they have only naturally occurring and unchanged nutrients, in proportions that nature selects. By the way, this has nothing to do with Whole Foods Market.
Recommended Daily Values—By definition, whole-food supplements should never have doses into the thousands! Only in isolated synthetics can you cram “thousands” into the capsule! Expect your whole food vitamins to have a daily value (percent DV) less than 100 percent per pill/capsule.
Organic—You will find that many “whole-food” supplements are organically grown, as knowledgeable companies strive to remove all forms of pesticide toxicity from your pregnant body.
Low Temperature Processing—Heat anywhere along the vitamin growing and extracting process can alter or destroy many phytonutrients.
These whole-food supplements, especially when used in conjunction with an unprocessed whole-food diet, are the most powerful prenatal vitamins of all!
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