Friday, June 13, 2008

You Learn Something New Everyday

Did you know that...

...Flintstones contain the same vitamins and minerals as prescription prenatal vitamins?

I got the info from my friend Jo :)

I did a little online research and I came upon this site listing the contents of prenatal vitamins:

  • 4,000 and 5,000 IU (international units) of vitamin A
  • 800 and 1,000 mcg (1 mg) of folic acid
  • 400 IU of vitamin D
  • 200 to 300 mg of calcium
  • 70 mg of vitamin C
  • 1.5 mg of thiamine
  • 1.6 mg of riboflavin
  • 2.6 mg of pyridoxine
  • 17 mg of niacinamide
  • 2.2 mcg of vitamin B-12
  • 10 mg of vitamin E
  • 15 mg of zinc
  • 30 mg of iron

I decided to check it out at the drugstore and how about that? There are different varieties of Flintstones!

I went for the one with the most pretentious-sounding contents. Flintstones Vitamins and Minerals Plus Iron. This type contains:

  • 2500 I.U.Retinol Equivalent (Vitamin A)
  • 400 I.U. Vitamin D3
  • 15 I.U Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
  • 1.05 mg Thiamine (Vitamin B1)
  • 1.20 mg Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
  • 1.05 mg Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6)
  • 4.5 mcg Hydroxocobalamin (Vitamin B12)
  • 300 mcg Folic Acid
  • 13.5 mg Nicotinic Acid (Niacin)
  • 60 mg Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C)
  • 15 mg Iron (elemental) --> wow, what's that? a game console character? hehe.

Flintstones COMPLETE (the kind I failed to buy) has 400 mcg Folic Acid per candy... uh... I mean, tablet. So that means, 2 tablets per day should give you approximately the same effect as prenatal vitamins.

NOTE: If you were prescribed prenatal vitamins by your doctor, please consult first before switching to Flintstones. I am merely talking off the top of my head. Plus, I'm biased... I like Flintstones better than boring old tablets and capsules.


jo said...

I discoved gummy bear candies err vitamins in costco yesterday hehehe

Janelle said...

yep, nakita ko din yan when I was looking for photos via Google for my blog, hehe.