...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.