Thrive Introduces New Folic Acid Gluten Free Prenatals To Boost Nutrients In The Gluten-Free Diet
(EMAILWIRE.COM, December 17, 2014 ) Little Rock, AR -- Pregnant women who suffer from celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity benefit greatly from following a Gluten-free diet. However, a gluten-free diet can be deficient in certain vitamins and minerals because gluten-free processed foods are not fortified with extra nutrients.
A supplement regimen may be necessary once it is determined that nutrient levels are deficient to help meet requirements for essential vitamins and minerals during pregnancy. Doctors may recommend a daily folic acid gluten free vitamin supplement in particular to ensure sufficient levels of folic acid, a critical nutrient in the first months of pregnancy that can help prevent neural tube defects.
However, it is still important for pregnant women in a gluten-free diet to get as many nutrients from food as possible. Adding foods in the gluten-free diet that contain high levels of particular vitamins and minerals that are lacking will help target these needs.
Most foods fortified with folic acid contain gluten, so moms-to-be who are eating gluten-free need to take special care to get enough folic acid in the diet. Eating two-thirds of a cup of boiled spinach, for example, or ten spears of asparagus or a cup of black-eyed peas can provide more than half of the daily folic acid requirements.
Studies have shown that pregnant women who eat gluten-free may likely be lacking in vitamin D. An egg yolk can provide about 10% of the vitamin D needs per day. Cold water fish like salmon and swordfish are also good natural sources of vitamin D. Gluten-free foods that are fortified with vitamin D include some brands of milk, yogurt and orange juice. Always check food labels to make sure food products are gluten-free.
Iron deficiency is also common in pregnant moms who eat a gluten-free diet, so it's important to get enough iron through food sources and supplements. Meat eaters have plenty of iron food options, such as lean beef, turkey and tuna. Moms who are gluten-free vegetarians will need to take extra steps to find safe sources of gluten-free soy and gluten-free beans, their best alternate sources of iron. One cup of soybeans can provide half of the daily iron one needs. One cup of lentils can give about 37%.
Adding these foods to a gluten-free diet may not eliminate the need for supplements, especially if a pregnant woman is diagnosed with a nutrient deficiency. That is why the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that all women take Prenatal vitamins as part of good nutrition to make sure that important pregnancy nutrients are stored in adequate levels in the body.
"It is hard to eat a diet that has all the nutrients you need every day. Even with careful planning, you might not get all the vitamins you need from your diet alone. That's why it's important to take a vitamin with folic acid every day," the CDC guidelines state.1
"Your prenatal vitamins can safeguard against any nutritional deficiencies, especially during the critical time of pregnancy when all of your baby's major organs and systems are rapidly developing," says Darla Bush, director of product formulation and Vice President at Thrive Plus.
Thrive+ folic acid gluten free prenatal vitamins can provide the daily allowance for folic acid, iron and calcium, plus 11 other vitamins and minerals that are needed to support the health of both mom and baby throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. Aside from being gluten-free, Thrive+ is also sugar-free, lactose-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, yeast-free and easy to digest. Thrive+ does not contain artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives or additives. Thrive+ is available at Amazon.com and comes with a 60-day money back guarantee if not fully satisfied.
1 "Folic Acid." Division of Birth Defects, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. March 10, 2011
About Thrive Plus
The Thrive Plus company, makers of Thrive prenatal vitamins, is dedicated to helping mommies and babies become healthy and stay healthy and thriving. Thrive Plus focuses on the wellness of both woman and child before, during and after pregnancy. With that goal in mind, Thrive Plus aspires to provide only the best resources to help women make great choices concerning her health and that of her baby's.
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