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Supplements to Consider

Excerpted from Fertility Cycles and Nutrition by Marilyn Shannon

Supplement

Amount

Comments on Safety

Vitamin A 5,000 – 20,000 IU 20,000 IU maximum if pregnant
Vitamin B1 25-100 mg Toxicity rare.
Vitamin B2 25-100 mg No Toxicity reported
Niacin (B3) 25-100 mg Known toxicity begins at 750 mg. Use niacinamide
Pantothenic 25-100 mg No Toxicity reported
Choline 25-100 mg May cause depression at much higher levels
Inositol 25-100 mg No known toxicity
Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA) 25-100 mg No data from Hausman
B12 25-100 mg No toxicity reported; rarely, may mask folic acid deficiency
Biotin 25-100 mg No toxicity reported
Folic Acid 400-2,000 mcg Relatively safe even at 5,00-10,000 mcg. Requires vitamin C.
Vitamin C 1,000-2,000 mg May decrease copper levels. Relatively safe except in iron overloaded diseases
Vitamin D 400-600 IU Most toxic vitamin toxicity reported at 1200 IU
Vitamin E 400-600 IU Considered safe at 1000 IU even by its opponents
Calcium 500-1000 mg Need to take a Calcium Citrate and half as much magnesium. Maximum is 1500 mg.
Magnesium 500-1000 mg No toxicity reported from supplements.
Iron 0-30 mg 18-30 mg per day safe maximum Can’t use iron from ferrous sulfate.
Iodine 150 mcg Toxic at high levels
Copper 150 mcg Toxic at high levels
Zinc 25-50 mg Too much zinc decreases copper. Some suggest a maximum of 25 mg.
Manganese 10 mg Low toxicity
Potassium from diet No toxicity reported for over the counter preparations.
Chromium 150 mcg. No known toxicity at this level.
Selenium 50-200 mcg 500 mcg is safe max, for total intake – diet plus supplements.

** Please take your prenatal vitamins and compare to these requirements.  We recommend Vitamin Code Prenatal or Vitamin Code Liquid vitamins daily.

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