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Table 8 Comparison of Prenatal Supplements on Market vs. our Recommendations

From: Evidence based recommendations for an optimal prenatal supplement for women in the US: vitamins and related nutrients

Nutrients Our Recommendation % of Supplements with this nutrient (out of 188) % Meeting or exceeding our recommendation Average level of all supplements Average of only those with the nutrient % of the average of all supplements divided by our recommendation % of the average of supplements with the nutrient divided by our recommendation Range
Vitamin A Pre-Formed (IU) 4000 35% (66) 13% (25) 1014.3 ± 1660.2 2889.14 ± 1546.9 25% 72% 0—8000
Beta Carotene (IU) 3333 73% (137) 34% (64) 2408.2 ± 2311.6 3304.7 ± 2081.0 72% 99% 0—10,000
Vitamin C (IU) 200 96% (181) 8% (15) 108.8 ± 105.1 113.0 ± 104.6 54% 57% 0—1000
Vitamin D (IU) 2000 98% (184) 6% (12) 708.6 ± 545.7 724.0 + \- 539.9 35% 36% 0 – 4200
Vitamin E (IU) 28.5 94% (176) 61% (114) 40.5 ± 47.6 43.27 ± 47.8 142% 152% 0—200
Vitamin K (mcg) 90 31% (58) 16% (31) 23.5 ± 40.0 76.2 ± 33.7 26% 85% 0—200
Thiamine (mg) 6 85% (159) 16% (30) 4.1 ± 3.9 4.8 ± 7.2 68% 81% 0—50
Riboflavin (mg) 2 84% (158) 52% (98) 4.3 ± 6.7 5.2 ± 7.0 216% 257% 0—50
Niacin (mg) 35 88% (166) 7% (13) 19.6 ± 12.1 22.1 ± 10.4 56% 63% 0 – 100
Pantothenic Acid (mg) 10 65% (123) 42% (79) 11.7 ± 23.0 17.8 ± 26.4 117% 178% 0—150
Vitamin B6 (mg) 10 97% (182) 41% (78) 10.8 ± 12.2 11.2 ± 12.1 108% 112% 0—50
Biotin (mcg) 100 72% (136) 43% (81) 165.2 ± 275.4 228.4 ± 299.8 165% 228% 0—3000
Folate (mcg) 400 98% (184) 95% (179) 854.5 ± 295.6 873.1 ± 269.4 214% 218% 0 – 2000
Vitamin B12 (mcg) 25 97% (182) 23% (43) 34.5 ± 84.8 35.6 ± 85.8 138% 142% 0—800
Choline (mg) 350 40% (75) 2% (3) 25.7 ± 71.4 64.3 ± 101.2 7% 18% 0—550
DHA (mg) 600 42% (79) 1% (2) 94.2 ± 150.4 224.1 ± 156.4 16% 37% 0 – 1000
Inositol (mg) 500 17% (32) 0% (0) 4.5 ± 19.7 26.5 ± 41.2 1% 5% 0—150