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Lead in Prenatal Vitamins!! Please Read.

post #1 of 23
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The FDA isn't doing anything about it, Mamas, so we're totally on our own to protect ourselves. (Gee, what a surprise.)

Blog article that I originally found: http://zrecs.blogspot.com/2008/08/fd...childrens.html

FDA's article: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/pbvitami.html lists MANY more than vitamins than the blog does.

Please find your vitamin on here and see what your intake is like.

**cross-posting to kiddo and health forums**
post #2 of 23
The Rainbow Light Prenatal One seems like it has a lot of lead compared to some of the others. Maybe I should switch? It has .460 mg Pb/kg while others like the GNC Prenatal have .125 mg Pb/kg.
post #3 of 23
sheesh... are there any without lead? Mine is just a garden variety store brand one... so i have no clue.
post #4 of 23
I'm looking at that, too; Rainbow Light One-a-Day is my prenatal right now... But when you look at the exposure over the whole day (which I think means not in just one dose but in however many the vitamin recommends you take throughout the day), it's more toward the middle.
post #5 of 23
Wow, there are few on there that we used to give the kids. The one they currently take isn't and neither is my prenatal, but geez there are some well respected companies on that list and that just seems nuts!!
post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by funfunkyfantastic View Post
sheesh... are there any without lead? Mine is just a garden variety store brand one... so i have no clue.
Yeah I take whole food's store brand... I wonder if they're actually made by one of the other companies?
post #7 of 23
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Yeah I take whole food's store brand... I wonder if they're actually made by one of the other companies?
I would think Whole Food's would be reliable in this aspect. I'd be surprised if their's had lead...

We should find out!

Ugh. How frustrating.

-Caitrin
post #8 of 23
So, Rainbow Light has a statement on their website that doesn't answer any questions, but basically says they are within the FDA's limit (it doesn't look like they are within California's limit)

Are prescription prenatals safer in this respect? I am going to continue my Rainbow Lights until Monday and then call my OB.
post #9 of 23
the difference in the amount of lead looks like it depends greatly on whether its a one a day or three a day, so while the rainbow light once a day looks like it has a lot of lead, some others FAR exceed it because you are taking more than one per day.

it is still a REALLY small amount, as of right now, i'm not really concerned, there's lead in almost everything.
post #10 of 23
Thanks for posting that.

I'm surprised about this, in some ways. But, since many sources of commercial vitamins are rocks and the like, I guess it's not too surprising. Are most of you ok with lower levels, or is there no acceptable level?

(just found out today that I'm pregnant!!):
post #11 of 23
Bump!

Just wanted to connect those of you here with the other recent post on this called FDA Study - Lead in Prenatals.

Have a good morning!

Christy
post #12 of 23
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I take rainbow light and my kids take the rainbow parade one. I don't want to overract, I assume we are ingesting a very small amount of lead anyway through food and water? And that our body can rid itself of small amounts in most healthy people?
post #14 of 23
Hmmm... New Chapters look a little lower than Rainbow Lights, but not as low as other brands. I'm curious about how much harm this much lead would do?
post #15 of 23
This is from the EPA:

Q: How much lead is too much?

A: Federal standards initially limited the amount of lead in water to 50 parts per billion (ppb). In light of new health and exposure data, EPA has set an action level of 15 ppb. If tests show that the level of lead in your household water is in the area of 15 ppb or higher, it is advisable - especially if there are young children in the home - to reduce the lead level in your tap water as much as possible. (EPA estimates that more than 40 million U.S. residents use water that can contain lead in excess of 15 ppb.) Note: One ppb is equal to 1.0 microgram per liter (µg/1) or 0.001 milligram per liter (mg/1).

http://www.epa.gov/ogwdw000/lead/lead1.html'


So compare that to animal parade, a whole foods children's vite:

0.623 ug per day.

So a liter of water could have 15ppb or 15 ug per liter, but the children's multi has .623 ug.

I'm all for keeping our diet clean. We do not vaccinate. We eat a lot of organic foods when we can afford it. We feel better when we take our vitamins. My older son will take his children's multi, but will not take cod liver oil. So....for now we are sticking with the multi.

AND I would feel more comfortable with my vitamin on this list than not. These are the vitamins that were studied. The ones that were not studied, we just don't know how much lead is in them. I might switch from rainbow light to New Chapter next time I run out of vitamins based on this info.

I'm curious to hear what everyone else thinks.
post #16 of 23
I'm so confused. I wish they had alphabetized the list. Can someone tell me what the RL 6 a day had?

I really want a food based vitamin with the herbal support. I'm so sick of taking so many pills a day that I don't want to switch vitamins just to add a bunch of herbs!
post #17 of 23
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I'm so confused. I wish they had alphabetized the list. Can someone tell me what the RL 6 a day had?

I really want a food based vitamin with the herbal support. I'm so sick of taking so many pills a day that I don't want to switch vitamins just to add a bunch of herbs!
I take the Daily Foods Herb-free Baby N Me prenatals, and they have another version WITH herbs. Check it out. It's food-based, so it works for my stomach.
post #18 of 23
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I'm so confused. I wish they had alphabetized the list. Can someone tell me what the RL 6 a day had?
If you copy their list and paste it into excel, you can either search for the name of your vitamin (Edit Menu, Find) or alphabetize the list so it is easier to fine (Data Menu, sort).

It is a long list to sort through!

Christy
post #19 of 23
The FDA list shows that almost all of the vitamins on the list are well below the daily limit. I don't think vitamins are where we need to be concerned about toxic levels of lead.
post #20 of 23
If you hit Ctrl/F together on any webpage (or pdf file for that matter) you can search for a specific word on a page, and keep hitting "next" for more instances of that word. It is an invaluable tool for my websearching!

This can help with the FDA list when trying to find your vitamins, since it's not alphabetized.
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