Consumer Health Advocacy: Product Analysis

What business, after all, does Bayer have producing a prenatal vitamin? Is this not a multinational pharmaceutical company? A close look at their formula reveals profound ineptitude, if not worse. Vitamin A acetate, for instance is a form of vitamin A linked to birth defects in both the animal model and human studies. Applying the precautionary principle, no such ingredient should ever be used in a prenatal formula.


IngredientsToxicity LevelCumulative KnowledgeAbstract Count
Calcium Carbonatepossibly19620
Cellulosenone101
Ferrous Fumaratepossibly398
Magnesium Oxidenone1516193
Ascorbic Acidnone1956403
Dicalcium Phosphatenot determined
dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetateprobably9115
Croscarmellose Sodiumnot determined
Maltodextrinnot determined
Niacinamidenone20030
Gelatinnot determined
Acacianone33
Polyvinyl Alcoholnot determined
Zinc Oxidepossibly188
D-Calcium Pantothenatenot determined
Corn Starchnot determined
Titanium Dioxide (color)probably4419
Polyethylene Glycolpossibly122
Magnesium Stearatepossibly133
Talcpossibly133
Cupric Sulfatedefinitely5419
Silicon Dioxidepossibly44
Pyridoxine Hydrochloridenone43554
Calcium Silicatenot determined
Riboflavinnone12019
Thiamine Mononitratenone10618
Hypromellosenot determined
Beta-Carotenenone31853
FD&C Red #40 Lakeprobably42
Folic Acidnone64594
Vitamin A Acetatedefinitely103
Biotinnone6010
Potassium Iodidenone11722
Cholecalciferolnot determined
Cyanocobalamin.none780104

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