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By Amy Smith | Published December 18, 2013
People are tempted to take prenatal vitamins because of unproven claims that they make your hair thicker and nails stronger.
They are not suitable if you are not pregnant and not planning to become pregnant. Prenatal vitamins are made specifically for women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, and women who are breast-feeding.
Folic acid Women who are trying to get pregnant or are pregnant need 600mcg (micrograms) through diet and supplements. Healthy adults need only 400mcg, while uncommon getting to much folic acid can mask the symptoms of B-12 deficiency and delay diagnosis and treatment.
Iron While pregnant it is recommended women take 27mg (milligrams) a day. Women between the ages of 19 and 50 who aren’t pregnant need only 18mg a day, and women over age 51 and all adult males need 8mg a day. Getting to much iron can be toxic because it can build up in your [ … ]