I recently got the opportunity to try out the newest Oxylent product from Vitalah--Prenatal Oxylent. The Oxylent products are vitamins that are in the form of a drink mix, rather than pills. This makes them more palatable to take. This is especially helpful during pregnancy, when "morning sickness" makes taking a giant pill a great feat. And Prenatal Oxylent is the official prenatal vitamin of the American Pregnancy Association!
The prenatal Oxylent comes in Rasberry Cranberry flavor. Honestly, not realy my favorite flavor drink mix, but it is decent with ice. I would like to try a tropical punch or perhaps strawberry lemonade. But still, it is more palatable than the pills! And I really like the "fizz" it makes when mixed up. I think it makes the drink more fun.
Here is what Dr. Audra Foster has to say about the importance of taking a prenatal vitamin:
Pregnancy is a special time for mom and baby. Eating for two can sometimes become a complex undertaking as requirements for most nutrients are higher during pregnancy and lactation. Since most women are not able to meet those increased nutritional needs through diet alone, health care professionals recommend a daily prenatal multivitamin during conception, pregnancy, and lactation … but not all prenatal vitamins are equal and offer a woman convenience, ease, assurance and quality. Choosing the right prenatal multivitamin that nurtures you and baby is crucial. So is making a commitment to taking it every day, even when you are breastfeeding!
And here is another excerpt about the benefits of an effervescent prenatal vitamin drink:
Many of my patients experience nausea, sensitive palates, and difficulties swallowing pills, and/or keeping pills down while pregnant—which makes taking the prenatal vitamins they crucially need especially challenging. That’s why I recommend an effervescent prenatal multivitamin instead of traditional pill-form prenatal vitamins. You simply add the effervescent powder to a glass of water or juice and stir to create a tasty sparkling drink that provides the nutrients required for a healthy pregnancy. An added benefit is that drinking an effervescent prenatal multivitamin everyday also helps women stay hydrated during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Effervescence also delivers nutrients more effectively than pills. Many of us do not break down pills efficiently. But unlike pills, an effervescent drink does not need to be broken down by stomach acids in order to be absorbed—delivering better absorption (and therefore better results) than pills.
I highly recommend you try the Prenatal Oxylent if swallowing pills is a problem for you and you are pregnant, nursing, or trying to concieve. Even if you are not pregnant yet, ideally you will already be taking prenatals when you do get pregnant, especially since you often don't realize you're pregnant until you're a month in.
Even if you are not pregnant, there is a Oxylent multi-vitamin available as well as children's vitamins and a sugar-free, stevia sweetened option. So check out the Vitalah website and also check them out on facebook and twitter!
Disclosure: I received this product free of charge. All opinions are my own. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure or treat diseases.