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New study shows not all ingredients in prenatal vitamins are essential

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A new study is showing not all the ingredients in prenatal vitamins are helpful.

The ingredient in question for the JAMA study is DHA, and is commonly found in the vitamins to help fetal brain development.

According to the study, kids whose mothers did not take the vitamins were no intellectually different than those that did. 

“The study showed that DHA supplementation of prenatal vitamins did not improve intellectual performance at age 7, and that’s important because there was a lot of marketing about adding DHA to prenatal supplements to say you should do this because it will improve your children’s academic performance,” said Eva Pressman, M.D., Chair of OB/GYN at the UR Medicine. “And that does not seem to be the case.” 
 
The study does say, however, that women should still take prenatal vitamins to assure minimal levels of foliate, iron, calcium, and other vitamins, just in case diets are lacking.

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