Darin Pastor is the CEO of Capstone Affluent Strategies, a wealth management firm located in East Amherst, New York. Darin Pastor also founded Capstone Financial Group, a holding company that closed a $57 million investment agreement with the health and wellness company, Twinlab Consolidation Corporation, in 2014.
Twinlab manufactures nutritional supplements, including prenatal vitamins. Women who are expecting or attempting to conceive should consider starting a regiment of prenatal vitamins to supplement a healthy diet. Prenatal vitamins are generally high in folic acid and iron, which are crucial to the early stages of fetal development. Folic acid, in particular, promotes healthy neural tube development and reduces the risk of congenital defects of the spinal cord and brain.
The recommended daily dose for women who may become pregnant is around 600 mcg of folic acid per day, an amount that is difficult to consume from diet alone. Furthermore, the body absorbs synthetic folic acid much more readily than folates from foods such as broccoli and beets. Therefore, most doctors often encourage women of childbearing age to start prenatal supplements as soon as possible.