The Benefits of Folic Acid and Prenatal Vitamins



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.


Dream Center Los Angeles Offers Second Chances


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Dream Center of Los Angeles

Darin Pastor leveraged two decades of experience in the financial services sector to found Capstone Affluent Strategies, where he serves as CEO. In addition to leading Capstone in its mission to invest in the ownership of promising companies, Darin Pastor invests in community and volunteer efforts including Dream Center Los Angeles.

Cofounder of the Dream Center, Caroline Barnett, was recently featured in a film called “Women Like Us,” a documentary underscoring female empowerment. Produced by Dream on Productions, it also featured former First Lady of Kenya Ida Odinga and Dianne Hudson, the executive producer of the Oprah Winfrey show.

Dream Center Los Angeles, a faith-based charity founded in 1994, is driven by volunteers. It works to fulfill the needs of more than 50,000 families and individuals every month who are caught in cycles of poverty, addiction, or abuse. For example, it conducts mobile hunger relief efforts and medical programs. It also provides recovery programs, food programs, and clothing outreach.

Based in Los Angeles, a city of 4 million, Dream Center works in foster care intervention, job skills training, and transitional housing for the homeless. It also aims to reduce human trafficking.

Project 12 Challenge Unites Law Enforcement Community to $1 Donation


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Cops 4 Causes

Darin Pastor brings more than two decades of financial experience to his position as chairman and CEO of Capstone Financial Group, a California-based holding company he founded in 2013. A contributor to multiple nonprofit organizations over the course of his career, Darin Pastor formerly volunteered with Cops 4 Cause. The organization administers numerous initiatives benefitting law enforcement officers and first responders. One such program is the Project 12 Challenge.

The initiative challenges first responders and supporters of the law enforcement community to bond together for change by committing to a tax-deductible donation of $1 a month and recruiting 12 other friends, family members, and/or co-workers to do the same.

Cops 4 Cause encourages members of law enforcements agencies from across the country to participate. Funds generated by the project will go toward Cops 4 Cause programs and annually selected beneficiaries. Programs benefit members of law enforcement, military veterans, children, and other persons affected by life-changing circumstances.

A Look at the FINRA Series 63 Exam



Darin Pastor leverages nearly two decades of financial industry experience to serve as the chief executive officer of Capstone Affluent Strategies. Complementing his experience, Darin Pastor holds several professional certificates from the Wharton School of Business in addition to Series 6, 7, 24, 51, 63, and 66 licenses.

The Series 63 license is administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a nonprofit organization that works to regulate the investment industry and protect investors. A securities license, the Series 63 allows financial professionals to sell securities such as mutual funds, variable annuities, and stocks.

Financial professionals seeking to obtain the credential must first pass a formal exam known as the Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination. The test, which spans 60 questions within a 75-minute time limit, covers topics that include principles of state securities regulation and ethics under the Uniform Securities Act. Moreover, it covers fiduciary responsibilities of financial professionals, the registration of persons, and security regulations, as well as business practices and client communications.

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