(Closed) Folate / Folic Acid

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Do you take...
    Folic acid only : (7 votes)
    41 %
    Folate only : (2 votes)
    12 %
    5-MTHF (5-Methyltetrahydrofolate) only : (2 votes)
    12 %
    A combo of the above (i.e. prenatal has folate and you supplement folic acid too) : (1 votes)
    6 %
    I don't care or pay much attention as long as it's some form of the above : (3 votes)
    18 %
    I don't supplement a folic acid type product, I get it from food instead : (2 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
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    1701 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I thought that folic acid was the vitamin and folate is what you get (equal) but actually in food.  

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Straight from Wikipedia: 

    Folic acid (also known as vitamin B9,[3] vitamin Bc[4] or folacin) and folate (the form naturally occurring in the body), as well aspteroyl-L-glutamic acidpteroyl-L-glutamate, and pteroylmonoglutamic acid[5] are forms of the water-soluble vitamin B9.

     

    So folic acid is the vitamin, and when it is in your body it is called folate?  That’s what I get from that.  But then throughout the article, they seem to use the terms interchangeably.  So, I say that they are the same thing.

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @cvbee: That’s accurate. Folic acid is synthetic. Folate is naturally occuring. I take a folic acid free prenatal and eat lots of greens and other folate rich foods. Enriched foods contain folic acid not folate.

    There are studies that show folic acid increases your risk of cancer and that folate decreases your risk. Personally, I’d rather eat the natural version and benefit from all of the other vitamins and nutrients in naturally folate rich foods. Avoiding folic acid helps keep me motivated to eat the healthiest foods possible and not leaning on man made vitamins to make up for my poor diet. Whether it’s easy to absorb is irrelevant to me, my body is made to absorb the nutrients I need and I’m sure it can utilize the folate I eat.

    http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/vitamins-supplements-dr-fuhrman-warns-do-not-take-multivitamins-or-prenatal-vitamins-that-contain-folic-acid.html

    Post # 7
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    2550 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Prenatal has folate and I eat folate rich foods as well.

    Post # 8
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    1550 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    i take a folate supplement, not a folic acid supplement. a nutritionist told me that our bodies do not absorb folic acid very well. he said there are so many foods that are enriched with folic acid, but it doesn’t do much for our bodies. if folic acid was well absorbed, we wouldn’t even need to take a supplement of it because it is in so many things. folate is the way to go.

    Post # 9
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    2821 posts
    Sugar bee

    Yeah there’s a lot of confusing info, I just went with a prenatal and tried to up my intake of leafy greans/lentils/sunflower seeds and I was a huge juice drinker.  

    Post # 10
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    515 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    My prenatal has L Methylfolate calcium (metafolin) . I have a genetic disorder called mthfr that doesnt allow me to absorb or break down folic acid (synthetic form)… I would reccomend the bio available form to everybody, why would you want the synthetic when you can get the pure form for the same price.

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