Post # 1
Has anyone done any in-depth reading about folate and folic acid?
There’s a lot of mixed information. Some sources say folic acid is more easily absorbed, some sources say folate is better, some say 5-MTHF. Some even go so far say synthetic folic acid is “dangerous”.
I started reseraching folate versus folic acid a few months ago, didn’t do much reading though. This made me think I need to revisit the topic: http://paleohacks.com/questions/71610/avoid-folic-acid-or-not#axzz1d4SLkydr
(I’m currently taking 600 mcg folate in my prenatal and 400 mcg folic acid as an additional supplement. I’m almost out of my folic acid pills. I’m thinking about stopping the extra or switching to folate or 5-MTHF.)
Post # 3
I thought that folic acid was the vitamin and folate is what you get (equal) but actually in food.
Post # 4
Straight from Wikipedia:
Folic acid (also known as vitamin B9, vitamin Bc or folacin) and folate (the form naturally occurring in the body), as well aspteroyl-L-glutamic acid, pteroyl-L-glutamate, and pteroylmonoglutamic acid 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 # 5
Folic acid is synthetic folate. You can also get folate in pill form.
Post # 6
@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.
Post # 7
Prenatal has folate and I eat folate rich foods as well.
Post # 8
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
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
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.