(Closed) Folic Acid

posted 8 years ago in TTC
Post # 17
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

1000mcg

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

800mcg in my gummies. 

How much (if any) DHA or Calcium in your prenatal vitamins?

Post # 19
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

started taking a vegan Folic Acid 800 mg!

 

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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@Ellegee:  One day I hope to actually make it to the finish line and nurse…  Congrats!  Are you on something like Metanx or just taking lots through various supplements?

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@ScottishMrs:  You can buy it in multiple places online (most of the big companies sell it), but in person the only stores that I’ve found it at are Sprouts, Mother’s Market, and VitaminShoppe.  The prenatals that I like are Thorne Basic Prenatal, New Chapter Perfect Prenatal, Emerald Labs Prenatal, and Garden of Life Prenatal.  All of those have bio active forms of B vitamins.  🙂

Post # 21
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Newbee

I take the bio active form of folate called methylfolate. I take about 4mg of that.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@dodgercpkl:  You’ll get there 🙂 I actually just learned that I’m MTHFR positive, so I go in today to talk about treatment options. This is a new doctor for me, he is really dedicated to MTHFR awareness and treatment; he attributes the prevalence of autism to MTHFR and folate deficiency so before he even got my blood test back he gave me a new prenatal (thorne basic) and a folate supplement (also thorne) to take so that I’m at 5mg and my baby can get as much folate as possible from nursing. This is his site, if you want to take a look: mthfrcure.com

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My folic acid has 800mcg, but I just realized that so does my prenatal vitamin! Problem?

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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@Ellegee:   I just realized that I never responded to your post on my thread!!  Going to do so now.  I can’t wait to hear what he has to say!

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

well, i take more than most women because i’m on a medication that leeches folic acid. it’s in my prenatal vitamins and then, in addition to that, i take 2mg of it everyday.

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I was taking 1000 mcg until 2 weeks ago. I got blood work back and apparently my folate was on “the high side”. I’m taking 800mcg in my prenatals now.

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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@MrsRugbee:  Just a word of caution.  Having high levels of folate show up in your blood doesn’t mean you are getting too much, it usually means you aren’t actually using it – it’s just circulating.  

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

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@FreckledFox:  What vegan supplement are you using? I’ve been looking for one. I take a (vegan) multi that has 400mcg.

Post # 30
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m not TTC yet but my multi-vitamin has 400 mcg of folic acid.

Post # 31
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Bumble bee

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@dodgercpkl: Do take this into consideration. Natural folates are properly metabolised, but synthetic folic acid is fully oxidised. Oxidisation in the body leads to free radical production and genetic instability, which we all know is associated with cancer.

A good read: Kim, YI. 2006. Does a high folate intake increase the risk of breast cancer? Nutr Rev. 2006 Oct;64(10 Pt 1):468-75.

“In this study, the risk of developing breast cancer was significantly increased by 20% in women reporting supplemental folic acid intake > or = 400 microg/d compared with those reporting no supplemental intake.”

They say that since folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin, it’s ok to take too much because it is not stored (only lipid-soluble vitamins are stored in fat), and excess is flushed out. That’s fine for vitamin C, for example, but folic acid has been shown to cause damage to the body.

Of course, most people would rather increase their risk of breast cancer than have their children have severe birth defects. It’s a trade-off, except that we have access to high-quality food. Mostly vitamins are absorbed better when they come from food anyways. So even if the concentration is lower, you’re probably getting more. 

ALSO please take note that in North America, only 20% of doctors have had the CHOICE of taking a nutrition class as an elective in med school. It’s safe to assume only a small fraction of them actually took it. It’s unfortunately nutrition is not part of their curriculum, at least for the most part, so I suggest talking to a registered dietician over your family doctor.

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