Fo­late ver­sus folic acid

Monthly Chronicle - - Health & Well-being -

Fo­late is used by the body to cre­ate DNA. It is well known for sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment and clo­sure of the neu­ral tube, which con­nects the brain and the spinal cord. In fact, with­out ad­e­quate fo­late, you can­not sus­tain a preg­nancy.

How­ever, it is im­por­tant to note that folic acid and fo­late are not the same thing.

Folic acid is a syn­thetic sup­ple­men­tal form of nat­u­ral fo­late. Un­for­tu­nately, 50% of peo­ple strug­gle to prop­erly me­tab­o­lize folic acid into use­able fo­late and 40% of women are not get­ting enough to sup­port a healthy preg­nancy.

A com­mon poly­mor­phism (a con­di­tion oc­cur­ring in sev­eral forms) of the MTHFR gene causes this meta­bolic is­sue. The MTHFR enzyme (stand­ing for 5-methyl­te­trahy­dro­fo­late) is the enzyme which

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