Folate versus folic acid
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