Folate or Folic Acid?

Folate or Folic Acid?

The short story: FOLATE.

images-2Folate is essential for neural tube development in early pregnancy and, well, good for you. So which form is sure to support cell function in your body? Folate! Although some of us can assimilate Folic Acid by converting it to the more usable folate, we aren’t all so lucky. Why not play it safe and take a methylated form of folate, such a L-5 Methyltetrahydrofolate.  When introducing this and other supplements, always make sure to work with your practitioner to find safe and comfortable dosing for your body.

 

 

The long story: MTHFR.

MTHFR - the enzyme

It turns out that there is a way to find out whether you are a good methylator or not. It’s a gene test for the MTHFR gene which is responsible for making enzymes that add methyl groups to Folic Acid. When the methyl group is added, it turns into the active folate that the body needs for many processes. If your MTHFR gene is mutated, or partially mutated (about 1/2 of us!), then you are  a good candidate for taking methylated folate because it’s one step further along. MTHFR gene mutations can also affect homocysteine levels and B12 absorption. So, if you don’t feel like taking a gene test, then you may want to try taking methylated forms of both folate and B12. That’s all for now!