Vitamin B9 / Folate
Folate is the brightest star in the B-vitamin family because it has a research-proven superpower: when taken before and during early pregnancy, it helps prevent babies from being born with neural tube defects like spina bifida. The bulk of folate’s protective work occurs before people realize they’re pregnant, but of course, B9 is not just helpful for pregnancy. Everybody needs it to make DNA and other genetic material, and it also helps cells divide. People with chronic conditions may benefit from an extra dosage, because illness seems to increase your body’s need of this vital nutrient. Quick terminology explanation, because this is often confusing: B9 that naturally occurs in foods (including asparagus, brussels sprouts, spinach, oranges, nuts, and beans) is called folate. B9 as a synthetic vitamin in fortified food or supplements is called folic acid. Some supplements may have methyl-folate (5-methyl-THF, or 5-MTHF), the biologically active form of B9, instead of folic acid. You’ll see all of these terms if you start researching this vitamin!
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Dr Ben Lynch Podcast: Folate & Folic Acid - Whats the Difference
Is active folate only available in supplements? No! Methylfolate (an biochemically active form of folate) is found naturally in vegetables, like leafy greens. Folic acid is a synthetic form of folate used to fortify overly processed foods! Avoid it as much as you can. There are over 200 forms of folate! In summary: Eat whole foods for quality folates. Avoid synthetic folic acid in processed foods.
Terry Talks Nutrition Radio Show: Choline and B vitamins
Are you a poor processor of choline and folate? Up to 50% of Americans have the genetic variations that make them poor processors of choline and folate. Having the genes for poor choline and folate metabolism can lead to a 7 to 25 times increased risk of symptoms of folate and choline deficiency.
Learn True Health: Dirty Genes, Breakthrough Program to Treat the Root Cause of Illness, Optimize Health, Epigenetics, MTHFR, DHFR, Folate vs. Folic Acid, Methylation Defects with Naturopathic Doctor and Autor Dr. Ben Lynch Ashley James on the Learn True Health Podcast
Fertility Friday Radio: The MTHFR Gene Mutation and Fertility - Recurrent Miscarriage, Nutrient Deficiencies, and Folic Acid - Diane Keddy
Diane is Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist in Newport Beach, California, specializing in nutrition counseling for compulsive overeating, binge eating, weight management, diabetes, food allergies, as well as MTHFR gene mutation and methylation defects, and numerous other medical concerns. Diane has her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition and has her Master of Nutritional Science as well. She has a specialized certification in treating eating disorders, and she is also certified in Food allergies by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Dr Ben Lynch Podcast: Folic Acid Is Affecting You Negatively
What are the different types of folate? How are they processed in the body? How does synthetic folic acid contribute to disease and dysfunction in the body? How to prepare for pregnancy?
Primal Blueprint Podcast: Why the Type of Folate You Take Matters
We have a problem. When discussing vitamin B9, common parlance is to use “folic acid” and “folate” interchangeably, as if the two are different terms for the same thing. Talk to most OB-GYNs about the type of vitamin B9 in your prenatal, and they’ll say the difference doesn’t matter. Look at the average nutrition label, and it’ll list folic acid rather than folate, even though it’s naturally occurring. They are not the same. The difference is meaningful. (This Mark's Daily Apple article was written by Mark Sisson, and is narrated by Tina Leaman)