With so many supplements to take every day, we often forget about the non-household name support superstar called folate.
What is the difference between folate and folic acid?
Folate (or 5-Methyltetrahydrafolate) is a form of water-soluble vitamin B9 that naturally occurs in a wide range of food (especially leafy greens), while folic acid is the synthetic form of this vitamin. This means that folate is more effectively absorbed than folic acid as it comes in its natural food state.
Who should supplement with folate and why?
Everyone, but especially pregnant women. Folate is critical for the biochemical methylation process that happens in our bodies, and is important for:
- Cell division (DNA and RNA synthesis and repair)
- Production of red blood cells
- Early development of central nervous system
- Normal neural development of foetuses
- Producing healthy immune cells
- Cellular renewal
- Cellular energy
- Hormone balance
Adults can drink 1-2 capsules of Wellness Folate daily to ensure their body has all the vitamin B9 it needs!
By Marnus Jansen van Rensburg (aka The WELLMan)