I went through pharmacy school AND medical school being taught that folic acid was the same as folate. In 2012, when I started really reading on my own about nutrition for my health, I smirked when I read alternative sites claiming to people that folic acid was “bad,” and I disapproved of their scare tactics. Eventually, I was overwhelmingly dismayed to realize I had been taught incorrectly and had swallowed a half-truth, hook, line, and sinker. I followed the basic biochemistry, my arrogance dropped, and I realized that folic acid can be detrimental for many people. You’ll find some biochemistry in these posts and also some discussion of MTHFR deficiency. There is also some practical information in the form of recipes and prenatal vitamin exploration. I do also have a post on methylcobalamin, also called vitamin B12, which I include here.
Fabulous Folate Smoothie (recipe)
Folate Delivery Dressing (recipe)
What Was the Role of Methylcobalamin in the Alzheimer’s Study? (This is not about folate, but it is about another B vitamin which is commonly prescribed/taken as a synthetic form: Vitamin B12.)