Folate

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.

Folic acid or folate? What’s in your vitamin? What’s in your food? What makes a difference?

Continued. Folic acid or folate? What’s in your vitamin? What’s in your food? What makes a difference?

Two Follow-Up Articles to Read on Folic Acid in Pregnancy

Fabulous Folate Smoothie (recipe)

Folate Delivery Dressing (recipe)

Thoughts on Choosing a Prenatal Vitamin

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.)

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.