Folate vs. Folic Acid
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
They sound similar and i just didn't know the difference between the two, how do you have on and not the other? This led to my google search I thought others may be interested as well. Folate and folic acid are forms of a water-soluble B vitamin. Folate occurs naturally in food and folic acid is the synthetic form of this vitamin. Folic acid is well-tolerated in amounts found in fortified foods and supplements. Sources include cereals, baked goods, leafy vegetables (spinach, broccoli, lettuce), okra, asparagus, fruits (bananas, melons, lemons), legumes, yeast, mushrooms, organ meat (beef liver, kidney), orange juice, and tomato juice. Folic acid is frequently used in combination with other B vitamins in vitamin B complex formulations.
I know folic acid is very important for women LOOKING to become pregnant. They must have sufficient amounts already to prevent spinal bifida and other health defects in their babies. Once you become pregnant it is already too late. One day I did wonder about this as well so I looked up what it does for you. It seems to be an extremely important vitamin. There have been findings that low folate and folic acid may lead to alzheimer's disease, depression, cognitive function, hearing loss, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, stroke, the list goes on and on. This is amazing to me. Folate helps produce new cells and is needed to make DNA. Crazy how one vitamin can do so much, another reason why I need to always remember to take my multi vitamin each morning!!