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Folic Acid - Folate and the MTHF gene.

Folic Acid is the only form of Folate scientifically proven by evidence to help prevent severe birth defects of the brain and/or spine (neural tube defects). Folate is the most essential water-soluble B vitamin to have before pregnancy and during the 1st trimester of pregnancy, regardless of your MTHF gene . No scientific studies exist to show that supplements containing other types of folate (such as 5-MTHF) help prevent neural tube defects.


Folic Acid is metabolised by the liver and converted, by the body into Folate. Based on current evidence, the recommended daily intake of folic acid supplementation is ≥400mcg/day for at least 3 months before pregnancy and during the 1st trimester of pregnancy in addition to increasing your consumption of food naturally containing folate.


Folate can be found in dark green leafy vegetables like cabbage, kale and spinach as well other vegetables and fruits like asparagus, brocolli, brussel sprouts, banana's, eggs and avocados. Lentils, oranges, mangos, almonds and nuts are also an excellent source of folate.


If you have had a previous pregnancy complicated by a neural tube defect, it is important to discuss your recommended daily folic acid with your health care provider before trying for your next pregnancy.


Folate supports brain health, cognitive function, memory and cardiovascular health by helping to reduce homocysteine levels in the body as well as assists red and white blood cell production in bone marrow produce DNA and RNA and transforming carbohydrates into energy. Folate is essential for healthy fetal development and emotional wellbeing.



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