Folate is a water-soluble B Vitamin. Folate is also called L-Methyl Folate. This is the most bioavailable (most easily used by your body) form of folic acid.
Benefits of adequate folate intake:
- Prevention of Neural tube defects like spina bifida
- Reduce risk of cleft lip and palate by up to 30%
- Needed for the production of new and healthy red blood cells
- Mood regulation
- Decreases risk of Preterm Birth
- May prevent congenital heart disease
The Midwives recommend a 1000mcg supplement of Folate intake each day during your reproductive years. Prenatal vitamins usually contain sufficient amounts of folic acid/folate so an additional supplement of Folate is not necessary. You could choose to take Folate 1000 alone if you are not planning or currently pregnant.
If you prefer to limit the number of supplements you take each day remember to include these dietary sources of folate.
- Dark green leafy vegetables (turnip greens, spinach, romaine lettuce, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, broccoli)
- Sunflower seeds.
- Fresh fruits, fruit juices.
- Whole grains.
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