Breast feeding? Pregnant? Trying to conceive?
Here’s what you don’t know about prenatal vitamins-
Folic acid V.S. Folate
Folate is necessary for the production of DNA. New DNA is necessary for all new cell production. When a baby is in the womb there is constant cell division which requires the production of new cells and this process requires a large supply of folate.
Folate not only promotes neural tube formation, it also assists in the development of the face, heart and a healthy birth weight.
Folic Acid is not Folate.
Folic acid is NOT naturally found in the human body or in food.
Folic acid, as a supplement is converted into usable forms of folate but the conversion is limited and it will not cross the placenta like natural folate.
Unfortunately, most prenatal vitamins contain folic acid and not folate because the production is cheaper.
Note- Folic acid does prevent neural tube defect but it does not have the same beneficial effects of natural folate.
When shopping for prenatal vitamins, make sure that it says “folate”, “5-methyl-tetrahydrofolate”, “l-methyl folate” or “metfolin” on the ingredients list.
Check out these handy prenatal vitamin packets from Charles Poliquin’s website http://us.cpoliquin.com/product_p/prenatal%20vitamins.htm