The Role and Necessity of Folate in Pregnancy
Hello everyone! There are lots of questions surrounding folic acid and folate, and the knowledge of the differences can play a huge role in your pregnancy. They are a part of the B Vitamin family and have vital roles during this time in your life. First, let us be aware that folic acid is a synthetic form in supplementation or added to foods. Folate is the naturally occurring vitamin found in foods such as dark, leafy greens, legumes, lentils, broccoli, asparagus, brussles sprouts, eggs, nuts, among others. But you may be asking: “why does it matter which kind I use?” This is an excellent question!
Catch Dr. Kyle LIVE on Facebook here talking about Folate and cooking some YUMMY easy recipes each featuring a PLATE full o’ FOLATE.
In your body, there is a physiological process that converts (methylates) folic acid into folate. Your growing baby needs folate in order to help develop the central nervous system and prevent neural tube defects. However, some of us have a genetic marker of various types that can prevent this conversion. This marker is called MTHFR, and this is plenty of material for another blog, so stay tuned for that. If you are positive with MTHFR, you are not able to complete this conversion, therefore folate is not produced, your baby isn’t receiving enough, folic acid becomes free floating in your system, and like I said, more information to come…
SO, by utilizing foods rich in FOLATE in your diet, as well as using a folate supplement, you can ensure you and your baby are getting the proper type and amount you need. I always recommend a folate supplement instead of folic acid, and you can check the ingredients on the back of your bottle. It will simply say “folate,” “activated folate,” or “methylated folate.”
If you have more questions, please feel free to contact me at dr.kyle@
integrativewellnessgroup.com, listen to myself and co-host Nicole Buratti from Bend & Blossom on “Pregnant Pause Radio” on podbean and iTunes. When it comes to food based folate, join me Thursday October 27th at 630pm for my newest Facebook Live event: “Fresh Foods Full of Folate.” Cheers, and Happy Baby!