Folate vs. Folic Acid

January honors Folic Acid Awareness. In truth, we are really¬†honoring Folate. There a several things to really know when it comes to Folic Acid. First and foremost, Folate is what is the human body needs. Folate is vitamin B9, and it is necessary for proper cell division, growth and repair. It is also necessary for proper fetal development, and it can prevent serious birth defects. Folic Acid is artificial folate, used in fortified and processed foods that we should all be avoiding. Some reports indicate that almost half of the population have a genetic variation called MTHFR that prevents them from converting the artificial folate found in fortified foods and some supplements to a usable form. To ensure optimum folate consumption, it is best to supplement with a METHYLATED B-Complex, especially if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Even if you aren’t pregnant, taking a methylated supplement can help your immunity, skin, mood, and cardiovascular health. Whether you do or do not have the genetic variation that prevents you from converting folate, it is best to increase your folate levels naturally by eating plenty of asparagus, spinach, turnip greens, broccoli, lentils and garbanzo beans.