The recommendation of ‘folic acid and pregnancy’ has been around for a number of years.
The recommendation is close to being correct – but it’s wrong.
Folate and pregnancy is correct.
Folic acid and pregnancy is wrong.
Aren’t these the same thing?
Folic acid and Methylfolate are NOT the same.
- Folic acid is not found in nature
- Folic acid does not have a methyl group
- Methylfolate is found in nature
- Methylfolate does have a methyl group
What prenatal do I take?
You take one with folate.
You do not take one with folic acid.
I formulated Optimal Prenatal which uses two natural forms of folate:
- Calcium folinate (aka folinic acid): supports DNA base production
- L-Methylfolate (has many different names): supports methylation
A pregnant woman needs both forms of folate during pregnancy.
Folic acid does eventually turn into these forms of folate – but not without great difficulty and potential physiological issues (as discussed in the video above).
In short, do not take folic acid during pregnancy.
Instead, use folates which are recognized and used immediately by your body.