Folic acid and Pregnancy 5/5 (3)

The recommendation of ‘folic acid and pregnancy’ has been around for a number of years.

It’s wrong.

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

Folic acid vs Methylfolate


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.

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Comments 6

  1. Hi. I just received my prenatal vitamins but didn’t realize I have to take 8 capsules a day. Am I able to open the capsules and pour them in my shakes? I know you have a shake option powder but I don’t want to lose the money I put into the pills and I’m bad at trying to swallow large pills. Also, I bought the Active B12 with L-5-MTHF. Can I take it with the prenatal? As well as the NADH-CoQ10?

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      You can return the capsules and switch out to the prenatal protein powder. My team will help you out. I would also return the NADH + CoQ10.

      You can take the Active B12 with L-5-MTHF but I’d do it midday – after the prenatal – when you’re starting to feel tired – and take 1/2. If you get irritable or anxious, it’s too much. Be sure to take it with food.

      I’d also consider Adrenal Cortex in the morning if fatigued heavily. Only take once or twice a week in the morning with breakfast.

      1. Thank you. I already opened the bottle. If I can’t return it then I will just take them for this month and then order the power next month. I will return the NADH + CoQ10. I appreciate you taking out of your time to reply.

  2. Hi Dr. Lynch,
    I have been taking your optimal prenatal for about 2 years now. When I have gotten blood work, my folate and vit b 12 levels were off the charts. Since I am still nursing my son, I continue to take them, but down to one pill/day. I just recently had blood work again and levels are still very high. Could I have a methyl trap going on? I had read a comment that you wrote to take liposomal glutathione. Would you recommend I start that and what dosage? Is it safe to take while pregnant/breastfeeding?

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      Hi Sara –

      Vitamin B12 is stored in your liver and used as needed. You may be ‘full’ of it and not need much – but as you say, you are breastfeeding which is pretty demanding – and at only 1 capsule of Optimal Prenatal, that isn’t much B12 or folate.

      I’d consider Optimal Liposomal Glutathione Plus yes – and consider starting at 1/2 teaspoon upon waking. I like taking it with a teaspoon of Optimal Liposomal Vitamin C. Helps with the taste and also additional antioxidants.

      The additional phosphatidylcholine you’re getting from these liposomal products will really enhance your breastmilk quality as well.

      They are safe to take while breastfeeding.

      While pregnant, there are no studies showing safety or harm so I cannot say with 100% confidence. I will say that I’d give to my wife if she was pregnant and needed support – but at a lower amount – like 1/2 teaspoon. Liposomal vitamin C is absolutely safe and useful for pregnancy.

  3. Can you describe the purpose of taking 8 pills throughout the day? I have had 3 miscarriages and pregnant again so I am urgently trying to find the right supplement to take in addition to eating leafy greens everyday. I ordered your product but just wanted to get a better understanding of why you need to take some many capsules in a day. Thank you for the information you put out, I expect it to be life changing after finding out I have the MTHFR mutation.

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