- Reduces the risk of neural tube defects if taken prior to and during early pregnancy
- May prevent folate deficiency, which can lead to symptoms of depression.
- Helps support red blood cell formation.
Why you'll love it
Folic acid, also known as Folate or L-5-MTHF is a B-vitamin that’s essential for our bodies to function properly. It’s one of the most important vitamins you can take, especially if you’re pregnant or planning to be.
When it comes to prenatal care, folic acid is a game-changer. It plays a crucial role in the development of a fetus’ brain and spinal cord. Taking folic acid before and during pregnancy can reduce the risk of neural tube defects in newborns, such as spina bifida. And that’s not all, adequate intake of folic acid can also help prevent preterm labor, low birth weight, and other birth defects. So, if you’re expecting, make sure you’re getting enough folic acid in your diet or through supplements.
But, even if you’re not pregnant, folic acid can still benefit your health. For example, it helps in the production of DNA and RNA, the building blocks of cells. It also helps in the formation of red blood cells and proper functioning of the nervous system. Further, folic acid can also lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. It helps lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that can damage blood vessels and lead to cardiovascular problems.
And, that’s not all! Folic acid can also help improve cognitive function, lower the risk of depression, and prevent certain types of cancer.
You can get it from leafy greens, beans, lentils, and fortified foods, but if you’re not sure you’re getting enough, a supplement can be a good option.
Why this formula?
Folic acid, or folate, is a B vitamin that must be derived from either dietary sources or via supplementation. Folate is necessary for a biochemical process in the body called “methylation” or “one-carbon metabolism.” This process does not work adequately in a significant number of individuals who have a genetic polymorphism, and it may contribute to a host of different concerns, including neural tube defects, depression, and reduction in red blood cell production. When the body absorbs folate, it goes through a series of biochemical conversions to become the active form l‑5‑methyltetrahydrofolate. If an individual is unable to convert the folate properly, they can end up with a deficiency, even though they are eating foods containing folate. Folate is found in leafy green vegetables, legumes, beans, liver, yeast, and citrus fruits.
How much do I really need?
The recommended daily amount of folic acid can vary based on a few different factors, such as age and health status. The following are general guidelines:
- For most adults, the recommended daily amount is 400 micrograms. This is usually something that you will find in a well rounded multivitamin supplement.
- Pregnant women should aim for at least 1000 micrograms (1mg) per day.
- Women who are breastfeeding should aim for 600 micrograms per day.
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Supplement FactsPER 1 CAPSULE
Amount Per Serving
L‑Methylfolate (from L‑5‑methyltetrahydrofolate, calcium salt)
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Vegetable magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide, and microcrystalline cellulose in a capsule composed of vegetable carbohydrate gum and purified water.
Recommended Use or Purpose: L‑5‑MTHF SAP helps support red blood cell formation, reduces the risk of neural tube defects if taken prior to and
during early pregnancy, may help to reduce homocysteine levels and may prevent folate deficiency, which can lead to symptoms of depression.
Recommended Dose (Adults):Take 1 capsule daily with food or as directed by your health-care practitioner. If you are taking other medications, take this product a few hours before or after them.
Cautions & Warning: Folate supplementation can mask a vitamin B12 deficiency; consult a health-care
practitioner if you are uncertain whether or not you are taking adequate
As with any natural health product, you should consult your healthcare practitioner on the use of this product. Store product in a cool and dry place. Keep out of reach of children. If you experience an adverse event or allergic reaction, discontinue use immediately and contact a healthcare professional.