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I was today old when I learned that…

Updated: Mar 6, 2023

There is a commonly used supplement prescribed for folate deficiency anaemia and recommended as a “must take” for anyone who is pregnant or trying to conceive. By now you have probably guessed that I'm talking about folic acid. Folic acid is usually taken in tablet form, and is also used to fortify some foods, (a bit like fluoride in toothpaste). But while scrolling through social media posts of VivaSynch suppliers, I spotted this…

“Folate is Vitamin B9 as found in food. Folic acid is a man made alternative and your liver has to work to make it usable.”

Apparently, getting too much man made folic acid through supplements & fortified foods can lead to harmful levels of circulating folic acid.

Now, being the pharmacology geek that I am, I had to look into this. I read a dozen articles from various sources including the NHS and the National Library of Medicine. What I found out is that while there is no evidence that folic acid causes hepatic (liver) toxicity, but, there are growing concerns that there could be adverse effects from unmetabolized folic acid. The man made version of folic acid has higher bioavailability (which means it absorbs more easily into the body), than natural folates.

The concerns are, that over time there could be a down-regulation of folate transporters…i.e. folate would

not be transported around your body as efficiently. There are other concerns which seem to be uniquely related to high folic acid intakes, and I have hugely simplified this. If you are a huge nerd like me you can read the whole National Library of Medicine study here.

HUGE CAVEAT: the evidence is not yet conclusive, and overwhelmingly, the ill-effects of NOT taking folic acid in conception/pregnancy would outweigh any of this. Natural supplements can be expensive and of course not everyone is able to stretch the budget. So always take the folic acid rather than nothing.

The buzz amongst nutritionists and fertility nutritionists is that natural folate is best, AND EAT YOUR GREENS 🥦🥬🥒🫑.

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And by absolute bizarre coincidence, I found out this week that Daisy grew up on the the next street to my other half, and knows his family...small world.

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