Folate or Folic Acid?

    By Nature's Dynamics

When it comes to having a healthy pregnancy and delivering a healthy baby, many experts agree that proper prenatal nutrition should be an expecting mother’s top priority. In fact, those same experts recommend adjusting your diet prior to becoming pregnant. This is because many of the major fetal development stages occur during the first several weeks your pregnancy.

In this time, the fetus undergoes rapid development, especially the spinal cord. During these first several weeks of pregnancy, some women might not even realize that they are pregnant. It is for this reason that many doctors recommend making lifestyle and nutrition changes several months prior to conception, and advise trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout childbearing years.

During her pregnancy, a woman’s body demands more macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients are those nutrients that give us energy, such as carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and micronutrients are those nutrients that supply vitamins and minerals. Both of these are essential to keeping mother and child healthy throughout her pregnancy. In fact, expecting mothers require 240 more calories than normal during their second trimester, and 452 more during the third trimester, to account to the growth of the baby.

The available nutrients during a woman’s pregnancy rely heavily on the nutritional reserves she has built up from prior consumption. Her nutritional reserves are the stores of micronutrients, such as calcium or iron, that have developed over time. On that same note, women who are lacking or are deficient in various nutrients cannot sufficiently “catch-up” once they are aware they are pregnant. At this point, much of the major development of the fetus has already happened.

Embryonic health is another factor that is influenced by prenatal nutrition that directly affects the health of the fetus and developing child. For this reason, maintaining a healthy diet prior to conception is even more vital, as it impacts the “foundation” for the growing baby. In fact, women’s bodies who are undernourished often prioritize cell development to the placenta, rather than the fetus, which will more than likely result in an undersized child when it is born.

Overall macronutrient and micronutrient intake can affect development, but deficiencies in specific micronutrients can also hinder development or cause disfigurement. For example, there is extensive research linking folate deficiency to neural tube disorders.

Folate, or its synthetic form, folic acid, is a B vitamin that plays a vital role in neural tube development of a newly conceived child. Deficiencies in folate or folic acid have been linked to neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly. This is why the vast majority of prenatal supplements contain high levels of folic acid.

Folate and folic acid may sound similar, but they are very different when it comes to how the body recognizes them, and how efficiently the body can absorb them in a safe manner for mother and child.

The problem with synthetic folic acid, however, is that the enzyme in the liver that is used to facilitate the absorption of folic acid has negligible activity, resulting in insufficient absorption of the folic acid and possibly dangerous levels of unmetabolized folic acid entering the bloodstream. This type of folic acid toxicity has been associated with impaired immune function.

On the other hand, getting your folate from whole foods isn’t exactly a better choice, in terms of absorption. Toxicity may be avoided, but the bioavailability (or absorption rate) of folate from whole foods is substantially unreliable when compared to supplements, due to the nature of the digestive system and the chemical composition of foods.

However, thanks to new technologies, the gap can be bridged between natural and potentially inefficient whole food folate nutrition and possibly harmful synthetic folic acid supplementation. By citra folate extraction, folate can be water extracted from organic Citrus Limon, therefore minimizing the risk of inadequate folate absorption and resulting deficiencies and also ensuring that no unmetabolized folate enters the bloodstream.

Synthetic folic acid and folate from whole food consumption may not be the best choice for an expecting mother, but she can be confident that folate derived from citra folate extraction will be completely utilized by her body. In addition, she can be comfortable knowing that her growing child is receiving all of the important nutrients needed for a healthy pregnancy.

By stabilizing the folate extraction of organic Citrus Limon, proper absorption can be obtained without the risk of toxicity.

This folate extract can also be added to an organic whole food based multivitamin blend, such as Nature’s Dynamics PreNatal Plus, to provide a wide spectrum of micronutrients needed by an expecting mother.

In addition to the folate included in the PreNatal Plus formula, all of the other B vitamins in Nature’s Dynamics’ product are also water extracted from organic guava and lemon, leaving mother and child with a source of nurturing vitamins and minerals  free of synthetic isolates and GMOS.

Nature’s Dynamics wants only the best for your developing child, and that is why PreNatal plus has the best, whole food sourced vitamins and minerals to ensure proper and healthy growth of your baby.

 


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