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Is Folic Acid And Vitamin B12 The Same
Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. ...Read more
My daily prenatal vitamins have 800mcg of folic acid and 8mcg of b12. Is that sufficient? It's the equaline brand.
Should be but...: 800 mcg of Folic Acid should be fine, though if you are among the 1/3 of people that have trouble converting Folic Acid to the active form, l-5-mthf, you might consider supplementing with 1 mg of l-5-mthf (only a blood tests tells for sure). The rda of B12 is only 2.6 mcg so 8 mcg should be ok, though if you are vegan you could take higher amounts to be safe. For most, what you are on is fine. ...Read more
While taking a prenatal vitamin is folate (in whole food vitamins) and folic acid (synthetic vitamins) the same? Or is one better than the other?
The same!: Folate is another name for folic acid, and for prevention of birth defects, or for any other purpose, there is absolutely no difference in effectiveness between Folic Acid that has been made in the lab and Folic Acid from a natural product. You should definitely take a prenatal vitamin that contains one or the other, but the manufacturing process is up to you! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What kind of supplement has activated folate (folic acid) and is typically recommended over Folic Acid suppliments?
Green leafy plants: I'm more of an advocate of getting your vitamins from FOOD, not from a bottle - where the substances within have been processed. Folate (or folic acid) is found naturally in green leafy plants - the name actually derives from 'foliage' or 'leaves'. So I advocate eating fresh veggies/plants. That type of diet also provides different minerals, micronutrients, anti-oxidants, fiber etc. that you need. ...Read more
I was wondering what are the benefits of taking folic acid during pregnancy..Are folic acid and iron supplement same or different?
What's the difference between vitamin B12 and vitamin b stress formula? Assuming there is B12 in the formula
It does not matter: It matters little when you take each of them. ...Read more
Is it safe to take 100mcg of vit B12 and 400 mcg of folic acid daily? My doc said i'm deficient. What would cause a deficiency in these?
Several causes: Vegans are vulnerable to deficiencies in these vitamins because they eat no animal source foods. These deficiencies may show up in alcoholism too. Also, elderly people and those with genetic polymorphisms can absorb these vitamins poorly. Eating foods rich in B12 & folate (folic acid) (such as legumes & leafy greens) can help. Taking vit B12 and Folic Acid as your doctor suggests, is safe. ...Read more
Which is the best prenatal pills that contains all the important ingredient including folic acid & DHA ( omegas 3)
As : As a general rule of thumb, it is better to take vitamins with a meal. This allows for better absorption. However this is not an absolute. In addition, remember to check with your doctor before taking any vitamins, minerals, or supplements in order to ensure that it won't interfere with any possible medications you are taking. ...Read more
No: There is no evidence to that effect. ...Read more
Natural vs synthetic: Folates (folic acid) occur naturally in foods and are biologically active. Folic acid is the oxidized form of folate (folic acid). It is made synthetically and widely used as a food supplement. In the body it is converted by the liver to active forms of folate (folic acid) in a 2 step process. ...Read more
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