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Is there a difference between folate and folic acid?

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Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

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. Can help with anemia.

In brief: No

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. Can help with anemia.
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Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine

In brief: Yes

Folic acid is synthetic, and is converted very slowly to active folate.
The unconverted folic acid does bad things, including down-regulate folate receptors. Avoid folic acid, and instead take natural folates.

In brief: Yes

Folic acid is synthetic, and is converted very slowly to active folate.
The unconverted folic acid does bad things, including down-regulate folate receptors. Avoid folic acid, and instead take natural folates.
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Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

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.

In brief: Yes

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.
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