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What is the difference between folate and folic acid?
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Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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