Folate, as 5-MTHF, is a B9-vitamin that helps to make and repair DNA, as well as produce red blood cells. Folate also plays an essential role in amino acid metabolism, methylation, and numerous biological routes by chains of nerve cells.
Folate helps support your cardiovascular health, cognitive functions, and mood. Because B9 helps to facilitate healthy skin cells, it can help battle premature again, especially wrinkles and fine lines. Folate has also been found to increase the production of collagen in your body, providing a more toned skin.
Most people are familiar with folic acid, the manmade version of natural folate B9. Pregnant women often take folic acid supplements to lower the risk of birth defects. However, studies have shown that an estimated 40% of women have genetic variants which can prevent the breakdown of folic acid into methylfolate, meaning that their body cannot absorb folic acid-the synthetic version-properly.
The active form of vitamin B9 is a folate known as methyltetrahydrofolate, abbreviated as 5-MTHF. Most dietary folate is converted into this form before entering the bloodstream. This is why folate as 5-MTHF is the predominant natural dietary choice, because it avoids the potential drawbacks of folic acid altogether and avoids the conversion and absorption issues. Folate deficiency can cause fatigue, weakness, pale skin, and even gray hair.
Prevention and Treatment of Folate Deficiency
• Folate Supplementation
• Those with a genetic mutation need to take the methylated version.
• Women who may become pregnant need to take folate supplementation, as it is essential for normal fetal growth.
• Unlike folate, not all folic acid you can consume can convert into an active form of vitamin B9-5-MTHF-in your digestive system.
• Folate is a preferred choice, because unmetabolized folic acid may build up in your bloodstream.
The good news? In addition to supplementation, folate is available in natural form from numerous food sources. Leafy greens such as kale, spring greens, and spinach, as well as legumes like chickpeas and kidney beans are also good sources.
Note: A high folic acid level can make a vitamin B12 deficiency. This is why we have a synergistic and natural ingredient approach to Ultimate Beauty's Recovery Collagen Supplement.