10 February 2016
Studies have shown that every other person in Serbia due to their genetic disadvantages cannot fully utilize regular form of folic acid.
“Make sure to take enough folic acid during pregnancy”. This is something you will most certainly hear from your doctor upon receiving the news of pregnancy. And true enough, folates are necessary for a healthy nine months of child-bearing. However, most pregnant women makes no second thoughts upon deciding on which folate supplement she will use. The truth is these days though, that the most recent studies show major differences between folates and folic acid.
The difference between folates and folic acid
Folates are a natural occurring vitamin form. They are found in some foods, such as: spinach, salad, beans, liver etc. Folic acid is a synthetic form of a vitamin that is used in making most supplements today. In order to be used, folic acid must be converted through a chain of reactions into its active form that the body can use. This active form is called 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF).
However, studies have shown that every other person in Serbia due to their genetic disadvantages cannot fully utilize regular form of folic acid (to convert it into an active form).
This is very important due to the fact that pregnancy requires additional intake of folates. This additional intake is insisted upon since folate deficiency may cause many negative effects on health, including pre-eclampsia, spontaneous abortions, low birth weight, prematurely placenta separation etc.
How can you solve this problem?
When possible, a healthy diet full of folates is recommended.
Still, when trying to conceive this action is not nearly enough. This period requires additional supplementation in order to insure normal fetus development since the very early days.
It is important to know though, that most multivitamins for pregnant ladies contain synthetic folic acid (being more cost effective). Look for supplements containing Active folates of the newest generation or 5-methyltetrahydrofolate. That way you will be certain, no matter your genetic predispositions, that your body will be able to fully utilize the folates taken.