Folate is an important B vitamin (B9) that is found in a variety of foods such as fresh fruit, leafy greens like spinach or kale, eggs, and beef liver. Folate plays a critical role in the formation of red blood cells, helping to regulate cellular growth and function. Thus, folate helps to maintain an internal balance by replenishing the body on a cellular level. The production of healthy red blood cells is especially important during periods of growth such as pregnancy or infancy.
Folate also helps to break down harmful compounds in the body such as homocysteine, an amino acid that can cause cardiovascular damage at high levels. Folate is the natural form of B9 while folic acid is a synthetic version. Given the prevalence of the MTHFR gene mutation (~ 40% of the general population) that prevents the conversion of folate into a usable form, we have included a methylated form of folate in our Vegan Multivitamin to support those who cannot process folic acid.  MTHF is the form that is most available for the body to use, unlike folic acid, so our supplements are sure to nourish anyone who takes them.
While some research shows that vegans actually have higher folate intake than omnivores, there’s no guarantee that a plant-based diet provides enough folate on its own. A balanced plant-based diet that includes lots of dark leafy greens and other vegetables such as peas and lentils can help to ensure adequate folate consumption. Low folate levels can lead to a variety of health issues such as muscle weakness, fatigue, vision problems, and even depression. Without enough folate, the neurotransmitters that regulate your mood get bogged down. Not enough Folate means not enough red blood cells, which may affect your energy level, mood and overall brain health.
Folate supplementation helps you to maintain an internal balance by replenishing your body on a cellular level. Folate has been shown to help promote the production of healthy red blood cells, which is especially important for pregnant women as it supports growth and development. Folate is converted to a usable form of vitamin B9 in your gut and eventually absorbed by the body to be used in various metabolic processes.
Folate and folic acid are two different forms of the essential vitamin B9. Folate is the natural form of vitamin B9 found in food, while folic acid is a synthetic form. We are fans of folate because we love to consume ingredients inspired by earth!
Considering that a large percentage of the population has low levels of the enzyme that converts folic acid to its usable form, folate is a more effective and bioavailable option. Should you have low levels of this MTHFR enzyme and choose to consume folic acid, you may be at risk of experiencing a build up of folic acid in the body. Nourishing your body with folate, found in whole foods or supplements, is preferred because it is more readily available to the body and does not pose the same risk of build up.
MTHF (methylated folate) is one of the easiest forms of folate for the body to use. Methylfolate is attached to something called a “methyl group” which is a preferred form of folate by your body. Methylfolate regulates cellular processes such as genetic expression, an essential process that helps to keep your body optimized and feeling its best. This is because methylfolate is the most activated in the body, is well absorbed, and can effectively raise folate levels in your blood. This form of folate is also preferred for those with the MTHFR mutation, which is an estimated 40% of the population!
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