Folate and folic acid are both forms of vitamin B9. However, they affect our body differently.
Particular groups of people are at risk of not having adequate vitamin B9 levels, including pregnant women.
Deficiency of this vitamin can cause a range of health issues such as birth abnormalities, elevated homocysteine, and cancer.
The simple difference between folate and folic acid is that folate is the natural form while folic acid is synthetic.
Having high unmetabolized folic acid in the blood can cause health problems, as well as mask a vitamin B12 deficiency.
That is why you should consider obtaining vitamin B12 in for the form of folate as it does not have the drawbacks associated with folic acid.
To learn more about the differences of folate and folic acid, check out the infographic below.
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