NutriGold Folate Gold, also known as Vitamin B9, helps support a healthy pregnancy and fetal development. Additionally, folate helps support healthy protein metabolism, digestive and immune system functions, and formation of red and white blood cells. Research supports the use of folic acid to minimize risk of neural tube defects (NTDs). These are serious birth defects of the spinal cord and the brain, during pregnancy.
It is important to understand the differences between folate and folic acid. Folic acid refers to the oxidized synthetic compound used in dietary supplements and food fortification, whereas folate refers to the various tetrahydrofolate derivatives naturally found in food; tetrahydrofolate (or THF) is the form of folate that can enter the main folate metabolic cycle. Unlike natural folates (from food sources), synthetic folic acid undergo initial reduction and methylation in the liver. This is where it converts to THF in the presence of the enzyme, dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR).
However, because of low DHFR activity in the human liver, insufficient amounts of synthetic folic converts to the THF form, resulting in unnatural, and potentially harmful, levels of unmetabolized folic acid entering the circulatory system. So, when adequate folate consumption from dietary sources is unavailable, it is best to find a folate supplement with food sources.
Despite this, almost all commercially available folic acid supplements are synthetically created in labs from industrial chemicals. Synthetic folic acid is potentially harmful when consumed in high doses and comes with very low bioavailability.
By contrast, NutriGold Folate Gold is a 100% natural source of Vitamin B9 as folate. Citrus Limon is the source for the folate in our product. It is one of very few products on the market today that contains NO added synthetic folic acid.
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