[By Cliff Harvey ND]
The form of folate that is used in food fortification and most dietary supplements is a synthetic form; pteroylmonglutamate. In supplements and fortification it is commonly called simply ‘folic acid’ and in common usage the terms ‘folate’ and ‘folic acid’ are considered interchangeable. There are important differences between naturally occurring and synthetic forms of folate however, and this article seeks to explain some of those differences.
Folate in any form is not used directly within the body, but is metabolised to a metabolically active co-enzyme, tetrahydrafolate (tetrahydrafolic acid).
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