Folate and folic acid are forms of a water-soluble B vitamin. Folate is found naturally in foods, whereas folic acid is the synthetic form of the vitamin. Folate, in all forms, is key in the forming of genetic material including DNA and RNA.
In fact, folate and its derivatives are essential to our growth. Folate is also extremely important for pregnant women, helping to develop a healthy fetus. Folate has also been known to help prevent cervical cancer and can reduce osteoporosis.
Not only important for women, folate helps fight heart disease, as well as releasing serotonin – the “feel good” chemical.
Where can I find folate (folic acid)?
Since folate is found naturally in many foods, you might not even know you’re consuming it! Here is a list of some of the many foods folate is found in:
- Dairy Products
- Orange Juice
- Tomato Juice
- Organ Meat (Beef Liver and Kidney)
And since 1998, the FDA has required manufactures to add folic acid to “enriched breads, cereals, flours, cornmeals, pastas, rice, and other grain products,” according to a folate article from The National Institutes of Health.
In addition to these folate-rich foods, it’s recommended to take vitamins – B vitamins – that are rich with folate and folic acid.
If you’re looking for vitamins and supplements full of folate, at Sante Global, our Arginine Infusion contains 105% of your daily value of folate (as folic acid). This means you’ll never have to worry about getting enough folate into your diet!