Biofolate for Pregnancy
February 11, 2020
You may be wondering, “what the heck is biofolate”? You’ve probably heard of similar supplements such as folic acid. Folic acid is actually a synthetic form of folate. Early on in your pregnancy your doctor will recommend that you eat foods high in folate and to also take supplements.
Although folate is found in leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, and legumes, much of this vitamin is lost through he cooking process. Supplementation then becomes a very effective way to bring this high value vitamin into your system for the benefit of you and your baby.
Folate is a necessity for neural development of the fetus. This of course is important for the proper functioning of cognitive capacity that will serve your child the rest of their lives. Taking the recommended daily requirement of folate during pregancy can also help to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida. This defect prevents the spine and spinal cord from properly forming and developing. Read more about spina bifida here.
Biofolate for pregnancy more specifically refers to a combination of folate and vitamin B12. B12 aides in healthy nerve and blood cell production. Taken along with folate, this combination provides a powerful punch for neural, nerve, and blood cell growth. A daily multi-vitamin is a good start, but you may need to take separate B12/folate supplements to gain the most benefit. Your physician will evaluate your particular needs and start a plan designed for you.
The best way to take folate is with water and on an empty stomach. Since folate is water-soluble you don’t need to take it with food. I used to take my folate and B12 with a healthy and delicious blueberry smoothie. Here’s a recipe for you….click here.
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