It comes and goes, these folic acid vs folate debates. Let’s just get this part out of the way now with details to come: Folate is great and folic acid is fake and toxic. It’s a little more complex than that, and hopefully the complexity will be exposed and clarified to make sense in this article.
A recent flap circulated online from a Johns Hopkins press release on a study in progress. The press release was titled Too Much Folate in Pregnant Women Increases Risk for Autism, Study Suggests.(1)
The study had not been formally presented, but the press release’s title motivated two noteworthy online health writers to point out the study’s confused nonsense. (2) (3)
Both articles got appropriately sarcastic with phrases like “now eating too much salad causes autism?” That’s because greens and other plant foods, especially organic, are excellent sources of folate, or B9, which the body doesn’t create, so it has to be taken in from external sources, like food.
Now It’s My Turn
Johns Hopkins was associated with making it seem too much salad or greens consumed by pregnant women as a factor in our raging rate of increased autism among newborns and autism as possibly yet another diversion from vaccine damage.
To Johns Hopkins’ credit, the press release explains the difference between folate and folic acid in one statement: “Folate, a B vitamin, is found naturally in fruits and vegetables, while the synthetic version, folic acid, is used to fortify cereals and breads in the United States and in vitamin supplements.”
What the processed food people did a couple of decades ago is “fortify” processed grains and cereals with folic acid. Then doctors started prescribing synthetic folic acid supplements for pregnant women.
It had a significant positive result with a decrease in less malformed babies’ spinal cords, enough to persist in this practice of pouring in too much of this synthetic vitamin isomer to folate called folic acid.
You see, folate, or B9 is an important cell builder. But it’s cheaper and easier to provide a synthetic lone isomer (single moleculer cousin) of B9 or folate that conveniently has a long shelf life with the hope that the body will convert the folic acid into folate. But that usually doesn’t occur completely, depending on genetic makeup and age factors.
So what if it is found at higher levels within the bloodstream. It is not easily assimilated in cells. That’s where folate B9 needs to be in order to benefit cellular structure and metabolic activity. The result of folic acid supplementing and processed food fortifying creates a toxic load of folic acid that isn’t converted.
The risks of other health complications from excess folic acid includes increased risks of heart disease and cancer. Green leafy vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and other plant based foods are good sources of whole folate B9.
Safe folate supplementing can be done with products containing methylfolate or the Metfolin brand, or list “5-methyltetrahydrofolate” or “5-MTHF” on the label. (4)
So even if the medical establishment refuses to differentiate between folate and folic acid, you can. Avoid all supplements with folic acid, even though it’s hard to find even methylcobalamin vitamin B12 without it. Go totally organic whole food and avoid the quick and easy processed foods and cereals.
This video offers an expert detailed explanation from a holistic nutritional physician:
Paul Fassa is a contributing staff writer for REALfarmacy.com. His pet peeves are the Medical Mafia’s control over health and the food industry and government regulatory agencies’ corruption. Paul’s contributions to the health movement and global paradigm shift are well received by truth seekers. Visit his blog by following this link and follow him on Twitter here.