Importance of Folate Before and During Pregnancy
Folate is the natural form of Vitamin B9. Folate is shown to prevent neural tubular defects, such as spina bifida and anencephaly which can occur 3-4 weeks after conception. Research also suggests that folate may help lower your baby’s risk of other birth defects such as cleft lip, cleft palate and certain types of heart defects. As well, folate may also reduce the risk of preeclampsia, a serious blood pressure disorder that affects many women during pregnancy. Folate is extremely important for the mother and her developing baby.
Importance of L-Methylfolate vs. Folic Acid
Folic acid is the “synthetic” form of folate. Folic acid must be metabolized by the body to achieve the active form of folate which is needed for a healthy pregnancy. Over 50% of women have a gene mutation known as MTHER C677T Polymorphism. This gene defect – MTHER prevents folic acid from being converted to the active form of folate. L-Methylfolate is the active form of folate and is 7 times more bioavailable. TriCare Prenatal™ DHA ONE® with Folate uses L-Methylfolate to ensure a healthy pregnancy.
Considering the important role of active folate in fetal growth and development, ensuring adequate L-Methyfolate intake should be a priority for all pregnant women.
COMPARE DHA ONE® WITH FOLATE TO OTHERS
with Folic Acid
|TriCare™ DHA ONE®
|Effective for Women with Genetic Disorder *MTHFR C677T Polymorphism1||NO||YES|
|More Effectively Increases Red Blood Cell Folate3||NO||YES|
|More Efficient Homocysteine Metabolism4||NO||YES|
|7x More Bioavailable5||NO||YES|
*(Over 50% of women of childbearing age have this genetic disorder)2