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Folate (Vitamin B9)
Folate is another important B Vitamin. It’s a key ingredient to making serotonin and melatonin in the brain, DNA synthesis, and in the metabolism of proteins.

Adult men and women need 400mcg of folate every day (pregnant women need 600mcg). Because we fortify grains in the US, most people obtain adequate amounts of folate from food. However, with the rise in gluten allergies and with many people eating organic foods, more and more people need to take a folate supplement. A Folate deficiency can sometimes be seen in the mouth by a sore tongue with shallow ulcers on it.

When looking for a supplement, be sure to get one that is the active form of folate: L-methyl folate. It’s estimated that at least 10% of the population can’t convert folate to its active form which means their body is not utilizing and absorbing it.

Studies have shown that adequate levels of folate are key in preventing depression - especially in women. Studies also show that maintaining levels between 400 and 600mcg can help prevent Alzheimer’s, dementia, and some cancers. The key is maintaining levels now, when you’re healthy because once Alzheimer’s, dementia, and cancer set in, folate no longer seems to help and can actually accelerate some cancers. Males also need to be careful to not have too much folate.

If you are pregnant, have a gluten allergy, or suffer from depression you should have your folate levels checked. Men should also get their levels checked to make sure their levels aren’t too high.

Hope this was helpful! Next month we will be talking about Vitamin B6!

- Jocelyn RDH

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