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So what's the big deal about Folate?

Updated: Mar 28, 2020

We want to talk to you guys about folate! You have heard the importance of it/what is it exactly?

Folate or B9 is the form found in foods, whereas folic acid is the form you may find in your multivitamin, but both contribute to your total intake.

Folate is found mostly in leafy greens such as spinach most common in leafy greens like kale, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, and brussels sprouts, fortified grains, beans, peas, lentils, and some nuts and seeds. But why is it important for pregnant mothers to have enough?

Women with an MTHFR gene mutation have a difficult time digesting the folic acid form, causing a wide range of symptoms such as digestive issues and migrains. In this case, assuring adequate intake of folate from food is essential!

Folate is involved in the metabolism of B12, which if you are deficient in could possibly contribute to anemia. Folate is also involved in the development of your baby's brain and spinal cord. Making sure you have an adequate amount will help to prevent a range of developmental disorders called neural tube defects.

You need 600 mg a day during pregnancy to support optimal growth and development. Therefore, it is very important to take your prenatal vitamins and eat your greens throughout pregnancy and have a good mix of both!

  1. Did you learn something new about Folate?

  2. What are some sources of Folate in your diet already?

Reply and send your answers to, we would love to hear from you!

Your health today is a LIFETIME of health for you AND your baby. Until next time!

Coaches Cassie and Mikayla



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