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    Default The little known (but crucial) difference between folate and folic acid

    CHRIS KRESSER
    March 2012

    If I asked you which of these vitamins was found naturally in food, folate or folic acid, would you know the answer? If not, you’re in good company. Medical professionals, nutrition experts, and health practitioners frequently mix up the two, simply because the terms are often used interchangeably.

    Many health professionals would even argue that folate and folic acid are essentially the same nutrient. While folic acid is often considered to be a supplemental form of folate, there is an important distinction between these two different compounds. For women past childbearing age, and for men in general, excessive doses of the synthetic form of this nutrient are not necessary, and may even be harmful.

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    Thanks, Islander. This is worth knowing about for those who feel copious supplementation is necessary. Personally, I'd rather just eat my veggies. Healthwise, they've always stood me in good stead, and I love 'em.

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    Yep. I eat a mix of organic homegrown greens: kale, collards, chard, NZ spinach, beet greens and turn greens. I even put some up for winter! (I wouldn't have to if the deer didn't come and clean them up in the garden in late fall).
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