Originally Posted by WuWei
You don't need 3-5 mg of FOLATE. The recommendation of mega doses of folic acid is due to the poor conversion of folic acid to a usable form. The recent/historical belief had been that folic acid was equivalent to FOLATE. New research indicates this is not the case. Furthermore, synthetic folic acid blocks the receptors for real food FOLATE.
You only need to consume approximately 2-3 cups (total per day) of greens, beans, legumes or liver to get adequate food FOLATE.
I would not supplement with megadoses of folic acid during pregnancy.
I would slightly disagree, in that, for people who've got a backlog of need for folate, I'd go with a folate supp (the Thorne supps are easy to buy online, and affordable) as well as food sources. I wouldn't rely just on food sources in that pre-TTC/TTC/early pregnancy phase. I'm not sure what the recs would be if someone looked at people with MTHFR issues taking real folate, maybe 2x the RDA in supplemental folate? That's just a guess, really.
But that's not why I popped in here... I think my blood pressure is going up! I'm starting to get readings that are around 100/65 or 100/70... I hope it's not just a fluke, but hey, even if it is, I haven't seen BP that high in, well, a few years now. I've been stuck in the range of 85/55 or 90/60 -ish for quite a while now, and it just wasn't budging.
And I haven't even been doing the things I should--I've been skipping my chunks of liver (those help with energy, I like them, and the flavor is a LOT better than I anticipated), I've been seriously slacking on my nettles infusions (can't tell if those help so much, but they are strangely appealing), and I've slipped back onto the caffeine bandwagon again.
But now I'm feeling inspired to change all that, and get to bed early--I think I may be on the verge of feeling like a normal person (if I take a lot more care of myself than normal people have to).