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Folate, not folic acid. (Important for all pregnant and TTC women)

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Hi! I have not been tested for a MTHFR mutation but we're in the countdown to TTC. I took regular prenatals (with folic acid) while I was pregnant with my son and he was born with a lip tie. I could go on how breastfeeding really really sucked at times but midline defects such as lip ties and tongue ties are very strongly tied to MTHFR mutations.

 

MTHFR mutations are also the reason folic acid only prevents around half of neural tube defects, 40% of the population doesn't process folic acid correctly! It won't matter how much you take if your body can't use it. The problem is that its pounded into our heads (and supplemented in our foods) that folic acid is absolutely necessary for pregnancy when the truth is *folate* is necessary for pregnancy.

 

 

Anyway, does anyone know how much I should be working up to? I've heard I should pair it with a B-vitamin but which one(s)?

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I take both b6 and b12 with folic acid along with a baby aspirin a day. I do have mthfr. I'm on 5.1 mg of folic a day.
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Is that prescribed? It seems pretty excessive. They've found an increase in colorectal cancers with people taking 1/5th of that!
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Have you read this thread? http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1184692/real-folate-is-much-better-than-folic-acid - it is kinda long, not remembering if they discussed specific amounts though.

 

Pat (WuWei here) runs this page https://www.facebook.com/HealThyself/info and might be able to help you.

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