Guys, I just looked into this a little more. I eat almost entirely vegan (except for eggs), and I think my diet already includes tons of folate (found in whole grains, beans, leafy greens, etc...all the things I eat all the time). I just looked up the numbers in the foods I normally eat, and with the supplement, I'm totally ODing on folate. The safe upper limit is 1000mcg, and I guarantee I'm getting way more than that every day.
I should have looked up the safe upper limit for folate in the first place. I just assumed that since it was a B vitamin it would be really high, and EVERYONE keeps telling me to take my folic acid. I understand why the supplement recommendations for pregnant women assume we all eat McDonald's and hot dogs all the time, but then I wish there was a different set of recommendations for women who don't.
Hopefully the baby can't be harmed by excess folate. Lordy.
ETA: It looks like the SUL is only for synthetic folic acid (which is what I'm taking, but I'm not certainly not taking 1000mcg!). But if I'm already getting enough folate, I can see why my body would still react with some symptoms from a fairly high dose of folic acid, even if it's not above the SUL. I guess. All I know is that I feel great today!
Last edited by indiana; 07-28-2014 at 11:25 AM.