Folic Acid vs. Folate vs. Folacin

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    I see a lot of posts not to use Folic Acid, but nobody says why. Can someone please explain the difference between these 3 forms, and why one is to be used and the other(s) avoided? Thanks.


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    Folate is the naturally-occurring form of the vitamin.
    Folic acid is the synthetic counterpart to folate.

    I think folacin is same than folic acid. Not sure.

    I am consuming methylfolate daily. This is because I have so called C677T MTHFR (1 copy) gene mutation which is the reason I am not converting very folic acid to folate very efficiently.

    Methylfolate or L-methylfolate is the form you can directly utilize without convertion.

    There’s a web page:

    I think if someone hasn’t got C677T MTHFR gene mutation, they should be able to convert folic acid quite easily.


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