Are folate and iron the same thing?
Folate is a generic term used to describe a water-soluble compound and is known as vitamin B9. It is essential for cell functioning, metabolism, growth and multiplication through a key role in the DNA, histone and protein production. Folate is also an important biological compound in the body which helps to break down homocysteine, a natural metabolite that needs to be removed from the plasma due to its toxicity (Moll and Davis, 2017).
The difference between Vitamin B9 & Vitamin B12
B vitamins are a group of eight water-soluble vitamins – B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin), B9 (folate) and B12 (cobalamin) – that act as cofactors, precursors and substrates for numerous biological processes. They are involved in cell metabolism, brain function, energy production, DNA/RNA synthesis and repair, as well as in the synthesis of a number of neurochemicals and signalling molecules (Kennedy, 2016).
How much folate should I take if I’m pregnant or trying to conceive?
Ensuring you are taking adequate levels of folate is crucial during pregnancy and whilst trying to conceive. Folate can be an important aid to fertility and is vital for proper foetal development as it supports cell growth and DNA repair.
Vitamin B9, folic acid, and folate: what’s the difference?
While sometimes used interchangeably, folic acid and folate are not the same. To become biologically active, folic acid needs to go through several transformation steps in the body. But what about vitamin B9? That seems to get mentioned a lot too! Our bodies need folate – or vitamin B9 – to make and repair DNA, and it is vital to how our cells grow and divide.
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