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Folic Acid - The Essential Pregnancy Vitamin | BetterYou

Folic Acid – The Essential Pregnancy Vitamin

Folic Acid, or Folate, is one of the essential B vitamins. It plays a role in healthy blood formation, normal immune system function and contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.

However, what it is potentially most known for is its use during conception and pregnancy. During pregnancy, folate demand increases due to increased blood volume. Folate plays a key role in DNA replication and amino acid synthesis essential to support growth and development of the foetus.

When should I take folic acid?

Folic Acid is an essential nutrient for health. It cannot be made by the body so must be consumed through diet or supplementation.

A higher dosage is required when trying for a baby and during early stage pregnancy. During this period, it’s important to ensure your body is getting all the vital nutrients it needs and folic acid is a key vitamin during this life stage.

Current Department of Health recommendations are to take 400μg of folic acid daily while trying to conceive and during the first 16 weeks of pregnancy as research has shown this helps decrease the risk of neural tube defects (e.g. spina bifida), congenital heart defects and oral clefts.

It is also safe and recommended to take folic acid during the remaining term of pregnancy and beyond.

Folic Acid Dosage Guidelines
User Dosage
Adult – regular use 200μg
Women trying for a baby or pregnant 400μg
Children aged 3-8 years 100μg
Children aged 9 years+ 200μg

As with all supplements, please consider talking to your doctor before starting any supplementation plan.

It’s important to be aware that the body has no long term stores for folate, so it’s recommended to take a folate supplement daily to ensure optimal levels are maintained.

Foods rich in Folate

What foods are high in folic acid?

Food state folate is present in several foods, including:

  • Legumes
  • Asparagus
  • Leafy greens
  • Broccoli
  • Eggs
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Liver (but avoid this during pregnancy due to high vitamin A levels)
  • Fortified foods

While these foods are rich in folate, in order to metabolise it, the body must go through a multi-step process to convert it into methylfolate (5-MTHF).

Folic Acid vs Methylfolate

Folic acid is the type of folate commonly found in supplements and fortified foods. It, along with food folate, is not biologically active; meaning it is poorly metabolised and must go through a complex process within the body before it can be used.

Methylfolate is the more active form of folate and is readily available for the body to use. This form of folate is used within our Folic Acid Oral Spray.

Folic Acid and dietary folate conversion process

Folic Acid and morning sickness

Most women will experience some form of morning sickness during pregnancy, which impacts on nutrient absorption and uptake in the body. When taking tablets and capsules, you rely on absorption directly through the gut. However, during bouts of morning sickness, you may end up expelling a lot of these nutrients before they are absorbed.

By using an oral spray, the nutrients are quickly absorbed via the soft tissue of the inner cheek, delivering the nutrients quickly into the rich vein system within the mouth, bypassing primary processing by the digestive system.

An essential vitamin for pregnancy

Delivers 400ug of methylfolate, a highly bioavailable, active form of folate
Customisable dosage to support daily use and during pregnancy
Supports immunity
Contributes to the reduction in tiredness and fatigue
Supports normal blood formation
Rapid delivery and absorption to help during morning sickness

How BetterYou oral sprays works

A fast and effective pioneering delivery method, expertly formulated to deliver essential methylfolate through to buccal membrane of the inner cheek into the rich vein system below.

Spray delivers tiny droplets

Each spray delivers tiny droplets into the soft tissue of the mouth.

Droplets are absorbed

These droplets are then absorbed, entering the rich vein system below.

Formulation enters the bloodstream

This allows the formulation to quickly enter the bloodstream for optimal absorption.

Backed by Science

Backed by science

Intra-oral spray technology has been used medicinally for many years, but it was the absorption research with Dr. Charles Heard and his team at Cardiff University that harnessed it for nutritional supplementation back in 2007. The result was a fast, effective and convenient delivery mechanism, now used by health professionals worldwide.

Our commitment to developmental science and absorption research has led us to partner with some of the finest research institutions in the world, including the universities of Cardiff, Ulster and Sheffield, St Mark’s Hospital in London and Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust.