Folic acid is the artificial form of B9, the natural form is folate and the active form, the form that is immediately used by the body is methylfolate. The artificial form is everywhere, as the food industry has used it to fortify foods, in cheap supplements and ante natal formulas, it is unnatural and it has NO use to your body in this form; in short folic acid is toxic.
Folic acid has a negative impact on the expression of the 'MTHFR' gene. The testing on this one gene SNP has exploded in recent years and it is the environmental impact on this gene that is causing so many problems. Miscarriages, birth defects and infertility to name a few. The trouble is we are bombarded by folic acid in certain foods, breads and cereals which are all fortified with it, and in this form folic acid is harming us.
We cannot process folic acid, and unmetabolised folic acid causes imbalances in the body. It blocks the receptor site where natural folate needs to get into your cell. In this way folic acid blocks methylation (a process critical for countless functions in your body such as: thinking, repairing DNA, turning on and off genes, fighting infections and getting rid of environmental toxins to name a few).
Read more about how to switch from folic acid to folate in our online nutrition guide www.thepregnancyfoodcompany.co.uk/nutrition