Vitamin B9: Folate (Folic Acid)
Folate, also known as vitamin B9, is involved in a variety of important body functions. This essential vitamin fulfils numerous important tasks in cell metabolism. It also contributes to the functioning of energy metabolism, can reduce fatigue and tiredness and supports the immune system as well as mental functioning. It is needed for haematosis, cell division, homocysteine metabolism and forming amino acids. Folate also plays a role in the growth of maternal tissue during pregnancy. Folic acid is important for all cell division processes.
Natural, Bioactive Folic Acid: L-Methylfolate from Lemon Peel
The optimal, biologically active form of folate is called L-methylfolate (or, more precisely, L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate, or L-5-MTHF). L-methylfolate is an important methyl donor and an essential component of the methylation cycle.
Many active ingredients of folate are a mixture of L-methylfolate and R-methylfolate, as these two geometric variants occur together in most manufacturing processes. However, R-methylfolate cannot be utilised by the body. Unfortunately, conventional forms of methylfolate can contain up to 50% of this ineffective variant.
Our plant-based folate provides biologically active folic acid from Indian lemon peel, primarily in the form of natural L-methylfolate. This form of folate is characterised by optimal effectiveness and particularly high bioavailability. Found in many different forms in nature, lemon peel provides the full range of active folates.
Health Benefits of Folate (Vitamin B9)
According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), folate contributes to:
- The growth of maternal tissue during pregnancy
- Normal amino acid synthesis
- Normal haematosis
- Normal homocysteine metabolism
- Normal mental function
- Normal functioning of the immune system
- Reducing tiredness and fatigue
- Cell division