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What is the difference between folate and folic acid?

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Folate is the generic name for a type of B vitamin. It’s found naturally in foods as folate. Folic acid is the manmade version sold as supplements and added to fortified foods. Folate and folic acid have the same effects.

From: Folate (Folic Acid) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Folic acid."

Office of Dietary Supplements web site: "Folic acid."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Folic acid."

Office of Dietary Supplements web site: "Folic acid."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 17, 2018

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