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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.

SOURCES:

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

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Folic acid."

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

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 26, 2020

SOURCES:

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

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Folic acid."

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

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 26, 2020

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