Holli Ryan RD, LD/N
The Benefits of Folate and the Best Form to Take
The best form of folate to take is the metabolically active form called L-methylfolate (also known as
5-methyltetrahydrofolate or 5-MTHF).
However, folic acid, the synthetic form of vitamin B9 (folate) is commonly found in fortified foods and (historically) in vitamin supplements.
Folate naturally occurs in foods like green leafy vegetables such as spinach but many processed foods, such as enriched grains and breakfast cereals, are fortified with folic acid.1
Folate has many benefits and is essential to many processes in the body including brain development and function, nucleic acid and