What are some of the signs of a folate deficiency?
- Weakness or lack of energy
- Frequent illness
- Changes in mood or irritability
- Poor digestion, bloating
- Confusion and forgetfulness
- Premature greying of hair
- Loss of appetite
- Pale skin
- Sore, red tongue and mouth
- Occasional loose stools or constipation
- Abnormalities in male sperm
Those are just the outwards signs of a folate deficiency. Inside, you need to absorb adequate folate to help keep your cells and organs healthy.
Ageing is also associated with changes in your gastrointestinal tract that can affect your absorption of folate. And because of that, deficiencies of folate and vitamin B12 are more commonly seen in older individuals.
Studies show a link between low levels of folate and poor cognitive function and memory concerns. If you consume a lot of folic acid from fortified foods and supplements, you can actually mask the appearance of a vitamin B12 deficiency!
Just living in today’s world assures a hefty exposure to heavy metals and harmful chemicals. From the food you eat to the air you breathe to your home furnishings, you take in a wide array of toxins daily.
One such toxin that’s particularly harmful, glyphosate, has been discovered in 76 percent of human urine samples tested. It’s no easy task avoiding this “probable carcinogen” as it’s used pervasively in genetically engineered crops, and is now applied to over 120 non-GE crops as well.
Add to that exposure the heavy metals like mercury, aluminium, cadmium, arsenic, and lead that deposit in your bones, gut, brain, kidneys, and tissues from food, water, dental fillings, personal care items, and household essentials. It can feel like a never-ending struggle to get rid of them!
The good news is, there’s a little known form of folate that can help your body purge these unwanted substances. Many people supplement with the wrong type – folic acid – which can actually make matters worse and prevent your body from using the right kind of folate.
5-MTHF folate - What Is It?
Dr. Mercola's Folate 5 mg contains 5-MTHF folate, the right kind of folate that can help your body clear away toxins and cell-damaging substances. This type of folate can also help boost methylation, or your liver’s ability to add methyl groups to the DNA molecules in your cells to help your body function properly.
Especially if you are one of the estimated 40 to 50 percent of individuals who may have a mutation in the gene that controls your body’s methylation cycle, this is the form of folate you need to support the proper removal of heavy metals and chemicals like glyphosate from your body.
By supplementing with Folate 5 mg, you ease the unwanted stress on your liver to help it do one of its most important jobs – help your body cleanse itself and remove cell-harming toxins.
Animal and human studies on 5-MTHF Folate 5 mg show it has an enhanced oral bioavailability compared to folic acid and other forms of reduced folate. Plus, it passes the gastric barrier and is absorbed mainly in the small intestine, ensuring a higher folate uptake.