- With Quatrefolic® (patented form of folic acid)
- Active form of folic acid easy for the body to absorb
- Contributes to tissue growth in pregnant women
- Helps to reduce fatigue and exhaustion
- Contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system
- Contributes to normal blood formation
- Contributes to normal psychological functioning
Elexir Folic Acid consists of folic acid from Quatrefolic® which is a patented, high quality, active form of folic acid that is easily absorbed by the body. Folic acid is a B vitamin of great importance for those who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that women take folic acid supplements to ensure adequate levels in the body for normal fetal development during pregnancy. Folic acid is important for the development of the foetus' neural tubes and, if deficient in the mother, can cause spina bifida.
Folic acid - Quatrefolic®
Folic acid often comes in so-called unmethylated form in dietary supplements, which means that the body must convert it into a methylated, active form that can then be used for various functions in the body. This process is differently effective in each individual, so a methylated form is preferable to ensure absorption of the vitamin. Quatrefolic® is a patented form of active folic acid with very high bioavailability and is absorbed three times faster by the body than regular folic acid.
Important during pregnancy
The National Food Administration recommends that all women who are or wish to become pregnant take folic acid supplements to ensure adequate levels in the mother so that the foetus can develop normally. It is because of folic acid's important function in the cell division process that it is so important in pregnancy and foetal development. It is mainly neural tube defects that are to be prevented by recommending folic acid supplementation. Neural tube defects are a group of congenital conditions caused by a lack of closure of the structures surrounding the spinal cord (i.e. the spinal canal, also known as the neural tube). Neural tube defects are also known as spina bifida and can cause very serious defects/damage to the fetus. Folic acid is found in most foods but in varying amounts. Some examples of foods high in folic acid (or folate as it is called in food) are dark green leafy vegetables such as cabbage of various kinds, spinach, legumes, fruits, berries, film milk and whole grain products etc.
Other functions of the body
Folic acid is not only important during pregnancy, but it also has many other important functions in the body, for men, women and children. Folic acid is needed for DNA synthesis, amino acid metabolism, blood formation (along with vitamin B12), normal immune system function, psychological functions and it also reduces fatigue and exhaustion. Another important function is that folic acid contributes to normal homocysteine metabolism. Homocysteine is an amino acid produced naturally in the body during metabolism (the process by which the body converts what you eat into energy). Elevated homocysteine levels (i.e. when the body does not convert this amino acid properly) are linked to a range of health problems and may also indicate a deficiency of folic acid along with vitamins B6 and B12.
|Contents per daily dose:||1 capsule||DRI*|
|Folic acid (Quatrefolic®)||400 µg||200%|
|*DRI= daily reference intake|
Ingredients: bulking agent (cellulose, magnesium salts of fatty acids), capsule shell (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose), anti-caking agent (silicon dioxide), folic acid (Quatrefolic® (6S)-5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid, glucosamine salt).
Recommended intake for adults: 1 capsule daily with a meal.
Dietary supplements are not a substitute for a varied diet; a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle are important. Store in a dry place at room temperature, away from sunlight and out of reach of children. The jar is sorted as plastic packaging and the lid as metal packaging.
|Product type||Food supplements|
|Durability and storage||36 months from date of manufacture|
|Batch labeling||Best before and batch number are next to the barcode.|
|Ok for Pregnant & Breastfeeding||YES|
|Plastic/plastic (regarding packaging)||PET|
Why is it recommended to take folic acid even before becoming pregnant?
-If you are planning to become pregnant, it is a good idea to start taking folic acid 1-3 months before to reduce the risk of spina bifida in the foetus. The baby's neural tube develops during the first weeks of pregnancy, often before you know you are pregnant, so it is recommended that you start taking folic acid supplements even before you try to conceive. You should then continue to take folic acid daily for at least the first 12 weeks.