While developing the Modern Fertility Prenatal Multivitamin, we dug into decades of research and consulted with our medical advisors to land on the strongest formulation we could offer. One of these decisions was opting for methylfolate over folic acid. There are two main reasons we did this:
- Methylfolate is the biologically active form of folate, meaning it doesn't need to be converted into another form for the body to absorb it (like folic acid does).
- According to the NIH, methylfolate may be more absorbable for more people.
How does methylfolate stack up against folic acid? While large-scale studies haven't yet been conducted with methylfolate to directly compare it to folic acid, the studies we do have show that methylfolate is as good as (or better than) folic acid in terms of increasing folate levels in red blood cells and serum — meaning a comparable amount of folate is available in the body after taking it.
All of this said, we definitely support anyone who's considering or using the Modern Fertility Prenatal Multivitamin to discuss what's best for them with their doctor. We landed on this formulation through research and guidance from our medical advisors, but we are continuing to evaluate it to make sure we have the strongest formulation possible.