What is 5-MTHF aka methyl folate?
Folate is a water-soluble B-group vitamin that is vital for the body, both for the proper functioning of the immune system, participating in the synthesis of amino acids and nucleic acids, and promoting cell division and growth, thus preventing cell damage. However, folic acid is not usable by the body until it has been converted into methyl folate. Epigenetic methylfolate, or 5-MTHF, is a bioactive form of folate that is highly bioavailable and immediately absorbable by the body.
What do we need folate for?
Folate contributes to the normal functioning of blood processes, regulates the synthesis of neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine and supports the nervous system. Regular intake of folate can have a significant impact on brain health as well as supporting cognitive function overall. However, low levels of folate in the body can lead to dangerous changes in DNA and protein synthesis, so it is important to keep folate stores replenished and to fortify the body with a good quality methyl folate supplement.
Folate may help:
- in case of concentration problems;
- in case of mood disorders;
- stabilise homocysteine levels (high levels of homocysteine in the body can significantly increase the risk of dementia, heart disease and stroke);
- support the normal functioning of the immune system;
- to ease fatigue and tiredness.
When and how to take 5-MTHF capsules?
The manufacturer’s recommendation is 1 capsule per day at breakfast.
How to store capsules?
It is best to store the jar in a dry, cool place, out of direct sunlight, and to consume within 6 months of first opening.