Folic Acid

Folic acid, also known in nutrition as folate or vitamin B9 (B11 in the Netherlands) is mainly known among women who want to have children, but this vitamin does more than that. What does folic acid contain, how do you get enough and what else do you need to know about it?

Found in
You can find folic acid in green leafy vegetables such as endive, lettuce, spinach, kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli, legumes, strawberries and kiwis, whole grain products, kernels, seeds, nuts and beans.
Quatrefolic®, an active form of folic acid that is well absorbed by the body.
Aanbevolen dagelijkse hoeveelheid
300 micrograms for women, 400 micrograms for pregnant or breastfeeding women, 300 micrograms for men. One capsule of Guud Flow contains 500 micrograms
Maximum daily amount 1000 mcg

Guud for...

  • Prenatal Development
  • Pregnancy
Folic acid contributes to many things including:

Folic acid supplementation increases the folate status of the mother. Low maternal folate status is a risk factor for the development of neural tube defects in the developing fetus.

What does folic acid do in your body?

You need folic acid for growth, proper functioning of the body and for the production of white and red blood cells. It is also important for the early development of an unborn child.

What is folic acid good for?

It has been scientifically proven that folic acid is good for many processes in your body. It is mainly known as a building material for red blood cells and is also important for your DNA and the production of new healthy cells. For expectant mothers, folic acid helps prevent birth defects, such as spina bifida or cleft lip.

How do you know if you have a folic acid deficiency?

A deficiency of folic acid causes anemia.

These symptoms can be attributed to other deficiencies or problems, so always consult a doctor if you experience them for a long time or have any concerns.

In an unborn child, there is an increased risk of spina bifida, cleft lip and cleft palate. That is why an extra folic acid supplement is recommended for pregnant women.

What foods contain folic acid?

Folic acid, also called vitamin B11 or B9, is not produced by the body. That is why it is important that you get enough through food or supplements. You will find it in:

  • Green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts and arugula
  • Fruits such as citrus fruits, strawberries and kiwis
  • Legumes such as lentils, peas and green beans
  • Whole grain products, for example whole wheat bread or pasta
How much folic acid can I take?

If you are pregnant or planning to have children, the recommended daily amount is 400 micrograms, with a maximum upper limit of 1000 micrograms.

One Guud Flow capsule contains micrograms of folic acid.

How much folic acid can I take?

If you are pregnant or planning to have children, the recommended daily amount is 400 micrograms, with a maximum upper limit of 1000 micrograms.

One Guud Flow capsule contains micrograms of folic acid.

How long can I take folic acid?

How long you should take folic acid depends on your individual needs and personal situation. Make sure you consume enough food containing folate and, if necessary, supplement your diet with an active form of folic acid. Consult a doctor if you suspect a folic acid deficiency and would like personalized advice.

What is the difference between folate and active folic acid?

Folate and folic acid are often confused and used interchangeably. But there is a difference between folic acid and folate. Folic acid is the synthetic form and folate is the natural form found in many unprocessed foods. And although it of course sounds better, this does not always mean that it is good or easy for your body to absorb.

Before our bodies can use folic acid, it must be converted twice before it is finally converted into the form our bodies can use (L-methylfolate, also known as folate 5-MTHF).

But dietary folate also needs to be converted into its final form (L-methylfolate or 5-MTHF) before we can use it.

In Guud Flow, we make things easier for the body: we use an easily absorbable form of folic acid (Quatrefolic). This form is biological and can be used directly by our body.

If you want to take a folic acid supplement, you should look for one of these names on the packaging behind vitamin B9, B11 or folic acid:

  • Folate/folate
  • Quatrefolic
  • 5-methyl tetrahydrofolate
  • 5-MTHF
  • L-methylfolate
Folic acid and science

The health benefits of folic acid have been scientifically researched and proven. Below you will find some of the studies and guidelines we have used during the research and development of our supplements:

Folic acid supplement use and menstrual cycle characteristics: a cross-sectional study of Danish pregnancy planners

Vitamin Supplementation as Possible Prophylactic Treatment against Migraine with Aura and Menstrual Migraine