Folate (vitamin B9) and the synthetic form of folate (folic acid) are a type of B vitamin found in a variety of foods and supplements. The body breaks down folate and folic acid into L-methylfolate, an important product needed for various functions in the body. Some of the benefits of L-methylfolate include creating DNA, producing certain brain chemicals, and reducing homocysteine levels.
However, this supplement is not appropriate for everyone; your healthcare provider needs complete information on your medical history and what medications you are taking before you should use L-methylfolate. For instance, you may not be able to safely take this supplement if you have anemia, a seizure disorder, or colon cancer.
Although many people do not have any problems while taking this supplement, L-methylfolate can cause side effects, such as gas, nausea, and problems sleeping. Fortunately, in many cases, these reactions are minor and easy to treat.
(Click L-Methylfolate for more information on this topic. This article covers how this supplement works, lists additional side effects, and offers some safety precautions to be aware of before taking it.)