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What Is FolaPro Herbal Supplement?

By Lisa Sefcik

FolaPro is a supplement sold through licensed health care practitioners, such as doctors and nutritionists. According to the product manufacturer, FolaPro is designed to support your cardiovascular health. FolaPro is classified as a dietary supplement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, not a drug, and should not be used in lieu of conventional medications. Talk to your doctor before taking FolaPro to address your health concerns.

About FolaPro

The primary ingredient in FolaPro is an active form of folic acid called L-5-methyl tetrahydrofolate, or L-5-MTHF. Recommended uses for FolaPro are to address potential folate deficiencies and support your general health. The manufacturer advises taking one 800 microgram tablet daily or as your health care practitioner recommends. FolaPro is sold in 60 -- and 120 -- count sizes.

About Folic Acid

Folic acid goes by other names, including folate and vitamin B-9, and is one of the eight B vitamins. Folate occurs naturally in foods, while folic acid is the synthetic form of vitamin B-9 found in dietary supplements. Like most B vitamins, folate is water-soluble -- your body doesn't store it. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, all B vitamins, including folate, are necessary to help your body convert food into fuel you use for energy. Folate is a vitamin that serves multiple purposes; it helps your brain function and encourages DNA and RNA production. Folate is essential at certain stages of life when growth is a factor, namely during childhood, the teen years and pregnancy. According to the UMMC, there's also evidence to suggest that folate can protect you against heart disease.

FolaPro Needs

Supplemental folic acid can be beneficial if you have a folate deficiency, meaning you don't get enough of this vitamin from the foods you eat. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, there's also strong evidence to suggest that folic acid treats megaloblastic anemia caused by folate deficiency. In fact, this is the standard treatment for this condition. Folic acid is also beneficial for pregnant women, for preventing anemia, and for decreasing risk for birth defects such as neural tube defects and cleft palate. Although there's some evidence to suggest that folate supplements may play a role in preventing heart disease and high blood pressure, these are serious conditions that require a doctor's treatment.

Special Considerations

Dietary supplements may not be safe if you're pregnant, breastfeeding or have a serious medical condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Avoid using dietary supplements as an alternative or complementary therapy unless your doctor directs you to do so.

Intake Limits

The recommended intake of folic acid for adults is 400 micrograms -- 600 micrograms if you are pregnant. Be aware that the safe upper intake limit is 1000 micrograms, as reported by the Linus Pauling Institute. The consequences of exceeding the recommended upper limit are still unknown.

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