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What is this ingredient known for?

Primarily known for being a “pregnancy supplement.” Apart from that however it is also crucial for energy production, amino acid synthesis, and encouraging cell and tissue growth.

Why are we using it in Power On?

Function #1: Folate is crucial for proper brain function and good mental health.

Folic acid supplementation has been found to improve cognitive function, like due to its anti-inflammatory effects and positive effect on DHA and EPA. Folate also is believed to play an important role in maintaining good mental health.

Das U. Folic acid and polyunsaturated fatty acids improve cognitive function and prevent depression, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease—But how and why?. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids. 2008;78(1):11-19. doi:10.1016/j.plefa.2007.10.006.

Alpert J, Mischoulon D, Nierenberg A, Fava M. Nutrition and depression: focus on folate. Nutrition. 2000;16(7-8):544-546. doi:10.1016/s0899-9007(00)00327-0.

Function #2: Folic acid is generally seen as a neuroprotective nutrient.

Studies show that interaction between folic acid and Vitamin B12 have found associations with cognitive decline when Vitamin B12 is insufficient, and associations with neuroprotection when B12 is sufficient. Cognitive decline was measured in terms of study participants’ scores on the digit-symbol coding test.

Morris MS, Jacques PF, Rosenberg IH, Selhub J. Folate and vitamin B-12 status in relation to anemia, macrocytosis, and cognitive impairment in older Americans in the age of folic acid fortification. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 2007;85(1):193-200.

Why this form?

We use the biological form of folate to circumvent any polymorphisms present in the population and to be sure we provide the most active form of the nutrient.

Can be found in

A wide variety of food including vegetables, fruits, fruit juices. Spinach, yeast, liver, asparagus, and brussel sprouts have high amounts of folate.