Folic Acid and Kidney Disease | Certain Folic Acid Supports Creatinine & GFR
Today’s video is about folic acid and kidney disease. Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin that’s really important for your kidney health and overall health. We’re going to talk about a couple of different types of supplemental folic acid, and what’s the ideal one for anybody looking to support kidney health.
Folic acid is used for red blood cell production growth and development of the fetus during pregnancy. It’s used for mental health, it’s used for heart health, and so you need this vitamin. It’s important for you, it’s important for your kidney health, and a certain type has shown more kidney benefits over other types.
This piece of research comes from the British Journal of Nutrition April, 2022 and it’s titled “relationship of several serum forms with kidney function and albuminuria cross-sectional data from the health national health and nutrition examination surveys 2011-2018.” This study looked at different forms of folic acid and the impact they had on kidney health. They took unmetabolized forms which means when you buy them over the counter you can buy more synthetic to more natural forms or forms that are more along the metabolic pathway of folic acid conversion.
When you take folic acid in your body, your body’s got to convert it down a chain to become more usable and they sell some of those usable forms over the counter so your body doesn’t have to do those conversions. It’s better for everyone even people with not the best genetics and what it’s shown in this study was this certain form of folic acid at the end of the study there was less protein urea and a better gfr and creatinine. So you had healthier metrics. Now the other forms of folic acid were still beneficial, but they didn’t show that reduced protein urea.
With folic acid, the important type with the most benifeit is called 5-methyl tetrahydrofolate (Mthf for short.) The brand name is called Quatrefoilic. If you’re going to do supplemental folic acid, this is the form that you want because this is the one that’s shown to lower the protein urea and help the gfr and creatinine in people with kidney disease kidney.
So I did look online and I found a couple brands with mthf 5-methyltetrahydrofolate that you can use.I actually take supplemental folate, but I’m going to switch to this one after reading this piece of literature yesterday. The brands if you’re online there’s a lot of brands that have it here just a couple I found quickly: Thorn Research, Habit Doctors, Best Integrative Therapeutics. A really high dose quatrapholic was by Now Foods five thousand milligrams. It was called methylfolate five thousand milligrams by Now Foods. Jarrow, another company has it. These aren’t the only companies out there just some that I know are quality controlled and I just quickly found them online. There are a lot of companies that sell this form of folic acid, but that’s the type you want that’s going to show more benefits in the long term.