You’ve most likely heard of folate or vitamin B9 — probably in relation to pregnancy — yet it’s also a vital component of a healthy, well-rounded diet.
Folic acid is the term used for the synthetic version of folate that’s used in supplements. While folate is naturally acquired through the food we eat specifically “dried beans, peas, lentils, oranges, whole-wheat products, liver, asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and spinach,” folic acid can be consumed via capsules, tablets, or gummies.
So, what does folic acid do for us?
To begin, folic acid “helps your body produce and maintain new cells, and also helps prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer.” On top of that, our bodies use folic acid to make new cells. This incredible vitamin can also be “used to treat folic acid deficiency and certain types of anemia (lack of red blood cells) caused by folic acid deficiency,” along with a slew of other medical conditions. During pregnancy, folic acid is an incredibly important nutrient that helps “prevent birth defects of your baby’s brain and spinal cord.”
If you’re considering taking a folic acid supplement, make sure to speak with a medical professional first, as not everyone needs to increase their folic acid intake.
With that said, once approved by your doctor, here are a few vegan-friendly folic acid supplements to get you started!
These Pure Encapsulations Folic Acid Supplements are just as they advertise … pure. These supplements focus on the breakdown and utilization of proteins via folic acid with a blend of vitamin B12 and ascorbic acid. There’s nothing but pure ingredients in these supplements including hypoallergenic, sensitive products. They are also free of wheat, gluten, egg, peanuts, magnesium stearate, hydrogenated fat, artificial sweeteners, and artificial colors. Plus, they’re vegan-friendly! A 60-capsule bottle costs $12.10.
Amazon Customer J.G. says “A nutritionist recommended these for me along with other supplements. My nutritionist recommended one in the morning and one in the night. So two a day. I recommend you seek a nutritionist to see how many will suit you. These are great my nutritionist highly prefers this brand over any other. This brand is the real deal. No fillers no bs.”
This Doctor’s Best Fully Active Folate with Quatrefolic is not only vegan-friendly but also non-GMO and gluten-free. Along with folate (the natural form of folic acid), this supplement includes vitamin C, for added stability. This specific brand of folate provides 5-methyltetrahydrofolate, which is the “folate form most directly required for DNA regulation and other fundamental metabolic processes.”A 90-capsule bottle costs $6.62.
Annie’s Mom says “Have been taking this for years. If you take a thyroid prescription medication, you should definitely take this in my opinion.”
These Yuve Vegan Folic Acid Vitamin Gummies are specifically formulated to support women during pregnancy. While they are in gummy form, these are “clean gelatin-free gummies”, using only plant-based ingredients, making these a wonderful vegan-friendly supplement. These supplements are organic, non-GMO, and are free of yeast, sugar, sodium, artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, artificial colors, milk, peanuts, shellfish, or fish. A 60-capsule bottle costs $18.99.
Ana P. says “First good point: it’s vegan! Second: it tastes good. Even my kids ‘agree’ to have some.”
This 365 Everyday Value Folic Acid supplement is easily found online or on the shelf at Whole Foods. Plus, this is a certified vegan supplement that’s free of artificial colors, artificial flavors, and artificial preservatives. 365 Everyday Value is proud to promote products that are high-quality, natural, and organic at affordable prices. A 100-capsule bottle costs $4.99.
Curt O. says “I was skeptical about taking this. However not anymore. The differences are subtle but clear, I’m not sure why it helps out my arthritis but it does. It also has positive effects on my libido. That was a surprise. No after taste taking this. No unpleasant side effects.”
This Solgar Folic Acid is specifically formulated for women to promote heart health, support pregnancy, maintain homocysteine levels, and increase the health of your nervous system and red blood cells. These supplements are vegan-friendly, KOF-K Kosher certified, gluten-free, non-GMO, and free of dairy, soy, yeast, sugar, and sodium, as well as artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, and coloring. A 250-tablet bottle costs $11.24.
Paul G. Limon says “I was told by my physician that my body required more folic acid so I ordered this product. My personal results have been very positive. This product got my folic acid level back to normal and the cost has been very budget-friendly. It will be a life long commitment for me. I highly recommend this product.”
This EZ Melts Folate as L-5-Methylfolate was created in fast-melting tablets for easy consumption and formulated to benefit cardiovascular health and nervous system function. L-5-MTHF also happens to be the most stable, bioavailable form of folic acid. This supplement is vegan-friendly, gluten-free, sugar-free, non-GMO, and uses all-natural flavors, sweeteners, and colors. Plus, they’ve got an orange blast flavor! A 60-fast dissolve tablet bottle costs $19.99.
AmyB says “For 18 months, I struggled with every symptom of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: recurring sore throat, body aches, chills, flu-like symptoms, and debilitating fatigue and brain fog. I had numerous medical tests and treatments including a tonsillectomy, nothing helped. Then, I read an article linking MTHFR mutations to Chronic Fatigue due to folate deficiency. (People with MTHFR genetic mutations can’t get folate from their food as most can.) I have a homozygous MTHFR mutation, so not really holding out much hope that it would work, I decided to give this product a try. Wow! Within days, I felt so much better and now, a couple of months later, I am back to myself!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
This Spring Valley Folic Acid offers 800 mcg of folic acid per soft gel! This vegan-friendly blend is made from plant-based cellulose, dicalcium phosphate, croscarmellose, maltodextrin, silica, and vegetable magnesium stearate. Plus, Spring Valley promises their supplements to be made under strict quality guidelines and offer a 100 percent refund if you’re not happy. A 400-tablet bottle costs $9.94.
Dana Tigert says “The value and product and the best I’ve found. Seller ships quickly once the order is processed.”
This Now Folic Acid 800 mcg with Vitamin B-12 is the perfect match for a health-conscious consumer. NOW promises the product to be vegan-friendly, kosher, non-GMO, and free of artificial sweeteners and flavors, synthetic vitamin E, parabens, harmful pesticides, steroids, artificial sulfites, and unlabeled allergens. A 250-tablet bottle costs $3.49.
Osiricat says “I needed to have a surgery and the doctor advised me to take acid folic to help me with the recovery. I did my blood exams after surgery and they were better than before, great product.”
This Futurebiotics Folic Acid 800mcg from Organic Lemon Peel uses certified USDA organic whole lemon peel extract grown on an organic farm. While this supplement plays an important role in prenatal development, this folic acid also supports cardiovascular health. This product was also made in an FDA cGMP Registered Facility. Plus, this vegan-friendly supplement comes from a company that is “committed to creating a healthier future” by helping consumers “lead healthier lives through better nutrition.” A 120-tablet box bottle costs $9.64.
Amanda says “First of all, beautiful packaging! The bottle is glass and the design of the labeling is very attractive. It contains 800 mcg of folic acid. The ingredients are different from the photo though(but does not affect me taking them). I included a photo in my review of what the bottle said, but the ingredients are: Organic Lemon Peel extract, Organic Corn Maltodextrin, Organic Corn Syrup Solids, Organic Rice Extract, and Organic Rice Concentrate. I love that it is usable by vegetarians. I added these folic acid vitamins into my daily vitamins habit. Easily swallowed. The price is great for the 120-Count Add-On option. The item I received on Sep 19, 2016 expires 02/2018.”
This Nature’s Trove Folic Acid 800 mcg is not only vegan-friendly, but it’s also Kosher Certified and made with all-natural ingredients. This supplement contains zero peanuts, eggs, dairy, soy, wheat, yeast, gluten, tree nut, crustacean shellfish, fish, or other animal byproducts. These chewable tablets are made with a delightful strawberry flavor. A 365-easy chew tablet bottle costs $9.99.
Megan says “Feeling nauseated in first trimester and needed something tasty and chewable since liquids barely agree with my stomach so taking pills is difficult. This totally fit the bill!”
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