Folinic acid (also known as Leucovorin) is a 5-formyl derivative of tetrahydrofolic acid. It is readily converted to other reduced folic acid derivatives (e.g., tetrahydrofolate), and, thus, has vitamin activity that is equivalent to that of folic acid.
5-MTHF (L-Methyl tetrahydrofolate) is involved in neurotransmitter synthesis and critical enzymatic reactions throughout the body. Folate benefits cardiovascular health and nervous system function. Ordinary folic acid supplements may not deliver the full spectrum of effects. This is due to the fact that once ingested, not everyone converts the usual folic acid supplements to their biologically active form called 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF). Methyl Folate Plus provides 5-MTHF in its active form. Recent studies have shown that a significant portion of the population has genetic enzyme deficiencies which prevent the conversion by methylation of folate to 5-MTHF.
5-MTHF has been shown to be up to seven times more bioavailable than regular folic acid. This greater bioavailability is especially important in people who have a genetic enzyme deficiency since it requires no conversion to become metabolically active. 5-MTHF is able to cross the blood-brain barrier to enhance brain synthesis of acetylcholine—the neurotransmitter associated with memory, which is especially important for people with cognitive difficulties and neuro-immune syndromes.
Frequently asked question: Is 5-MTHF the same as L-Methylfolate? It is. We use two types of MTHF, one stabilized with calcium and one stabilized with glucosamine (non-shellfish-derived). Both are synonymous with L-Methylfolate.
Special Considerations: People with MTHFR & FLOR SNPs benefit greatly from taking methyl folate. Always take Methyl B12 with methyl folate, as it is a needed cofactor in methylation.
Niacinamide does not cause flushing at any dose. However, it is readily converted to an enzyme called NADH that is needed for metabolism and energy production to support mitochondrial health. Unlike other vitamins, the body is able to make its own niacinamide using tryptophan as the raw material. Tryptophan is an amino acid the body also uses to make serotonin, a critical neurotransmitter for moods sometimes referred to as the “happy brain chemical.” Since tryptophan is often in short supply in the body, taking niacinamide can help spare it and make more available for serotonin production. As a result, niacinamide has complex and supportive interactions with body and brain function as well as a wide range of benefits.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin-5-Phosphate) Riboflavin is critical for normal growth and repair. It is needed to facilitate normal reproduction, cell growth and repair, and development of tissues. The body utilizes vitamin B2 to keep tissue healthy and to help accelerate healing of injuries.
Riboflavin acts to help the immune system to function properly by reinforcing the body’s reserve of antibodies which guard against infection.
Along with other B Vitamins, Vitamin B2 helps protect the nervous system. It could be an essential component of treating various nervous system issues, including nervousness, numbness and tingling and poor memory.
Dr. Stewart Discusses Methyl Folate Plus and It’s Use for Neuro-Immune Syndromes from Neurobiologix on Vimeo.