Folate Plays a Role in Neurotransmitter Production1

L-methylfolate helps enhance production of 3 key neurotransmitters. This stimulated production is important because many antidepressants require a sufficient amount of neurotransmitters associated with mood.

Copyright ©2008 Stephen M. Stahl. Reproduced with the permission of Cambridge University Press.5

Folate, when metabolized into active L-methylfolate, crosses the blood-brain barrier and is thought to help stimulate production of essential neurotransmitters.1-6

L-methylfolate helps enhance the production of 3 key neurotransmitters. This stimulated production is important because many antidepressants require a sufficient amount of neurotransmitters associated with mood.1-3,5,7

L-methylfolate helps enhance production of 3 key neurotransmitters. This stimulated production is important because many antidepressants require a sufficient amount of neurotransmitters associated with mood.

Copyright ©2008 Stephen M. Stahl. Reproduced with the permission of Cambridge University Press.5

Not everyone can fully metabolize folate

Age, medications, lifestyle, nutrition, and other health-related factors may affect folate or one-carbon metabolism8

A majority of patients with MDD may not be able to fully metabolize folate into its active form due to a methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphism.

MTHFR polymorphisms are associated with a decrease in folate concentrations, which may lead to an increased risk of depressive symptoms. MTHFR polymorphisms also may compromise the ability to convert folic acid into the active form, L-methylfolate, that helps support monoamine regulation.9

 

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