Folate. It’s the naturally occurring form of the water-soluble vitamin B9, found in black-eyed peas, chickpeas and other beans, lentils, spinach, turnip greens, asparagus, avocado and broccoli. It synthesizes and repairs your DNA, is critical during infancy and pregnancy, and is required to produce healthy red blood cells and prevent anemia.
You can’t live without it. That’s why it’s available as a supplement. But now the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) wants to reserve the natural form of folate for monopoly drug companies, leaving only the synthetic form for supplements. According to the FDA’s new labeling guidance, the word “folate” will be banned from the Supplement Fact labels—only the term “folic acid” will be allowed.
The OCA has joined the Alliance for Natural Health and the Weston A. Price Foundation to argue that this action is illegal. And we need your help to get the message across.