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Can the body store folate?

Asked on January 12, 2014
Created January 12, 2014 at 11:02 PM

So while many sites simply say folate is water-soluble and thus can't be stored by the body, I've seen a few sources, such as the wikipedia article on folate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folic_acid) state that the body can store huge amounts of it. If that's so, I could stop supplementing because I eat liver, which has about 1000% of folate, enough for almost a week above the RDA. Even folinic acid supplements don't seem healthy to me, because I seem to feel jittery when I take them and find it more difficult to relax, which of course I don't like.

*Update*: The same goes for b12, another 'water soluble' vitamin! See top of this webpage: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002403.htm. Meanwhile, this article states the opposite about b12: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-b12-cobalamin. Who exactly is correct? Is the answer more complicated than either/or? If b12 could be stored, than no one should supplement with b12 as long as they eat a serving of liver about once a week, which sounds easy enough to me (and less expensive than supplementation).

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