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Title: L-ascorbic acid improves the serum folate response to an oral dose of [6S]-5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid in healthy men
Authors: Verlinde, Philippe
Oey, Indrawati
Hendrickx, Marc
Van Loey, Ann ×
Temme, Elisabeth #
Issue Date: Oct-2008
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Series Title: European journal of clinical nutrition vol:62 issue:10 pages:1124-1230
Abstract: Objective: To investigate the effect of simultaneous administration of [6S]-5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid ([6S]-5-CH3H4PteGlu) with L-ascorbic acid (L-AA) on serum folate concentrations in healthy male subjects.

Subjects and methods: A total of nine healthy male volunteers were recruited. Serum folate concentrations were measured before and up to 8 h after administration of each treatment (1) placebo, (2) 343 mg [6S]-5-CH3H4PteGlu, (3) 343 mg [6S]-5-CH3H4PteGlu with 289.4 mg L-AA and (4) 343 mg [6S]-5-CH3H4PteGlu with 973.8 mg L-AA (n = 10 samples per treatment).

Results: Serum folate concentrations significantly increased compared with baseline values, starting from 30 min after [6S]-5-CH3H4PteGlu administration and remained significantly higher than baseline values during the first 6 h for treatments 3 and 4, and during the first 4 h for treatment 2. Maximal serum folate responses were observed between 0.5 and 1.5 h after [6S]-5-CH3H4PteGlu consumption and significantly differed between treatments 2 and 4 (P<0.05). When [6S]-5-CH3H4PteGlu was concurrently administered with 289.4 or 973.8 mg L-AA, the total serum folate response, calculated as the area under the curve
(AUC), was significantly improved (46.574.0 and 53.074.0 vs 34.373.8 h nmol/l, P<0.05). No significant difference in AUC
was found between the 289.4 and the 973.8 mg L-AA treatments.

Conclusions: Administration of a physiological dose of [6S]-5-CH3H4PteGlu with L-AA significantly improved the measured serum folate response in folate saturated healthy men.
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ISSN: 0954-3007
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Food and Microbial Technology
× corresponding author
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