A published case series study has evaluated the effect of Quatrefolic® in couples with recurrent miscarriages, lasting for at least 4 years.
5-MTHF glucosamine salt (Quatrefolic®) has been trialled in a B vitamin complex and chelated zinc at the dosage of 800 mcg/day.
800mcg Quatrefolic® vs 5mg of folic acid
The study conclusion highlights that the conventional use of large doses of folic acid (5 mg/day) has become obsolete. A physiological dose of 5-MTHF glucosamine salt (800 mcg) bypasses the MTHFR block and is suggested to be an effective treatment for couple fertility problems (recurrent miscarriages).
In the trial, the selected population shows a strong link between an impaired folate cycle, due to the presence of polymorphism of the enzyme methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR). Consequently the capacity to achieve conception and carry a pregnancy to term.
Most of the women had been previously treated unsuccessfully with high doses of folic acid (5 mg/day). Of 33 couples, 13 spontaneous pregnancies were observed at the end of the treatment. Another 13 pregnancies were obtained after Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). An overall ongoing pregnancy rate of 86.7%.
Unmetabolised folic acid syndrome
Supplementation with 5-MTHF (Quatrefolic®) instead of folic acid appears to be an effective treatment for patients carrying the above mutations. The physiological dose of 5-MTHF glucosamine salt (800mcg) bypasses the MTHFR block.
On the contrary, excess of folic acid intake leads to the UMFA (Unmetabolised Folic Acid) syndrome in this peculiar population; UMFA syndrome may increase cancer risks and cause immune dysfunction.
Efficacy and safety
This study highlights the benefits of Quatrefolic® – the active folate form immediately available without metabolisation of MTHFR enzyme. Finished formulations with Quatrefolic® are in the limelight of new clinical studies, providing even more evidence of the real advantages over folic acid, in terms of efficacy and safety.
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Ref: Servy, E.J., Jacquesson-Fournols, L., Cohen, M. et al. MTHFR isoform carriers. 5-MTHF (5-methyl tetrahydrofolate) vs folic acid: a key to pregnancy outcome: a case series. J Assist Reprod Genet 2018.