What is Deplin®?
Deplin is the brand name for l-methylfolate. Do I mean folate? No, L-methylfolate is not dietary folate. Folic acid or folate is one of the B vitamins. It is metabolized in the body to L-methylfolate.
So, L-methylfolate is it a vitamin? Well, not exactly. It is designated by the FDA as a “medical food” even though it comes in a capsule and is related to folic acid. What the H… is a “medical food?” The FDA’s website notes that a “medical food” is defined by federal law as, “a food which is formulated to be consumed …under the supervision of a physician and which is intended for the specific dietary management of a disease … for which distinctive nutritional requirement(s)…are established…” I guess a medical food is a more specific product than, say, a vitamin.
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