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Arcofolin® - Why the Form of Folate Matters


Folate is an essential B vitamin and, as such, indispensable for many dietary supplements. Low levels of folates are associated with a number of disorders, such as anemia, neural tube defects, and depression. Fortification of foods with synthetic folic acid eliminated severe folate deficiency, but folate insufficiency is still widespread and has also been linked to aging-associated diseases. Synthetic folic acid can also lead to unmetabolized folic acid in blood and, as such, has been associated e.g. with cancer.

In contrast, Arcofolin®, unlike synthetic folic acid, is nature-alike and a direct bioavailable source of folate. This next-generation folate has faster absorption, does not need to be metabolized by the liver, and is more efficient in boosting plasma active folate levels than folic acid.

In this webinar, you will learn about:

  • The contribution of sufficient folate supply to body functions and health
  • Established and emerging target groups for uptake of methylfolate
  • The need for an alternative for folic acid
  • Why methylfolate is the next generation folate of choice


Rima Obeid, Ph.D.

Rima Obeid, Ph.D.

Central Laboratory, Saarland University Hospital

Professor, Department of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine

Rima Obeid studied pharmacy and public health. She has a Ph.D. in clinical biochemistry at Saarland University, Germany. She is a recognized researcher in the field of micronutrients and the health of vulnerable groups and is part of a global network of scientists applying methods of evidence-based medicine in the nutrition field. Prof. Obeid conducted and published numerous clinical studies on the role of folate in health and diseases.


Jean-Pierre Knapp

Jean-Pierre Knapp


Senior Scientist, Analytics Quality Services

Jean-Pierre Knapp studied chemistry at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. He dedicated most of his extensive professional life to folates, including the development of analytical methods. With his profound analytical expertise, he serves as an elected expert to the SwissMedic and EDQM Expert Group on Chemistry. His folate expertise has also been incorporated into the US Pharmacopeia. He joined our company in 2008 and manages analytical and quality affairs for Arcofolin® and pharmaceutical ingredients.


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