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Dr. Kristi Woods
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Folate (Overview)

Folate is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent (nutritional or metabolic agent).


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What is folate-deficiency anemia?

What is folate-deficiency anemia?

Megaloblastic anemia: Folate (folic acid) is a "building block" for red blood cells. Without it, the red cells comes out big, blown up and not made efficiently. Fortunately, folate (folic acid) is plentiful in fresh fruits and vegetable. ...Read more

Dr. Kristi Woods
647 Doctors shared insights

Folate (Overview)

Folate is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent (nutritional or metabolic agent).


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Is 2.1 a normal folate (folic acid) range?

Is 2.1 a normal folate (folic acid) range?

No: The normal range is 4-20 depending on the lab. That being said even four is at the low range. Try to be at least 50% or higher since Folic Acid is helpful for replicating cells, fertility, possible helpful in neuromuscular disease. I recommend at least 800mcg to 1mg daily until you catch up and then taking them about 3-4x/week to maintain your levels. ...Read more

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Folate (Tip)

Take your folic acid ~1 mg daily. Don't smoke, drink alcohol, or take any drugs not approved by MD. ...See more

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Why did doctor prescribe me folic acid tablet when I am getting pregnancy symptoms but negative strip test on the 1st day of missed period?

Why did doctor prescribe me folic acid tablet when I am getting pregnancy symptoms but negative strip test on the 1st day of missed period?

Folate (folic acid) for pregnancy: Your doctor is absolutely right. Folic acid supplementation (1 mg/day) is very important for pregnancy, but, and this is a point that most people don't understand, it has to be started before your get pregnant to work. If you wait until you're actually pregnant, you won't get much protection from neural tube defects, a very serious congenital abnormality. ...Read more

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What are the benefits (what is it used for?) of deplin? Doc put me on it. Low folate (folic acid) I am assuming?

What are the benefits (what is it used for?) of deplin? Doc put me on it. Low folate (folic acid) I am assuming?

L-methylfolate: Deplin is l-methylfolate (folic acid). Many chronically depressed people have small genetic mutations leading to inability to convert Folic Acid and folate (folic acid) to l-methylfolate (folic acid) -- the "active" form that crosses the blood-brain barrier to be used in making neurotransmitters. Deplin bypasses this problem, and can augment antidepressant response. Http://tinyurl. Com/lk938o3. ...Read more

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Folate (Tip)

Mothers with a hx of seizure or babies with neural tube defects need 10x as much folic acid. 4mg/d. ...See more

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Are elevated B12 and folate (folic acid) levels a problem? My most recent blood work showed these both to be high...Any danger?

How high?: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, it would have helped to have the actual values of the results. In general high values for folate and B12 are not a problem. ...Read more

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12 weeks pregnant. Have high folate (folic acid) serum levels blood test-is this ok or dangerous? Do I stop vitamins? (takin pregnacare max with calc vit d &omega

12 weeks pregnant. Have high folate (folic acid) serum levels blood test-is this ok or dangerous? Do I stop vitamins? (takin pregnacare max with calc vit d &omega

TOTALLY SAFE: There is absolutely no known toxicity from folic acid. It is far better to have high levels than low. This just means you have more in your blood than most people but, again, this is not harmful in any way and will protect your baby from birth defects. ...Read more

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Folic acid -24.6ng/ml, is it toxic level? What are normal values? Symptoms of toxic levels? 43y, fem, on bcomplex with 1.5mg folic acid. Hvy periods.

Folic acid: Folic acid is one of many B vitamins and needed to make red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, and for normal growth. Normal levels are 2-17 ng/ml. Am not aware that elevated levels cause any symptoms or disease. ...Read more

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Leg muscles very sore since I started methotrexate 7.5 weekly is this a common side effect. 5mg of folate (folic acid) on days without mtx?

Methotrexate effects: Muscle soreness is not a common side effect, but can happen. You should get further laboratory work up to check your liver, kidney and muscle enzymes. Yes, folate (folic acid) supplementation is recommended while taking methotrexate. ...Read more

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Taking pnv & folate (folic acid) side effects?

Nausea: Usual side effects are nausea and sometimes vomiting. ...Read more

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My folate (folic acid) level was 10, 2 nmol/l (ref: 15, 9-71, 10). I am taking now folate pill. After how long would it be good to have it rechecked? Thx

My folate (folic acid) level was 10, 2 nmol/l (ref: 15, 9-71, 10). I am taking now folate pill. After how long would it be good to have it rechecked? Thx

Pretty soon: If you're talking about serum folate you can recheck in just a week as it reflects recent intake quite well. Red blood cell folate shows the body's stores better, so you might want to wait a month or so to test that. Those will low folate are often among the many who can't readily convert folic acid to folate so it's best to supplement with the L-5-MTHF form.
Also see http://tinyurl. Com/6gvsxqu ...Read more

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Is it possible to take too much folate (folic acid) (in pill form) before and during pregnancy?

Folic acid: Hi, the maximum recommended dose for Folic acid is 4 mg, but folic acid is water soluble vitamin and can be easily excreted from kidneys unless you have pernicious anemia. ...Read more

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Are folate and folic acid the same thing?

Folate /folic acid: Yes the two words are used interchangeably. ...Read more

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Is 2.1 a normal folate (folic acid) range?

No: The normal range is 4-20 depending on the lab. That being said even four is at the low range. Try to be at least 50% or higher since Folic Acid is helpful for replicating cells, fertility, possible helpful in neuromuscular disease. I recommend at least 800mcg to 1mg daily until you catch up and then taking them about 3-4x/week to maintain your levels. ...Read more

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What foods are rich in folic acid or folate?

What foods are rich in folic acid or folate?

Her are they: Breakfast cereals fortified with 100% of the dv, ¾ cup 400
beef liver, cooked, braised, 3 ounces 215
lentils, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, ½ cup 179
egg noodles, cooked, enriched, ½ cup 110
spinach, frozen, cooked, boiled, ½ cup 115
great northern beans, boiled, ½ cup 90
asparagus, boiled, 4 spears 89
tomato juice, broccolipapaa raw, orange juice, corn sweet, yellow. Lettuce. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's the difference between folate, folic acid?

What's the difference between folate, folic acid?

Synthetic v natural: Folate (folic acid) is the naturally occurring form of the b vitamin. Folic acid is the synthetic form. Synthetic Folic Acid is mostly absorbed, folate (folic acid) only partially. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have high folate (folic acid)?

What does it mean to have high folate (folic acid)?

Taking too much: Too much folate (folic acid) is generally not a problem, but you might cut back on the vitamin supplementation. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between folate and folic acid?

Is there a difference between folate and folic acid?

No: Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. Can help with anemia. ...Read more

Folic Acid (Definition)

Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. ...Read more


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