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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
649 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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How absorbed is vitamin Bs and folate?

How absorbed is vitamin Bs and folate?

B complex: The 8 vitamins of the B complex are absorbed in the stomach and require acid to do so. ...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

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What is the difference between folate and folic acid?

Natural vs synthetic: Folates (folic acid) occur naturally in foods and are biologically active. Folic acid is the oxidized form of folate (folic acid). It is made synthetically and widely used as a food supplement. In the body it is converted by the liver to active forms of folate (folic acid) in a 2 step process. ...Read more

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Why does my friend have low folate (folic acid) levels?

Diet related: Folate (folic acid) is most often associated with diet intake or excessive use of alcohol. Some time abnormalities in the intestines or over growth of bad bacteria or even surgery to reduce surgery can cause decrease absorption of vitamins and folate (folic acid) as well. ...Read more

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What could be the problems associated with low levels of folate (folic acid) in your diet?

What could be the problems associated with low levels of folate (folic acid) in your diet?

Anemia and if pregna: Folic acid is needed for hemoglobin formation and Folic Acid deficiency can cause anemia.And if you are pregnant the deficiency can cause birth defects like spina bifida so all pregnant women are are given prenatal vitamins which contain folic acid
it can also cause irritability and depression, high homocystein level, diarrhea&loss of appetite, and some cancers are associated with very low levels. ...Read more

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Are low folate (folic acid) levels alone dangerous? They have been low for a year. Can it cause any damage to health?

Low folate (folic acid) bad: There's no reason to walk around with low folate (folic acid) levels. It's cheap and safe to supplement it. So don't sit around wondering if it hurt you in the past. Just take a supplement.
low folate (folic acid) in pregnant moms can cause birth defects.
Folate is involved in many crucial parts of our physiology. Low folate (folic acid) can be very bad for the body. ...Read more

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How important is it for a man to increase his folate (folic acid) before he makes a baby? If yes foods or tablets better?

Tablet, but for...: It is important for a pregnant woman to have an adequate level of Folic Acid to protect her fetus from developing neural tube defect. ...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

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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What are symptoms of being folate (folic acid) deficient?

Folic Acid: A Folic Acid deficiency can present with fatigue, oral ulcerations, tongue swelling, graying hair and inadequate growth. ...Read more

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What would cause elevated B12 and folate (folic acid) levels?

What would cause elevated B12 and folate (folic acid) levels?

Stop worrying: We see these from time to time. They are no cause for concern. Reference ranges are set for the vast majority of people. Just be happy. Elevated B12 has some arcane significance in hematology but it does not apply to healthy people. Just be glad. ...Read more

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What can high folate (folic acid) and B12 tests mean for adults?

What can high folate (folic acid) and B12 tests mean for adults?

High folate (folic acid) and B12: Although low levels of folate (folic acid) and vitamin B12 can cause serious medical problems, there is no problem whatsoever with having high levels of these vitamins. ...Read more

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Should every woman ttc take folate (folic acid)? What is the dose?

Yes.: All women in their childbearing years should take folate, (folic acid) especially if they are actively trying to conceive. Folic acid helps reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the fetus. The recommended dosage is 0.4-0.8mcg for women with low risk. Supplementation should begin at least 1 month before conception and continued throughout the first trimester. ...Read more

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I was wondering is folate defiency and folic acid defiency the same thing?

Yes: Pretty much the same thing= they lead to anemia
Anemia may make you:
Feel weak and tired.
Feel lightheaded.
Be forgetful.
Feel grouchy.
Lose your appetite and lose weight.
Have trouble concentrating. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is folate defiency and folic acid defiency the same thing?

The same: Folic acid deficiency and folate (folic acid) deficiency are the same thing, just slightly different ways of saying it. ...Read more

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Folate (folic acid) level is >30.0. Reference range is >10.3. Is my result ok?

Yes.: Your folate (folic acid) level is fine.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What happens if you have an abnormally high B12 level and high folate (folic acid) level?

High B12 Folate (folic acid): I understand your concern.

Researchers in Denmark have found that higher than normal levels of B12 may indicate a person is at risk of developing Lung, Colon and Liver cancer.

National Institute Health Research stated-High folate (folic acid) does not appear to increase the risk of anemia among healthy people with low B12 levels

See your physician for evaluation tests and treatment ...Read more

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When both folate (folic acid) and B12 are low, which should you start to take first, and why?

B-12 first: Treating a B-12 deficient patient with folate (folic acid) may correct the anemia, but not stop the progression of irreversible nerve damage. It masks the B12 deficiency, in other words. ...Read more

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Are elevated B12 and folate (folic acid) levels bad? Cause of this? How to bring them down to normal levels?

Are elevated B12 and folate (folic acid) levels bad? Cause of this? How to bring them down to normal levels?

Needs evaluation: High B12 & folate (folic acid) is not dangerous per se (these vits. Have no known toxicity)& may not be serious, but high B12 may paradoxically be a sign of B12 deficiency & may also be caused by acute or chronic liver disease or leukemia, so deserves further evaluation-see http://healthyeating. Sfgate. Com/high-vitamin-b12-serum-levels-6037.Html
high folate (folic acid) may be a sign of B12 deficiency or blind loop syndrome. ...Read more

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Had a blood test done (b12, folate, etc.) What does "tvit" stand for? Can't find it anywhere to see what it means to be low

Had a blood test done (b12, folate, etc.) What does "tvit" stand for? Can't find it anywhere to see what it means to be low

Tvit: Was there anything after it? Like B1 or D then it would stand for total vitamin B1 or total vitamin D You can always call your doctor or the lab and ask as well. ...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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