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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Low Folate Level (Definition)

Folic acid deficiency can cause severe birth defects of the brain and spinal cord known as neural tube defects. In some cases, there may be no noticeable signs of folic acid deficiency, and it is diagnosed in pregnant women only after a child is born with a neural tube defect. Usually, though, your health care provider can detect the defect with blood work and ultrasound during your prenatal checkups. When women take the recommended amount of folic acid before they conceive and through the first trimester of pregnancy, 50% to 70% of neural tube defects are prevented. Yet recent research by March of Dimes shows that many women are unaware of the ...Read more


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Please tell me can folic acid deficiency cause neurological symptoms like schizophrenia?

Currently unknown: It is currently unknown what causes schizophrenia. As of now there is no known psychiatric or neurological symptoms in otherwise normal adults from folate (folic acid) deficiency other than anemia. B12 deficiency has been known for a long time to cause cognitive problems but not folate (folic acid) ...Read more

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Might folic acid deficiency cause periods to stop?

Might folic acid deficiency cause periods to stop?

It shouldn't: Folate (folic acid) deficiency is associated with anemia (low hemoglobin, which is a protein in the red blood cells that carries oxygen.) it is not a cause of amenorrhea. Far and away the most common cause of absent periods is pregnancy, but it can be cause by lots of other things, including hormonal imbalance. ...Read more

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Will a folic acid deficiency cause canker sores?

Will a folic acid deficiency cause canker sores?

It can: Folic acid/folate deficiency can cause canker sores, red painful tongue, irritation/cracking at the corners of the mouth, and a type of anemia. One of the main sources of Folic Acid in the diet is from green leafy vegetables. Folic acid deficiency severe enough to cause symptoms generally requires a very poor diet, alcohol use, or is a side effect of medications like Phenytoin or methotrexate. ...Read more

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Can folic acid deficiency cause neurological symptoms?

Can folic acid deficiency cause neurological symptoms?

Yes, Absolutely!!: Folic acid is a critical co-factor in key neurochemical reactions in the brain in many different neurological pathways. Thus, yes, it can definitely cause neurogic sumptoms Folic Acid 1mg or 1000mcg daily should be adequate supplementation :). ...Read more

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Can a folate (folic acid) deficiency cause prenatal health problems?

Can a folate (folic acid) deficiency cause prenatal health problems?

Folate (folic acid): Folate (folic acid) is critical to fetal development particularly formation of the nervous system. ...Read more

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Does folic acid deficiency cause irreversible nervous system damage?

Not usually, but : Do you really have Folic Acid deficiency? If so, you could have elevation of homocysteine, which could be a risk of heart attack and/or stroke. If this is the case, have your doc check for an mthfr (tt or ct allele genetic condition), as this could be quite a problem if not addressed. The tt is relatively uncommon, but must be treated. ...Read more

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Can folate (folic acid) deficiency cause pregnancy loss?

Can folate (folic acid) deficiency cause pregnancy loss?

Sure.: Folate (folic acid) is essential for rapidly replicating tissues, such as the early embryo and placenta. Folate (folic acid) deficiency can certainly increase your chances of early pregnancy failure - in fact folate (folic acid) antagonist Methotrexate is used for that specific reason in cases of ectopic pregnancy. Take 1-5 mg Folic Acid daily throughout your reproductive life! ...Read more

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What would cause folate (folic acid) deficiency in an 18 y/o male?

What would cause folate (folic acid) deficiency in an 18 y/o male?

Inadequate diet: This is caused by not eating enough foods rich in folate: dark leafy greens (spinach), beans & lentils, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli.You can also obtain folate from supplements, though most supps have folic acid, a synthetic form you need to convert to folate. 1/3 of people can't make that conversion & thus should take l-5-mthf. See http://www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=nutrient&dbid=63. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

Mental disorder with positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...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