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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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Serum b12> 1999 mma 0.4, homocysteine high 19. No folate (folic acid) or iron deficiency normocytic anemia not responding to procrit. Is this an absorption issue?

Serum b12> 1999 mma 0.4, homocysteine high 19. No folate (folic acid) or iron deficiency normocytic anemia not responding to procrit. Is this an absorption issue?

Anemia: can be caused by blood loss or bone marrow suppression as well. More information is needed ( how long have you had a normal iron, folate (folic acid) and b12 level. What is your reticulocyte count ? ( is your bone marrow producing new RBC's) ? How low is your HCT and has it come up or gone down with B12. Is the RDW elevated ( do you put out large and small RBC's at the same time? Any blood loss ? ...Read more

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Is folic acid absorption can be interrupted in our body by what we eat( like iron can't be absorbed in presence of calcium) or nothing can affect it?

Is folic acid absorption can be interrupted in our body by what we eat( like iron can't be absorbed in presence of calcium) or nothing can affect it?

Few Simple Answers: Reality: the rate, speed, completeness may be altered some. None of the issues are as simple as implied by question as stated. The real high-tech is within each of us. Medicine, with scientific assistance, is about working to sort out some of the complexities within us. Basic chemistry principles, applied with fantastic complexity (called biochemistry, i.e. As implemented by all living organisms). ...Read more

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Does magnesium supplements block the absorption of folic acid?

Does magnesium supplements block the absorption of folic acid?

No: Not to the best of my knowledge. Various b vitamins like b-complex is needed for optimal magnesium function ...Read more

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Will high amounts of magnesium supplements block absorption of folic acid?

Will high amounts of magnesium supplements block absorption of folic acid?

Unlikely: well high dose of anything is bad. Therapeutic dose of magnesium should not do that as b Vitamins including folic acid are needed in magnesium metabolism. Too much magnesium causes diarrhea so it is conceivable that there can be nutritional malabsorption including folic acid ...Read more

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Is folic acid absorption affected by pernicious anemia?

Is folic acid absorption affected by pernicious anemia?

No: Pernicious anemia is an inability to absorb vitamin b12, which is a complex process requiring an intact and functioning stomach, exocrine pancreas, intrinsic factor, and small bowel. By comparison, Folic Acid is much more easily absorbed and those with pernicious anemia should have no problem absorbing folic acid. ...Read more

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Can taking 15 mg of folic acid decrease the absorbtion & effectivness of zinc, what happen if we take them separate like vit B9 morning & zinc evening?

Can taking 15 mg of folic acid decrease the absorbtion & effectivness of zinc, what happen if we take them separate like vit B9 morning & zinc evening?

may not be an issue: Good question. Some studies have shown that in those who had low zinc levels taking Folic Acid reduced zinc absorption ; utilization. Others have shown taking Folic Acid improves zinc absorption ; still others show no significant interaction! it does not seem to be an issue for most. You can try separating them but it may not be necessary. See http://lpi.Oregonstate.Edu/infocenter/minerals/zinc/. ...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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Folate (Definition)

Folate is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more