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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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Which people are at high risk for folate (folic acid) deficiency?

Which people are at high risk for folate (folic acid) deficiency?

Usually poor diet: Typically poor diet in green leafy vegetables can do it. Also patients on the strict atkins with no supplements can get that. But it is difficult with a health diet. ...Read more

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Does folate (folic acid) deficiency anemia affect the brain and nerves?

Does folate (folic acid) deficiency anemia affect the brain and nerves?

Yes: Folate (folic acid) is needed for maintenance and repair of myelin, the covering of larger/faster nerve fibers. Deficiency in utero results in birth defects of the neural cord, low birth weight or prematurity. Deficiency will slow growth in children. Peripheral neuropathy results in adults. Deficiency is reversible if treated early enough. Nerves suffer from folate (folic acid) deficiency itself more than from anemia. ...Read more

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

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 food are high in folic acid and b vitamins?

What food are high in folic acid and b vitamins?

Different sources : For different viamins. Thera are multiple types of b vitamins, B12 is present only in animal proteins, including dairy. For detailed information on sources of vitamins and minerals see this site. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/guide/vitamins-and-minerals-good-food-sources. ...Read more

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How are alcoholism and alcohol abuse different?

How are alcoholism and alcohol abuse different?

Could be same: Alcoholism is a slightly more imprecise term that could imply either alcohol abuse or dependence. Alcohol abuse is when someone continues to drink despite negative consequences. Alcohol dependence is when, in addition to alcohol abuse, the person also has physical dependence (needing to drink to avoid withdrawal) or tolerance (needing increasing amounts) or compulsive use. ...Read more

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Looking for information on B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency in vegetarians?

Looking for information on B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency in vegetarians?

B12 deficient common: Being vegetarian may reduce risk of folate (folic acid) deficiency, as the best sources of folate (folic acid) are dark leafy greens, lentils, beans, broccoli & asparagus.However, fruits & vegies generally don't contain b12, so vegetarians are at risk of B12 deficiency.Eggs and dairy products do have b12, but even vegetarians who eat those average less than half the rda of b12. B12 supplements are thus advised. See comment:. ...Read more

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How come chronic alcohol consumption promote fatty liver and vitamin deficiency?

How come chronic alcohol consumption promote fatty liver and vitamin deficiency?

Alcoholism: Hello , that's a very technical question. If you want the full story on fatty liver see link. Basically, alcohol is toxic to the liver and many other organs. Alcoholics tend to have a high-fat diet and a diet low in nutrients /vitamins. Vitamins will not be well absorbed due to damage to intestines and other factors. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/15670660/. ...Read more

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Are foods high in folic acid, and vitamin d good for people with auto immune diseases?

Are foods high in folic acid, and vitamin d good for people with auto immune diseases?

Absolutely: Folic acid and vitamin d are excellent nutrients/vitamins that provide significant qualities known to assist the bodies immune system. ...Read more

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Why there is pancytopenia in anemia of b12 and folic acid deficiency??

Cell maturation: B12 and folic acid are need for DNA synthesis and maturation of all cells. The cells affected are not only red cells, white cell, and platelets but almost all cells in the body, including brain and spinal cord cells. 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. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Is high RBC folate (folic acid) associated with vitamin B12 deficiency?

Not likely: Please consult this site for info in this topic. Folate (folic acid) and B12 are needed for efficient red cell production and other functions, but lack of one does not increase the other. http://www.webmd.com/diet/folic-acid. ...Read more

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How are alcoholism and alcohol dependence different?

How are alcoholism and alcohol dependence different?

They are one in the: Same. When you become dependent on alcohol, i.e., addicted to alcohol, you suffer from alcoholism. ...Read more

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Why we treat megaloblastic anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency with folates (folic acid)?

Why we treat megaloblastic anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency with folates (folic acid)?

We don't: Megaloblastic anemia caused by B12 deficiency is treated with b12. Folate (folic acid) deficiency also causes meg. Anemia. Some with B12 deficiency are also deficient in b12, but if one has low B12 ; isn't deficient in folate (folic acid) there's no need to supplement with it. But it won't hurt to take folate (folic acid);if you're among the 1/3 of people with problems converting Folic Acid to it's active form you should take l-5-mthf. ...Read more

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Previous ida. Now high B12 and folate (folic acid) levels. Ferritin result is not back. Significant hair loss and sob? Could high folate (folic acid) mask B12 deficiency? Thx

Previous ida. Now high B12 and folate (folic acid) levels. Ferritin result is not back. Significant hair loss and sob? Could high folate (folic acid) mask B12 deficiency? Thx

Masks anemia only: High folate (folic acid) can mask megaloblastic anemia caused by B12 deficiency but does not affect B12 levels. The high B12 levels you have are proof that you don't have B12 deficiency. I don't know what ida is. Hair loss ; sob can have many causes. It sounds like you are being evaluated for possible causes. ...Read more

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What type of doctor tests for cerebral folate (folic acid) deficiency?

What type of  doctor tests for cerebral folate (folic acid) deficiency?

Tough: I'm not sure that testing cerebral folate (folic acid) is different from blood folate (folic acid). If you are wondering about depression and folate (folic acid) and being low in the ability to convert folate (folic acid) to l- methylfolate (folic acid), it is a trial of medication, generally. I could be wrong but a neurologist is the brain doctor. I'm not sure u need that though. ...Read more

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What kind of problems can result from high mcv? I have moderated my alcohol intake and begun taking a multi-vitamin to help with folate (folic acid) and b-12.

What kind of problems can result from high mcv?  I have moderated my alcohol intake and begun taking a multi-vitamin to help with folate (folic acid) and b-12.

You're correct : Large (macrocytic) red blood cells usually result from a deficiency of vitamin B12 or Folic Acid (folate). If you are taking those and your macrocytes don't improve, you may not be able to absorb the vitamins from you GI tract. You may wish to see your doctor again or consult a hematologist if things don't improve. ...Read more

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How do folate, (folic acid) vitamin B12 and iron help in pregnancy for mom and baby?

Several benefits: Folate (folic acid) cuts back on fetal spina bifida risk, possibly heart defect, and, in some genetically susceptible people, can improve homosistein levels and coagulation errors. ...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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Are folate and folic acid the same thing?

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

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