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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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What suggested dosage of vitamin B6, B12, Folic acid to take with Lialda?

What suggested dosage of vitamin B6, B12, Folic acid to take with Lialda?

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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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Dx and treated B12 def with lvl of 78 five yrs ago, but now ferritin 13 (12-250ug/l) and folate (folic acid) 6.3 (4-20ug/l), should these levels b supplemented?

Dx and treated B12 def with lvl of 78 five yrs ago, but now ferritin 13 (12-250ug/l) and folate (folic acid) 6.3 (4-20ug/l), should these levels b supplemented?

Iron: There is certainly no harm in supplementing your folate (folic acid) (must continue your b12!) but that level seems fine. Your ferritin level seems low and most likely indicates that there is not enough iron in your system. This too can lead to anemia. Iron supplements seem indicated. You should see your doctor to fully evaluated why your ferritin is low. ...Read more

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M58, May I take vitamin b complex with zinc, vit E, C , folic acid and B12 500mcg with Norvasc 10mg and zocor (simvastatin) 10mg per day.thanks?

M58, May I take vitamin b complex with zinc, vit E, C , folic acid and B12 500mcg with Norvasc 10mg and zocor (simvastatin) 10mg per day.thanks?

Yes: That is your business. It is wise to supplement with B12 if and only if you are a vegetarian. Ask your physician whether the other supplements are appropriate for your diet and lifestyle. ...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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Can leviothyrozine and vitamin D3 pills interfere with iron absorption? What foods interfere with hypothyroidism and iron intake and should b avoided?

Can leviothyrozine and vitamin D3 pills interfere with iron absorption? What foods interfere with hypothyroidism and iron intake and should b avoided?

NO: Neither interfere with Iron absorption. You might consider taking some Vitamin C with the Iron it is better absorbed in an acid environment. (Vit C=Ascorbic acid) Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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B12 deficiency. I take b12 supplements but my MCV is always on high end of normal. I also take folic acid. B12 blood tests 600. ?

B12 deficiency. I take b12 supplements but my MCV is always on high end of normal. I also take folic acid. B12 blood tests 600. ?

B12: How long have you had B12? other medications ? Liver issues? Thyroid? Tested MTHFR gene ,methylmalonic acid /homocysteine/or for pernicious anemia- intrinsic factor antibodies or parietal cell antibodies ? GERD/ Crohns/bacterial overgrowth/ Whipple's as they may affect absorption. 600 appears adequate ,but body may have utilization dysfunction/variant. f/u/w/doc ...Read more

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Can i take vitamin B12 and b complex together?

Can i take vitamin B12 and b complex together?

Should not: Be a problem. Will give you folate (folic acid) and cover all the building blocks for blood cell production. ...Read more

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A blood test showed that i'm B12 deficient. Serum B12 level of 186 pg/ml, should I take vitamin B12 supplements?

A blood test showed that i'm B12 deficient. Serum B12 level of 186 pg/ml, should I take vitamin B12 supplements?

B12: this low will likely cause dementia, spinal cord degeneration and peripheral neuropathy. Keep your level above 550 for the rest of your life. Recovery takes about a year in a young person. I suggest you take liquid sublingual weekly for 3 months then bi weekly thereafter. Its important to check a level after you cut back to twice a month. Use 1 1/2 dropper and hold it under the tongue for 30 sec. ...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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Folic acid -24.6, serum B12 - 600, high folic acid may mask B12 def, what does that mean? is serum B12 falsly high? what other tests for B12 def?

Folic acid -24.6, serum B12 - 600, high folic acid may mask B12 def, what does that mean? is serum B12 falsly high? what other tests for B12 def?

See below: Folic acid does not affect blood test results for B12, i.e., it will not cause falsely high B12 results. High folic acid may mask hematologic effects of B12 but not all functions of B12. ...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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Vitamin B12 pills benefits and side effaces??

Take only if needed: If you are vitamin B12 defecient, then a B12 supplement can help with anemia and nerve function. If you are not B12 defecient, the it will not help. Overdosing of Vitamin B12 can cause nerve dysfunction, diarrhea, and other side effects. My general advice is that if you do not have a vitamin defeciency, the a general multivitamin once daily is all that you need. ...Read more

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Effect of acid secretion on absorption of iron and vitamin b12?

Effect of acid secretion on absorption of iron and vitamin b12?

Acid has a profound: Effect on iron. Acid is better. Not an issue with b12, as the issue is intrinsic factor from the stomach which is a cofactor in B12 absorption. ...Read more

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Vitamin B12 (Definition)

Vitamin B12 is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more


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Folate (Definition)

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