Doctor insights on:
Have started Zantac 300 (ranitidine) to be taken for 1 month I Have a Blood Test FBC, Serum Folate, (folic acid) Serum B12 can this medication interfere with it?
No: The test should be accurate while taking this medicine. I hope you are well. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Are elevated B12 and folate (folic acid) levels bad? Cause of this? How to bring them down to normal levels?
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
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
My folate (folic acid) is 10, 2 nmol/l (ref: 15, 9-71, 10). For this is it ok if I take Folate 3 mg pill? My Ferritin is 7 ug/l (10-120) Thank you :)
Hi I started rec B12 injec recently. Felt much better however Tues I fainted. My r cell folate (folic acid) was 346 before injs could this be low off inj?
Utility of B12: The proven utility of B12 injections for symptoms of fatigue, listlessness, general malaise is an age old debate. It certainly has its role in certain pathologies such as neuropathies, dementia, and certain forms of anemia. In general, I look for other reasons to explain all the things people think B12 cures which have never been proven. B12 would not LOWER your folate (folic acid) levels anywhere in the body ...Read more
Will try 2 conceive in 1 and half mnths after a mc. Taking prenatals since past 5 mnths. Is 800mcg folate, (folic acid)150 mg Ca too less and 4000 IU Vit A too much?
No, it's fine:
There is no danger in taking large amounts of folate (folic acid) & calcium.
It is best to avoid more than 10, 000 iu of Vit A in pregnancy. I might limit it to 5000 iu to be safe, but some A is essential. It is safe to take unlimited amounts of beta carotene. See
Conceiving again soon improves odds of success- see
I advise taking the L-5MTHF form of folate (folic acid). ...Read more