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Folic Acid (Overview)

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.


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What is folic acid benefit?

What is folic acid benefit?

DNA repair, blood: Everyone needs it to produce health red blood cells, and for fertility our bodies need it to synthesize and repair dna. Its particularly important in infants and during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Folic Acid (Overview)

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.


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What exactly does folic acid help cure and/or prevent?

What exactly does folic acid help cure and/or prevent?

Folic Acid: Folic acid is an important co-factor necessary for protein synthesis. During pregnancy, Folic Acid is critical in the development of the central nervous system of the baby. Maternal Folic Acid deficiency have been connected with spinal bifida in the newborn. ...Read more

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Could you please describe folic acid and is it good for you?

Folic Acid: Is a b vitamin. When taken for 2-3 months prior to conception, and continued throughout pregnancy has been shown to decrease the incidence of fetal neural tube defects (which is a defect in the brain and/or spinal cord) in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Why would it be that my doctor is prescribing folic acid for my sickle cell trait?

Anemic?: Are you anemic? He or she may be using it for a "non sickle cell" anemia. Folic acid helps to make new red blood cells. ...Read more

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I had some bloods taken last week an it was dicovered my iron was low. I was prescribed folic acid..Why is this?

Anemia: A low blood level is called anemia where there are not enough red blood cells to exchange oxygen in your lungs producing fatigue in severe cases. It takes the body 90 days to make a red blood cell from the bone marrow and they last only 120 days. Folic acid treats one type of anemia by providing the "missing ingredient" to make more red cells. ...Read more

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Can a pregnant woman use folic acid & mecobalamin tablets? What is the use of these tablets?

Can a pregnant woman use folic acid & mecobalamin tablets? What is the use of these tablets?

Yes: Folic acid and cobalamin (vit b12) are both safe in pregnancy. We recommend folic acid, especially, in women with epilepsy to decrease the chance of birth defects from their meds. It is otherwise not usualy 'required' in pregnancy. B12 may improve a person's energy level. Both are safe. Congratulations! ...Read more

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I have a hair lose, i used folic acid but it didn't work with me and until now it falls i did all the test and its all normal. Thank you?

Hair shedding: Like this is a nutritional deficiency---period. Folic acid is but one vitamin. Try a b complex + magnesium + multivitamin and get rid of the sugar and sweeteners in your diet. ...Read more

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Effects of mtfhr gene heterozygous c/t over time? Most effective treatment folic acid or it's metabolite?

Effects of mtfhr gene heterozygous c/t over time? Most effective treatment folic acid or it's metabolite?

Why checked?: This polymorphism of the mtfhr gene, in the absence of any other risk factor or genetic predisposition, is usually not significant. Most people get plenty of Folic Acid in their diet, so supplementation is usually not required. It may be worthwhile to get your homocysteine level checked (can be affected by mtfhr gene and better marker for risk of clotting). Did you have a thrombus (clot)? ...Read more

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