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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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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

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

Pretty soon: 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.
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Could you please describe folic acid and is it good for you?

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?

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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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?

Unknown: I do not entirely understand your question (what does c/t over time mean?). The mtfhr gene mutation is associated with coronary artery disease. It is not clear if Folic Acid helps. It would be helpful to see an internist or a cardiologist to discuss risk reduction. Read more

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10 mg folic acid daily and heptral for high bilirubin, isn't 10 mg folic acid dangerous if I have thrombophilia genes?

10 mg folic acid daily and heptral for high bilirubin, isn't 10 mg folic acid dangerous if I have thrombophilia genes?

No: Folate (folic acid) is a B vitamin which is water soluble. It doesn't have upper limit level. If you ingest more you will excrete more. Basically you will have more folate (folic acid) in your urine if you consume a lot. Read more

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Folic acid -24.6ng/ml, is it toxic level? What are normal values? Symptoms of toxic levels? 43y, fem, on bcomplex with 1.5mg folic acid. Hvy periods.

Folic acid: Folic acid is one of many B vitamins and needed to make red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, and for normal growth. Normal levels are 2-17 ng/ml. Am not aware that elevated levels cause any symptoms or disease. Read more

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What is the side effect of folic acid on baby?

What is the side effect of folic acid on baby?

Folic acid: Folic acid deficiency can cause neural tube defects in the fetus, and Folic Acid supplementation can prevent them. Folic acid supplementation around the time of coneception reduces the incidence of neural tube defects by 50 to 70 percent. Read more

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What are the side effects of folic acid supplement?

Cramp diarrhea: High doses of Folic Acid might cause abdominal cramps, diarrhea, rash, sleep disorders, irritabilit, confusion, nausea, stomach upset, behavior changes, skin reactions, seizures, gas, and excitability.
Folic acid in 800-1200mcg might increase the risk of heart attack in people who have heart problems. Don't take more than 400mcg a day unless directed by your healthcare provider. Read more

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Is there folic acid in noni juice? Can a 10 year old take while receiving chemo to build immune system?

Is there folic acid in noni juice? Can a 10 year old take while receiving chemo to build immune system?

Talk w/ nutritonist: Not all noni juice formulations are the same. Before having your son consume any, I would bring in the bottle to your next visit to have your oncologist or nutritionist take a close look at the ingredients to make sure there is nothing that would interfere with your son's chemo treatment. Probably will be ok, but check first. Read more

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I started taking folic acid and a multi vit last month we ttc, I noticed that this month my period was longer than usual, is this a good sign or not?

Probable coincidence: Vitamins should have no effect on the length of your period. It is common for the length of periods to vary somewhat so this is almost certainly a coincidence.
Folic acid/multivitamins lower the chances of birth defects so are important to continue. It takes an average of 6 months to conceive and is not worrisome unless it takes more than a year. Read more

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Hi... so is that mean that I have to break the tablet into half and take 1/2 a day? Folic acid. How about taking the full tablet is it harmful?

Can you re-ask: & tell us the dose on the pill. Is the pill scored (line down the middle)? Are you pregnant or trying to get pregnant? Thanks. Read more

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