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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 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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Does folate metafolin folic acid at 800 mcg cause hair loss?

Does folate metafolin folic acid at 800 mcg cause hair loss?

No.: Methylfolate side effects (only in some people) are: irritability, insomnia, sore muscles, achy joints, acne, rash, severe anxiety, palpitations, nausea, headaches, migraines. Hair loss is not a side effect of methylfolate (metafolin). ...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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Does folic acid prevent aplastic anemia?

Does folic acid prevent aplastic anemia?

Probably not: No evidence to the best of my knowledge. Aplastic anemia is a bone marrow failure disorder, which can be due to genetic cause, autoimmune, post-viral infection, and sometime prolonged drug use or radiation exposure. ...Read more

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Is it true that folate (folic acid) supplements prevent birth defects?

Is it true that folate (folic acid) supplements prevent birth defects?

Yes: Folic acid deficiency in early pregnancy has been associated with neural tube defect, e.g., spina bifida. Any woman planning to get pregnant should be on vitamin supplement including folic acid. ...Read more

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How much folate (folic acid) to take if ttc and have folate (folic acid) deficiency?

How much folate (folic acid) to take if ttc and have folate (folic acid) deficiency?

4 mg a day: Typically dose for women trying to conceive would be 400 mcg a day, but if you have a truly diagnoses folate (folic acid) deficiency, then i would likely increase to 4mg a day. ...Read more

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Could folate (folic acid) anemia cause delusions?

Could folate (folic acid) anemia cause delusions?

Folate (folic acid) anemia: Folate (folic acid) and B12 are closely related in their functions. If one replaces folate (folic acid) alone in a megaloblastic anemia but not B12 also, it can lead to neurological damage -- difficulty walking, along with delusional psychosis. I found a case of this, where the patient developed capgras syndrome: the delusion that a relative had been replaced by an impostor. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15029091. ...Read more

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How can folate (folic acid) prevent birth defects?

Very important: Folate (folic acid) is used by the developing fetus in the formation of the nervous system and spinal cord. If the fetus does not receive enough folate, (folic acid) it is at risk for defects such as spina bifida, or anencephaly (no head). ...Read more

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Why is fetus at risk if folate (folic acid) deficiency?

Why is fetus at risk if folate (folic acid) deficiency?

Folate (folic acid): Folate is a co-factor used in cellular division. If there is a deficiency of folic acid, cells won't be able to divide properly. The net result is fewer cells. In a developing human this is associated with neural tube defects and cardiac defects. ...Read more

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Does prenatale vitamins contains enough folic acid to protect birth defects ?

Take vitamins: Folic acid is almost always included in prenatal vitamins because most pregnant women don't get enough of it from just what they eat. Taking folic acid for at least one month prior to conception lowers the risk of neural-tube defects, such as spina bifida, significantly. Recommended dose is 400 micrograms of folic acid every day prior to pregnancy and 600 micrograms when pregnant. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take prenatal vitamins containing folic acid and folic acid tablets ?

Is it safe to take prenatal vitamins containing folic acid and folic acid tablets ?

Absolutely: Folic acid is a normal component of most prenatal vitamins. An adequate intake of Folic Acid can help prevent neural tube defects which can lead to spinal cord and nervous system problems. Stick to the recommended daily allowance (rda) on the package. Taking too much may lead to other problems. ...Read more

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Has anybody heard of using vitamin b and folate (folic acid) to prevent birth defects?

Has anybody heard of using vitamin b and folate (folic acid) to prevent birth defects?

See below: Folate (folic acid) is definitely needed to prevent abnormalities of the spinal cord. Ass for vitamin b, I am unaware of any birth defects associated with low vitamin b levels. Maybe one of the obstetricians on the site will know. ...Read more

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Is folic acid absorption affected by pernicious anemia?

Is folic acid absorption affected by pernicious anemia?

No: Pernicious anemia is an inability to absorb vitamin b12, which is a complex process requiring an intact and functioning stomach, exocrine pancreas, intrinsic factor, and small bowel. By comparison, Folic Acid is much more easily absorbed and those with pernicious anemia should have no problem absorbing folic acid. ...Read more

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Are any antibiotics linked with folic acid deficiency?

Are any antibiotics linked with folic acid deficiency?

Folic acid and meds: Tetracycline can decrease the absorption of Folic Acid so take them at separate times. Motrin (and meds similar to it), Pepcid (famotidine) (and meds similar to it), seizure medications can also decrease Folic Acid absorption especially when taken for a long time so your doctor will advise you to add Folic Acid to your supplements or eat more whole grains. ...Read more

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How does folic acid prevent neural tube defects?

NEURAL TUBE DEFECTS: Are one of the most common birth defects(1 in 1, 000 live births in this country). It is an opening in the spinal cord or brain that does not close properly. Folic acid and B12 help transport the necessary materials to make this happen normally. Folate (folic acid) is needed for production and maintenance of new cells, to make normal dna and rna. ...Read more

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Can folate (folic acid) deficiency cause pregnancy loss?

Can folate (folic acid) deficiency cause pregnancy loss?

Sure.: Folate (folic acid) is essential for rapidly replicating tissues, such as the early embryo and placenta. Folate (folic acid) deficiency can certainly increase your chances of early pregnancy failure - in fact folate (folic acid) antagonist Methotrexate is used for that specific reason in cases of ectopic pregnancy. Take 1-5 mg Folic Acid daily throughout your reproductive life! ...Read more

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more