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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 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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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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What happens if you have an abnormally high B12 level and high folate (folic acid) level?

What happens if you have an abnormally high B12 level and high folate (folic acid) level?

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

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When both folate (folic acid) and B12 are low, which should you start to take first, and why?

B-12 first: Treating a B-12 deficient patient with folate (folic acid) may correct the anemia, but not stop the progression of irreversible nerve damage. It masks the B12 deficiency, in other words. ...Read more

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Are elevated B12 and folate (folic acid) levels bad? Cause of this? How to bring them down to normal levels?

Are elevated B12 and folate (folic acid) levels bad? Cause of this? How to bring them down to normal levels?

Needs evaluation: 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

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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?

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

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What kinds of food are good sources of folic acid, b12, & iron?

What kinds of food are good sources of folic acid, b12, & iron?

Meat and leafy vegs: B12 is found in red meat, and liver
folic acid is best found in leafy vegetables.

Iron is best found in red meat- if you want the iron that is best absorbed.

Non heme iron which is not as well absorbed is also found in leafy vegetables like spinach. ...Read more

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Iam 36yrs f. what cause and what does it mean high folic acid level (24.00 ng/ml) and normal Vit B12 (475pg/ml)?

Not a problem: There are no ill-effects associated with a high serum folate.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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

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Homocysteine 10.9 normal is lower than 10.4. B12 folic acid came back normal. So what else can cause it to be high?

Stop worrying: Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside. I wouldn't give that stuff another thought. A decade ago, this was being tooted as a new coronary risk factor but most of the pathologists I know disregard it. Your B12 and folate (folic acid) are fine. There's nothing you're going to do about this. It probably means nothing. * say, "Forget it." But ask your own physician. ...Read more

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I've been taking b12 and folic acid for a few years. My MCV is always around 97. Is this ok? I take cynacobalamin.

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, MCV of 97 is in the upper end of normal, but still normal. If this is the only finding of concern, do not worry.
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

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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?

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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Hi, I have a very high of folic acid which is 70 and is 10 times higher and my vita In b12 is 2500. how can I loose them fast? My body became toxic to

Hi, I have a very high of folic acid which is 70 and is 10 times higher and my vita In b12 is 2500. how can I loose them fast? My body became toxic to

Will pass soon but:: You can not have too much folate but folic acid is a synthetic substance that can be toxic to some degree. Your body will eliminate it naturally and nothing is known to speed that, but do not take any more vitamins with folic acid; instead take L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate.
There is no known toxicity from B12 but if you have not been taking B12 see a doctor.
See http://tinyurl. Com/o3dlzfg ...Read more

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How many pills of each a day should I take of folic acid, b6, B12 one dr gave me the mg of each just don't know how many a day for compound heterozygo?

MTHFR?: I am assuming your question got cut off and you have mthfr polymorphism? The number of pills would related to how many milligrams are recommended and you should be taking the methylated forms of folate (folic acid) and b12. You doctor may also know if you have specific deficiencies or health issues so you should contact your doctor. Mthfr. Net is a decent resource if you do have that issue. ...Read more

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I take vit c500mg, vit D3 1000iu, vit B12 100mcg, folic acid 1mg a2. Do I take them all at once? How many of each do I take and how far apart do I take

I take vit c500mg, vit D3 1000iu, vit B12 100mcg, folic acid 1mg a2. Do I take them all at once? How many of each do I take and how far apart do I take

See below: It's ok to take these together. Vit d is better absorbed after a meal. For the others it shouldn't matter. I advise at least 1000 mg of vit c 2x/day- it doesn't stay in your body for long! I advise 4000-5000 iu vit d from sept. To april (you can find pills with 5000 units). During spring & summer don't need if you spend time in mid-day sun. Consider a full b complex & taking vit k with d. What's a2? ...Read more

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Raised alt, B12 and folate (folic acid)? What does this mean please?

Sgpt (alt)level: Elevated levels of B12 and folate (folic acid) are not harmful. Elevated level of alt (sgpt level) can be seen in liver disease. With liver disease the ast (sgot level) is also usually elevated. ...Read more

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I'm 66, currently on 2mg folic acid, should I take B12 supplement considering my age?

Folic acid 2 mg.: B12 supplement is essential for those over 50, since absorption of B12 is diminished in the sixth decade generally: 25-100 mcg. Per day. ...Read more

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What does it mean if both my B12 & Folates (folic acid) are low in one blood test but just B12 in repeat blood test?

Food supplements: Folate is added to many foods, e.g. cereals. If your folate level was marginally at the first reading, it may have been corrected though normal food intake. B12 absorption is more complex and may need injections to supplement. With the exception of B12 and vitamin D you do not need supplements if you are eating a mixed diet. And testing for "micronutrients" is a waste of money. ...Read more

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Had bloods done I've got high folate (folic acid) levels of 20:1 what does this mean I'm male b12 & hemoglobin are OK?

Normal: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, Serum folate (folic acid) level of 20.1 is perfectly normal and is not a cause for any concern. ...Read more

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Is a folate (folic acid) level of 10 a normal level? Does is it matter if my B12 level is low (276)? My homocysteine is 12.

See below: Your folate (folic acid) level is normal. However, one needs B12 for folate (folic acid) to work properly. Depending on the reason for low B12 you may need to take it by injection. See this site for more info on folate (folic acid).
http://www. Webmd. Com/diet/folic-acid. ...Read more

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I red that b12 (500mcg), b2 (25mg), b6 (25mg), folic acid (800mcg), tmg (500mg) helping to live longer. Is it true or i'll do damage?

I red that b12 (500mcg), b2 (25mg), b6 (25mg), folic acid (800mcg), tmg (500mg) helping to live longer. Is it true or i'll do damage?

Likely to help but..: No one can say for sure as studies on this have not been done, but the supplements you ask about (except b2) all help with methylation & reduce homocysteine. Theoretically this should increase longevity. B2 is an antioxidant that may also help. So no guarantees these will help you live longer, but chances are good they will, and they are unlikely to do any harm. ...Read more

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Are elevated B12 and folate (folic acid) levels a problem? My most recent blood work showed these both to be high...Any danger?

How high?: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, it would have helped to have the actual values of the results. In general high values for folate and B12 are not a problem. ...Read more

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1 week after B12 injection my levels have increased to 936. My folic Acid level is 3.4. Can someone tell me why this means? My GP wants to see me

Low folate (folic acid): All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your folate level is low, especially if you get pregnant. It would not hurt to take folic acid supplement. ...Read more

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I had some blood done, my B12 results were 572 which was in the standard range, but my folate, (folic acid) serum result was 15.70. Should I be concerned?

I had some blood done, my B12 results were 572 which was in the standard range, but my folate, (folic acid) serum result was 15.70. Should I be concerned?

See your doctor: To discuss your concerns.
That would be a normal value for an adult in my lab.
Normal range is usually posted as :
•adults: 2-20 ng/ml, or 4.5-45.3 nmol/l
children: 5-21 ng/ml, or 11.3-47.6 nmol/l
•infants: 14-51 ng/ml, or 31.7-115.5 nmol/l
for plasma folate (folic acid) levels. ...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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My serum folate (folic acid) is 16.4ug/L & B12 is 221ug/L & serum ferritin is 22ug/L. Why is folate (folic acid) on the high end of normal & others on the low end of normal?

Nothing to worry abt: These are all in the normal range, and there is some give and take regarding the laboratory ability to give an exact value. Don't worry about these values unless they are way higher or way lower than normal. ...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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