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Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Folic Acid Supplements (Definition)

There are many ways to get the folic acid your body needs. It is available in folic acid tablets, multivitamins, fortified breads, rice, pastas, and cereals. While many of these fortified foods contain about 10% of the daily RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance), a few cereals contain a full day's supply of folic acid. It is also possible to get enough folic acid by eating large amounts of liver, dark-green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, whole grains, and ...Read more


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Who needs to take folic acid supplements?

Who needs to take folic acid supplements?

All fertile women: All women of childbearing age who are at risk for pregnancy should be taking, or at least should consider starting, a Folic Acid supplement. A minimum daily dose of 400mg is advisable. This should be increased to 1000mg in women above 35, or for women taking certain medications, such as valproic acid. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, in a newborn baby. ...Read more

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Does taking folic acid supplements lower homocystene levels?

Does taking folic acid supplements lower homocystene levels?

Partly: High homocysteine is commonly due to methylation insufficiency. Folate (folic acid) is just one cog in the machinery. Other factors include magnesium, b12, zinc, b6. Lead toxicity can impair methylation. Use the best active form of folate (folic acid) which is l-methylfolate (folic acid). ...Read more

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When before conception should a woman start taking folic acid supplements?

When before conception should a woman start taking folic acid supplements?

Now!: If you are trying to conceive, you should start taking prenatal vitamins (containing folic acid) now. Folic acid prevents an abnormality in the fetus that can occur before a woman even knows she is pregnant, so it is a good idea to start the vitamins early. Neural tube defect risks escalate greatly with folate deficiency, and result in serious illness to the child. Start now! ...Read more

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Are folic acid supplements safe for men? I heard they can cause cancer

Are folic acid supplements safe for men? I heard they can cause cancer

One study: Showed an increased risk of cancer. "Cancer incidence and mortality after treatment with folic acid and vitamin B12." Ebbing M, Bønaa KH, Nygård O, Arnesen E, Ueland PM, Nordrehaug JE, Rasmussen K, Njølstad I, Refsum H, Nilsen DW, Tverdal A, Meyer K, Vollset SE
JAMA. 2009;302(19):2119. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I've been taking fefol iron & folate (folic acid) supplements and having bad stomach effects is this normal?

I've been taking fefol iron & folate (folic acid) supplements and having bad stomach effects is this normal?

Maybe.: Iron supplements frequently cause constipation. It is usually mild but can occasionally be severe. It is common practice to provide mild stool softeners when this occurs. ...Read more

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Are folic acid supplements (800 mcg) depleted when taking metformin? I take the vitamins at the same time, before going to bed, with the metformin.

No. : Metformon and Folic Acid don't interact. Women of childbearing age should take Folic Acid to reduce the incidence of neural tube defects. Continue as u r! ...Read more

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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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Talking iron and folic acid supplements can cause weight gain?

Talking iron and folic acid supplements can cause weight gain?

No: Taking iron and Folic Acid supplements do not cause weight gain unless a person is drinking a high calorie drink (such as fruit juice) to wash the pills down. Fruit juice has lots of calories. ...Read more

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I have started biotin 3000mcg and folic acid supplements today. Will this cause cystic acne as I have been reading or is it safe?

I have started biotin 3000mcg and folic acid supplements today. Will this cause cystic acne as I have been reading or is it safe?

No---BUT: Since you are never going to be pregnant, you will derive no benefit from folic acid. There is no valid evidence of any benefit to any person in any way for biotin. Biotin is promoted very aggressively, so there must be significant benefits to those who sell it. Folic acid is used when a person takes methotrexate, is clearly indicated for women who plan to be pregnant, and in rare cases of folic a. ...Read more

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Foods that are rich in folic acid without supplement?

Vegetables: Folate (folic acid) from vegetables is better absorbed raw. Diets adequate in methionine have a sparing effect on folate (folic acid)s (folic acid). But folate (folic acid) in food is easily lost, so some supplementation is a good idea. My preferred brand of b complex is advanced b complex made by aor. ...Read more

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What happens if a male consumes folic acid supplement pills?

What happens if a male consumes folic acid supplement pills?

Nothing adverse: Folic acid is a b vitamin found in many foods including green leafy vegea. In pregnant women it is used to prevent a condition. Called spinal bifida. Since it is a major cofactor for numerous biochemical pathways, it is vital for both males and females. ...Read more

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What's difference in taking folate verses folic acid in a supplement?

What's difference in taking folate verses folic acid in a supplement?

Folate (folic acid) better form: Folate (folic acid) is the naturally-occuring form that occurs in foods, whereas Folic Acid is a synthetic form. While Folic Acid is better absorbed, our bodies need to convert it to the active form, l-5-mthf & about 1/3 of people have trouble making this conversion. Excess Folic Acid may be hazardous. See http://blog. Designsforhealth. Com/blog/bid/115121/folic-acid-vs-folate-part-i & my comment for link to pt 2. ...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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Why is a woman taking methotroxate and a folic acid supplement?

Why is a woman taking methotroxate and a folic acid supplement?

Many possibilities : Methotrexate was originally developed as a chemotherapy agent for a variety of cancers but is now more commonly used to treat autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis & psoriasis. Folic acid should be taken with it to reduce side effects & toxicity. Why don't you ask the woman?
See http://arthritis. About. Com/od/mtx/a/methotrexate. Htm. ...Read more

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What about folic acid supplement--how much to take and when if ttc?

What about folic acid supplement--how much to take and when if ttc?

Take 1 mg daily.: 1-5 mg daily can be safely consumed (and costs next to nothing). If you are a reproductive age woman, take closer to the 5 mg dose for at least 3-12 months before conception to prevent preterm birth, open neural tube defects and cardiac anomalies in your offspring. ...Read more

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

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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Is folic acid better absorbed as a separate supplement on its own or just as equally effective in b-complex form?

Either is fine: Depending on how much folic acid is needed you may need more than is usually found in a general supplement in that case a separate folic acid pill may be needed but absorption would be the same ...Read more

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What kind of supplement has activated folate (folic acid) and is typically recommended over Folic Acid suppliments?

Green leafy plants: I'm more of an advocate of getting your vitamins from FOOD, not from a bottle — where the substances within have been processed. Folate (or folic acid) is found naturally in green leafy plants — the name actually derives from 'foliage' or 'leaves'. So I advocate eating fresh veggies/plants. That type of diet also provides different minerals, micronutrients, anti-oxidants, fiber etc. that you need. ...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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What food is high in folic acid supplement?

Folic acid/folate: Folate (folic acid) is present in green, leafy vegetables, fruits, grains, cereals, nuts, and meats. Folic acid is the synthetic form of the vitamin that is included in supplements and food fortification. It has many of the same biologic effects of folate, (folic acid) but is more bioavailable and therefore relatively more effective. ...Read more

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Can taking a folic acid supplement help dry skin?

Can taking a folic acid supplement help dry skin?

No.: Buy a good emollient lotion (keri, lubriderm, aveeno, (oatmeal) neutrogena, whatever), and apply after you bathe, while your skin is still moist. ...Read more

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Should you avoid or supplement with folic acid while taking sulfonamides for an infection?

Should you avoid or supplement with folic acid while taking sulfonamides for an infection?

Folic acid: It is always a good idea for young women (childbearing age) to supplement with folic acid. Folic acid has been shown to prevent some types of birth defects especially if it being taken during the 3 months prior to pregnancy and the first 3 months of pregnancy. Folic acid is an important building block for red blood cells, and good for any woman that is having menstrual periods. ...Read more

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


Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more