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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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Can patients with polycythemia vera take folic acid and vitamin B12 supplements when deficient or will it cause clots?

Can patients with polycythemia vera take folic acid and vitamin B12 supplements when deficient or will it cause clots?

B12/Folate: If i understand your question correctly if a patient with pcv polycythemia vera have documented Folic Acid or B12 deficiency, then those could be replaced. However, if the levels of B12 and folate (folic acid) are normal in blood, then i would not recommend it. Thanks. ...Read more

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Out of potassium, folic acid, & calcium+vitamin d supplements, which one causes odorous urine?

Out of potassium, folic acid, & calcium+vitamin d supplements, which one causes odorous urine?

Not likey: It is not likely that any of these are related. Odorous urine is more likely related to some food that you are or not drinking enough water. ...Read more

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Whats the best vitamin supplements and or food as I am trying to concieve. Already taking folic acid?

Whats the best vitamin supplements and or food as I am trying to concieve. Already taking folic acid?

Vitamins and food: There is no particular diet to enhance conception. However, being exceptionally healthy will help - optimal diet is balanced, includes fruit and veggies and whole grains for at least 70% of daily intake, minimizes saturated fats and sugars and refined carbs. Adding a daily Multi Vit, such as Centrum will round out the diet. ...Read more

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Is having a B12 vitamin deficiency or folic acid deficiency common?

Is having a B12 vitamin deficiency or folic acid deficiency common?

Fairly: B12 def more common. Ideal lab value for serum B12 is 800 or more. Possibly due to gluten sensitivity which can damage gut lining and promote malabsorption. Also hypothyroidism can cause decreased stomach acid which can impair digestion and absorption. Take methylcobalamin supplements. ...Read more

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Is it recommended to take a multi vitamin? And is true that some synthetic supplements like folic acid are better in synthetic form than from greens?

Is it recommended to take a multi vitamin? And is true that some synthetic supplements like folic acid are better in synthetic form than from greens?

Depends on?: If you are having a healthy balanced diet and you do not have any deficiencies , you do not need any vitamin supplements. Certain vitamins are needed to take if you are deficient in a specific vitamin. For good health i recommend omega 3 and antioxidants, they have many benefits. ...Read more

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Should I use a pre-natal vitamin or a regular vitamin with folic acid supplement? Do i need a vitamin with dha? I currently get req. Folic acid

Should I use a pre-natal vitamin or a regular vitamin with folic acid supplement? Do i need a vitamin with dha? I currently get req. Folic acid

Hard to say: You have not provided details of why you would be taking a vitamin to begin with.Please restate your question with that detail.Start over as the site does not link questions ...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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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


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Vitamin Deficiency (Definition)

Vitamin deficiency is a symptom in which a person has lower than normal levels (on blood testing) of one or more vitamins, usually due to not eating a good diet. Some medical conditions decrease the absorption of vitamins from food, even if ...Read more