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Doctor insights on: Folic Acid Warnings And Recalls

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Blood test showed folic acid level that my doc said was "higher than he thought was possible". I can't recall exact numbers. Should i be concerned?

Blood test showed folic acid level that my doc said was "higher than he thought was possible". I can't recall exact numbers. Should i be concerned?

No need for concern: High Folic Acid levels either indicate that you are taking a lot of Folic Acid through your diet and/or vitamins or you cannot process Folic Acid and so it builds up to high levels in the blood. This can be due to a genetic abnormality called mthfr, which can be tested through a regular blood test. Treatment is usually a different form of Folic Acid called methylfolate along with methylb12. ...Read more

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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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Who all needs folic acid?

Who all needs folic acid?

Everyone: 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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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 folic acid ever expire?

Does folic acid ever expire?

Yes and no: Most folic acid tablets and multivitamins have an expiration date on the bottle. Frankly this is erroneous as this compound and many others, will not spontaneously degenerate. Only if the bottle is kept too warm or too wet will there be a change in the potency or quality. ...Read more

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What are fertifol folic acid?

What are fertifol folic acid?

Fertifol: Fertifol is a brand name for folic acid. It is available in a number of countries but not all. Folic acid is an orally absorbable vitamin B9 which is important in the metabolism of many of the chemical processes in the body. Taking adequate, 1-4 mg, of Folic Acid can help reduce certain birth defects ( not all) while in early pregnancy. It is important to be taking this early - at conception if p. ...Read more

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Which foods contain folic acid?

Which foods contain folic acid?

Many foods: In the US, many grain foods are fortified with folate (folic acid). Concentrations are the highest in liver, yeast, spinach, other greens, and nuts. ...Read more

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Can you get too much folic acid?

Can you get too much folic acid?

Nope.: All vitamin b complex substances are water-soluble, which means that excess ingested amounts are expelled in the urine, thus avoiding any hypervitaminosis risks. Only the elderly can have subacute spinal degeneration from inadequate vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) while taking excessive folic acid. ...Read more

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Which kind of food has folic acid?

Leafy greens: Folic acid is coming from 'foliage' so think greens, lettuces, etc. ...Read more

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Could women get too much folic acid?

Could women get too much folic acid?

Generally NO but...: Folic acid as a water-soluble vitamin has no known toxicity. However, there is evidence that very high doses may interfere with the action of some seizure medicines and thus may provoke seizures in those taking certain anticonvulants. Otherwise there are no known hazards from high Folic Acid intake. See http://ods.Od.Nih.Gov/factsheets/folate. ...Read more

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What can people take folic acid for?

Anemia: 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. ...Read more

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Can 19 yr olds use 400 mg folic acid?

Can 19 yr olds use 400 mg folic acid?

Folic Acid: yes, not only is it safe every female who is even contemplating pregnancy should be taking 400 micrograms of Folic Acid daily. This helps prevent certain birth defects known as neural tube defects which occur in the brain and spine. ...Read more

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What natural foods contain folic acid?

What natural foods contain folic acid?

Lots of them!: Green leafy veges, aparagus, citrus, avocado, broccoli, beans, seeds, nuts, beets, carrots, corn, squash. ...Read more

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What does a high folic acid level mean ?

Supplements?: Is it high due to your taking supplements or because of folate (folic acid) in your diet. High folate (folic acid) has been associated in some studies with increased risk for prostate and colon cancer while other studies show that it prevents neural tube defects in fetuses. Get it naturally and you typically don't have to worry about high levels. ...Read more

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Can you take levoflaxin with folic acid?

Can you take levoflaxin with folic acid?

Yes: I know of no problem arising from this combination. Beware though that some of the minerals that are in some vitamins can decrease the absorption of levofloxin if they are taken at the same time. Best wishes ...Read more

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What is the use of folic acid in general?

Pregnancy/Anemia: 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. ...Read more

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Are folate and folic acid the same thing?

Folate /folic acid: Yes the two words are used interchangeably. ...Read more

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Does folic acid tablets increase apetite?

In certain groups.: -loss of appetite is one of the signs of Folic Acid deficiency. -in preschool children with poor appetite Folic Acid given for 20 days increased hunger (2007). -rats on a diet without folate for 23 days had low weight, gained it after supplementation (1989). -folic acid is especially important in infancy, adolescence, pregnancy (it protects against ntds) when cells ; tissues are growing rapidly. ...Read more

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Is 2.1 a normal folate (folic acid) range?

No: The normal range is 4-20 depending on the lab. That being said even four is at the low range. Try to be at least 50% or higher since Folic Acid is helpful for replicating cells, fertility, possible helpful in neuromuscular disease. I recommend at least 800mcg to 1mg daily until you catch up and then taking them about 3-4x/week to maintain your levels. ...Read more

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