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Folic Acid (5mg)
More than enough: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No, however...: I know of no evidence that this dose would be harmful. The recommended intake for women planning/during pregnancy is 600 mcg. Authorities have set an "upper tolerable limit" of 1000 mcg but this isn't because higher levels are proven dangerous but because it could mask B12 deficiency. However, 30% of people have trouble converting Folic Acid to the active form 5-mthf, so taking that form is optimal. ...Read more
Basically non-toxic: Folic acid is a very safe supplement even at quite high doses. Here are links to reliable research publications on the topic: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/2667316 http://www.Thelancet.Com/journals/lancet/article/piis0140-6736%2870%2991845-3/abstract doses of 1000mcg daily are not toxic. ...Read more
Folate/folic acid: Is a b vitamin found in green leafy veggies, beans, peas, sunflower seeds, & supplements. Taken before & during pregnancy it helps prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida. Od symptoms may include numbness/tingling, mouth/tongue pain, weakness, tired feeling confusion, or trouble concentrating, but od unlikely since it's water-soluble & removed from body in urine. 600-800 mcg/d usual dose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You say potato...: Yes, perhaps you've heard the song. Folate (folic acid) and Folic acid are synonyms, meaning they are two words for the exact same thing. Folate (folic acid) is the term used by chemists by convention, Folic acid is a more non specific term but the chemical is identical. Either way, it's all good. ...Read more
Probably fine: Epidemiology generates all kinds of junk data and I'd ignore studies that report, "Thus-and-so many people with more than thus-and-so daily had more / thus of thus-and-so" unless it makes physiologic sense. This is more than you need to be healthy. Ten thousand is an often-cited recommended upper limit. Much higher vitamin A intake actually will make you sick. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prenatals have 1mg folic acid. Flour and pasta i eat has added folic acid - can too much be harmful to baby? Link to autism?
NO: There is no harm to taking a prenatal with folic on top of eating foods that are fortified. It is a water soluble vitamin and you will excrete excess which can make your urine bright yellow depending on level of b vitamins you consume. Having adequate Folic Acid levels on board prior to conception offers protection against neural tube and some cardiac defects. High levels do not cause autism. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Prescribed 1 mg folic acid, take multi-vitamin with 400mg folic acid, plus eat cereal (400mcg folic acid). Is this too much? Why psychiatrist presc?
Co factor: Folic acid, particular some forms which cross the blood-brain barrier, have been show to enhance the effect of antidepressants. It isn't typically toxic because it is water-soluble so you pass out any extra. Deplin is a prescribed form of this, a version of folic acid which gets across the blood-brain barrier. ...Read more
NO- good idea!: The vitamin c foundation recommends adults take 1000 mg of vit c 3x/day. Nobel prize winner linus pauling advised 6-18, 000 mg/day. Noted expert thomas levy md advises 6-12, 000 mg/day. I personally take 1-2, 000 mg 2x/day. There is no evidence that 3-6, 000 mg is dangerous. It is my belief that such doses protect against heart disease, cancer and many other chronic diseases. ...Read more
There's 50mg of vitamin b6 in my daily multivitamin. Is it safe to take a melatonin pill that includes 2mg of vitamin b6 or is that too much b6?
B6: I am never sure that multivitamins or single vitamins are better than regular meals but they will not do any harm unless you are being charged too much for it. With spring here and summer coming you probably don't need additional meds. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
While taking a prenatal vitamin is folate (in whole food vitamins) and folic acid (synthetic vitamins) the same? Or is one better than the other?
The same!: Folate is another name for folic acid, and for prevention of birth defects, or for any other purpose, there is absolutely no difference in effectiveness between Folic Acid that has been made in the lab and Folic Acid from a natural product. You should definitely take a prenatal vitamin that contains one or the other, but the manufacturing process is up to you! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: The recommended daily allowance for a health adult is only 2.4 micrograms but depending on other health circumstances such as pernicious anemia or other reasons to have a B12 deficiency, the recommendation could go as high as 2000 micrograms. B12 is cleared by the kidney so taking too much is urinated out of your system. ...Read more
No: There is no evidence to that effect. ...Read more
Hi Docs: If + for 2 MTHFR genes, what are possible effects on body from foods high in folate (folic acid)? And is it typical to have lowish (<6) serum folate (folic acid)?
Need more not less!: If you have a problem with two MTHFR genes, you actually need folic acid supplementation. Foods high in folate will help you not hurt you. I usually recommend 4mg of folic acid a day, along with 1000ug of B-12 and 100mg B-6 per day and a bab aspirin. Some women with the MTHFR defect have repeated miscarriages. In my experience, the above supplements decrease the risk of this. Best wishes! ...Read more
Is tiredness a sign of folic acid deficiency, what is most accurate blood test to check folic acid level?
Folic acid: Please go online to "www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/000354.htm" You will find everything you want to know in easy to understand comments. ...Read more
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