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Why should I take the vitamin folate (folic acid)?

Why should I take the vitamin folate (folic acid)?

Epigenomes: Epigenetics would be the key to silencing illness in the body which might be the future of medicine. Methylation is what makes us stay young and due to cooking we lose these methylation ability. There are 4 vitamins that enhances methylation and turn on epigenomes they are 1. Choline, 2.Betaine, 3. Folic acid, 4. B12 so Folic Acid plays a major role in helping us reverse aging and stay healthy. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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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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Is anemia curable by taking extra oral vitamins like folate (folic acid)? Is B12 available orally or only by shots? Already taking iron.

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Is anemia curable by taking extra oral vitamins like folate (folic acid)? Is B12 available orally or only by shots? Already taking iron.

Depends on the cause: Treatment of anemia has to be directed to the cause of anemia. Iron replacement for iron deficiency, folate for folate deficiency, vit B12 replacement for vit B12 deficiency etc. Vit B12 can come as oral trablet, intramuscular injection, nasal spray. I suggest you to see your doctor to find out the cause of the anemia. You need to see hematologist for more complex case. ...Read more

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Took 2 CBC test within two weeks and a vitamin B12 & folate (folic acid) test. B12: 672 folate (folic acid): 15.5 platelets decreased from 276 to 254. Eos (1) basos increased by 1, hgb increased by 1.0, hct increased by 2.5 ?

Took 2 CBC test within two weeks and a vitamin B12 & folate (folic acid) test. B12: 672 folate (folic acid): 15.5 platelets decreased from 276 to 254. Eos (1) basos increased by 1, hgb increased by 1.0, hct increased by 2.5 ?

Blood test results: All those test results sound normal. It's also normal for there to be some variation in the platelets and other values from week to week and even day to day. Some of that is impacted by how hydrated you are when having the tests done. ...Read more

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Has anybody heard of using vitamin b and folate (folic acid) to prevent birth defects?

Has anybody heard of using vitamin b and folate (folic acid) to prevent birth defects?

See below: Folate (folic acid) is definitely needed to prevent abnormalities of the spinal cord. Ass for vitamin b, I am unaware of any birth defects associated with low vitamin b levels. Maybe one of the obstetricians on the site will know. ...Read more

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What kind of problems can result from high mcv? I have moderated my alcohol intake and begun taking a multi-vitamin to help with folate (folic acid) and b-12.

You're correct : Large (macrocytic) red blood cells usually result from a deficiency of vitamin B12 or Folic Acid (folate). If you are taking those and your macrocytes don't improve, you may not be able to absorb the vitamins from you GI tract. You may wish to see your doctor again or consult a hematologist if things don't improve. ...Read more

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Why we treat megaloblastic anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency with folates (folic acid)?

Why we treat megaloblastic anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency with folates (folic acid)?

We don't: Megaloblastic anemia caused by B12 deficiency is treated with b12. Folate (folic acid) deficiency also causes meg. Anemia. Some with B12 deficiency are also deficient in b12, but if one has low B12 ; isn't deficient in folate (folic acid) there's no need to supplement with it. But it won't hurt to take folate (folic acid);if you're among the 1/3 of people with problems converting Folic Acid to it's active form you should take l-5-mthf. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take folate instead of folic acid in a vitamin?

Is it ok to take folate instead of folic acid in a vitamin?

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

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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?

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 more

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I recently started folic acid 6mg a day = 5mg from folic tablet and 1mg from normal vitamin tablets and experiencing loss of appetite. can folate cause loss of appetite?

I recently started folic acid 6mg a day = 5mg from folic tablet and 1mg from normal vitamin tablets and experiencing loss of appetite. can folate cause loss of appetite?

Hard to guess: Folic acid at 6mg a day sounds like 15 times the recommended daily amount... which means a person should confirm with his doctor what condition is being treated by the folate supplement. Many things can cause a loss of appetite. If temporary, doctors don't worry about it, as it can be a part of normal people's lives. If a loss of appetite is chronic and stays, one's doctor can check for a cause. ...Read more

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Is a folic acid blood test also called a folate serum blood test? If they are different tests, should I take both of them together with the Vitamin 12 test?

Is a folic acid blood test also called a folate serum blood test? If they are different tests, should I take both of them together with the Vitamin 12 test?

One and the same: Serum folic acid test is the better name. Why are you doing these tests? It would be better to let your doctor figure out if you need any tests.Wish you 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, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Serum folate (folic acid) 5.0 ng/ml hct 23% vitamin B12 78 pg/ml MCV 116 fl 1, what does this mean?

Serum folate (folic acid) 5.0 ng/ml hct 23% vitamin B12 78 pg/ml MCV 116 fl 1, what does this mean?

Low B12: And your severe anemia and very large red blood cells (high MCV) are probably the result. If you are a vegetarian, please reconsider or get with someone who can guide you about the supplements you need. If not, and you feel healthy otherwise, it's likely you have a problem absorbing vitamin B12, and will need injections frequently to fix the anemia and avoid permanent brain damage. It's serious. ...Read more

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My vitamin B12 level was 292. Is this too low? I was deficient in folate (folic acid) and my homocysteine level was 13.5.

Folate (folic acid) dieficiency: Would be uncommon in an 18 yo. A B12 level between 200 and 400 can be difficult to interpret. Under 200 clearly low and over 400 likely ok. In between is a grey area. ...Read more

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Called doctors office to get blood results for vitamins Women on phone said vitD is low an folate (folic acid) is high how much of a sup should I take for vitD?

Called doctors office to get blood results for vitamins Women on phone said vitD is low an folate (folic acid) is high how much of a sup should I take for vitD?

How low was level?: I recommend Vitamin D supplementation based on each patient's blood level. If it is very low, I prescribe a twice weekly, prescription strength form. For "sorta" low, I it prescribe weekly. A little low, I recommend an over-the-counter form of Vitamin D taken daily. ...Read more

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Will a folate (folic acid) deficiency lead to a vitamin B12 deficiency?

No: Many people on self-imposed restrictive vegetarian diets get both. They have similar effects on the blood and are both very serious health problems. ...Read more

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How do folate, (folic acid) vitamin B12 and iron help in pregnancy for mom and baby?

Several benefits: Folate (folic acid) cuts back on fetal spina bifida risk, possibly heart defect, and, in some genetically susceptible people, can improve homosistein levels and coagulation errors. ...Read more

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Is high RBC folate (folic acid) associated with vitamin B12 deficiency?

Not likely: Please consult this site for info in this topic. Folate (folic acid) and B12 are needed for efficient red cell production and other functions, but lack of one does not increase the other. http://www.webmd.com/diet/folic-acid. ...Read more

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12 weeks pregnant. Have high folate (folic acid) serum levels blood test-is this ok or dangerous? Do i stop vitamins? (takin pregnacare max with calc vit d &omega

12 weeks pregnant. Have high folate (folic acid) serum levels blood test-is this ok or dangerous? Do i  stop vitamins? (takin pregnacare max with calc vit d &omega

TOTALLY SAFE: There is absolutely no known toxicity from folic acid. It is far better to have high levels than low. This just means you have more in your blood than most people but, again, this is not harmful in any way and will protect your baby from birth defects. ...Read more

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My breakfast has 10g of fibre 15g protein, 25% vitamin a, 10% vitamin c, 14% calcium, 62% iron, 40%vitamin E, 36%niacin, 43% folate (folic acid) is that healthy ?

My breakfast has 10g of fibre 15g protein, 25% vitamin a, 10% vitamin c, 14% calcium, 62% iron, 40%vitamin E, 36%niacin, 43% folate (folic acid) is that healthy ?

Reasonable but...: All of those sound reasonable but in order to know if it si healthy I would like to know how much carbohydrates, sugars and fats and what type of fats. Also, is the Vitamin E natural (d-alpha tocopherol) or synthetic (dl-alpha tocopheral)- synthetic may be harmful. Does it contain GMO's? Is it organic? If not, it may have significant pesticide residues. Consider adding fresh fruit and/or nuts. ...Read more

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I have blood clot in my left leg so I stopped eating food with vitamin K and now my red blood cell count iron folate (folic acid) b 12 dropped ?

I have blood clot in my left leg so I stopped eating food with vitamin K and now my red blood cell count iron folate (folic acid) b 12 dropped ?

K doesn't cause clot: While Vit K is needed for blood to clot, avoiding K doesn't reduce the risk of clots! The only reason to avoid is if you're on warfarin as K can interfere with it, but research shows being on some K actually stabilizes the effects of warfarin. The important thing is to have a consistent amount & then adjust warfarin dose. See http://bit.ly/1hHlMAv Foods rich in K are good sources of iron/folate. ...Read more

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Is it good to have a drink which contains soy protein, hi-maize, vitamin (a c B6 b12), thiamin b1, niacin b3, folate, (folic acid) sodium, potassium in pregnancy ?

Is it good to have a drink which contains soy protein, hi-maize, vitamin (a c B6 b12), thiamin b1, niacin b3, folate, (folic acid) sodium, potassium in pregnancy ?

Which form: Which forms the vitamins are can matter. For example, B6 comes inactive and also active. The active form of B6 is pyridoxal-5-phosphate. Too much inactive B6 can actually block active B6 from the B6 receptor, creating symptoms of B6 deficiency. Folic acid is synthetic, and too much can be bad also. Methylfolate and folinic acid are what one should take during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Do any serious problems arise from taking b vitamin complex and folic acid for years on daily basis?

Vitamins: if taken as directed--rarely any side efffects----as with any medications---GI symptoms: ie--diarrhea, nausea,allergic skin reactions can occur ...Read more

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Is it ok to take a 400mcg of folic acid along with multi vitamin?

Is it ok to take a 400mcg of folic acid along with multi vitamin?

Yes it is ok: For your age the maximum dose should not exceed 1000 mcg.So it is ok to take them together. ...Read more

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Overdose of which vitamin is dangerous vita, vitd, vitb1, folic acid?

Overdose of which vitamin is dangerous vita, vitd, vitb1, folic acid?

A & D- very rare: One can only overdose on fat soluble vitamins (a, d, e) except vit. B6 (which should be limited to 250 mg/day). But it takes huge amounts to overdose. The average adult would need to take about 2 million units of a to overdose, or 200, 000 iu/day for several months. Vit d toxicity is rare unless one takes at least 40, 000 iu/day for months. See http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/819426-overview. ...Read more

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What are signs that i need to take both multi vitamin and a folic acid pill?

What are signs that i need to take both multi vitamin and a folic acid pill?

Few, if any...: Historically vitamins were largely discovered by deficiencies (3rd world countries); in 1st world countries this is rare. Vitamins are extremely prevalent in most foods (i.e. Cheap to isolate & sell), needed in only trace amounts (tiny quantities adequate), thus have become a big industry in 1st world countries, despite no/limited evidence of efficacy for many issues search via google & add "nih". ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many miligrams of folic acid vitamins can I take in one day?

Can you let me know how many miligrams of folic acid vitamins can I take in one day?

Usual: 400-800mcg: Typical recommendations are for 400-800mcg/day. For women who have had a baby with a neural tube birth defect doses up to 4mg per day may be necessary before trying to conceive again. ...Read more

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If trying for a baby what kind of vitamins shoud add? Is folic acid good to take when you trying for a baby?

If trying for a baby what kind of vitamins shoud add? Is folic acid good to take when you trying for a baby?

Folic acid is good: When you are trying for a baby, you need nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables while avoiding unhealthy "junk" foods. Taking a pre-natal vitamin is a good idea. A pre-natal vitamin is formulated for pregnancy so it will have the right dose of folic acid, calcium, Iron, Omega-3 and other vitamins. Unless advised, avoid single vitamins. High doses of some vitamins can hurt the baby. ...Read more

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I need help getting pergant I been try for a year I tack prenatal folic acid and vitamin what else can I do????

See your doctor: You need to see your doctor/ gynecologist to get it checked out in detail. There are numerous causes for this condition. ...Read more

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I got folic acid and preantal vitamins. What are some more and how to keep your body healthy enough for a baby?

I got folic acid and preantal vitamins. What are some more and how to keep your body healthy enough for a baby?

Here are several :: Good hydration daily reduced caffeine balanced/healthy diet (reduce or eliminate greasy foods, soda pop, unhealthy food choices) no alcohol no smoking regular exercise (nothing more intense than you currently do) good sleep habits reduce stress associate with "positive" people. ...Read more

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Folic acid and pre-natal vitamins does one need to take folic acid in addition to pre-natal vitamins, or should pre-natal vitamins suffice since it already includes folic acid?

Hello. : Hello. Prenatal vitamins are different than regular multiple vitamins in a couple of ways. They have more folic acid, calcium and iron than a regular multiple vitamin. Vitamin a levels are often reduced. Some prenatal vitamins contain folate which is in a more bioavailable form (5-methyltetrahydrofolate). So normally you would not need to add a separate Folic Acid pill with your prenatal vitamin. Take care. ...Read more

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It is safe taking vitamin E I.U. and folic acid together?

It is safe taking vitamin E I.U. and folic acid together?

Vitamins: They may not cause adverse reaction if taken together but why do you need to take them ?
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http://www.healthline.com/health/do-you-need-take-vitamins#benefits4 ...Read more

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Can u take folic acid tablets and multi vitamins tablet containing folic acid each day? Is that over dosing?

Depends: Dose depends on the condition being treated (anemia, sprue, pregnancy). Generally a total intake more than 1 (one) mg a day is associated with a higher incidence of side effects like loss of appetite, nausea, gas, abd pain, irritability, etc. Check with your fp if you have further questions about safe amount of folic acid. ...Read more

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Is ok if I am taking a prenatal vitamins that has 800mcg of folic acid, and take another folic acid vitamin thar has 400mcg???

Its fine: Up to about 1000mcg or 1 mg is perfectly fine and this is just 1200 mcg. However, in the 400mcg pill you said folic acid vitamin. I am assuming you mean just a folic acid supplement and not a multivitamin. You can get too much of things like vitamin A, so just be aware of that. ...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


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Vitamin A (Definition)

Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, mucous membranes, and skin. It is also known as retinol because it produces the pigments in the retina of the eye. Vitamin A promotes good vision, especially in low light. It may also be needed ...Read more