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

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

Unless : There is a stron history of familial colon cancer. Then supplementation with filicide acid has benny of benefit. ...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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Is anemia curable by taking extra oral vitamins like folate (folic acid)? Is B12 available orally or only by shots? Already taking iron.

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.

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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Dr. Kristi Woods
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Folate (Definition)

Folate is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more