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Do I have folate deficiency? I don't take mvi (multivitamin) or eat enriched bread

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
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In brief: Need more diet nfo

While enriched bread has Folic Acid added, the best natural sources of folate (folic acid) are lentils, beans, dark leafy greens, broccoli & asparagus, so whether you are deficient depends on your intake of those, as well as genetics.
Deficiency symptoms include fatigue, irritability, insomnia, depression and gingivitis. Deficiency increases risk of heart disease, cancer and dementia. See comment for more:.

In brief: Need more diet nfo

While enriched bread has Folic Acid added, the best natural sources of folate (folic acid) are lentils, beans, dark leafy greens, broccoli & asparagus, so whether you are deficient depends on your intake of those, as well as genetics.
Deficiency symptoms include fatigue, irritability, insomnia, depression and gingivitis. Deficiency increases risk of heart disease, cancer and dementia. See comment for more:.
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Randy Baker
Folate deficiency also dramatically increases risk of having babies with neural tube defects so if you may become pregnant it is very wise to supplement. A blood test for homocysteine can show evidence of folate deficiency. Supplementation with folic acid, B complex or a multivitamin is inexpensive and worth considering. See http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=63 for more info.
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