7 doctors weighed in:
Does folate (folic acid) deficiency anemia affect the brain and nerves?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Edison Wong
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Folate (folic acid) is needed for maintenance and repair of myelin, the covering of larger/faster nerve fibers.
Deficiency in utero results in birth defects of the neural cord, low birth weight or prematurity. Deficiency will slow growth in children. Peripheral neuropathy results in adults. Deficiency is reversible if treated early enough. Nerves suffer from folate (folic acid) deficiency itself more than from anemia.

In brief: Yes
Folate (folic acid) is needed for maintenance and repair of myelin, the covering of larger/faster nerve fibers.
Deficiency in utero results in birth defects of the neural cord, low birth weight or prematurity. Deficiency will slow growth in children. Peripheral neuropathy results in adults. Deficiency is reversible if treated early enough. Nerves suffer from folate (folic acid) deficiency itself more than from anemia.
Dr. Edison Wong
Dr. Edison Wong
Thank
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
2 doctors agree
In brief: Folate (folic acid) Deficiency
Folic acid deficiency can cause anemia.
It can also cause non-specific behavioral problems and headaches. A deficiency during pregnancy can result in an increased incidence of neural tube defects. These neurological affects, while due to the same deficiency of folate, (folic acid) are not due to the anemia itself.

In brief: Folate (folic acid) Deficiency
Folic acid deficiency can cause anemia.
It can also cause non-specific behavioral problems and headaches. A deficiency during pregnancy can result in an increased incidence of neural tube defects. These neurological affects, while due to the same deficiency of folate, (folic acid) are not due to the anemia itself.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Marsha Davis
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
24 years in practice
67M people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors