Folate

What is Folate?

Folate is natural form of Folic Acid, both of which are Vitamin B9. It is needed by the body to create and repair DNA. It is particularly important during pregnancy for the healthy development of the fetus (especially it's spine). It is also needed for red blood cell production.

Questions and answers on "Folate"

How can I remedy a folate deficiency?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
diet and the use of supplements

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Folate deficiency can be treated by : (1) using foods with folate (2) supplements

Foods that naturally contain folate include:spinach, brussel sprouts, asparagus, romaine lettuce, avocado, kidney...

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What are the implications of an elevated RBC folate level?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Suspected vit.b12deficiency, wait for tests results

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I understand your concern.

When we measure folate, we also order complete blood count, iron levels and vit.b12 in order to analyze the whole picture.

You are right in excluding eating habits and supplements...

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hello Dr,
my cousin brother surgery in last month heart valve ...
but he facing problems not growth blood in body..

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
need to look at the cause

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for your query.

There can be multiple causes if not producing enough blood in body after heart surgery. Like blood destruction by valve, low iron or vitamins, infections, etc.

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Hi I'm 28 and have just woken with heart palpatations and tingling and numbness in my legs and right arm, I'm also very shaky. I know my potassium levels are high, folic acid is low, nucleated rbc lymphocytes also high.what would cause this

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
likely anemia. Get ekg done

Detailed Answer:
Thank you for asking

I read your question and I understand your concern. With sudden out of sleep palpitations and history of anemia and low folate and high reticulocytes the likely explanation for these palpitations is anemia. Also...

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yes, I have a white ring around my mouth and a red tongue...any ideas? And my mouth tastes like metal and seems slimmy..

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Possible diagnosis:Glossitis

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thank you for trusting HealthcareMagic

Your symptoms are suggestive of glossitis, which present as smooth red tongue.
Iron ,folate and vitamin B12 deficiency can cause this.
White ring your are noticing around the mouth could be...

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What are the risks of taking folate ? Also I have had ablation surge for a fib and flutter. I take Dofetilide500 mcgtwice a day and I take Eliquis 5 mg twice a day, ,metoprprolol success er 25mg tab Lisinopril 5mg. A astrodome 1mg Magnesium oxide. 400 mg one half tab each day Fish oil 1400 mg ( omega 3 900mg
EPA 647 mg. DHA 253 mg.) I also take Centrum Silver for women 50 plus.
I just ordered Gundry MD Vital Reds but after reading all of the contents I am wondering if it will affect my medications. The Gundry supplement contains some of what my Centrum does soother maybe too much of some things I fear. I value your opinion as I must continue my medications and am afraid the Vital Reds may affect my heart and blood thiner Meds.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Folate in the therapeutic range of up to 5 mg a day will lower homocystein

Detailed Answer:
Hi, welcome to HCM,

Folate in the therapeutic range of up to 5 mg a day will lower homocysteine which increases stickiness of blood. But it will not interfere with the blood thinning action...

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I a m visibily healthy postmenopausal 49 year old female I have hypertension and am on atenolol for same
my platelet counts have always been like 1.1x10(5) to 1.25 x10(5) recently they came as 88,000 I do not have any symptoms. I also was taking green tea and have gr I Fatty liver on imaging I daily do 1 hour aerobic exercise my tg is 400 all oher labs are normal do I need futher evaluation

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Hello. You require serial evaluation.

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear. I have seen the details. So many patients have a borderline low value of platelets and any count above 1 lac is fairly acceptable. Since you have a count less than 1 lac, you may require evaluation in the form of...

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I am taking a Vitamin B12 and Folate test. But I take a multi vitamin with them in it, so how long do I need to stop taking it before doing the test to ensure it will be reliable results?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Need not discontinue, but can choose to skip dose 1 day before test

Detailed Answer:
Hello sir and welcome.

Thank you for writing to us.

I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help. Taking the multivitamins will not drastically...

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hi whats the difference between taking folic acid that shows up in my blood tests as low, and taking L- methylfolate which I was given after I did a brain DNA test , one that specifically tests the Folic Acid dna ?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
They are parts of same metabolic pathway

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

The folic acid that we take is actually a synthetic version of Vitamin B9 which is essential for proper cell division. L-methyl folate is another synthetic supplement which is easier to...

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what's the cure for mthfr

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
May need to take folate supplementation.Mild cases require no treatment.

Detailed Answer:
Hello

I am aware of your previous query.
Most people with mild MTHFR(Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase)deficiency require no treatment.Foods are generally fortified with folate so it can...

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I recently had an artery dissection which lead to a series of strokes. they did a lab test called mthfr mutation test that said I was Heterozygous. what does this mean?

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I had Strep throat 1 week ago. I was put on Z-pack and Prednisone (asthma) for it. I did not have a fever. Then I had my menstrual cycle with severe back and joint pain. I was put on Naprox. Sod 550mg. Throat is clear now. But now I have cloudy whiteish urine, slight odor and white flakes. No buring or itching. My conditions are Asthma, Folate & B12 deficiency & GERD. I am on Folate pills & B12 Shots & PPI. I will be seeing a dr. tomorrow for urine test. I was also hospitalized for Viral Syndrome, dehydration and palpitations on 3/30/11. Discharged with directions to drink more fluids & rest. I just am not feeling right. I sleep about 16hrs a day and I am still tired. I have the back pain and I am weak. What is going on? Should I have a HIV test done. I have had unprotected sex in the past.

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