Folate test to monitor levels of folate serum in the body
Folate or folic acid, known as vitamin B9 works in conjunction with vitamin B12 and vitamin C to help the body break down, use and make proteins. Folate generates red and white blood cells. It helps to produce DNA and RNA and sets out the building blocks for the rapid growth of cells during infancy, adolescence and pregnancy. Folate helps the development of a baby’s neural tube develop into their brain and spinal cord during gestation.
Vitamin B9 is one of the 8 water-soluble B Vitamins. It is the generic term for both naturally occurring food folate and the folic acid form of the vitamin used in dietary supplements and fortified foods.
What does it test for?
This test measures the concentration of folate in your blood. Low levels of folate serum in the blood can cause anemia, a common blood disorder which is detrimental to energy levels and concentration among other life-altering symptoms. Too much folate in the blood masks symptoms of pernicious anemia and vitamin B12 deficiency.
- Folate Serum
Who should get tested?
A folate deficiency can be caused by an inadequate dietary intake as well as genetic impairments and underlying diseases. It is recommended to test your folate levels…
- if you are trying to get pregnant
- if you are pregnant
- if you have had gastrointestinal surgery
- if you have digestive disorders like celiac or Crohn’s disease
- if you are (or were) an alcoholic
- if you maintain a vegan or vegetarian diet
- if you are experiencing symptoms of anemia
- if you are deficient in vitamin B12
- if you have a seizure-causing condition and are taking anticonvulsant drugs
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of folate deficiency include:
- Similar symptoms to IBS including constipation, poor digestion and bloating
- Chronic fatigue
- Feeling flat in energy and mood
- Poor immune function with increased vulnerability to colds and flu
- Anemia, a blood cell condition where you will feel that you are lacking in energy
- Pale or yellow tinged skin
- Hair greying or thinning
- Mouth ulcers
- A tender and/or swollen tongue
- Stunted growth
- Developmental problems during pregnancy and/or infancy
How to provide a sample
Watch our instructional video to see how easy it is to collect your sample.