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Folate - Red Cell


Folate is a B vitamin which acts as a coenzyme in the metabolism of amino acids. It is also vital for the synthesis of purines and pyrimidines which are essential for DNA synthesis and red cell formation. Folate is also especially important during the first trimester of pregnancy so if you are thinking of becoming pregnant it is important to make sure your folate levels are normal. Red Cell Folate is a measure of the body's store of the vitamin folate.

What might a high result mean?

High folate levels are usually caused by over-supplementation. It is a signal to reduce or stop your supplements until your levels get back to normal.

How might I improve my result?

Low folate levels can be improved by incorporating more folate rich foods into your diet. Folate is found in a wide variety of foods such as cooked dried beans, peas, and lentils, spinach and asparagus as well as fortified foods such as breakfast cereals.