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